Under 15s XI Report
UNDER 15s VALE LEAGUE CUP FINAL (2011)
The Cardiff and the Vale League Cup Final of last season's cricket was held over until this season due to inclement weather last September.
The final was held at St. Fagan's Cricket Club between the hosts and Cowbridge.
Although some of the boys were now 16, most of the Cowbridge team consisted of 13, 14 and 15 year olds. However the four older boys of Captain Sam Wood, Chris Brace, Harri Collier and Rafi had a significant effect on the outcome.
The hosts won the toss in the 20 over game played on a slow pitch. Opening bowlers Chris Brace and Rafi bowled accurately allowing little momentum to the batting side. The danger batsman G. Lennnon was trapped leg before wicket to the bowling of Rafi with the score at 34 in the 8th over. Left arm spin of Harri Collier was to prove the host’s downfall, gaining 2 wickets for 6 runs in his allocated 4 overs. He was ably supported by Sean Rowlands 2 for 16, Rian Thomas 2 for 10, Matthew Keating 0 for 14 and the return of Brace 3 for 19, who had the last man out with one ball remaining of the last over for a total of 80 runs.
Fine bowling was complemented by excellent fielding from the rest of the team of Jack Griffiths, Joe Russell, Sadr Zaman, Dan Evans and Zac Summerhayes with Sean Rowlands in particular taking a stunning catch.
Under 16 Welsh International Sam Wood and Sean Rowland gave Cowbridge a steady start with Wood falling in the 10th over for 28 and the score at 51. Although Collier went cheaply Rowlands continued where Wood left off to carry his bat to 27 not out ably supported by Brace 5 not out. and reach the winning target with 5 overs to spare.
Congratulations to all the team on a fine performance in lifting the 2011 Cardiff and Vale League Cricket Cup.
Under 15s XI Report 2012
This has been the wettest summer for a long time and the rains began with the start of the new season. However by some small miracle we completed all our fixtures by the middle of August. For the record we played 10 league fixtures won 3 lost 7 and a cup match. The boys selected Dan Evans as their captain but Blues rugby squad training limited his involvement and Sean Rowlands took up the reins in his absence. We had a happy squad of players to choose from who worked hard during the indoor nets.
The first match of the season was delayed for a fortnight due to the weather and was against Cardiff in the Welsh Cup. They proved to be a strong squad who defeated us in all three games that we played. Led by their international player Carlson who scored 55 retired in six overs the Cowbridge players responded well to restrict Cardiff to 132 for 7 with good catching in the deep and fine bowling by broken finger Sean Rowlands 4 for 22. Cowbridge batted poorly with only Rian Thomas 22 and James Middleton 12 reaching double figures and scoring only 74 for 7 at the close of the innings thus losing by 58 runs.
The first league match was home against Radyr and although we scored 120 for 7 with Rian again in good form 35 retired, Sean 21 and James 14 it proved to be not enough. Had catches been taken from both the Radyr openers who went on to score retired 38 each the game could have been much closer. Radyr went on to victory in the 19th over with the score at 121 for 1.
Our first victory came in the form of Penarth away, with Jo Ricketts the batting hero with 36 runs in the total of 120 for 7. In reply good bowling by Zadr Saman 1 for 17 and Rian 3 for 18 restricted Penarth to a total of 102 for 7 and victory by 18 runs.
After the Lord Mayors show was a real thumping at the hands of Pentyrch where the three top batsmen scored retired 38 runs in a total of 141 for 1. Only Rian 0 for 13 and Cai Owen 0 for 20 bowled well. In reply only Will Dent 21 and Sam Walters 12 runs showed any batting form in a total of 89 all out.
In a much improved performance of batting, bowling and fielding there was an exciting battle at Lisvane. Cowbridge restricted the home team to 122 for 7 with Cai 2 for 15 and Jack Griffiths 2 for 13 the pick of the bowlers. An opening stand of 67 by Rian 35 ret. and Sean 29 set a good platform for victory but the other batsmen succumbed to the pace of Morgan and Bhagava to reach only 113 for 9 and thus losing by 9 runs.
An abandoned match against St, Fagan's was followed by the local derby match against the Vale at Corntown. Most of the Vale team are educated at Cowbridge with boys from both teams making up a very strong School team. Good bowling by Zac Summerhayes 0 for 9, Sean 2 for 8, Rian 0 for 11 and Jo Russell 1 for 3 restricting the Vale to 97 for 6. After a good knock of 25 by Rian it was left to Jack Davies and James Middleton who hit several boundaries and brought victory by 5 wickets in the 20th over.
Having lost earlier in the season to Radyr it was sweet revenge in the home venue. Batting first the top four batsmen proved their worth with Sean 35 ret., Rian 37 ret., Dan and Zac 20 runs each scoring freely to amass 128 for 4. Our best fielding to date with 4 run outs and accurate bowling from the six bowlers restricted Radyr to 58 for 9. This was by far our best performance to date.
Back to back postponed matches against Cardiff happened in the school holidays with some boys unavailable due to family holidays. In the first match the inexperienced bowling attack of Zack, Jack Griffiths, Jo Russell, Cai Owen and young Matthew Keating restricted the home team to 72 for 4. However the batting was poor with Cowbridge all out for 16 with every batsman being bowled. The second match fared the same way with only Rian 37 ret. scoring the bulk of the runs in a total of 66 all out. Cardiff eased to the total in 10 overs for the loss of three wickets.
The last game of the season was home against St. Fagans. On a good batting track there were runs galore. St. Fagans scored 154 for 2 with three batsmen retiring on 35. In reply Rian and Dan Evans retired on 35 and even though Zac made a gallant effort of 26 not out and the innings closed on 138 for 2, 18 runs short.
As far as results it had not been a good season. However, there was a gradual improvement in team and individual performance as the season wore on. Rian Thomas and Sean Rowlands matured as batsmen while Cai Owen shows promise as a spin bowler and Zadr dependable with the ball. More important than anything, the group was a happy bunch enjoying playing cricket. Let's hope that some of the boys will establish themselves in the senior teams that will be playing in the first division next season.
I would like to thank all the parents that helped with transportation. Special thanks to Ian Evans and Sara Russell for their part in scoring and umpiring some of the matches. Let's hope for a better season -
Cowbridge Under 15 Coach