Drop threat still present for Wanderers

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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Barry Wanderers flirtation with relegation continued as the fell short chasing Dinas Powys total of 178 at Hayes Point on a wonderful late summer’s day.

The Wanderers will not finish in the bottom two which would have been enough to avoid relegation but the possibility of three going down has meant that all is still to play for.

Dinas won the toss and elected to bat and seventeen-year-old Sam Harris bowled beautifully to take two wickets in two balls to leave Dinas on 21 for 2 which became 36 for 3 when the dangerous Gordon Hannah was bowled by Dan Bowles for 18.

It was a pitch to dig in on and no easy runs were on offer but Ryan Todd and Curtis Wingren kept the scoreboard ticking over slowly but the partnership of 67 was crucial.

When Todd fell to a full toss for 33 they had taken the score up to 103 with 10 overs to go and from now on it was Wingren who went on and reached a tremendous 83 before being bowled in the last over of the 45.

It was the perfect innings on a wicket where you really had to dig deep at first and then earn the right to play your shots.

He was ably supported by several partners at the other end who may not have scored many runs but were willing runners between the wickets and the total of 178 was much better than was expected about 45 minutes before.

Recent history suggested that this total would be too much for the Barry team and so it proved as wickets fell at regular intervals and despite the run rate required never getting out of hand, Wanderers were always behind.

Only Matt Anderson with a stubborn 32 hung around for any real length of time as the supporting cast failed to perform.

There were no silly shots particularly but two needless run-outs did little to help the cause and at the end they fell short by 53 runs.

The batting in 2017 has been average and that is being kind. Captain Lewis Clarke took 3 for 23 and special mention for Alex Vowles who finished wicketless but only went for five singles and a wide of his nine overs.

The Wanderers have one more game this week at home to Monmouth and the club would like to thank Twomlows Solicitors for sponsoring the match balls in recent weeks which has been a big help for a small club.

The seconds finished with another defeat up at Ebbw Vale with only Chris Barnes, with 38, and Satya, with 17, really making any impression in a total of 95 which took Ebbw Vale no time in knocking off for the loss of only one wicket.

It’s been a tough season for the seconds who suffered massively due to poor availability but there have been some highlights along the way with new players joining and Luke Grant getting better every week. Hopefully things will be much better in 2018.

The game on Sunday against our good friends Barry West End went ahead in the most glorious conditions.

The Wanderers, with a strong team for a Sunday, were kindly invited to bat by Glan Williams and a total of 227 was posted thanks to 48 from guest player Sudesh and Kunal, who may as well give up Saturdays as he was brilliant again on a Sunday, with 59 not out.

There was a large gathering of spectators as the reply started in chasing a daunting total. Despite the early loss of Rhys Howell, former Wanderer Andy Fenton joined Mark Williams and put on a fantastic stand of 119 until Fenton was caught at long off for 57.

This meant it was difficult with the incoming batsmen having to keep the run rate up and due to some tight bowling from young Josh Marsh and old Tim Bowker wickets kept falling.

Williams finished on a truly memorable 105 with the total on 202. It really was the perfect Sunday to finish off August for another year. Days like this need to be bottled, it was fantastic.

On Sunday the team entertain a Dave Fiddler XI so more fun is on the horizon.

AF

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