27th June 2009
Hills Plymouth v Morriston
(First XI)


Morriston                                                                                253 for 5 in 50 overs

Hills Plymouth                                                                             148 in 37.4 overs

Another quite poor performance was witnessed by a large crowd at Hills.  Shopland won the toss and put the opposition in after a hugely depleted side had left everyone wandering what was for the best.  24 minutes into the contest Hills looked like turning the corner ensuring that the visitors were three down inside 8 overs.  Young Matthew Davies bowled an exceptional first spell sending Richards (0) and Sutton (9) back before Mark Chamberlain produced a run out.  This however was the highlight of the bowling display as Morriston plundered runs all round the wicket after that.  Opener Edwards hit 104 after being given a life early on, and his partner in crime Gimlett carted the Hills bowling everywhere scoring an excellent 87.  Morriston eventually closed their innings just five down for 253.  The pick of the bowlers was young Davies who took 2 for 57.  Earlier Birch had bowled decently without success and Kelly kept them contained for periods.

In reply Hills' policy seemed to be go after everything as Shopland and Lewis wafted away.  Lewis played a nice little cameo before being caught for 20.  Shopland continued trying to dispatch the bad ball against a fairly determined attack.  Baber came and went for 1, and Birch couldn't quite get going out for 9.  Another 9 followed as Dai Kelly came in, dispatched a huge six, then returned a caught and bowled.  Jason Castaldi (15) offered some support, but with the Morriston spinner!?!  causing havoc Shopland's (52) patience eventually run out with the close in fielder taking a sharp chance. 

From 129 for 4 in the 29th over, Hills were eventually dismissed for 148 in the 37th over.  Unbelievably, spinner Whitaker finished with 6-38 from almost his full quota of overs.  Once again Hills couldn't bat out the overs and it's costing us hugely.  As well as the inability to bat the full 50, the Hills fielding was once again in the spotlight with some woefully slow fielding and return throwing. 

Hills took only 5 points from it, whilst Morriston claimed the maximum. 

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