DATE

MAY 7th

MAY 10th

MAY 21st

May 26th

MAY 28th

JUNE 4th

JUNE 11th

JUNE 28th

JULY 2nd

JULY 9th

JULY 16th

JULY 23rd

JULY 30th

AUG 27th

SEPT 13th


MATCH REPORTS  2015

BADGERS

CRICKET CLUB

2015 REPORTS

Law Society

Underhill Park Thursday 7th May

And they're off!

A fine fixture to start the 2015 campaign and a new team to appear on the Badger calendar.

The weather held fine despite dire warnings of interruption from the local meteorologists and play commenced only some twenty minutes late as a number of Badgers struggled to shrug off the lethargy of hibernation. It was a day of great indecision and replete with unmerited expectation - it was also election day!

As only six Badgers were in attendance at the appointed hour Rhodri won the toss and elected to bat.

Dave Rees and Gareth Thomas had the honour of opening the innings for the start of the 2015 season.

It was not an electric start as 7 runs off the first four overs indicated. However, Dave Rees, showing acumen for defence and agriculture by shielding his colleague from the attack and farming the strike eventually got into his stride. Gareth then set the tone by scoring at a run a ball and before unluckily holing out to leave John MacNulty the acknowledged expert to run out Dave for a well made 13 runs. All batsmen contributed as the pace picked up with Alyn Ridler top scoring with a characteristically belligerent 15. The final score of 72 off eighteen overs was not too far off the predicted number but a little short of an assured victory.

The Law Society reply was confident but not without some alarms with a number of recounts required for close lbw shouts and missed chances from normally safe pairs of hands. Gareth and Paul, the most stylish bowlers could not generate the necessary right to left swing but John managed to stem the tide with some late spin. Saj and Alyn grabbed a wicket each in a welcome return to front line engagement and lead the ratings going into the campaign. Chris kept tidily behind the recycled timbers and remained not out without wasting energy at least the one seat he had was back in the pavilion. Steve and Simon came late to the stump and had little time to make their mark but are looking good for an extended run. Unfortunately, Rhodri caught Plaid's cold although he was man enough to score. Roger umpired and was undecided with the Machiavellian Dave Harris at his shoulder. Peter Blyth turned up after votes had been cast answering all enquiries with studied innuendo and not answering a direct question. Representatives from Health, Pensions and Transport were missing. The activists still have plenty of work to do although the mood remains optimistic.

 

The Cardiologists

St Fagin's Bowls and Cricket Club on Sunday 10th May

Congratulations to Rito and his colleagues for once again hosting a spectacular day of feasting and festivities - a nailbiting cricket match, a fabulous tea, an exotic curry, a bar open all day, good company and great humour!

Rhodri played a captain's innings by hiring and driving the minibus, scoring all 40 overs despite the challenges of an electronic scoreboard and the medics even had the shirt off his back when he should of been tucked up in bed with a hot toddy.

The ground was resplendent in the patchy sunshine and the wicket a typical early season one, low and slow, well rolled but with a soggy bottom.

Rito won the toss and decided to bat in the first of the two 20/20 games.

The Badger run rate was fairly sedate until a late impetus enabled a par score of 103 to be achieved with notable contributions from Phil Connor and Paul Labett.

The medics replied with 110 mainly down to a couple of ringers Rito had produced (we have not seen their certificates). In particular Zia was clearly from a league above and in particular bowled medium paced off breaks with a wizadry beyond Badger comprehension.

The second contest played out after a heavy tea was a lumbering affair but developed into a tense finale with Gareth Tomos bowling superbly against one of the medics best batsmen. It went down to the last ball with the medics needing a single to win.

The Morcambe & Wise attachments (not necessarily in the right order) tell the story of the day but special mention should go to Phil Connor for his batting and champagne moment one handed catch, Gareth for his bowling and assistant captaincy, Chris Price & Tony Bidder for all round performances, Roger for his umpiring and injecting some controversy but outstanding performance of the day must go to batsman, photographer and bowler Paul Labett (clearly practicing for France).

The Rito, Dave Rees sub plot provided entertainment with Rito slightly ahead but Dave came back strongly claiming Rito's wicket before he pulled up sharply with a strained fetlock and left the field.

 A Nolan sister had batted for the medics, Roger led some singing in the club house,  Rhodri posed half naked for some photographs and beer was quaffed - Happy Days!

Lewis MacNulty

 

Mumbles

Underhill Park Thursday 21st May

'Carry on Doctor'

The first win of the season and a timely fillip after a sloppy start to the campaign. We are slowly attracting the required number to take the field for a game but are still falling one or two short and must do better.

Thankfully, the medics are returned to the fold and were instrumental in the victory in a theatre where they know how to operate.

Mumbles won the toss and elected to bat on the usual Underhill treacle tart and got off to a flyer with their opening pair putting on a rapid 60 runs in the first eight overs. Rito opened with a tidy spell going close on a couple of occasions with Biju guesting for the Badgers at the other end. Steve Lisle and Simon Jones (in his first game as official vice captain after John Mac's sacking) were pleasingly miserly and slowed the opposition run rate. Dave Smith and Iago bowled Bassetts but grabbed a wicket a piece. Peter Blyth entered the fray late in some fetching lycra and topped the figures with 1 for 5. Alyn and John bowled some interesting stuff.

Chasing 109 off eighteen overs Rito and Dave started with real purpose. Rito scored a rapid 16 and was bowled going for one expansive shot too many - however, good innings in good time. Dave carried on as he had left off last year pulling anything even marginally short to the legside boundary and remained 61 not out with a match winning display. He was helped along the way by another rapid 16 from Alyn (he does not know how to block) and Iago who was cruelly brought to the edge of exhaustion by being forced to run a number of singles as the finishing line approached.

Great innings Dave - only Bill Lawry or Brian Close would have taken the leg? bye after top edging a ball on to their head before collapsing.

Dave Harris scored sarcastically - many thanks & Dave Bratley turned up in a suit? Chris kept tidily but was preoccupied with crispy crab.

Next game is against the Evening Post it could be a big story so be there!

 

Evening Post

Underhill Park Tuesday 26th May

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Badgers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory twice in a week!

The usual very slow start at Underhill against the Evening Post. Despite dire warnings of consequences we were again low in numbers and had to field most of the Post innings with eight men. They batted first and by no means ran away with things as some pretty decent bowling restricted the run rate. However, with large gaps in the field they accumulated 120 from eighteen overs. The Badgers chase started inauspiciously with Steve Lisle, having performed gallantly in the field against his former employers, threw the kitchen sink at a teasing full toss and missed. Tony Bidder and Gareth Tomos took up the challenge with gusto and scored at a competitive rate despite the reappearance of the duracell bunny at midwicket. The difference in numbers, however, eventually took its toll as the chase started to slip behind the rate. The one notable headline event of the day was a maiden Badger 50 for Gareth. It is surprising that this is his first. Well done Gareth I am sure it is the first of many.

The Thursday encounter against the WA was similarly in jeopardy as Lewis and Jezzer filled in for the conscientious objectors.

It was a sunny but cold evening at the Llandaff playing fields with no changing rooms and only a couple of trees to protect ones modesty.

Dave Smith, the captain for the day decided to keep warm by opening the batting with Phil Connor. After a slow start, Dave began to get underway in his now accustomed style. He is in great form and carried his bat for another very good fifty as a number of Badgers came and went at the other end to keep him company. The WA chase began sedately and the first two wickets fell fairly cheaply giving the illusion of an easy victory. Their opening batsman got into his belligerent stride after about ten overs and despite giving a number of chances reached the target with a few balls to spare. The most disappointing feature of the match was that there were no sandwiches provided for the travelling Badgers - mutterings of government cutbacks didn't cut it with some.

The moral learned from the week's activities? Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party!

 

Welsh Government

Llandaff playing fields Thursday 28th May

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Badgers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory twice in a week!

The usual very slow start at Underhill against the Evening Post. Despite dire warnings of consequences we were again low in numbers and had to field most of the Post innings with eight men. They batted first and by no means ran away with things as some pretty decent bowling restricted the run rate. However, with large gaps in the field they accumulated 120 from eighteen overs. The Badgers chase started inauspiciously with Steve Lisle, having performed gallantly in the field against his former employers, threw the kitchen sink at a teasing full toss and missed. Tony Bidder and Gareth Tomos took up the challenge with gusto and scored at a competitive rate despite the reappearance of the duracell bunny at midwicket. The difference in numbers, however, eventually took its toll as the chase started to slip behind the rate. The one notable headline event of the day was a maiden Badger 50 for Gareth. It is surprising that this is his first. Well done Gareth I am sure it is the first of many.

The Thursday encounter against the WA was similarly in jeopardy as Lewis and Jezzer filled in for the conscientious objectors.

It was a sunny but cold evening at the Llandaff playing fields with no changing rooms and only a couple of trees to protect ones modesty.

Dave Smith, the captain for the day decided to keep warm by opening the batting with Phil Connor. After a slow start, Dave began to get underway in his now accustomed style. He is in great form and carried his bat for another very good fifty as a number of Badgers came and went at the other end to keep him company. The WA chase began sedately and the first two wickets fell fairly cheaply giving the illusion of an easy victory. Their opening batsman got into his belligerent stride after about ten overs and despite giving a number of chances reached the target with a few balls to spare. The most disappointing feature of the match was that there were no sandwiches provided for the travelling Badgers - mutterings of government cutbacks didn't cut it with some.

The moral learned from the week's activities? Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party!

 

Law Society

Underhill Park Thursday 4TH June

It was a lovely early June evening in Mumbles for the return fixture against the Swansea Law Society. It was yet again a terrible turn out for the Badgers cricket club with only eight players turning up.

The Badgers batted first because they were so short in numbers and the enthusiasm for the game was already hard to muster as the early batsmen had to play with a modicum of caution to avoid complete catastrophe. Consequently only 18 runs were scored off the first seven overs. However, Paul Labett and Alyn Ridler put on 30 for the first wicket and gradually the scoring rate increased. Chris Price helped to move things along with a rapid 15 towards the end of the innings and along with Paul and John were the only Badgers to reach double figures. Needless to say 68 off 20 overs was not easy to defend. However, some tight bowling notably by Peter Blyth and Gareth helped to extend the agony but the opposition inevitably reached their target with six overs to spare.

The sausage and chips went further than usual due to the lack of numbers including an absent Roger Brown. The selection committee are considering the inclusion of the chef in next week's eleven.

We need to be able to field a full side next time in proper preparation for our international programme. So car 54.............?

 

Craig y Nos

Underhill Park Thursday 11TH June

Craig y Nos, Ar hyd a nos yeah and all day long! Not a moment too soon a famous Badger victory against an ancient foe who have always held the upper hand and by ten wickets too.

An inauspicious start as the Badgers yet again could not muster sufficient players from their own ranks. Andrew and Joe Vye and Biju made up the numbers as eventually the Badgers took to the field. The opposition are a pretty strong batting outfit and looked to be heading for a big score as wickets were hard to come by. However, they never ran away with things as the bowling and fielding stood up to the test. There were notable individual contributions from the usual suspects Alyn and Gareth in the deep and some athletic exhibitionism from Phil Connor attempting some high tariff dives. Paul bowled well and was unluckily deprived of a wicket as Chris behind the wicket leapt to his left like a smoked haddock and positioned himself perfectly under the ball as it looped at least four feet in the air off the bat aiming to nestle gently into the keeper's gloves when the demonic spin imparted to the ball and the soft breeze unfairly dislodged it from his grasp - time to bring back the training pig! It was left to Joe the tyro to get the first wicket. Well done it must have been a daunting prospect to bowl in such conditions but you will remember it fondly. Heartening to see a wicket from Alyn too - bowled aswell.

The Badgers innings got off to a flyer as their opening bowler could find neither line nor length and conceded 5 wides and 12 runs. From that there was no looking back as Andrew struck the ball hard to all parts. It was good to see Rhodri back in the runs although his partner farmed a lot of the strike and made him run a number of sharp singles - at last the biter bit! The target was comfortably reached in the 13th over a great win and a morale booster much needed in this inconsistent season.

The summer transfer window is now well and truly open and the Badgers are considering many options. The medics seem to have lost their pagers and are being tempted by jeux sans frontiers, offers have come in for messrs Bratley & Bidder but are possibly illegal. The vice captain is living up to his title.

You will all be delighted to know that Dave Rees is now preparing for his next injury - maybe in French.

 

Les Ormes C.C.

Chateaux des Ormes Saturday 30th June

They said it couldn't be done! But despite the physical barriers of land and sea, the natural trepidation of the unknown and the minibus speed limiter the Badgers Cricket Club at last gained international status. The setting was truly one of fantasy far outstripping expectation despite the pre-tour publicity. An artificial playing strip was cut into a huge closely mown lawn with the grand building of the chateau at one end and the lake with tree lined vista beyond at the other. The sun was beating down from a cloudless sky with the temperature nudging 30degC as the match got under way at about 1.30pm. The badgers fielded first as the opposition were awaiting some of their team mates who were travelling from up to 100km away. - such is the draw of the touring Badgers! Understandably, the conditions and some varying degrees of jet and gin lag led to some mixed performances. However, the bowling performance was respectable and after a 50run opening partnership wickets began to fall. Peter Blyth ran in quickly on a hot day and was probably the pick of the attack. Rito bowled very tidily until he regally tweaked a knee and almost had to call on one of the valets from the chateau to finish his over. However, he recovered and manfully continued in the style of a fit Dave Rees.

The Chinese year of the sheep is also propitious for the pig - and so it proved. The intense training regime undergone by Chris Price and his mentor has certainly brought dividends as he displayed by clinging on to two good catches behind the wicket as the Tomos boys grabbed a wicket a piece. At the end of the 35 over innings which is a long time for a sticky Badger the home side had acquired 194runs.

The run chase was ahead of the clock for all of 2 overs until John played down the Victoria and lost his leg stump to a ball on the Bakerloo. Thereafter, the cream of the Badger batting found uncharacteristic ways of getting out, Dave, Simon, Steve, Gareth Rito, and Alyn all perished without making their usual contributions leaving Chris Price to canter on his merry way gathering runs with aplomb. Rhodri almost rescued the innings with a frenetic 34 and amused the spectators by regularly challenging Gary Pratt at midwicket and confusing Alex his batting partner. However, despite late efforts from Dave Rees who was bowled by an absolutely unplayable delivery, Dave Bratley and Tony Bidder (who played for both sides) not to mention P.... the Badgers fell about forty runs short.

Although the result was a passing disappointment the occasion was a major triumph the only sadness being that some of the regular members and veteran tourists were not there to share the experience. Chris Price, with a sparkling 38 (only 12 runs away Chris) was man of the match and man of the tour and all who benefitted from his organisation and hard work have much to thank him for. Although, Steve is still the coolest Badger despite becoming a whiter shade of pale for two days, Chris has cemented his place in Badger folklore. It is difficult to see where the tour could be improved except by extending it. In an attempt to embrace the new responsibilities of an international side Chris also invited a fully qualified umpire to join the side in the person of Will Williams our host from tours in Dolgellau. He passed all initiation tests and has been inducted into the hall of infamy. As the song says "je ne regret rien" or as the Badgers only know the first line "regrets because I've had a few - but then again too few to mention"!!!

Thank you all for a fabulous time and if you wish to read the full unexpurgated version you'll have to buy the book.

 

Mumbles All StarS

Underhill Park thursday 2nd July

A late match report this week as we are still waiting for some of the players on the team sheet to arrive.

Rhodri lost the toss and the Badgers were thankfully put in to bat as number were woefully short. The pitch was the worst at Underhill for some time having a crater on a length at the pavilion end. Runs were very hard to come by - 2 eventually coming in the third over. The oppositon bowling included a couple of the best the Badgers have faced this year plucked somewhere from league cricket. Simon, however, once he was in pushed the score along at a decent rate helped by John and Tony who both just managed double figures. Simon carried his bat for a solid 35 but 76 for 4 was never going to put fear into the opposition ranks.

However, the Badger bowling supported by some astute captaincy held up really well - the use of Tony to open the attack against a known opponent was a mini triumph as he was bowled fourth ball of the innings. Gareth had a fine spell and claimed a wicket but the reborn Ridler was the performance of the day. Alyn's spell was more like a bishop's turkey than a curate's egg but his return to wicket taking was greeted with great delight and in the context of the game his two were significant.

Mumbles reached their target but with only two overs to spare so given the circumstances a creditable Badger performance.

 

Pennard

Underhill Park Thursday 9TH JULY

Pennard have always been a fairly strong side and this year are looking considerably younger with a smattering of league players too. For once the Badgers had a surfeit of players allowing John and Rhodri the luxury of finding sanctuary off the playing field.

Pennard batted first and were greeted by a refreshed Paul Labett, like an attack dog unleashed from the doghouse, hurling down a few beamers and getting an early wicket. Thereafter the batsmen accrued runs at a reasonable pace despite some decent bowling with Tony Bidder and Dave Smith (the captain on the field for the day) picking up a wicket a piece. The last five overs went at over 8 an over as Pennard eventually reached 146.

The Badgers reply did not get off to the best of starts as Gareth decided to get on with things having faced all of one delivery and played all round the next one. However, Dave came in to show how it can be done and soon got up with the asking rate. He was ably supported by Alex and Gareth the manager from the Newton (Rhodri was concerned about the after match food). However, Dave surprisingly showed he was mortal by getting out shortly after reaching yet another fifty. His average is falling rapidly. The tyros that followed could not keep up the momentum as wickets fell rapidly with all averages suffering at least Steve's bowling figures are overtaking his batting. There was a brief flurry of runs from Iago and Chris at the end but Pennard ran out deserved winners by forty runs.

Hopefully, we will return to winning ways shortly despite Alex devastating Badger fitness levels. Bishopston would be a mighty scalp so gird your loins.

 

Bishopston

Murton Green 16th July

Of all the recent victories achieved by the Badgers this was perhaps the most satisfying being a complete team performance. Alex's training regime has certainly worked wonders.

Again, shockingly, numbers were short and there were only nine players to take the field as Bishopston won the toss and decided to bat first. The artificial strip at Murton is a marmite of a pitch which some love to play on while others dread it. Suffice it to say it supports minimum sideways movement but can produce a tennis ball bounce from the taller bowlers. It was probably the best all round performance in the field by the Badgers for many years despite the conspicuous lack of endeavour exhibited by the two Bishopston players who volunteered to make up the numbers. The field setting was verging on inspired as the batsmen found it difficult to find the gaps and the ball was gathered with certainty on an unusually quick outfield and returned with purpose. Alyn's renaissance continues as he took a wicket as did Rhodri, Phil, Gareth and Rito but all bowlers performed well restricting Bishopston to 94 for 6 off 20 overs. Rito's sabbatical in Prague has improved his bowling no end. Catches were taken and the entire innings only yielded six boundaries. Rhodri performed like a juggling seal at cover to take a fine catch at the third attempt and John lurched forward like a beached walrus after a smoked haddock supper to just spill a one handed prostrate attempt but still effected a run out by flapping the ball back to Gareth. Chris snaffled one off the distinctly nippy Rito.

The Badger reply did not promise much although Chris showed some nice touches against some fairly accurate rapid bowling reaching the boundary with a fine late cut reminiscent of the late Roger Brown (not deceased just late)to get off the mark. A couple of quick wickets followed exposing the Badger fragility when short on numbers. With Dave and Gareth at the crease optimism returned as the run rate climbed. However, Dave clearly prefers strawberry jam to marmite as he could not find his normal timing and was bowled for 14 leaving the Badgers with only 2 wickets in hand with some 45 runs still required. It was then the Tomos/Thomas show as Gareth hit out strongly and sensibly with Rhodri snatching his trademark frenetic singles like a galloping goblin. Gareth hit a fine unbeaten 41 equaling the number of boundaries achieved by the entire Bishopston side. Rhodri, eventually wore himself out running singles and with seven runs needed to win recalled the memories of a previous heroic performance at Murton and thrashed a ball high and long over the head of Daisy who was grazing on the boundary edge. The match was won !!

Thanks to Dave and Roger for umpiring duties and great to see Barry turning up to support. He claimed he had come along to see if the match reports were an accurate and true account and generously he put a pint behind the bar at The Newton for every Badger for the rest of the season.

 

Craig y Nos

Underhill Park 23rd July

A double scoop treat with a flake and raspberry topping. A fantastic double over long standing rivals the Craig y Nos Harpists - they couldn't pluck a tune out of this one.

Unusually, the Badgers batted first on a cloudy evening at Mumbles with the pitch being characteristically slow although it was flatter than the moon landscape that had been prepared a week earlier. Steve and Phil opened the innings and got off to a turgid start so Phil decided to hurry things along by getting out and John after a few gasps soon followed his example. Gareth joined Steve with some fifteen overs still to go and with Dave, the run machine, Smith padded up in the wings and several decent batters in the lower order hopes of a decent score were high. For once these hopes were fully justified as Steve and Gareth set about a lively Craig y Nos attack with increasing vim. The only disappointed spectator was Paul who was waiting to photograph Steve for his place in the Badger gallery and spent most of the time contemplating how he might lose his wedding ring this time. The rare batting partnership blossomed and gained momentum as the overs ticked by and gloriously Steve collected his first Badger fifty with aplomb. Gareth also reached the fifty landmark which has become a bit of a yawn for him since parenthood has somehow transformed his cricket. The 120 + partnership if not unique in Badger history is very rare indeed and should be cherished and applauded by all. Steve carried his bat for an unbeaten 70.

The target set for the opposition was a stiff 146 but not totally beyond reach. And so it proved. The Badger bowling was particularly variable with too many extras being given. Wides was one of the better batsmen for Craig y Nos. However, Rito again bowled splendidly and was the stand out performer in the attack. He is undoubtedly playing under certain influences and is being tested for unknown substances. Nevertheless, the result of the game remained tight till the very last ball as the Craig y Nos middle order hit out. The drama was intense in the gathering gloom as the Tomos boys bowled the last four overs. To complete Steve Lisle's triumphant day the Badgers kept enough control to win by two runs. What a great day and a great game. Did I mention that Rhodri bowled a number of wides in the ultimate over?

Onwards and upwards - a further positive ! Possible sighting of missing Badger getting out of the back of a lorry in South Mimms services.

 

Gowerton Vets

Gowerton CC 30th July

Having to follow John Macnulty’s match reports I now appreciate how my ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend must have felt!]

A reduced overs match due to the threat of rain (which never materialized) saw the Badgers lose the toss and forced to field in the cold at Gowerton.

Due to a lack of available scorers, only the bowling figures for the first over are available, which saw Steve Lisle swept for six off the first ball of the match [sorry Steve!] After that, Peter Blyth started a welcome return to the bowling attack, taking the opening batsmen’s middle stump with his first ball, but he then summoned the spirit of St. Malo by forcing yet another dropped catch off his bowling. The skipper also removed the stumps of two potentially dangerous batsmen, and Alex Chase returned to the fold with a clean bowled too. A fair batting and fielding performance in a short boundary still saw the home side set a challenging, but gettable, 124.

The Chairman showed his all-round abilities with a swift(ish) 25 retirement, with young Iago following suit. But some tight bowling all round saw only the captain reach double figures after that, with Chris Price (and his average) suffering in particular, being given out LBW on Alex’s umpiring debut. The lower order, being forced to chase the game with numerous boundaries required, folded rather quickly, leaving the recent dynamic partnership of Tomos and Lisle not out at the end of the innings yet again, adding a solid 1 run off the last three balls.

A wonderful tea was had afterwards (take note Gareth ‘Chips’ Hughes), even including speeches and a raffle. The only thing missing was Rito to start the karaoke.

Numbers are looking dreadfully short to face Biju next Thursday at Underhill, please make every effort to attend, as we are assured that only two teams will turn up this year.

 

Pennard

Pennard playing field 27th August

Believe it or not this was the last fixture of the 2015 season. It ended pretty dismally on a cool damp day on a pitch where the outfield was ready to be cut for silage. Set for a 5.45 start we were still waiting for the ninth Badger to turn up at a quarter to seven. After a great mid season and fantastic tour it was dispiriting to be still struck down with the malaise that has too long been the Badgers' Achilles heel - not being able to get it up! - to the full complement that is. Traditionally cricket is played with eleven players in a team - this is something that most Badgers already know despite questionable knowledge when it comes to umpiring.

Nevertheless, a diehard few took part as the Badgers batted first on a new artificial strip that has replaced the ugly old matting made from potholed oasis floral foam. Rito and Iago opened and set the Badgers off to a solid start. Rito was out bowled by his own impatience (not for the first time) he has plenty more runs which he keeps in his locker. Steve, one of the stars of the season was similarly dispatched followed by Tony while Iago picked up the momentum and was eventually out for 26 when going great guns. Dave didn't like batting without him and followed him back to the changing room. John & Chris added some quick runs at the end with Gareth coming in for the last over. Chris was run out by a freak return from fine leg and just for once it was not John's fault. A total of 63 off 16 overs was not as bad as it seemed given some tight bowling and a turgid outfield.

The Badger bowling began very well indeed with Rito confirming his huge advances of recent weeks and Peter who has bowled well all year. However, Pennard are a good young side with plenty of ambitious batsmen in their line up. Iago was mercurial with his spin which has the power to confuse batsmen and himself at times. They eventually reached their target as they hit out towards the end and won by six wickets.

It was an enjoyable game and the food put on by our hosts was good and plentiful.

However, the elephant was fed up with being ignored and ate most of it. What is to be done?

Dave Bratley reckons he has recruited his dentist so at least he should be good at filling in and making extractions if necessary.

Charity game is next and it doesn't begin at home !!!!

 

Mumbles CC

Mumbles cricket ground Sunday 13th September

Despite a dire forecast the weather gods were temporarily distracted by the sudden shift in the political climate and provided a bright, windy but dry day for the Badgers final event of a busy season. For this annual Smashie and Nicey jamboree Mumbles was once again the perfect venue boasting top class facilities and generous hospitality. Surprisingly, the Badgers had a surfeit of players who actually turned up on time so the game got off to a prompt start at midday with the Badgers batting first in a match scheduled for two 20/20 games.

Unusually too for the Badgers the innings got off to an intensely dynamic start. Dave Smith unexpectedly mistimed a cut and toe ended a catch to point. This brought Sajeev to the wicket which must deserve the David Livingstone award for taking six months to find the crease. He joined Paul in a frenetic partnership where Paul beasted a six over mid wicket and Sajeev looked to flail at every delivery. This could not last and Paul was run out after a rapid partnership of 20. Phil kept up his strike rate of about 400 per 100 balls scoring 8. Thereafter, normal service resumed as wickets tumbled with no one willing to take on the Roger Brown role. Gareth was overcome with nerves at the prospect of playing in front of his daughter and did not improve his average. Brief resistance was shown by a belligerent Rhodri who bashed four fours in a rapid 19 runs and indeed only he and Saj reached double figures as the Badgers were all out for 83.

The Badgers were subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the Mumbles XI batting line up as Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the rest of the 'Alice' cast bullied the bowling. There were four retirements as the opposition reached 149 for 4 off their 20 overs.

The second 20/20 followed roughly the same pattern although there was a much better show from the Badgers. Mumbles batted first this time and set the Badgers an unlikely 145 to win. Steve and Rito set off like a train and thirty runs came off the first four overs. Steve scored a rapid 15 with two fours and a maximum and Rito unluckily found a leading edge for 19 when well on the way to a retirement score. Alyn scored powerfully as usual and Dave Smith found his usual form and hit a stylish unbeaten 30. Alex saved the hat trick ball and Chris Price also scored quickly and reached a fine 19 being finally caught off his nemesis. John played the Roger Brown role and remained 10 not out possibly sufficient to creep up on Chris's average for the season. Of the two other Daves - Bratley outscored Rees by some margin - although Dave Rees was bowled by the far better ball.

Amongst the mayhem there were some stand out individual contributions. Rito and Pete have become a fearsome bowling partnership threatening the previous dominance of the Thomas boys and Tony Bidder with 2 wickets has an impressively mean average (has he bought a round yet?). Although Alyn remains the holder of the Colin Bland cup for fielding the champagne moment of the match must go to Paul who made a terrific catch at deep mid on in Mumbles XI first innings and then trumped that with an extraordinary diving one handed take in the same position in the second. Unfortunately, he is chief photographer so this effort is unrecorded and we will have to get him a head cam. The Lambrusco award must go to Tony for his bowling which is a triumph of hope over expectation and the Irn Bru award to Iago for bravely taking to the field after practising for his university fresher week.

All in all a good day, well attended and good to see some Badger cubs at the ground. Great to see Sue Waller our president who was there in support and gathering ammunition for the annual dinner. She may have our vice captain in her handbag.

ADDRESS

Underhill Park, Mumbles, Swansea

PHONE

 

CAPTAIN - Dave Smith 07941 255846

VICE CAPTAIN - Simon Jones 07590 677504

Guildhall Pitches - 3.30-4.30pm - 635411