Youngsters shine in annual memorial game
12:02pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
PAST and Present sides at Dinas Powys Cricket Club met in the annual John Brian Memorial Match on Sunday on The Common.
Sunday skipper Nathan Piddock opened the batting for the Present with Gareth Storey, with the latter, unaccustomed to the opener's role, racing to a quickfire 18 before falling to a good catch. After the departure of Red Todd-Bennett who was undone by the bounce and the fact it was a straight one, young Jack Thomas began to build a good partnership with skipper Piddock, who was progressing nicely and passed 33 with a huge six over cow. Piddock was next to fall, however, one short of 50 and much to the amusement of his teammates. Miles Wilton blasted a quick 20 before falling to a good catch on the boundary. Ian Southwell replaced Wilton and, with Thomas, built momentum. Quick singles and the odd boundary saw the score progress, with Thomas growing in confidence with every run scored, leading to more adventurous singles and some fine cuts and pulls. Southwell was first to 50, however, before missing a straight one. Thomas continued on his merry way with support from Connor Hetherton, and brought up a magnificent maiden 50 in the last over to leave the Present on 248 for five after 40 overs.
After the usual sumptious Ruth Clogg tea, with extra cake, Ashley Morgan and Huw Marks opened for the Past, and got off to a flyer before both departed to leave the Past on 20 for two off two overs! Simon Wilton and the returning Steve Hudson built a partnership, with the latter rolling back the years before chipping a catch to Thomas off the bowling of Rhys Lloyd. This gave Thomas the first of four good catches, and Lloyd his first of five excellent wickets. Wilton led a charmed life, dropped on no fewer than four occasions, but just as he was looking settled, he fell to a great catch by his brother. Tim Reynolds and David Lawrence both showed they have cricket in their blood before falling to Lloyd. Liam Farbrace showed he had been playing a lot of golf rather than cricket, failing to trouble the scorers. Veterans Rob Tucker and Geoff Colley gave the Past some late impetus but, after Colley departed, once in the form of Geoff and again in the form of Peter, it was left to Mike Lowe and Rob Tucker to see the Past home. The pick of the bowlers was spinner Lloyd, returning figures of five for 11 off five overs - a remarkable achievement for the youngster.
All in all, everyone enjoyed a good day and look forward to next year.
The weekend's league programme suffered at the hands of the weather. The 1st XI had Lisvane at 129 for four off 25 overs before rain made further play impossible, whilst the Thirds managed just 17 overs on The Common and were 39 for three against Cynon Valley. The 2nd XI trip to Ebbw Vale was called off before departure.
The club would like to thank Budgens, of Dinas Powys, for their continued support.