Hannah's unbeaten century lifts Firsts
12:02pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
THE Dinas Powys Cricket Club 1st XI travelled to Pencoed on Saturday for their penultimate game of the season, with skipper Ian Southwell invited to bat on a green top.
Southwell and Gordon Hannah made a solid start, punishing the bad balls and picking up singles all around the wicket. Southwell was out trying to up the tempo, bringing Brychan Tudor to the crease. The tempo remained unchanged and Dinas continued to progress smoothly, with Hannah moving through the gears nicely. Tudor also perished trying to up the pace, bringing Matthew Todd-Bennett to join Hannah. The senior batsman took the initiative, playing shots all around the wicket in one of his finest innings for the club. Wickets continued to fall at the other end, but Hannah was unaffected. Bringing up a fine hundred to the applause of all his teammates, he remained unbeaten at the end with Dinas on 202 for nine off 50 overs - a good effort in tricky conditions.
Stephen Bussell and Nathan Piddock opened the bowling for Dinas, and kept things extremely tight. The pressure began to build on the Pencoed batsmen and Piddock, the club's leading wicket taker this term, picked up a wicket as the batsmen tried to hit out. Runs remained at a premium, with "Merthyr Magician" Laurence O'Sullivan brought into the attack and tying the batsmen in knots. But it was teenager Josh Clogg who made the decisive breakthroughs, first with the ball of the day to clip the top of off stump, followed by a good caught and bowled. O'Sullivan then bowled the Pencoed No 4 around his pads. It was left to Pencoed star batsmen Gavin Davies to try and see his team home but Upinder Singh had different ideas, picking up the key wicket of Davies, and two further wickets, with a fantastic spell of swing bowling. Clogg and O'Sullivan picked up the remaining wickets as Pencoed folded to 147 all out and a Dinas victory by 55 runs.
In the reverse 2nd XI fixture, skipper Andy Ford decided to bowl. After a steady start, Gareth Marks and Richie Morgan accounted for both Pencoed openers. Ford rotated his bowlers, but wickets were hard to come by and the opposition played their way to a useful but not spectacular 183 for six off their 45 overs.
Ford's men would have been reasonably confident in chasing down the total, but, despite some very friendly bowling, inexplicably found ways of getting themselves out. With rotation of the strike also wanting, the pressure was starting to build at 107 for four, but Gareth Evans showed the rest of the batsmen how it should be done. He picked up singles, so sadly lacking previously, and put away the bad balls (of which there were plenty) with abandon, especially favouring the pull backward of square. Ably assisted by youngster Sam Marlow, showing why he gained a county cap in the juniors, the two almost saw Dinas home, but Evans was out with the scores level for a fine 80 - standing aghast as he spooned a pie ball to midwicket. Marlow, though, kept his composure to hit the winning run. The five-wicket victory keeps the side second in their division with one match - and a tough one - against runaway leaders Pontymister.
It was a bad day at the office for the 3rd XI who hosted Monkswood on The Common. Dinas struggled to 92 all out against some, in truth, steady, slow bowling, with only Storey unbeaten on 29 making a fist of it. The highlight of the day was the usual Ruth Clogg tea. There followed a tough challenge to contain the visitors, which proved a step too far as Monkswood got to 92 for the loss of just two wickets in the 25th over.
The league season wraps up next week, with the 1st XI away at Pontymister, and looking safe, the 2nd XI entertaining Pontymister at Bryn y Don with a chance of holding on to second spot, and the 3rd XI entertaining Panteg on The Common, and looking to improve.
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