1st XI Report
Cowbridge 1st XI Captain
After the rollercoaster season of 2016, I looked upon the 2017 season with a great deal of optimism having seen a significant strengthening of the side following the signing of Jon Hubschmid and having Ben Wright available throughout the duration of the season. These changes, I had hoped, would give us a great chance of promotion to the South Wales Premier Cricket League.
Following the first game of the season away at Bronwydd, many would have thought I might have lost my marbles. Having dismissed the opposition cheaply for 111, Cowbridge were then dismissed for not even half that score.
A few strong words in the dressing room resulted in the team embarking on a fantastic run, securing six wins, a winning draw and a wash-
There are far too many outstanding performances during those games to mention them all individually. However, it was our first
home game following the Bronwydd match that, perhaps, gave the team the confidence and belief to set off on such a good run.
Having invited visitors Gorseinon to bat first, it would not have been surprising to have heard a few murmurs behind the captain's back as the opposition recorded a monumental 301 for 7.
At that point, few would have backed Cowbridge in the chase. However, the team romped to victory with more than three overs to spare, losing the only wicket of Ben Wright for 86 while Tom Merilaht scored a faultless 121 not out in a match where many records were broken.
In our next three games, it was the turn of the bowlers to deliver the goods as Gowerton were dismissed for 90 (Merilaht 4-
A winning draw followed away at Aberdare who had been relegated in 2016 from the Premier league. Batting first, Cowbridge set a solid total of 224-
A comfortable victory against Briton Ferry Steel followed a wash-
The second half of the season began with a top-
Unfortunately, the team then had a run of six games without a win as poor weather, player unavailability and some inconsistent displays contributed to the demise of the promotion dream for the 2017 season.
Despite that winless period, there are some fine performances worth a mention. With the bat, both Ben and Tom at the top of the order contributed 50s whilst, with the ball, Nick Wood produced some very consistent displays, not always getting the wickets he most justly deserved. Also, Nick's son, Tom, produced an exceptional fielding display against Aberdare at home, taking a brilliant catch as well as two run-
Thankfully, the final two games of the season saw the team record comprehensive victories to end 2017 on a high. The first of those two wins included possibly the greatest innings ever witnessed from a player in a CCC shirt as Ben Wright recorded a majestic 217 not out away at Briton Ferry -
The last game of the season saw Ben score another unbeaten century as the team overcame Llandysul to secure another mid-
Looking back, it did feel rather disappointing to have finished mid-
Special mention and thanks must go to Sara Russell for once again scoring, washing kit and filling out forms . . . along with everything else that she does for the team and the club. I should also like to acknowledge Phil Webb for stepping in and playing a lot more games than he had probably imagined at the beginning of the year!
1st XI Captain
1st XI Team versus Aberdare on 5th August
1st XI Team versus Llandysul on 26th August
1st XI Fielding against Aberdare
1st XI Scorer, Sara Russell A Study of Concentration