1st XI Report
Cowbridge 1st XI Captain
After the disappointing end of the 2013 season which saw Cowbridge fall away, the team, committee and club as a whole were very optimistic as to achieve strong performances for the 2014 season and push for those elusive promotion places to Division 1. Again, availability would play a key part in the Cowbridge performances and how the club would build on momentum gained. The following report will give you an overview as to why and how Cowbridge finished the season in 5th place.
As with any season comes the early excitement of hopefully having a dry and sunny day in order to get the season off to the best possible start. Throw in the addition of a Glamorgan professional making the lineup, and Cowbridge were very buoyant and confident travelling away to Gorseinon. Cowbridge won the toss and inserted Gorseinon who batted well for 203-
Next up, Maesteg, for the first home fixture of the new season and Cowbridge continued their winning ways scoring 222-
Three total wins after washouts vs Llangennoch and Porthcawl meant Cowbridge went top of the table at Briton Ferry Steel. Things started well with Lloyd and Merilaht putting on 79 for the first wicket before an unusual collapse meant Cowbridge fell away to be all out 135 in just 44 overs. BFS would require 136 runs in a maximum of 56 overs and what would be a complete team effort in restricting BFS. Phil Harris, 3-
Another team performance against Swansea Civil Services at the Fred Dunn saw Cowbridge win by 17 runs. A rapid cameo by Mike Lloyd saw Cowbridge race to 50 from just 8 overs and when Merilaht departed with the score at 71, Lloyd had scored 50 of them. A flurry of wickets meant that Matt Smart, 28, and Phil Harris, 20, had to do a bit of a rebuilding job before unfortunately a tail end no show meant Cowbridge plummeted from 130-
SCS slipped from 50-
A winning draw away at Bronwydd thanks to a game changing 40 run 9th wicket partnership from Matt Keating, 22*, and Tom Johnson, 15*, taking Cowbridge to 192-
Letting Gorseinon reach 222-
A club record 2nd wicket partnership of 230 between Merilaht 113* and Wright 101 against Porthcawl temporarily lifted spirits driving Cowbridge to 283-
Now it seemed we would need to win our last 3 games in order to have a chance of promotion. Loss vs Bronwydd. Loss vs Civil Services. Loss vs Llandysul. Cowbridge did not show the fight needed in order to achieve this and finished the 2014 season in 6th.
So, to reflect on season 2014, Cowbridge got themselves into a great position half way through the season to push for promotion, but then fell badly away second half and could not put together an outright victory. Whilst at times, the younger inexperienced players fell down against more developed sides, next year this will not be so much of an issue as they further mature. Again the club will have the ambition of promotion firmly at the top of their sights
As always, I save my special thanks to the ‘behind the scenes’ team: Tim, again cultivating some magnificent tracks; the new tea ladies led by Ceri with some magnificent feasts; and all the scorers our scorers who pitched in for the season. Without these inputs, the club would fall down.