16th May 2009
Gorseinon v Hills Plymouth
(First XI)


The rain abated in Gorseinon just in time for the start of this match. The two captains got together and tossed and Hills decided to bowl.  Then the umpires got together and decided that the two captains get together again and toss again (supervised) which Hills won again, which Hills bowled again. Confused? Everyone was. The bowlers started well, with Chris Birch very difficult to get away. Richard Gibby proved more expensive, and was replaced after 4 overs by Andrew Lewis. The change soon bore fruit when Lewis’ third over yielded the first wicket, S Fletcher caught and bowled for 13. In his next 4 overs Lewis netted 3 more wickets, Hitchcott caught by James Kelly for 3, Humphries bowled for 20 and Barlett caught for 2 by wicketkeeper Johnny Baber.

Both bowlers kept the pressure on, and after 30 overs Gorseinon were 55 for 4. Birch completed his 15-over spell wicketless, having conceded a miserly 10 runs. Batsmen J Williams and R Morgan put on a solid stand of 46, the latter smashing 14 runs from Daniel Davies’ first over. Davies had his revenge when he bowled Morgan for 21 two overs later. Wickets now began to tumble, as David Kelly got in on the act by bowling Luckwell for 1. Davies virtually sealed the job for Hills when he took 3 wickets in 6 balls, the first the resilient Williams, bowled for 21. Davies soon had D Fletcher lbw, and finally had A Davies well caught by Chris Shopland, both without scoring.  Kelly finished the innings  by bowling R Moriarty for 4.

Hills’ reply began brightly, with David and James Kelly putting on 32 without loss in 13 overs.  Home skipper Hitchcott brought himself on to bowl, and immediately nailed James Kelly lbw for 6 with his first ball. The captain’s next two overs brought 2 more wickets, David Kelly caught and bowled for 24, and Daniel Davies clean-bowled without scoring. Clark Thomas and Chris Shopland ground out 13 runs until Shopland was bowled by D Fletcher for 9. Steve Manning put on another 23 with the dogged Thomas, but Manning was caught by S Fletcher off the bowling of R Morgan. Stephen Baber soon followed, bowled by Morgan for 1. When Thomas was trapped lbw by A Davies, the writing was on the wall for Hills.

Andrew Lewis put up stout resistance, hitting a much-needed boundary, but soon ran out of partners. Chris Birch became another lbw victim, falling to A Davies for 2. When last man Johnny Baber was caught off the same bowler the innings came to a dejected close on 85, Lewis undefeated on 11. An awful result after an awful batting display.

Gorseinon claimed 25 points , Hills 7. 
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