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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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Barry Wanderers first team took another giant step towards staying in division three when they beat Vale by 40 runs on Saturday.

The availability for the Barry team was much better than the Vale, who were missing many regular first teamers but that at least meant a closer game was expected, as the Vale beat The Wands by 78 runs in June.

Vice-captain Matthew Anderson stepped up for the day and duly lost the toss and was asked to bat on a damp wicket.

It wasn’t long before the excellent Tom Williams had removed Anderson and then a collapse from 41 for 1 to 46 for 5 swung the game firmly in the visitors’ favour.

When the sixth wicket was taken with just 62 on the board, another batting display that was well below par was on the cards. The lower order though proved their worth with first Jonny Hill batting sensibly, while Rhodri Jones joined him and scored a rapid 24 batting at number 8.

Big Jack Williams then joined Hill and both played superbly to put on 52 until Hill was bowled playing a ramp shot, for 43 and this was the same score Williams finished unbeaten to take his team to 175 and an extra batting point.

From the situation, they found themselves in an hour before, the men wearing baggy green caps were delighted and had a total to defend.

The strength all season has been in the bowling and Danie Selvaraju has been key to that, with today being no exception as both openers had been removed leg before by him, before the score was 25.

The captain J P Davies then joined Tom Williams at the crease with Williams showing his batting was as good as his bowling.

These two took the score past 70 and with just over 100 runs scored, a wicket was badly needed. Jack Williams, bowling first change and fresh from his batting performance, then took centre stage and removed Davies and eventually took the wickets of batsmen 3 to 7 to finish with figures of 5 for 32 from his nine overs.

By removing the quality of players like Williams and James Snelson, who can take a game away from the fielding side in a few overs, Wanderers were firmly in the driving seat at 118 for 7 but there was still work to do.

Thankfully for the Wanderers, Jonny Hill, bowling his spin and the miserly Rhodri Jones were able to put the game to bed, and Vale were all out for 135 with just under six overs left.

Jack Williams was having a day to savour. The Vale did show a glimpse of the future with young Gethin Merry who, when he grows stronger, will be an excellent all-rounder, but the day belonged to the Wands, who picked up 19 points, which puts some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone, but still far from safety with some tough games to come.

The Seconds sadly had to make the trip to Vale CC with less than a full team but gave a good show to make 113 for 7 off their 40 overs with Chris Barnes, Tim Bowker and Dan Bowles all passing 20.

The club is very grateful to Dan for squeezing in a few hours of his valuable time to help us out. The Vale had little problem in passing the total for the loss of only two wickets in the 24th over.

Next week the local derby games with Sully return, with Sully Firsts no doubt looking to revenge the shock defeat at Hayes Point earlier in the season.

On Sunday, an absolute cracker of a game was played out at Pentyrch in a 40-over friendly that went down to the final over.

The hosts, batting first, went off at a considerable rate and a huge total looked on the cards but thankfully a hit out or get out policy and a retired out on 50 meant that the scoring rate slowed down somewhat, but 200 was still a difficult chase.

The ground fielding and catching was not the best and the club president was once again becoming irate. Thankfully, the hospitality shown to him from Pentyrch was wonderful at tea time and this lifted his mood.

The loss of early wickets was somewhat of a blow but Alun Wade, at five, made a wonderful 45 including two big sixes and a reverse paddle.

He was eventually undone by the extra pace of Dom Gambles when he came on to bowl but Wade had put the game in the balance, making up for his earlier dropped catch which his own little son would probably made a better effort at.

Kunal Mhadgut and Neil Blundell batted brilliantly in what was a superb contest against Gambles until he bowled Mhadgut for 35 and then Peter Coleman for 11, to leave Blundell at one end with young Luke Grant, trying to keep out Gambles for the rest of the 39th over.

This young Grant did bravely and it meant eight was needed off the last over, with Blundell on strike with only young Mike Watkins to come.

A scrambled two was taken off ball one and then the next two were dot balls, leaving six needed off three. Blundell hit the next ball high back over the bowler’s head and for what seemed like an eternity to those on the side lines, the ball headed towards boundary and fielder.

Thankfully for Wanderers it was just out of reach of Steve Hole and the game was won. Had it been caught the game was almost certainly lost.

The president threw his walking stick and jumped up and even the non-playing club captain got excited. The Sunday team and second team don’t win often so it was a rare treat – and in a fantastic game of cricket that although slightly contrived, was a joy to watch.

The hosts were fantastic to the Barry team and we look forward to resuming this fixture next year.

Next Sunday, a visit to Lisvane is scheduled and a game as close, win or lose will be most welcome.

AF

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