16 August 2010


First XI

The enthusiasm could hardly be contained as captain Baber walked forlornly back after losing the toss in the heartland of paradise, Cimla.  Cold - check, rain - check, crap wicket - check.  The only thing that would have made it bleaker is if an asteroid had hit the nearby farms killing all life within a 1000 mile radius, leaving a post apocalyptic, carbon monoxide filled atmosphere, in which ultimately futuristic evolved hunters would feast on the corpses of the dead cows.  Hills had a depleted side as various players weren't playing to various things, and were hammered by a resounding nine wickets.

The early going, the mid going and now that I think of it, the end going was all tough.  The Cimla bowlers weren't remarkable but kept an extremely disciplined line and length to create maximum pressure and made scoring abundantly difficult.  Chamberlain and Bowen opened up and did a decent job in trying to see off the new ball, Chamberlain's duck was probably one of his best ever as just survival seemed difficult.  Bowen hit a couple of nice shots before getting out for 12, and there was a bit of a fight back when Hills reached thirty before any further loss.  But Lewis was run out after battling hard, and then Shopland gave it away after grinding it out for 19.  Wickets then continued to tumble until Birch and 'Anyone for Coal?' Thomas hit some decent shots to get us up 86 all out.  Eddie hit a nice 21 not out and Birch 12.  Davies was run out controversially and Bebo mad Ravi hung about for a while.  The highlight of the entire game was the local talent taking a fancy to young Christian.  Cimla were excellent in the bowling department and used the conditions 100 per cent.  

In reply Cimla coasted home inside 20 overs losing just one wicket (Martin Rees) to Eddie Thomas for 18.  Gavin Pugh hit a nice 46 not out.  All bowlers did a decent job in terms of effort and 86 was never going to be enough to defend.  But the ratio of bad balls between the teams was startling as full tosses, half volleys and short stuff was served up continually on a helpful wicket.  The youngsters that came in for the senior players did very well, and credit to Christian, and keeper Bowen who did admirably in the circumstances.  So it's two games to go, and two games at home so at least the wicket shouldn't play a significant factor.  But the skill levels must be raised, a season in Division Four would be a catastrophe.

Second XI

Experience proved vital as Hills Plymouth won by 6 wickets at home, as skipped Lewis (34 not out) and veteran Owen (50 not out) saw the game home inside 43 overs.  Hills won the toss and bowled first and had Cimla in trouble at 27 for 3, thanks to Lloyd Jones who tore through the top order.  Dafydd Jones did well for a while before Lewis and Hargreaves killed the innings with only Mike Price (46) troubling them.  Lloyd Jones took 4-51, with Lewis and Hargreaves taking three wickets apiece to restrict Cimla to 139.  Walters and Prosser opened and both were in the hut at 23 for 2.  Harry Baber was doing well until Gardener was out and the Baber himself was out for a very good 27.  It was a formality from then on as Lewis and Owen saw the side to victory.  Hills are still a long way behind leaders Swansea Civil though but all they can do is keep winning.  

09 August 2010


First XI

Hills Plymouth held on at nine wickets down to get a losing draw at home to Bronwydd.  Hills won the toss and were rewarded with the very first ball of the game as Birch had Dorian Jones out leg before.  Matthew Davies then joined the party taking the wickets of Griffiths and the two Jones'.  Matthew Lewis then kept the pressure on as Bronwydd were deep in trouble at 89/7 and then 111/8.  In the meantime Tomos Wilson had led a charmed life on his way 69 hitting almost every ball through mid-wicket.  But once again Hills couldn't complete the job and the last two wickets put on 62 to ensure a more than competitive score of 173 all out was posted.  Crooker ended with nine runs from his 9 and a half overs with a wicket, but it was young gun Matt Davies who took four wickets for 70, Lewis posted 3 for 19 and Birch 2 for 40.  

The home side in reply got off to a decent start putting on 31 for the 1st wicket before last weeks hero Chamberlain was bowled for 8, and then Davies fell for 24 both to Mel Jones.  Crooker and Shopland hit some nice shots before Crooker was adjudged a little unluckily leg before for 8.  Shopland went next for 28 to a ball which lept a little and was caught easily at slip to spinner Fernando, alas there was nothing else in the air that night as he only took that wicket in the game.  At 82 for 5 once young Lewis went things were looking a little bleak as Bronwydd strangled Hills with the spin at one end. The Babers joined forces and occupied the crease putting the bad ball away before Johnny went for 12, Andrew Lewis soon followed as Steve picked up the tempo a little. Eventually though he was out for a very good 33 to which Birch and Davies then started their counter attack.  With Davies then out for 12 it was left to the old man and youth in Christian Davies to see out the draw.  Not good, but not bad.  

Second XI

The Second XI suffered a bit of a shock defeat as Bronwydd won by 3 wickets.  Stars for Hills were Walters (14), Castaldi (21), Owen (34) and Bowen (15) to post 124 in 42 overs.  Bronwydd knocked the runs off aided by good contributions by Davies and Taylor in the middle order.  Castaldi, Lewis, Hargreaves and Nathan Lewis all starred with the ball.

02 August 2010


First XI

It was the 3rd September 1939 when Conservative PM Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany following Hitler's refusal to back down on his aggressive foreign policy which threatened world de-stabilisation resulting in the formation of the Allies and the Axis.  And it was on Saturday that Neville's great nephew went into combat with the same vigour and enthusiasm at Pwll.  Whilst it may be a little unfair to compare Pwll with Nazi Germany (although there was barbed wire on a couple of fences), Chunky produced his best innings of the season in a six wicket victory leaving us in mid table and better placed from the bottom teams.

Hills lost the toss (whatever), and were asked to field which raised some eyebrows.  The Pwll game plan all season has been to bat around star player Leaf, and so with this in mind it was paramount that we got rid of him early doors.  Chris Birch and Andrew Hargreaves opened the bowling with Hargreaves in particular looking menacing.  His spell of 7 overs for just 6 runs shows he's improving week on week.  But it was Birch who had the vital breakthrough with the score on 33, getting Leaf caught and bowled for 17....game on!

Meanwhile Matthew Davies had started his spell and was also looking threatening resulting in a caught behind which Baber smartly took.  Then Davies took another after a flash outside off stump which Chamerlain calmly breasted into Dan Davies' hands, a lovely deflection.  Meanwhile Crooker's spin had taken effect bowling the number three for 21.  The flame-haired Davies' was in the groove by now, and right after drinks sent David Richard's off stump out of the ground with a fast full pitched delivery.  Crooker bowled another Pwll batsman going for a yahoo, before he kept plugging away at the tail.  Steve Baber took a nice catch close in to see the back of Chris Rowlands off Manning's bowling, before Crooker kept plugging away at the tail dismissing Gareth Griffiths and Carl Bibby.  Manning saw the back of Joe Wyatt as well again a catch by Baber Snr.  So Pwll were all out for 120, a brilliant bowling and fielding effort.  Crooker finished with 4/23, Davies 3/19, Manning 2/8, Birch one for 45 and although Hargreaves was wicketless, his bowling was flawless.

So to the batting.  These targets have proven difficult for Hills in recent years, but the job of providing a platform was assigned to Chunky this week.  Davies was out for 8 after a couple of nice shots, and then Crooker was caught by Richards off Bibby for 4.  25 for 2 and the next phase of play would probably swing the game one way or the other.  Thankfully Chamberlain continued plugging away putting the full toss and half volley away as Shopland got into his stride.  With overs not an issue, Hills just waited on the bad ball on a decent pitch and continued accumulating the runs.  After a few fours and sixes off both, Shopland gave it away holing out at deep mid off for a decent 33 and it was left to Manning (15) and Jonny Baber (10*) to accompany Chunky to the finishing line.  Mark's innings of 45 not out was vital, and a lesson in seeing off the new ball.  Chanceless and risk free, Chamberlain dominated pace and spin to see Hills to a well deserved win.  This puts us a reasonable distance from safety and we should be looking to take points off everyone in the last four games to have a say in who goes up.  An excellent performance all round.

PS : (This family tree used in this article may be factually incorrect)

Second XI

In a thrilling win at home to Pwll (which captain Lewis later classed as PANTS - smile mun!)  Hills pushed for the title once more.  Clive Owen opened with the now prolific Andy Williams (no White Christmas jokes please), and started off well.  Owen was first to go with the score on 73 for a well made 22.  Prosser was then run out before Williams was out bowled for 68, another good contribution from Glyn-Neath turned Hirwaun turned Hills cricketer.  Aled Walters then went for 6, and then Harry Baber and then Matt Lewis and then Castaldi.  At 129 for 7 Hills were on the brink before captain Maximus Lewisus gave his command and 'unleashed hell'.  Between him and younster Thomas Bowen Hills reached a very good 222 for 9.  Bowen made a lovely 37 with Phil compounding his shout for Hills Player of the decade with 50 not out.  Hargreaves Snr was also run out in the games moment of comedy.  So another easy win then....

Well not quite, Pwll had other ideas and opener Kevin Evans teed off against some ill disciplined bowling.  Lloyd Jones opened with Castaldi before changes were made with both Lewis' coming on as well as Hargreaves and Walters.  Walters had opener Davies out for 22, and Ian Hargreaves bowled their number three.  Castaldi and Lewis then ripped out the entire middle order.  Castaldi getting Choudry (39), Neil Davies, Williams and Ryan Davies out to return figures of four for 36.  His limp is always inversely proportional to his bowling figures and so this weeks wickets meant he walked off the pitch limp free!  Lewis had Anthony Guy out (11) and Darren Gower (16).  Matthew Lewis had the top dog out for 91, bowling Kevin Evans.  Pwll were eventually out for 207, a very good contest with lots of things learnt.  Hills claimed a maximum victory which keeps the heat on at the top with Civil Service top by 18 points.


25th July 2010


First XI

Pontyberem inflicted yet another loss to the First XI as Hills' struggle for some consistency continues.  After losing the toss again, Hills were put into bat and were soon one down when a leg slide flick off Dan Davies spooned up in the air.  Jeremy Crooker scored 2 before he was bowled by K Evans, and then after some nice shots which hit the field, Dick Bowen was caught for 3.  16 for 3 became 28 for 4 as a drive from Baber hit Shopland in the head only to cannon back into the bowlers hands, nice way to get out, and Shopland (16) visited Prince Charles for an hour after some lusty blows off the quickie.  

Young Baber was out without scoring which then summoned Mark Chamberlain to the crease who went into overdrive.  Quickly reaching double figures and then eased through the twenties, Chunky was hitting his stride.  Birch was bowled for a duck, but Andrew Lewis offered some very handy support down the order, Eventually their partnership came to an end with Mark scoring a nice 36 and Lewis 17.  Hargreaves was the last wicket to fall, with Matt Davies 3 not out.  

So 95 was the target and early wickets were needed.  However a couple of spills later saw Pontyberem get to 38 before the first wicket fell when Andrew Hargreaves had Martin Lewis caught by Davies for 19.  Andrew Lewis claimed the wicket of Zain Ikram for 29, and Jeremy Crooker gave brief hope having Emyr Harris caught by Shopland, and then trapping M Lewis Jr leg before for 0.  But the Pontyberem 'roider' strode in and whacked a quick fire 27 to seal victory for the away team.  Birch, Hargreaves, Davies, Lewis, Crooker and Dan Davies all did well, and apart from the catches, the ground fielding was very good, but there was never enough runs on the board, again being bowled out without even facing 40 overs, let alone 50.  Same story, no lessons learnt, onto Pwll next week!

NOTE - The Second XI game was cancelled.

18th July 2010



The Firsts travelled to Swansea, promptly lost the toss, and then were skittled out for just 36 on an appalling wicket inside 26 overs..  Only Shopland (20) reached double figures, as wickets tumbled on a wicket that was taking divots out of the surface each and every ball.  In the reply Davies was caught off the bowling of Hargreaves and Birch had Porter caught behind as the hosts reached their target in 19 overs.  Crooker bowled a few spinners in the process and Eddie Thomas had a trundle right at the end.


With the Firsts back in the club by five, the Second XI had some moral support from the side.  Andrew Williams was the star man as he reached a lovely century putting the bad ball away all innings.  Ably supported by Dicky Bowen, the pair marched onwards taking the game away from Civil seconds.  At the time of writing the scores aren't up again on the Play Cricket website, but Williams reached around 128, and Dicky hit 68 (we think).  The rest chipped in with some quick runs at the death reaching an eventual target of 256.  In response, Matthew Davies' bowling was again aggressive steaming in down the slope, being backed up by some cagey bowling from Phil Lewis at the other end.  Again apologies but there is no bowling information on the website, but Davies, Lewis, Castaldi all bowled well with some success, so to did Ian Hargreaves with his spin and Aled Walters.  In the end Swansea weren't interested in getting close and eventually limped to 133 for 6.  This triggered an informative discussion from the sides about possible future rule changes in rewarding further the side that had a comfortable winning draw.  So the Second division championship is thrown wide open with Hills 1 point ahead of Service at the top.  All to play for in the last six games. 

11th July 2010



An overdue unbeaten century for Hills batsman Dan Davies, combined with 173 not out from mid-order bat Shopland, ensured Hills Plymouth beat a depleted Llandarcy side by a huge 163 runs.  Hills batted first on a very sticky and muggy day, and knew concentration was the key as the lack of wind meant that the atmosphere was stifling.  With no parties/injuries/moving houses/hangovers/bar mitzvah's on this particular league week, James Kelly could open the batting with serial sweeper Davies.  The innings started well with both looking in command at the crease, James hitting a couple of nice power shots whilst Davies looked to knuckle down after some peer pressure from mates, to hit the '*******' thing straight!  Kelly was first to go however with the score on 38, out for 15 to a mis-timed lofted drive, this brought Baber to the crease.  Johnny then edged one behind without scoring with the score on 47, and there may have been signs of a notorious Hills mid-order wobble with the away bowlers' tails up.

But Davies had other ideas as he dispatched the bad ball as Shopland looked to play himself in.  Some good running and some nice ground shots saw Hills reach 100 at around five an over, and with both batsmen now well set, Hills looked to go on the attack.  Davies passed fifty first, then Shopland soon followed.  With the opening bowlers coming to the end of their spells and both players eyeing up centuries it was then open season for the last fifteen overs with eight wickets in hand.  Davies launched some beautiful shots and also swept the spinner successfully, whilst Shopland started an aerial onslaught.  With Shopland passing 100, then 150, it was left to Davies to complete an excellent ton with a lovely drive through the covers, well overdue for a player of his class.  It showed that with application, and good shot selection, scores like this should be far more frequent for him.  The declaration was made as Hills finsihed on 326 for 2.  

Hills knew the task and with Hargreaves and Davies, started going about the business of taking Llandarcy wickets.  Ashley Symonds was trapped leg before to Davies, and Crooker took a lovely low catch after spilling a dolly previously off Hargreaves.  With lots of bowlers at his disposal, skipper Baber changed up the attack ensuring short effective bursts.  Crooker had the opener leg before for 33.  Lewis removed Powell for 17, whilst Crooker bowled Pickford, not a good leave as the batsmen watched in anguish, hawk eye confirmed the ball was hitting middle half way up....as the ball hit middle....half way up.  The crowd at the 'Jon Caple End' erupted as unfancied tosser Dan Davies took two wickets to ensure the game should have been done and dusted.  But once again Hills were frustrated by lower order batsmen, and whilst the result was never in doubt, it's an aspect which needs to be improved.  Birch had earlier trapped Griffiths leg before and then Killey eventually skied one to Shopland who took his first catch of the season to end the reply, and give Hills the maximum points.

Credit must go to Llandarcy who stuck with it throughout in difficult circumstances.  It's never easy being on the wrong end of a hiding on a sticky day, they had a number of players out through different reasons, but kept their spirits up well to the end.  Let's hope they can just get through the season and recover next year with some wins.  They've always been a decent set of lads with a nice ground and welcome, and it's a shame that they have to move grounds which must be de-stabilising.  On the Hills front, we must improve on closing out games and being more ruthless.  We have seen this year that when our opposition senses blood, they take advantage and finish things off, we need to be just as ruthless.


In a completely bizarre Sunday game, Hills almost messed up the task of chasing down just 28!  Llandarcy were bowled out in 23 overs, as Matthew Davies 2-7, Lewis 4-11, Crooker 2-2 and young Lewis 2-6 ended things prematurely.  But the response was a tricky affair, as Hills lost six wickets in seeing things through.  Thomas Bowen top scored with 14 in what was the only double figure score in the game.  Second team skipper Lewis rather eloquently described the wicket as a 'pile of ****'.  The groundsman has refused to comment.

5th July 2010


Baglan recorded two wins in a season to inflict further pain to an uneven Hills 2010.  Hills Plymouth batted first and after a long and informative team chat at the start regarding giving respect to the danger men Godwin and Matthews, Hills set about the task of building an innings.  Davies was first to go, sweeping for 1.  Skipper Baber was joined at the crease by brother Jonathan and the two moved the score 19, before Steve was bowled.  The next partnership of Shopland and young Baber reached 35, before Baber was caught for 18.  With the accurate opening duo bowling well, Matthews then nipped one back into Shopland's stumps for 19.  Meanwhile Manning was going along well and found some backing with Chamberlain first and then Owen and Lewis.  Chunky scored 10, Clive kept the board ticking for a useful 18 and so did Lewis for 21.  Manning was a little unlucky given out leg before for 32.  With the tail wagging a little, Hills reached a mediocre 144 off 50.

Birch opened with Hargreaves, but it was the latter who had initial success, with Matthew Davies.  At 67 for 5 the game looked to be heading towards a Hills victory.  Hargreaves finished with 3 for 33 and again bowled well, Davies 2 for 46.  But the visitors had other ideas and when the game erupted with Moby look-a-like Kevin Christopher and Davies, it seemed to fire the away team up and despite the efforts of Manning, Lewis et al, couldn't find the decisive edge.  A Baglan win by 3 wickets then, truly turgid stuff.

29th June 2010


Hills entertained top of the table Penydarren and fielded first.  Penydarren looked good early on as the two openers hit Hills to all parts, but with Lewis taking the wicket of Morgan, and with the other opener dismissed, the innings petered out for 111.  Lewis, young Lewis, Jez, Baber, Matty Davies, all bowled well, Matthew Lewis almost getting a hat trick!  

Hills chased down the target with relative ease after losing Johnny Baber early on, older brother Baber and Shopland almost seeing it home, with Matthew Lewis and Baber ensuring the win by 8 wickets was achieved.

Table is here!

26th June 2010



It was away to Gorseinon with the sun shining brightly, as Plymouth looked to get their season back on track after some recent lacklustre efforts.  The collective groan went around as grinning Gorseinon skipper indicated that they'd have a bat.  Birch and Hargreaves opened up for Hills with some very good early stuff, and with Hills on top restricted the home team to 27 for 3, Hargreaves trapping the opener for 9, whilst Birch picked up the other two with some controlled aggressive bowling.  An excellent start from the strike pair, including a lovely slower ball cutter to completely deceive Roberts for 5.  But then enter Chris Morgan.  With the lightening fast outfield Morgan played himself in nicely, although a few lbw shouts were close, before setting himself up for the long haul.  Crooker tried to find a way with his spin, whilst Lewis also started into his spell.  Hills again dropped a number of catches as Morgan reached the hundred mark, Hargreaves came back at the end and again bowled superbly, as Gorseinon reached 227 for 5, on a rapidly deteriorating wicket.  Birch finsihed with two wickets for 55, Hargreaves 2 for 23 off 10, an excellent performance, and Crooker took 1 for 78.  

The chase would be difficult as the variable bounce was truly kicking in.  Captain Steve Baber opened up with Dick Bowen, and both hit a number of nice shots.  Bowen (10) was first to go with the score on 29.  Morgan then removed Baber caught behind for 18, and was now on the charge.  Young gun Matthew Lewis looked to capitalise on recent good form, but was undone by a ball which skidded along the ground for 5, nothing much he could have done about his dismissal.  Shopland looked to take the attack to the home team with a couple of big shots, and was backed up by Manning who laced a few through the covers.  But just as he had played himself in, Manning was bowled by a full ball, to leave Hills Plymouth 84/4.  

This prompted a collapse, as Crooker leading edged one to midwicket, and then Chamberlain was bowled.  Medium pacer Gafyn Donald was on fire by now.  Shopland continued to hit the bad ball for four as Owen nullified the attack for a while.  When Owen went Lewis came in and hit two nice boundaries before he too was bowled, this time by Anthony Davies.  Shopland passed fifty by this time, and Birch ably supported by hitting a number of nice shots for his 20.  With the back of Birch though, it was left to Andrew Hargreaves to bravely dig in, which he did well, but Hills eventually fell short being dismissed for 184.  Morgan finished with 4 for 35, Anthony Davies 2 for 79 and Gafyn Donald 4 for 20.  Shopland finished on 81 not out.  

Once again Morgan was the difference, and although it's hard, the big players don't give too many chances and it's imperative we see the back of them as early as possible by backing up the bowlers in the field.  The first half of the season is over and it's been a mixed bag, we do however, have a lot of home games in the second half something we must jump on as an incentive to challenge the top teams.    


The Second XI lost at home by 48 runs at Hills Plymouth.  Gorseinon won the toss and duly batted scoring 184 for 9 off their 50 overs.  It was the Gorseinonj middle order that did the majority of the damage with scores of 33, 41 and 33 from 3,4, and 5.  The top five Gorseinon batters were all bowled as Matthew Davies, Phil Lewis and Dafydd Jones all contributed wickets.  Davies took 5 for 26 off his 15, skipper Lewis took 2 for 45 and Dafydd took 2 for 43.  The other bowling was made up of Ian Hargreaves, Lloyd Jones and Aled Walters.  

In reply Hills losty Christian Davies early on, and Aled Walters (4).  Nick Thomson took the attack to the visitors but was eventually caught for 21.  Good contributions from Harry Baber (22), Matthew Davies (14) and Phil Lewis (14) pushed the score along, but when Joel Davies was run out for 17, Hills hopes faded.  Hills were eventually dismissed for 136 inside 37 overs.  Chris Jenkins 3 for 13 was the pick of the Gorseinon attack.  The Seconds have a young side, and every match is a learning curve for the future, so stick at it.

23rd June 2010



The Firsts lost out to Briton Ferry Town in the Cup Competition on Sunday.  Ferry Town scored 236, and in reply Hills were all out for 150, with a much depleted side.  Well done to the lads who played!!


Hills beat Bedlinog on Tuesday by 6 wickets.  Bedlinog batted first and scored 123 for 4, Dan Davies took two for 18 off 3.5 overs.  Andrew and Matthew Lewis were the stars with the bat, scoring 56 not out and 43 respectively.  Latest tables will be in the midweek section

19th June 2010



Hills Plymouth threw away a golden chance against Drefach to put them back in the hunt in Division Three.  Restricting the visitors to 70-7, before eventually bowling them out for 155 Plymouth knew this was a chance to capitalise on some wayward home batting.  Chris Birch reached 499, then, 500 wickets for the club, claiming an excellent 15-7-35-4, and looked to find his form which has shown him the prolific bowler in Division Three.  Jeremy Crooker again put the brakes on the innings only conceeding 25 runs off his full quota and taking 2 wickets.  Previously Dafydd Humphreys had chanced his arm at the top of the Drefach innings in a streaky 27, but the only other threat was lower order bat Aled Davies whose decisive 56 gave Drefach a sniff.  Andrew Lewis again bowled well but unluckily, and the other Lewis finished off Drefach bouncing out Davies.  

The Hills reply started disastrously, and were soon 9 for 2, then 22 for 3.  Davies dismissed to a strange slow long hop which seemed to take forever to reach him, and Kelly out maybe dubiously leg before.  Lewis was also lbw to the trigger happy umpire who was maybe wanting to get home for the World Cup.  Shopland and Crooker took the score along to 60, before Shopland drilled a low catch to mid on and was smartly taken.  Then in the games best partnership stylistically, Crooker and Baber took Hills to the verge of victory coasting to 120, Baber putting the bad ball away, whilst Crooker hit a number of lovely cover drives.  But when Baber was run out at point rather unluckily, the wobble was on.  120 for 5, soon became 134 all out.  Older Baber was again smartly held at extra cover, Crooker was run out in a yes/no moment for an excellent 52, Lewis for 4, Birch lbw unluckily for 0 and Chamberlain for 7.  Game over, cue unexpected joy for Drefach!!


The Second XI again demolished their opposition, bowling Drefach out for 79, inside 35 overs.  Carter (27) was the top scorer for Drefach, whilst the wickets were shared by Matt Davies (3 for 15), Dafydd Jones and Dick Bowen 2 wickets, Phil one wicket and Nathan Lewis one wicket.

Andy Williams and Harry Baber scored 15 and 18 respectively, whilst Nick Thomson hit 29 not out.  Hills chased the target in 22 overs losing just 4 wickets.  Well done.

16th June 2010

Just to keep everyone informed to U15s won again tonight in a fiery affair against Tonyrefail

We scored 95 off 20 overs. (Harry Baber 30odd. Matthew Davies 30 odd)

They were 70 odd all out. (matthew Davies 3 wickets. Harry Baber 2 and Nathan Lewis bowled superbly and took 3 wickets) 

16th June 2010


Machen vs Hills Plymouth

Hills Plymouth 195-8 (20 overs)
Matthew Lewis 87
Jonny Baber 32
Harry Baber 13* (doesn't look much but a superb innings in what he had too do)

Machen 187-5 (20 overs)
Matthew Lewis 1-24 (4 overs)
Harry Baber 1-28 (4 overs)

Hills Plymouth won by 8 runs

13 June 2010



A superb 130 not out from opener James Kelly was the foundations for a daunting 328 for 6 at home to Cimla.  Kelly's super season continued on another sunny day at Hills smashing 13 fours and 3 sixes on his way past the landmark.  Kelly who looked untroubled throughout opened up the innings with Dan Davies who was smartly caught behind for 16, with Hills once again starting off at a pace.  Kelly was then accompanied by Shopland who both kept the board up at 6 an over before Shopland was bowled by Craig Kelly for 47.  This led to quick wickets as Baber went next and then Chamberlain.  But Kelly once again found an ally, this time in Crooker who himself passed fifty hitting 40 runs in boundaries grabbing the momentum back with Hills.  The two Lewis' also had a go down the order with the senior Lewis hitting a quick fire 32 including a lovely extra cover drive six.  But it was Kelly who drew the applause from all, undefeated on 130.  Hats off to Craig Kelly for Cimla who took 4 for 89 off 15 overs.  His effort and enthusiasm kept Cimla in the game and although he took some tap late on when he tired he never gave up in the heat.

The going was expected to be tough though in reply, as both teams knew the quick scoring nature of the ground.  Cimla's reply was good, as openers Curtis and Rees punished the bad balls (and even the good balls).  But Hills had the breakthrough when Curtis holed out to mid on off Andrew Lewis, before pinning Craig Kelly lbw soon after.  Lewis had done his job by the time he was changed, and it was left to his brother to impart something on the game.  In an impressive spell of bowling which turned the game firmly in Hills' favour, Matthew took four for 37, an excellent effort, ripping through the middle order.  When Martin Rees fell for 66, bowled by Lewis, Hills knew the game was up.  Crooker kept the impetus up again bowling his usual efficient spin, beguiling the batsmen for his 4 for 26 off 10.1, another outstanding effort.  And despite some late fireworks to please the over beveraged home crowd (Mr. Caple!!), from Wayne Thomas who smahed it to all parts, eventually Hills came out winners with Crooker bowling the last man.  An excellent team performance, with everyone contributing.


The Second XI also came out winners in a tense and ultimately competitive game.  Play Cricket Website hasn't updated the stats yet, but the highlights were a 50 for skipper Lewis, with wickets for Matthew Davies, Phil and Ian Hargreaves.  More to follow when Play Cricket updates the scorecards!

11 June 2010


The Tuesday side game was washed out, latest tables are in the midweek section.  The Under 15's had an excellent win against Porth scoring 144 for 5 off their 20 overs and restricted Porth to 76 for 9.  Christian Davioes 57 and Matthew Davies 47 were the pick of the batting whilst all eight bowlers used for Hills took wickets.

05 June 2010




In a high scoring encounter at Bronwydd, the First XI held out for a losing draw chasing 235 set by the home team which included a 100 from 14 year old Steffan Jones.  With the toss done and dusted the home side batted and at 64-3, Plymouth were well on top looking to restrict the hosts to a sub 200 score on what seemed a decent wicket.  But Jones, who struck 15 fours, had other ideas, and although had his fair share of luck went on to reach the milestone.  Mike Jones backed him up as they racked up the runs in the second half of their innings.  Closing on 235 for 4, the wickets were shared by Chris Birch (1-33) and Steve Manning (2-25) and there was one run out.  Other bowlers who toiled were Andrew Hargreaves who got through 10 very good overs and was unlucky early on not to find the edge passing the bat on numerous occasions and Andrew Lewis 15 overs for 55 who was also unlucky with inside and outside edges.  It was one of those days!  The fielding of Hills bordered at times on poor, and something that needs to be upped by all.

In reply, Hills started briskly before Dicky Bowen was caught with the score on 24.  Thomas went next at 42-2 followed by Dan Davies who made an entertaining 25.  Manning and Shopland kept the momentum up with boundaries and 1s and 2s, before Manning fell on the boundary (20).  Johnny Baber then came to the crease and eased himself into the innings.  At 163-5 though Shopland (67) top edges a pull off Gihan Fernando and put the game in the balance.  Owen holed out to mid-on next, before the ever reliable Chamberlain weighed in with his normal useful lower end contribution of 30, hitting four fours.  In the end Hills came up just short, and with Baber on 38 not out, the innings closed on 215 for 8.


The Second XI again kept up their momentum, easily defeating their counterparts by 7 wickets.  Only Teauge (28) and Price (25) made any impact on the scorecard as Bronwydd were restricted to 155 all out.  The Play Cricket site has 'unsure' on two of the bowlers, but Lewis took a wicket, Ian Hargreaves took 2 for 10 off 3, and Stephen Baber's golden arm took 4 for 19.  

In reply Hills knocked off the runs with ease.  Overseas player Nick Thomson went early, before Christian Davies scored a nice 37 and Adam Prosser scored 35.  Baber hit 23 to end the innings inside 15 overs.  Another satisfying victory in terms of points, but by all accounts the division seems relatively weak this year which is s shame as games are ending early and rather uncompetitively which isn't testing our boys, good win though!


22nd May 2010



Pontyberem inflicted a 1 run defeat to our First XI at Pontyberem.  Batting first, the home side started in fine form regularly putting the bad ball away.  But Hills pulled the game back thanks to a fine spell of 15-5-28-2 from Jeremy Crooker, ably backed up Andrew Lewis (1-58).  Steve Manning (3-55) and Chris Birch (1-28) were the other wicket takers.  In reply Hills were 31/2, when Clark Thomas and Shopland steered the ship.  Looking comfortably the partnership was broken to stroke of luck when Thomas was run out at the non-strikers for a lovely 41.  This prompted a middle order collapse.  Shopland (33) was bowled and more wickets followed.  The lower order showed some courage and got the game down to the last order with some good contributions from Owen and Chamberlain.  But it was left to Lewis and Birch in the last over, and from the last ball of the game Birch was run out going for the tie.  Lewis (14) and Birch (22) batted very well in the final overs.

The Second XI won at home restricting the visitors to just 144, Paul Rees (38) was the main contributor for 'berem.  In reply, Nick Thomson, freshly flown in from London, hit an excellent 71 no, backed by Castaldi and Walters who both hit twenty odd.  Hills won the game inside 34 overs.  Earlier in the piece Hargreaves took 3 for 38, whilst there were wickets for Ian Hargreaves and Eddie Thomas and Phil Lewis.


The Cup game v Morriston was off due to the visitors not being able to field a team!

15th May 2010


The First XI chased down 182 inside 34 overs to complete a convincing 8 wicket victory over Swansea Civil Service at home.  The victory was set up by some excellent home bowling which restricted the visitors to under 200, James Kelly being the outstanding bowler giving away just 22 runs off his full allocation of overs.  James Slack (65) was the main contributor for Civil Service.  In response the chase started with fireworks from Dan Davies (42) and Kelly again scoring at around 9 an over for the first ten overs.  Clark edged behind, whilst Shopland aided Kelly to a deserved 90 not out.  Full Scorecard here.

The Second XI lost out at Civil Service after being set 146 to win.  Andrew Hargreaves 4-36 was ably backed up by wickets from Matthew Davies, Phil Lewis, David Kelly and Callum Lee.  Andrew Crabtree top scored (28) for Civil Service.  In response, Hills found the going difficult with only Castaldi (27) coming to terms with what was said to be pretty tricky conditions.  Hills were eventually dismisssed for 120, Sam Hawkes (5-22) was the pick of the Swansea bowling attack.  Full Scorecard here.

9th May 2010


A good week for both Firsts and Seconds, First XI won away at Llandarcy (click here) whilst the Seconds recorded a ten wicket victory at home (click here).

The exact individual scores for the first eleven aren't on the play cricket site, but the main contributors (I think) were Jeremy Crooker, Steve Manning and Dan Davies.  Phil Lewis took five wickets including a hat-trick for the seconds, whilst Dicky Bowen and Chris Shopland chased the target down.

3rd May 2010


A mixed start to the season for the club.  The First XI lost heavily away to Baglan (scorecard here), whilst the Second XI continued where they left off last year (scorecard here) with a convincing 7 wicket win at home.  All information is now in the Play Cricket Website regarding the scorecard and match report, but this news section will provide links to the desired pages.  Highlights for the First XI included Steve Manning's five wicket haul whilst the Second XI victory was based on an excellent 85 not out from Dicky Bowen.

26th April 2010


The League Season starts this Saturday (1st May 2010) for both the First XI and the Second XI.  The Website will be updated with News and stats etc over the coming weeks and months, and the advertisers for this year will be put on display on this website as is now customary.  It is probably a good idea to highlight a few things for this year -

1) The South Wales website (SWCA) and indeed other websites affiliated with cricket in South Wales seem to be favouring the Play Cricket website which I guess centralises information in terms of information etc.  Whilst it is still a good idea to keep abreast of things happening on the South Wales Cricket Association website and indeed this website, it is a good idea to at least familiarise yourself with this additional information base where you can get season fixtures for all clubs and stats. 

This is the website - http://swca.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp

I don't know if everyone has to register or enter details in to access the information but as mentioned it's worth getting to grips with what it can give.

2) Whilst this website will be updated in terms of news, stories and match reports amongst other things, the GUESTBOOK is starting to become the medium of which I had originally hoped it would be.  The idea is to eventually get everything as interactive as possible so that everyone has access to the same information in one place and a chance to share comments (in a respectable way) between players and offices at the club.  Therefore, I would think that going forward things like Team Selection, Food Allocation (as DK has mentioned) and anything that is of importance or interest be put in the Guestbook section to cut out all confusion and to provide a central point of focus for the club.  Do you think this is a good idea??

3) Clive has already mentioned in a recent post that Team Selection will be different this year, please read up on what is expected of you, and be aware that the rules apply to everyone.  As mentioned, the thinking behind it is not to be awkward, just to be fair.

PLEASE BROWSE THE SITE AS NORMAL, but let's ALL CONTRIBUTE to the Message Board to make life easier for everyone.  If anyone has information that they feel they need to share, then put it on the Guestbook / Message Board!!



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