Welcome to the Match Reports Section for 2011.  
On this page will be reports from the First XI games, with contributions towards the 2nd XI and Midweek throughout the season. 


MONEY TOO TIGHT TO MENTION, BUT PWLL SEES BOOM
 

Pwll CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Pwll CC - 1st XI Win/Draw 41-80

Date:  Sat 13th Aug 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Pwll CC

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

 

With all the economic doom and gloom, the Bank of England (BoE) yesterday had to fix its growth forecast with a clear warning to the recession scaremongerers whilst giving a huge injection of confidence to potential inland investors  - Britain, and in particular Wales, is once again open for business!  In a statement made at Parliament yesterday BoE Governor Mervyn King together with his Monetary Committee decreed that Britain should not have it's AAA status downgraded and pointed out that Pwll Cricket Club is leading the way with it's fiscal stimulus packages designed to generate more business in the area, a boom to the desperate economic plight that many first feared.  


"We have seen a 3000 per cent increase in trade in Pwll due primarily to our incentives.  Kebab and chip shops have never been busier, whilst the sales of new cars, new houses and rather coincidentally new sports gear has hit an all time high." said King.


A local sportsman commented on the money injection, saying 


"It's f****ing brillaint".  


For tax and privacy purposes the man cannot be named.


Hills Plymouth came to Pwll to see what all the economic fuss was about, and bowled first on a cold and windy day,  Birch had Dean Thomas out early but then a good partnership between Leaf and Howells tilted the game in Pwll's favour.  However when Dan Davies had Leaf out for 92 ($), and then Eddie Thomas had Howells for 36, Hills scrapped hard to restrict Pwll to 197 for 7.  Eddie Thomas being the pick of the bowlers taking 4-49.  Castaldi had Leaf plumb leg before, but it's never given.


In reply Hills lost Steve Baber for 4, but Jason Castaldi started playing like Virender Sehwag and both he and Davies raced the score along.  Castaldi was then out for 24 and then Davies played very well for 28.  The opening attack wasn't great but Hills knew the spinners were just around the corner.  Manning and Shopland looked good for a long period, before a rain intervention saw the back of Shopland, caught behind for 26.  The innings then petered out as leg-spinner Williams took control of the game.  Manning finished on 30, and there was good support from all the lower order especially Owen (14no).  Hills finished on 143 for 8.  


So it's a big game next week, Dyffryn home.

 

HOLIDAY DOES LEWIS' WORLD OF GOOD 

Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Pwll CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting First by 139 runs

Date:  Sat 13th Aug 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Pwll CC - 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: n.lewis 6-20 t.bowen 29* h.baber 45 j harnedy 40 c davies 28 p lewis 20 for hills


An excellent all round performance from the seconds saw them decrease the distance as they are now chasing leaders Bronwydd behind by only 18 points.  Nathan Lewis took 6 for 20, and all the batters contributed with Harry (Harry Cool) Baber scoring 45. Very well done.

 

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PLYMOUTH DRAGGED CLOSER TO RELEGATION SCRAP 

Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Baglan CC - 1st XI

Result: Baglan CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 7 wickets

Date:  Sat 6th Aug 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Highlights: Chris Shopland made 81 not out and Jonathan Baber 32 for Hills Plymouth. Martin Lewis scored 79 not out and Jonathan Lewis 48 for Baglan. Martin Lewis and Jonathan Lewis put on 105 runs for the 1st wicket. Lee Williams took 3 for 32 and Andrew Roach 3 for 58 for Baglan.

 

Baglan gave themselves a glimmer of hope in the fight to save their Division Three status, with an ultimately convincing 7 wicket victory over Hills.  Hills Plymouth batted first on what looked a good wicket but were immediately in trouble as Andrew Williams was superbly caught one handed by the mid-off fielder running backwards and up the hill, an immediate setback.  But the innings recovered somewhat as Steve Baber and Jerry 'Maguire' Crooker built up some momentum.  A broken Baber bat may have led to a loss in concentration as Steve (17) then edged one behind to make it two down.  Jezza was next to go with the score on 41, out for a decent 22.  Stephen Manning then came in and absolutely laced one to the point fielder who took a brilliant catch and then Curnow departed the scene quite quickly as Hills teetered on 52 for 5. Once again we had surrendered the momentum and the next passage of play was all Baglan as openers Christopher and Williams were starting to find some alarming seam and swing movement.  Shopland and Skipper Jonny Baber hung around for a period with the scoreboard stuck in the fifties, but eventually Jonny started to up the ante and the board moved in the right direction at last.  


After drinks, suddenly there was light at the end of the tunnel and scoring started to get easier as the openers tired.  Baber was by now hitting the ball quite fluently as Shopland still just looked to pick up the odds and sods.  But then Baber holed out to mid wicket for an excellent 32 leaving Hills on 124 for 6.  Shopland was at last finding his scoring range and started to accelerate through to 50.  Chamberlain was next to go and then Matt 'Crayons' Davies was bowled by a good Roach delivery with the score on 141-8.  With wickets starting to tumble Shopland (81no) chanced his arm and it paid off as he was ably supported by first Birch, and then Eddie Thomas playing in his 3786th game for the club.  Only Jesus of Nazereth has more appearances.  


With a few lusty blows towards the end, Hills bumped the score up to 179 for 9.  215-220 on this pitch would have made sure of victory, but Baglan were last but one for a reason and 180 to win is normally well above their station.  Lee Williams took 3-32, Kevin Christopher 2-48, Kevin O'Leary 1-35 and Roach 3-58.  


Hills in reply kept the visitors in check, scoring-rate wise.  But the lack of early penetration meant the Baglan openers could just serenely pop along picking up the odd boundary here and there.  Birch bowled with control and Davies was a little unlucky.  But the first Baglan wicket came at 105-1 when Steve Manning bowled Lewis for 48.  Eddie Thomas had Roach out for 11 and Matthew Davies had Thorn, also for 11.  The danger-man though was still at the crease.  Martin Lewis eventually won the game for them scoring 79 not out, including 9 fours and 1 six.  Baglan reached their target inside 48 overs with 7 wickets to spare.  A huge setback and it firmly puts Hills in the danger area.  

 

GARDENER BLOSSOMS IN VINTAGE SHOW 

 

Luke Gardener was the man of the moment for Hills, as they secured a brilliant victory away at Baglan.  Baglan batted first and Lloyd Davies got rid of Chris Broad (29) and Michael Broad (11) after an early run out had Baglan in trouble.  Rhys Lee (2-27), Aled Walters (1-27) and Clive Owen (1-7) aided in Lloyd Davies' performance (2-25).  Jonathan Roach was the Baglan main performer scoring a well made 49.  Hills were chasing 125 for victory.


The Hills reply was good, as everybody chipped in to win by 5 wickets.  But star man was Luke Gardner scoring an unbeaten 34.  This moves Hills up to 2nd position, 42 points behind Bronwydd who look like this years champions with strength in depth and a good blend of youth and senior players.


Well done lads!

 

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Baglan CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 5 wickets

Date:  Sat 6th Aug 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Evans Bevans Playing Fields

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard 

BRONWYDD CHARGE FOR PROMOTION  

Bronwydd CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Bronwydd CC - 1st XI Win/Draw 41-80

Date:  Sat 30th Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: Steve Williams 86no Meirion Davies 69 Steve Williams15-5-28-6 

 

Bronwydd finished the match with the better of a draw, leaving them still in second as they hunt down promotion to Division 2.  Earlier in the day, Hills won the toss and put Bronwydd in with the pitch looking like it would aide seam for a while.  They weren't to be disappointed as Hills pegged Bronwydd to 33-4 after skipper Lewis had Dorian Jones (15), Byron Jones (0), George Gleeson (0) and Steffan Jones (0) out.  But then a 117 run stand between Meirion Davies and Steven Williams tilted the match back in Bronwydd's favour as the Hills bowling began to show strain.  Dan Davies bowled Davies for an excellent 69, and although there were later wickets from Davies, Bronwydd finished on 202 from their allocation for 7 wickets down.  Williams reached an unbeaten 86 not out.  Andrew Lewis finished with figures of 4-51, and Dan Davies took three wickets for 29.  


In reply Andrew Williams began briskly scoring a quick-fire 13 and then Hills consolidated as the bowlers started to produce some excellent seam and swing.  Colin Tucker was by now in his stride and was literally doing all sorts with the red cherry.  Dan Davies was eventually bowled for 10 and then Shopland was given out leg before for 10.  Stephen Baber was going along keeping the board ticking as the Bronwydd bowling was applying maximum pressure with no bad balls on offer.  Steve Manning then looked to up the ante and was scoring with relative ease.  Steve Baber was dismissed for 38 getting bowled by Steve Williams, and Jonny Baber was out unluckily ricocheting off his pad back onto the stumps.  Crooker was leg before as was Mark Chamberlain, Steve Manning had reached 45 by this stage, and as the innings closed with Castaldi seeing the game out Hills reached 140 for 7.  Williams was the star of the day for Bronwydd, the chopsy all rounder took 6 for 28 in his spell.  

 

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ANOTHER SLIP UP AS PORTHCAWL HAVE FUN ON THE BEACH

Porthcawl CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Porthcawl CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 4 wickets

Date:  Sat 23rd Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Locks Common

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Porthcawl CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl 

 

A bumper away crowd turned up at Porthcawl to watch a slow and drab affair brought about by heavy rain from previous nights.  Hills batted first and tried to use some rotation at their disposal in the batting line-up.  Steve Baber was first to go, bowled off a short ball which hardly got up at all.  This sent a message to all the other batsmen that cross batted shots would be a virtual impossibility.  Mark Chamberlain, who had been nominated to open did a good job scoring 17 before he fell caught behind off Dai Lewis.  Then Castaldi went, bowled Nick Lyddon.  Chris Shopland and Dan Davies moved the board along until Davies was bowled.  The scoring by this stage was slow as the Porthcawl bowlers were doing a brilliant job of using the conditions.  Hills batted on, but Porthcawl had another trick up their sleeve in Ian Parsons.  His off-breaks were causing big problems getting huge turn and bowling with control.  But the next breakthrough was when Shopland (12) was caught behind.  


Manning and Baber were by now starting to cash in on the odd bad ball.  Manning eventually reached 25 before being caught in the slips off the spinner.  Baber pushed the scoring up with some excellent shots as the spinner was reaching his final overs.  Parsons though had his man in the end, as Jonny went for a well compiled 28.  Andy Williams hit a towering six before he too fell to Parsons, Then skipper Lewis was bowled by Parsons.  Crooker was last to go out for 8 as Hills were bowled out again inside the overs.  Credit must go to Porthcawl, their opening bowlers maintained some brilliant pressure and a wicket looked like going at any time.  And then Ian Parsons bowled an exceptional spell of controlled big spin, pinning the Hills middle order down for long periods.  


Porthcawl had to reach 123 to win and danger man Dixon went about this swishing at anything up there in the first overs.  Chris Birch bowled with great control and was unlucky that he only picked up a single wicket in his spell.  Birch had Richmond out leg before for 3 and Castaldi had Doherty out for 4 (apparently caught by Chris Shopland - thanks boys).  But the game just meandered along after Birch had finished up and Porthcawl were just running down the target.  When Dixon went for 39 bowled Crooker and then when John was bowled by Castaldi for 57 (and a hundred edges later), even the next quick batch of wickets flattered Hills.  Brett Davies went without scoring bowled by Crooker, and Castaldi had Josh Lyddon's wicket.  


So a victory for Porthcawl by four wickets, and on a bowler friendly deck a big chance was missed especially after opener Birch had bowled 15 overs for 20 runs.  

 

Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Porthcawl CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 4 wickets

Date:  Sat 23rd Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl 

 

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PLUCKY HILLS UNLUCKY ONCE MORE

Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Llandysul CC - 1st XI

Result: Llandysul CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 1 wickets

Date:  Sat 16th Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Llandysul CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

 

Hills Plymouth once again underlined how unlucky they are, losing narrowly by one wicket in another heated showdown that involved several flashpoints with opposition umpiring and a feast of leg before shouts shot down in flames.  Hills Plymouth batted first and got under way with Baber and Castaldi.  Castaldi was bowled by the danger man Keith Jones without scoring and then young Baber was caught behind for 2.  Shopland came to the crease, but when Steve reached another 20 odd, he was deceived and bowled by Jones for 24.  Chris Shopland hit a powerful six to get his scoring under way before playing a disastrous shot which completely fooled him, bowling him for 6.  Manning continued to go about his business as usual this season. Daniel Davies was then bowled by a straight one first ball and then Crooker was caught pinging one to cover who snaffled it expertly.  The wheels were well and truly falling off, but the only one who mastered the conditions was reaching fifty by this stage and was giving some hope as Manning started to up the ante.  Mark Chamberlain gave some invaluable support and together the scoreboard was starting to tick over nicely.  


Hills then lost Mark being bowled for 11.  Skipper Lewis contributed few runs and then Matt Davies (9) and Birch (6*) ended the innings with Steve Manning hitting a brilliantly patient 68 not out which included some lovely powerful sixes.  The end score; 138.With five of the top seven contributing just 8 runs, Hills were pleased to take this. Lots of banter was dished out by Llandysul from behind the wicket, so the reply would indeed be tasty.


The Llandysul openers got off to a decent enough start, although there were some moments of luck.  Rhun Wilson was first to depart getting bowled by Chris Birch for an almost run a ball 24.  Andrew Davies was then bowled by Matthew Davies without scoring.  Castaldi then took the wicket of Daniel Thomas before Crooker had the other opener out for 27, caught by Jonny Baber.  Then the wicket of the day as 'keeper Llewelyn Hughes was caught by Steve Baber off Castaldi for 2 off 27 balls - possibly the most annoying individual we've played against this year and the send off was just. He's certainly marked his card for future showdowns.


Skipper Darrel Griffiths then came to the crease with his side in deep hitting his first ball for four over the top.  Castaldi had Carwyn Evans out for 7, bowled convincingly before a chance was dropped off the edge of skipper Griffiths.  Then we dropped him in the outfield and it looked like it wasn't our day.  But Andrew Lewis then had Dean Jones out for an impact 22 off 21 balls which included an almighty straight six.  It was game on again and now Hills were favourites.  Then the big wicket, Griffiths caught Jonny Baber off a fired up Davies for 22.  The game was there for the taking!  After a long conversation in the middle, Davies then knocked back the pegs of Rhodri Jones first ball, Llandysul were now nine down.  In the midst of all this we had controversy with their square leg umpiring, and numerous leg before shouts not given together with some comical reasoning.  


But with Llandysul seemingly out of puff, Hills just couldn't offer the coup de grace.  Everybody gave their all, the bowling was superb but there was no doubt that with a little luck Plymouth would have ran out winners, it was not to be.  Llandysul were jubilant that they had got out of jail, and with other results going against Hills, we fell from third to sixth.  An excellent game, a heated game.  Steve Manning's contribution was the stand out display of the day, with all the bowlers doing a brilliant job.  Davies took 3-27 off his 11 overs and Castaldi 3-25 off his 8.  The creaky top order was disastrous, and we were again lucky to escape a 50 all out job.  But anyway, it's off to Porthcawl next week.

 

Llandysul CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI

Result: Llandysul CC - 2nd XI Win/Draw 11-20

Date:  Sat 16th Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Llandysul C.C

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard


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Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Cimla CC - 1st XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Won Batting First by 38 runs

Date:  Sat 9th Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Thromree - First XI 

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Cimla CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

 

CIMLA CRACKED BY CROCKED CROOKER 

 

For once Hills Plymouth maintained the momentum from a previous weeks win, by defeating Cimla by 38 runs.  Hills were asked to bat first on a surface that looked absolutely tailor made for the away side with their opening duo of Wayne Thomas and Anthony Davies normally extracting anything they can on a bowlers wicket.  And so it proved here as Hills quite literally couldn't get the ball off the square against very good seamers combined with the sluggish outfield.  After we all had our instructions for a steady patient start it was inevitable that Castaldi would be out in the only sacrilegious way, stumped trying to pump the ball beyond the clubhouse.  Jonathan Baber then came in but was swiftly caught by Chris Stephens off the bowling of 'Beaver' Davies.  Shopland had an early look before thinking a quick counter was needed chancing his arm with a couple of lofted cover drives to try and get things moving.  Then another disaster struck as last weeks star man played heavily at one which popped a little, caught and bowled by Wayne Thomas.  


Things were looking bleak at this stage, Manning came to the crease and both he and Shopland got the board moving in the right direction, albeit rather slowly as the bowlers could sense blood.  Steve managed to stick around a little before he too was caught playing hard at one, and 'Beaver picked up another wicket.  Then Davies accounted for another one, Walters plumb in front without scoring.  But finally the next passage of play went Plymouth's way as both Shopland and Crooker set about Cimla.  Shopland was just content to rotate again and trying to hit the obvious scoring ball, and Crooker was nailing the odd half volley sent his way for six.  Things were changing and as the mood started shifting both teams knew that a score of above 120 was now on, and that even that would be hard to chase down.  Finally Shopland's technique gave way holing out to point, off a rank bad ball for 25.  Hills were 90 odd for 6 by this stage, but with the destructive Davies about to finish his allotted overs things would be easier for the last fifteen overs.  


Curnow and Lewis provided some good support, as Crooker looked the part by now dispatching anything in his zone to the boundary on a lightening slow outfield.  Skipper Lewis had some fun and games giving catching practice to the Cimla covers but they couldn't get take their early chance.  Hills passed 120, then 130 as by now the English duo of Crooker and Birch were batting together, it was sentimental stuff as the impassioned crowd broke out into a chorus of Swing Low Sweet Chariot (or was it you can stick you're ****ing Chariots up your ****, I can't remember)  before finally Jay-Z was caught for 59.  A brilliant knock, and in the games context worth a 100!   


Birch finished with 5 not out and Matt 'I Love Crayons' Davies hit a couple of lovely shots including a towering maximum in his 10*.  So 144 was the total, and Hills were very satisfied.


The Cimla reply started disastrously, with former danger man Baggeridge being run out by Castaldi - finally those years of throwing darts with a big pot belly paid off as he double topped Baggeridge's middle peg from twenty yards.  Another good wicket was had quite quickly, Graham Hughes mistimed a full toss straight back to Birch and then Virginia's son, Liam Woolfe played on to an absolute stinker of a ball from Chris.However I think he's due some luck after years of beating the edge!  Hills then however went off the boil and this area has to be seriously addressed.  Chris Stephens was bowled by Crooker for 10, and Chris Jenkins was leg before from Crooker for 11.  By all accounts, the game should have been done and dusted.  But Hills then fed Cimla's batsmen by continually giving the batsmen one of the only shots that is unforgivable on a seaming/swinging deck.  Cut after cut after cut was played.  In fact in the whole match hardly a run was scored through mid-on to mid-off, and probably 70 per cent of Cimla's runs were off the one cut shot.  It simply isn't good enough on a track that offers so much for inducing the drive.  


Nerves were jangling a little, but eventually Castaldi had the danger man out for 41, as Martin Rees gave a cob to cover off - you guessed it - a drive.  In fact, lots of the Cimla wickets were off - DRIVES!!


The result was then never in doubt, as Capel Hill sensed blood and started doing what they do best, giving the out batsmen a lovely send off.  When Wayne Thomas was adjudged leg before off Crooker, it sent the Hill into raptures as he didn't like the decision courting more fan joy.  Then 'Tank' Jones was out off Castaldi's bowling, before the Ginger Ninja, aka The Elite Athlete delivered the final killer blows accounting for Keith Davies 11 and Patrick O'Brian, bowling the latter for one.  


So in the end, a very good win which leaves us four points off second with an absolutely massive game next week against the pace-setters Llandysul.  Jezza's figures were 15-3-29-3, Birch 9-3-28-2, Castaldi 10-2-32-2, and Davies 4.1-2-5-2.    But let's not kid ourselves.  The batting once again gave the opposition a sniff, and at four or five down with nothing on the board, it could easily have been a 40 all out job.  We got lucky, and got out of jail.  And the bowling for long periods simply wasn't anywhere near good enough.  On a pitch that was doing all sorts to the pitched up ball, and with any batsman drive causing havoc, we continued to feed the opposition giving cheap cut shot runs.  Just to emphasise again, hardly a run was scored betwen mid-off and mid-on, that's just poor bowling especially if you factor in that a huge, huge quantity of runs came through point.  It was not inconceivable that if we had bowled half decently, Cimla would have struggled to 60!  


Anyway, plenty to put right but at least we're finding ways of winning cricket matches for a while.  Well done, but everyone HAS to bring their A game next week as Llandysul are THE team to beat, make no bones about that.

 

Cimla CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 4 wickets

Date:  Sat 9th Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: cefn saeson playing feilds

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl 

 

The Plymouth 2nd XI defeated Cimla by 4 wickets after substantial runs in the chase by Andrew Williams (63) and John Harnedy (34 not out).  Earlier in the piece Cimla had been restricted to 147 off their allotted 40, with Mike Price leading the way with 43 not out.  The wickets were shared between Phil Lewis (1-27), Daneil Davies (2-21), Nathan (2-52) and Lloyd Davies (1-11).  Hills then batted and lost Dan for 12 and Lloyd for 10.  Jake Stanley was out for 6, leg before off the bowling of Chris Davies.  Then a little wobble as Owen and Harry Baber both fell without scoring.  But it was Williams and Harnedy who did the damage steering their side to victory.


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Landore CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Win/Draw 41-80

Date:  Sat 2nd Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Landore Cricket Club

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard 

 

LANDORE LANDED WITH HEATED DRAW 

 

With the match played at Winch Wen's ground, there was early surprise from the visitors, as Landore used home advantage to play on the patchiest pitch possible to aide their seam attack.  In truth, the wicket gave assistance to the bowlers but lateral movement gave way for bounce on a wicket that Stephen Baber looked to cash in on when Hills batted first.  The batting order was re-jigged after the newly appointed opener Aled Walters had to go on a candle-lit dinner with his friend, so the ice-cream man stepped in to display all his coaching badges from ex-Glamorgan legend, and who almost played for a Kwik-Fit League Division 7e South/West English Select and Representative Eleven before playing for Glamorgan, Keith Newell.  Castaldi immediately pulled out the one shot that Newell's coaching is now legendary for; the block.  And Hills loved it!

Baber started where he had left off in the previous months cricket, easily reaching the twenties, which has been a sticking point of late.  But this time there was no stopping the opening combination as Baber put the bad ball away in the scorching heat.  The two went serenely past 50 and then the 100 partnership.  With Castaldi starting to find his feet he reached 25 before he was excellently caught and bowled by spinner Rahimi.  A brilliant first wicket partnership of over a 100!  Jonny Baber came but was deceived but the young spinner and had to go cheaply.  Meanwhile Steve Baber was now in great nick, passing fifty himself and then getting closer to the nineties.  He still played the pull when it presented itself even after a head blow as Neil Williams extracted some extra bounce.  Steve Manning hit a couple of decent shots before Steve Morris bowled him for 15.  Then with Baber closing in on what would have been a remarkable first for the club (I think I'm right in saying Rocket!?!?), in scoring centuries twice against the same side in a season, Baber went across the line to a Williams fuller one and lost his middle peg.  Baber scored an excellent 91, a brilliant effort on a hot day.  

Matt Lewis then came and went edged a lovely leg cutter behind, but then Hills found a little momentum as Crooker started putting the bad ball away.  On tracks like this Jezza comes to the fore hitting some lovely midwicket flicks and straight aerial drives. Shopland at this stage was just happy to rotate, but when Jeremy was out for 32 and then Davies for 8, it was tee off time.  Unfortunately a few balls were lost during the course of the game as the woman at number 26 obviously objected to balls being repeatedly hit into her swimming pool, but as the bowlers wilted in the heat Hills raced through the 200 mark, then 250 and then finished on 282, with Skipper Lewis contributing a few quick fire boundaries to aide Shopland's 65 not out.  

At the halfway point Hills knew it would be tough but there was early hope when Carl Lawrence went for 5.  Leg before from a fired up Matt Davies.  David Burrows was then expertly caught in Gunner's Alley by the painter and decorator.  Bruce Lee's son, Jack, hit a painstaking four which seemingly lasted 50 overs in itself before Chris Birch aka John Flanagan of LFC, dismissed him bowled.  And then Birch accounted for Keith Davies, 28.  The match then hit a controversial moment, as their captain at square leg gave a not out off a Jonny Baber stumping, that was out by all accounts.  It was so blatant that it could only be described as cheating and NOT an error of judgement.  A couple of wickets then fell again with Birch and Lewis, and then Rico Pasquantonio was given out stumped when in truth, although it was out, was less out than the other one.  Hills then dropped their star man on the boundary to add insult to injury.  Tony Pennock went on to make the killer contribution that saved the game for Landore scoring 113 not out.  Although Castaldi got in the act bowling Neil Williams, Landore survived to 225 for 7, and another stumping not given off the very last ball of the ball ensured there was more bad blood.  

Again, you can't criticise the bowling for effort, but the execution of plans needs to be better.  Birch was the stand out bowler and perhaps showed how it's done on hot days and a good wicket, 15-4-56-3 was his return, Ginge took 2-42 and bowled with real gusto early on, Castaldi 1-39 did a pretty good containment job at the end of the innings to curtail any momentum they created and Lewis took 1-42.  Crooker finished with 9-2-33-0.    

Overall, it was a decent result, something that could have been improved upon with some better fielding in the heat, and with the bowlers bowling a more disciplined line and length.  Days like this require huge patience, which we showed in patches, but just didn't execute well enough leaving us three wickets short, and gifting them far too many runs in practice.  Never mind, a winning draw.  Also worth a mention is Jason's contribution at the top, style and effectiveness rarely go hand in hand, but from a team's perspective give us effectiveness any day of the week.  Whilst it may not have been pretty at times, it was team orders to a tee, something which allowed us the fun in the end.  


Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Landore CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Win/Draw 41-80

Date:  Sat 2nd Jul 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  2nd XI won the toss and decided to bat 

 

Hills Plymouth 2nd XI are fourth after the turn of the fixtures, getting a winning draw by 50 runs.  Andy Williams scored 29, and despite a bit of a wobble from the top order, Ashley Curnow also scored 29.  Curnow dominated from start to finish (like he usually does) and dazzled the spectators with some striking blows, before being unluckily given out leg before.  Hawk Eye said it was actually going through the gap of middle and leg, and curtailed what some said from the side was "the best 29 they'd ever seen".  The reporter wasn't there, but Curnow gave a detailed account of how it all went down.


Then it was down to Sinatra and Martin to see the innings to its conclusion, Clive scoring 11 and Thomas 18.  Hills scored 130 off their 40.  


Young Nathan Lewis had early success getting both openers out, and Eddie Thomas ripped the middle order apart accounting for Webb (33), Summerfield (16), and Harrington (0).  Aled "Cosgrove-Cosker" Walters then took two wickets with Jarrad Lewis taking another one.  Phil finished his ten overs with 18 coming off them, Nathan 10-2-37-2, and Eddie Thomas took amazing figures of 10-5-9-3.  Aled 2 for 13 off 9 overs and Jarrad 1-0-2-1 completed the stats.  Landore limped to 80 for 8 off their 40 overs.  


Just a side point, and it's just personal opinion, but I really do think the seconds, after being cut to 40 overs as well, needs to be a straight win/loss shoot out now.  Something perhaps the League needs to look at.


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Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Briton Ferry Town CC - 1st XI

Result: Briton Ferry Town CC - 1st XI Win/Draw 41-80

Date:  Sat 25th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard 

 

PLYMOUTH HIT BY SHAQ-ATTACK 

 

Hills Plymouth gained the wrong end of a draw against Briton Ferry Town, in a match where missed chances ultimately cost the home side a better crack at victory.  Batting first, Briton Ferry started looking to play themselves in at both ends on a wicket that looked decent enough.  But Hills gave both openers lives as Yakoob Ali hit a splendid 60, eventually being caught behind off the bowling of Crooker, after the initial spell from of pace had no luck.  Birch then bowled opposing 'keeper Mainwaring for 3 and Crooker removed opener Tasnem leg before for 40.  Hills felt that there wasn't much more to come, but it was Shakeel Amin's day as he started to go after the bowling after being wary early on.  Castaldi got rid of the bulk of the middle to late order with some accurate bowling and Matt Davies had Amin caught finally for 61.  Birch was unlucky finishing with 1-55 from his fifteen, Jezza had 2-28 and opening paceman Davies had 1-41.  Castaldi finished with excellent figures of 4-43.


The chase would be a good one to make, but Hills lost Walters and then Jonny Baber early on.  Manning joined Steve Baber at the crease and the pair looked decent getting to grips with the now variable bounce.  Manning was next to go though for 9, holing out.  Shopland then sought about trying to rebuild a little as the away team's backs were now fully up for the challenge.  Craig Jewell was now bowling some tremendous stuff from one end, as Baber was caught for 25, another decent contribution from him.  Shopland found an ally in Lewis for a while as the two batsmen eventually started to see some light at the end of the tunnel, and with the fielding side going more defensive the pressure was now off for a while.  Lewis hit a couple of nice drives before being caught for 16, then Crooker was bowled again for 6.  Shopland was at long last starting to find his range with a couple of sixes and between him and Birch, fancied taking the leg spinner on.  Chris was then unluckily given out leg before off a huge inside edge after looking good for 13.  But with Shopland taking a risk and holing out for 46, it was left to the defensive rearguard to see out a draw, which Andrew Lewis, Castaldi and Matt Davies did brilliantly.  It's not at all easy with men round the bat, but the three successfully negotiated it to get something posisitive from the match.  Big game next week now, Landore away, we must bring our A games to this one.  It was much the same story again, that we have been trying to avoid and doing a better job of late, but the loss of half your team before the halfway point isn't ideal.  Wickets in hand would have seen 5/6 an hour for the last ten overs win this game, as the away side gambled on bowling out their openers and had little left by the end, but it's all about keeping those wickets in tact!

 

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Dyffryn CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 9 wickets

Date:  Sat 18th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard 

 

TEAM GEL WELL IN DYFF-RAIN AFFECTED MATCH

 

Sparks flew in this latest Division 3 encounter as Hills won by nine wickets against newly promoted and feisty Dyffryn.  Dyffryn batted first later than scheduled due to the rain and went about their task on a good wicket considering the weather.  Matthew Davies bowled with some gusto and was backed up by Castaldi.  Richard Davies was first to go, with Castaldi 'silencing' him (me so funny) caught in the outfield.  Bromham was then run out by some excellent work from skipper Lewis with Baber completing the job.  Castaldi then took another wicket with Chris Birch also joining the party.  Meanwhile the players had gone off for rain, and had taken an early lunch.  


Sparks then began to fly as opener Davies blatantly edged a cut shot behind, which was given not out.  Crooker then started to turn the screw accounting for the opener who scored 44, bowling him convincingly.  Crooker then took the wickets of Hadley and Morgan to reduce Dyffryn to 133 from their 30 overs.


Baber and Walters opened up in reply and looked good.  After a number of decent shots Baber was eventually out for 18 caught slip.  This only brought the in-form Manning to the crease who after an initial period of playing himself in played some absolutely stunning shots, including some powerful straight drives and a couple of glorious square cuts.  Walters was continuing his good form at the other end hitting some lovely shots in response and the two went serenely to see us home in the 23rd over.  Both Walters and Manning were unbeaten scoring 44 and 56 respectively.  


Credit must first go the bowling department, Davies bowled some lovely stuff up front without any luck and had a glove and edge turned down.  Whilst Castaldi and Birch kept things in check with Crooker finishing things off.  The ground fielding was also very impressive and the batting reply was a professional job.  All round then a very satisfying day!

 

Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Dyffryn CC - 2nd XI

Result: Cancelled

Date:  Sat 18th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard 


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Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Pwll CC - 1st XI

Result: Pwll CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 5 wickets

Date:  Sat 11th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard 

 

MARCUS LEAF'S HILLS REACHING FOR CHEQUEBOOK 

 

The script was known to all before the game and with one players wicket the match would be decided, unfortunately Pwll's Leaf showed another masterclass in compiling a match-winning innings to once again stop the momentum that Plymouth had try to build a week ago.

Hills batted first, and seemingly entered the twilight zone with Baber going nuts on the Pwll seamers.  Smashing almost anything and everything he was looking in fine touch until a slower ball deceived him bowling him for 21.  Meanwhile Cozzie Walters was going along nicely with his new ally Jonny Baber.  Baber Jnr played really well for 24, but the spinners that were brought on started turning the game in Pwll's favour after the initial Hills onslaught.  Walters holed out for a well deserved 33 and then Shopland was given out rather dubiously leg before for 7, although the spinners to be fair were all over Hills at this stage.

Pwll had brought themselves right back into the game, and with a rain break things looked to be rather bleak.  But the shortened version of the game brought Manning to life as he entertained the Hills faithful who had paid good (no) money to get into the ground, with a scintillating 65 including huge sixes which flew over the car park straight into Mrs Evans' knickers at number 27!  Jon Caple also managed to throw the ball into the dip at the edge of the boundary.....from the benches, something that couldn't be done again if he tried a thousand times.

At the other end Matt Lewis was out for 12, and a few wickets fell cheaply after.  Mark Chamberlain kept a bit of momentum with 12 not out, but the star of the show was Manning.  Hills reached 190 off 44 overs, beyond their expectations when the rain fell.  For Pwll, Darren Bonnell was the stand out bowler, taking 5 for 46.  A lovely display of off-spin bowling, literally turning it square in some phases of play.

Hills started their spell with Davies and Castaldi, with both doing a fine job early on.  Leaf was the key man in all this, and survived a very, very close leg before shout not offering a shot to a Castaldi straight one.  Everyone was convinced, but the umpire gave it not out and the game moved on.  Dean Thomas was first to go for 16, which brought big hitter David Williams to the crease, his nonsense approach earned him 55 runs before Davies sent his off peg back.  Hills plugged away with Lewis and Crooker, but with runs flowing there was then little pressure on Leaf to accelerate at any point. There was late drama as a number of wickets fell, but classy Leaf saw it home in imperious form, hitting 82 not out.  Matthew Davies (13-1-61-2) and Steve Manning (7-0-24-2) were the pick of the attack.

Effort could not be faulted for the last 15 or so overs, but effort alone isn't going win some tight games.  Hills didn't dwell on it at full time, but men need to be men and put their hands up when it wasn't their day and hopefully put it right next week. 

 

Pwll CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting First by 85 runs

Date:  Sat 11th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Pwll CC - 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl 

 

BALL OF THE CENTURY NOT ENOUGH TO STOP HILLS 

 

Hills recorded an excellent victory against Pwll 2nds, batting first and scoring 220 for 6 in 40 overs.  Stars of the show were Philip Lewis 86, Ashley "The Colonel" Curnow (don't know just made that up 'cos it almost rhymes) with 53, Andy "White Christmas" Williams with 29, and the Bastard with 23.....Harry that is, Clive was bowled by the new 'ball of the century' first ball of the match!  


In reply only the first three batsmen offered anything scoring 47, 29 and 20.  Hills eventually dismissed them for 135, Philip 4 for 41 (full ten Phil?) and Nathan (3 for 26) were the highlights. 


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Baglan CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 5 wickets

Date:  Sat 4th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Evans Bevans Playing Fields

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Baglan CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat 

 

 HILLS VICTORIOUS IN BAGLAN COVER-UP

 

Baglan welcomed Hills Plymouth on a day of changing weather, they duly won the toss and opted to bat on a relatively green tinged pitch.  Hills had a somewhat depleted side with a number of drop outs, but stuck to their task royally in the opening exchanges.  Matthew Davies opened up with Castaldi, and both bowled extremely well against the organised openers Carpenter and Lewis.  Castaldi had the first breakthrough pinning Lewis leg before for 11.  Manning then joined the attack who took the wickets of Carpenter caught behind by stand-in 'keeper Matthew Lewis and Furse.  Castaldi then bowled Roach and skipper Lewis had Lee Jones leg before for 3.  With Hills plugging away it was left to Kevin Christopher (33*) and Peter Broad (16*) to see the innings out.  Baglan ended up on 135 from a reduced 48 overs.  The bowling from all was superb, and so to was the fielding.  Nothing more could have been asked.

Davies (13-5-26-0), Castaldi (15-5-33-2), Manning (11-2-30-2) and Andrew Lewis (9-0-31-1) were the bowlers.

After a slight debacle in which things got a little heated over the covers which Baglan said they didn't have - and then rather mysteriously found - Baber and 'Cossie' Walters opened up the Hills reply after a delightful luncheon (which skipper Lewis took full advantage of), and set about the task of building an innings on a challenging pitch.  Both were going along nicely until Baber was caught off the accurate bowling of Godwin (17).  Walters was next to go for 14, adjudged leg before, again off danger-man Godwin.  Jonny Baber had by now joined Shopland, and both were happy to just put the bad ball away.  With Baber going along quite nicely it was rather unfortunate that he was given out leg before off Godwin for 20.  Manning was next to the crease and with the plan crystal clear of seeing Godwin off, after a couple of good shots Steve was also given out leg before, this one was rather dubious, but nevertheless he had to go.  With the rate reaching around 4 an over, it was inevitable that Hills tried to up the ante slightly, but O'Leary bowled Dan Davies to open up another end.  But finally Shopland found the perfect partner in Lewis.  With Godwin finished, the runs started to flow again and after a couple of overs were Hills just about held their nerve the game was finally broken when first Shopland hit a couple of fours and then Lewis hit an expensive over.  Hills reached their target in 45.2 overs for the loss of 5 wickets.  Lewis ended 23 not out and Shopland 38.  Godwin was once again the main threat taking four wickets for 33.

So it was mission accomplished, it wasn't pretty but the points were secured, leaving Hills third and with a line drawn across the difficult Baglan away trip.  As performances go, this was one of the most complete in recent years in which everyone did their job.

 

Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Baglan CC - 2nd XI

Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 9 wickets

Date:  Sat 4th Jun 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Baglan CC - 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bat

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Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Bronwydd CC - 1st XI

Result: Bronwydd CC - 1st XI Won Batting First by 99 runs

Date:  Sat 28th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: Tomos Wilson 61 Byron Jones 35 Gihan Fernando 13-7-9-4 Tomos Wilson 13.4-2-23-3

 

THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE AIR AT HILLS, NO THRILLS AND SPILLS, FERNANDO 

 

Hills suffered another heavy defeat as spinners Tomos Wilson and Gihan Fernando helped themselves to wickets defeating Hills by almost a hundred runs.  Bronwydd batted first and Tomos went about his business with gusto after Matt Davies had to go off with a leg injury.  Ably supported by Byron Jones (35) and a cameo from Fernando 24, Tomos went on to make the match winning score of 61 which included three big sixes.

Davies came back into the attack and took two wickets for 23, whilst the other wickets were shared amongst the Lewis brothers, and the ice cream man Castaldi.  Hills were after a good start after weeks of trying to address the issue, which is exactly what they got.  Walters was first to go with the score on 38, but the innings ground to a complete halt when the spinners were introduced.  Only Steve Baber (23) threatened the score card, as it was left to Chamberlain and Castaldi to eek out a draw, failing in their goal on the last ball of the game, as Chunky was dismissed leg before for 17.  A really great effort from the last two, but the damage had been done in the middle order.


The only consolation is that we're only six points behind second, with the pace setters Llandysul looking to steam ahead.

 

Bronwydd CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI

Result: Bronwydd CC - 2nd XI Won Batting First by 130 runs

Date:  Sat 28th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Cnwc y Deri Bronwydd

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: George Gleeson 42 Mike Jones 41 George Gleeson 10-0-20-6 

 

TOTAL GLEE-SON FOR GEORGE 

 

Bronwydd had a very strong team for this clash posting 188 of their 40 overs, the wickets were shared between Prosser, Harnedy and Nathan  Lewis (2-55).  In response George Gleeson ripped through the top of the order and only Thomas Bowen and Lloyd Jones (13 and 17 respectively) stuck in.  Hills were eventually dismissed for 58.  A drubbing for both teams 

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Llandysul CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI


Result: Llandysul CC - 1st XI Won Batting First by 117 runs

Date:  Sat 14th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Llandysul C.C

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl


KEITH JONES JOINS IN JOSTLING JADED HILLS


After a frustrating trek in which nine arrived on time, Hills could only try and contain Llandysul who were eager to get the show on the road.  With the white faces of those who travelled by bus were the dazed fazes of those who travelled with Prosser, and it was little wonder that things got off to a ropey start.  Eventually skipper Lewis got his line sorted together with Birch who bowled very well for long periods until Jezza "Crufts" Crooker arrived alongside Matt Davies.  The game ebbed and flowed with their skipper Griffiths commanding the innings.  There were wickets for Birch 2-42, Lewis 3-53, Davies 1-21, Crooker 3-31 as well as the Italian Stallion 'Rocky' Castaldi (who does karate now) who took 1-24.

The Hills reply was practically woeful.  Lewis and Shopland each had 19, but it was Keith Jones who was the undoubted star of the day for them ripping through the team taking 6 for 35.  Note to us - play him better next time.

Must improve next week.


Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Llandysul CC - 2nd XI


Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 9 wickets

Date:  Sat 14th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: a.williams 61 ,a.walters not out 50 for hills . a.davies 62 for llandysul


A very good display from the seconds by all accounts.  Stars of the show this week with the guys with the bat, HIRWAUN old boy, Andrew Williams and gym freak Aled Walters.  Keep it up lads.

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Cimla CC - 1st XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI


Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 3 wickets

Date:  Sat 7th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: cefn saeson playing feilds

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Cimla CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat


LIFEGUARD SAVES DAY IN MANN-IFICENT WIN 


Inspired by the notorious 'Baywatch' Show of the nineties, it was obvious from birth that Steve Manning's calling in life was to save people - and on Saturday he saved all ten of his teammates throwing his metaphorical dingy for all to clutch onto and embrace to his 'Man'ly' bosom.


Hills lost the toss, and just when all players were going to give a volley of abuse to the skipper, the surprise news came from Lewis that Cimla were going to have a bat.  Matthew Davies opened up on a soggy wicket that resembled the outfield with Birch at the other end.  The Ginger Ninja had the first scalp of the day bowling a brilliant slower ball that deceived Thomas all ends up, a wonderful change of pace.  Birch then had South Wales veteran Graham Hughes bowled before Crooker came into the game taking the wickets of Stephens and Craig Kelly (40).  Birch had Jones caught for a duck.  Andrew Lewis was then into the attack and had an lbw decision against their wicky, and then had Baggeridge bowled for 23.  The innings wasn't a great one in the field, but we'll let ourselves off a little for this week only as the outfield was harsh and the wind a-blowing a lot.  Eventually Cimla reached 208 for 9, a very respectable total.  During this innings there was a bit of crowd trouble as a rioter took to the pitch wearing Hawaiian shorts and started to field for Hills - if you known this man, don't contact the A-Team, contact Jon Caple. 


Hills' reply wasn't the best, Lewis was first to go caught rather spectacularly in the covers, then Clark, then Shopland.  With three down things weren't looking great, but then a wonderful partnership between Manning and Baber started to blossom.  I don't know who Jonny Baber thought he was, but he was smashing it to all parts, fours and sixes galore.  You're supposed to scratch around for an hour for 8 on Cimla's pitch, silly boy!!!


Eventually Jonny was bowled for an excellent 42, which gave the innings real impetus.  With Manning going so nicely it was Mathew Lewis to aide in the charge.  Normally, over the last couple of seasons Hills have crumbled at this stage, when in fact the middle period of the game is probably the most crucial for our team.  And normally Lewis gets out for a flashy 10 or something in a few balls, which is no good for him or the team.  This week he played the situation perfectly, and to the teams benefit!


He accompanied Steve picking off the runs when available, as Manning was starting to flex his notorious pecs.  When Steve is in this kind of form, there's no-one better and no-one capable of hitting it harder.  Finally after seeing their opener off, the game seemed to have been broken, Cimla were quiet, and nothing was happening as the target was in sight.


Lewis however was unluckily caught down the leg side, umpire said glove, Lewis wasn't happy, but he had to go.  Then Crooker hit a full-bunger to mid-wicket and the wobble was on.  Matthew Davies eased that pressure, again assisting Manning who was closing in on three figures.  When Matthew went for 10 though it was down to Birch to see his team home, with Manning finishing on a brilliant 98no, desperately disappointing not to get a ton, it was another superb innings by him, who once went for a blood donation but was turned away for having 99% vodka running through his veins!


So another pile of points, and we all know what points make at the end of the year.  The last two weeks have been the VERY DEFINITION of how to chase down 200 plus targets.  You get one guy to score big, and the rest bat around him.  The game is fifty overs which is a very long time indeed.  The 'game on' period doesn't even begin to start until around the 25th over, anything before that is a bonus.  With wickets in hand 6,7,8 an over going into the last 6 or 7 overs is easily achievable.  If you're in form whack it, if you're out of form, stick around for a bit, but don't give it away.  What does one wicket always bring....exactly!


Good performance all round.


TOP INFO - Did you know Hills Plymouth have a very strong Baywatch connection?  One of the wives of one of our club members has a friend, who has a friend, who is a dating global sensation David Hasselhoff.


http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/britain_got_talent/3569701/The-Hoff-makes-surprise-visit-to-his-girlfriends-home-town.html


Merfa rules!



Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI vs Cimla CC - 2nd XI

 

Result: Cimla CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 2 wickets

Date:  Sat 7th May 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard


No scores up yet on the play cricket website, what it does say is that Hills batted first and scored 92 all out.  Cimla chased down the target in 35 overs.  Not sure what happened here but Hills will want to put that right next week.

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Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI vs Landore CC - 1st XI


Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 1st XI Won Batting Second by 8 wickets

Date:  Sat 30th Apr 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: Hills Plymouth

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - First XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Highlights: Landore innings k.davies 53 ,j copp 54.j crooker 8-0-18-5 hills innings s baber not out 123 c shopland not out 54. n williams 12-5-16-1


HIT ME BABER ONE MORE TON!


Hills Plymouth completed an emphatic eight wicket victory on the opening day of the season, thanks primarily to a wonderful 123 not out by Steve "Baber Doll" Baber. 


Hills lost the toss and so Landore had first use of a pitch that looked to have promise for both batters and bowlers.  Landore's early game plan was to see off the new ball and wait patiently until the middle overs.  Matthew Davies bowled with gusto down the hill, whilst Chris Birch embraced his new up the hill role with relish, bowling economically without much luck.


Rico Pasquantonio was first to go, and after all the good bowling it was a Birch full toss which did the trick, as Steve Manning showed electric agility, taking one low down.  Hills found the next section of the game increasingly frustrating as the visitors looked to pick up momentum with Jay Copp starting to show some promise.  Even though the scoring was in check, wickets were hard to come by.  Then in a true moment of captain's inspiration (and after he had tried everyone else), skipper Lewis introduced Crooker into the attack.


From then on the game changed, Johnny Morris went bowled for 15, Abdullah "One Swish" Rahimi was bowled for 26 after just missing out on a call to Autoglass missing Crooker's car by a yard or so.  Then Lewis had opener Davies plumb for 53.  Crooker then dismissed the dangerous Copp for 54, caught and bowled. 


The "Caple Hill" was starting to feel the momentum shift by now, and with a couple more wickets for Crooker the Landore innings petered out from a position of relative strength, finishing up on 204 for 8.


The wicket seemed good, but it was paramount that the Hills openers saw off the initial Landore burst, they traditionally have a very good attack and early wickets would have put pressure on the chase.  Baber and bar boy Thomas opened up and went quite serenely on.  Thomas was first to go triggered rather unluckily for single figures, and then Baber Jnr was next to go soon after, leading edging one to mid-wicket.  During this time Baber had looked supreme at the crease, hitting wonderfully through the off side, particularly through extra cover.


Hills set about rebuilding, and with Baber going so well it was a matter of playing every over as it came.  At halftime with drinks, Hills had manufactured a position where they were in the game.  With Landore running out of ideas and Baber starting to smash the ball to all parts, the game was starting to swing Hills' way.  Baber hit a wonderful couple of overs with sixes and fours galore to ensure that Hills surged ahead of the original asking rate, it's been a long time since Paul Sibbery was handed that kind of treatment!


Then with wickets in hand and a tiring attack, Shopland started to come to the party slowly increasing his rate.  Baber at this time had reached a brilliant ton, and needs to kick on like this for the rest of the season.  Shopland had also reached 50, or was it 29, or was it 31, it could have been 42, whatever, Caple decided it was time to clap and so everyone joined in.


Then with two or three big overs, Hills had cracked the back of the game and saw themselves to a win.  Baber's 123 not out was one of the best witnessed in recent times, and in front of a good crowd too.  Shopland ended with 54*. 


An excellent all round win, but it's just one game in a long season, consistency in performance is key.


Landore CC - 2nd XI vs Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI


Result: Hills Plymouth CC - 2nd XI Won Batting Second by 6 wickets

Date:  Sat 30th Apr 2011

Start Time: 13:30

Ground: heol las park

Type:  League : South Wales Cricket Association - Division Three - Second XI

Scoring:  Standard

Toss:  Landore CC - 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bat

Highlights: some excellent bowling from nathan lewis and jake stanley,adam prosser 73 not out his first 50 for the club


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