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Match Report vs Dinas Powys 14 August 2016 @ The Common (Skipper Kim, report Shakey)

It was a cloudy but warm day for the annual match on The Common and all eyes were on where they had cut the strip this year. Just for a change it was as high up the slope as you could go - making the hit to the road far too easy. So big scores were in the offing and it was all about how the short boundary was played.

Dinas had first dibs and lost two early wickets to Rob and Dave, reward for good opening spells. The opener and number 4 batsman then set about building a good century stand against some mixed bowling. Adam on debut showed huge promise with a tight but luckless unbroken spell that only yielded 19 runs. But we couldn’t apply any sustained pressure and the short boundary took a peppering. Pete finally bowled the opener and at 132-3 off 30 there was a sniff of somehow keeping them to 200. But Dinas powered on in the final 10 overs. Two more wickets from Pete (including the number 4 batsman caught and bowled for 87) and one from Stevo failed to stop them running well and hitting to good and sometimes brutal effect. We bowled and fielded ok and there were no drops. But to be fair the procession of adults who came to the crease could all bat and 217-6 was a fair reflection as the innings closed.

To exploit the short boundary you first had to hang around. But we got off to an awful start with Rumman bowled for 4 and Will lbw for a duck before Kim and new batsman Rob set about re-building our reply. At 10 overs we were 31-2 and at the 20 over mark we had moved seamlessly on to 93-2 with Rob hitting his maiden six amidst some sensible shots to gaps. Rob eventually fell for 33 to a diving square leg catch to leave us 104-3 and the problem now was to give Kim some support. Kim eventually reached his chanceless and deserved ton as his hitting became fiercer and more assured. His batting meant that for a long time we were ahead of the Dinas score at the same stage of the innings. But the succession of wickets meant we couldn’t get a decisive partnership going with Rik, Richie, Adam and Pete all contributing but falling.

With 3 overs left we needed 31 with only 3 wickets intact. We hit 19 off the next two overs but lost Stevo to leave Kim and Shakes needing 12 off six balls. That's an easy target at nets but a bit different in a real match but with Kim still there anything could happen. Kim smashed the first ball of the over straight as hard as he could. But it went up and up more than it went long and he was out to a good catch near the boundary for a brave 128 with five sixes. Last man Dave made sure we weren’t bowled out as we settled on 211-9 with Dave doubling his tally of runs off the bat this season in scampering the last ball for a defiant single.

A great effort from Kim but it was a fair result given the more consistent Dinas batting.




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