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Vale of Glamorgan Mid- Week T20 League Report

Hugh Williams

Cowbridge T20 Team Manager

It was decided at the A.G.M. that the club would enter a team in the Vale of Glamorgan Mid-Week T20 League. Our reasons for joining were three fold:

1. Encourage more players to play for the club who had difficulties in playing on weekends.

2. To give match practice to senior players as nets were poorly attended.

3. To blood younger players into senior cricket where there is a void in the 15+ age group.

To this end I feel that we were successful. Back came “Old” players in the form of Owen Ruttley, Rhys Williams, Nick Howard with friends Chris Anderson and James Goode (Rugby retirees).Older statesmen Max Brown and Liam Sullivan came back from retirement. Regular first team players in Mike Lloyd, Chris Willey, Tom Johnson and Alex Kurobassa could run the rule over youngsters Sean Rowlands and Joe Russell.

The team became successful on the field playing 133 matches in total. The first match was against Fontygari with an emphatic 10 wicket win. Max Brown 50 not out and Liam Sullivan 33 not out reached the target with 4 overs to spare. This success continued to the away match against Llantwit Cavaliers where Owen Ruttley scored 54 runs in a total of 126 for 6. This was too much for the home side to chase finishing 21 runs short.

A return match in the first round of the Cup against a stronger Fontygari team resulted in yet more success. The home team fell short by 26 runs chasing a total of 130 for 7 by Cowbridge. Back to the league and a similar score of 137 runs by Cowbridge was too much for the Barry West End to chase losing by 61 runs. Our first defeat came at the hands of Penarth away. Totalling 148 for 5 with main contributions from Mike Lloyd 64 runs and Rhys Williams 39 runs was not enough as Penarth’s opening bat Richard Skone hit a majestic 84 not out to lead them to victory.

In the quarter final of the Cup Cowbridge scored 126 for 6, Mike Lloyd 37 runs, Liam Sullivan28 not out Using 8 bowlers bowling line and length the LLantwut Cavaliers could only reach84 for 8. We had now reached finals day. A friendly game against Creigiau saw Rhys Williams hit the visitor’s bowlers to all corners of the field in an aggressive knock of 85 not out in a total of 165 for 6. Creigiau had no answer to the ten bowlers the home side used.

Playing on the sloping pitch at the Common of Dinas Powys caused problems for the Cowbridge batsmen despite good knocks from Rhys and Sean Rowlanps in a score of 105 for 7. However this was not enough as G. Hannah hit a fine 68 not out for the home team. Cardiff at home proved the hardest test of all with experienced players totalling 154 for4 in the visitors total. Despite a fine 46 not out by Mike Lloyd Cowbridge fell 51 runs short. Playing away to Lisvane Alex Kurobassa scored 53 not out in a total of 157 for 6. This was good enough for a win by14 runs despite a valiant effort of 61 runs by A. Curry. The most exciting league match of all came in the last home game against Cogan. Cowbridge bowled all team members with the visitors scoring 122 all out. A fine 61 not out by Alex Kurobassa was not enough for victory. Needing 3 off the last ball for a win only 2 was scored and the match ending in a tie.

The finals of the Cup were played at Penarth where Cowbridge were pitched against the home team. Cardiff had a bye to the final due to the withdrawal of Lisvane. A fine score of 103 not out by Penarth’s opener T. Sidford, saw the home team reach 155 for 4 but that was not enough as Phil Harris 36 and Chris Anderson 47 laid the foundation for victory within 18 overs.

The final saw Cardiff score 139 for 6 with Harri Colliier returning the best bowling return of the season 4 overs 3 for 13. A fine but slow opening partnership of 89 by Mike 25 and Phil Harris 58 runs was not capitalised by the latter batsmen fell short of the target at 124 for 6.

For the statistician,  

Played 13, won 8; tied 1; lost 4

6 fifties were scored. Mike Lloyd top scored with 230 runs, Rhys 200 and Liam 160.

24 catches were taken. Sean Rowlands gained 13 wickets from Alex 10. Top 6 hitters were Rhys with 10 and Mike 6.

The team in its inaugural season had much success. The criteria why we joined were met. More importantly the group of players enjoyed themselves and a resounding yes was given to play again next season,

I would like to thank John Braizier for all his help with the team especially standing as umpire for most of the matches.