The South Wales Junior Cricket League
Producing Test and County Cricketers since 1973
Affiliated to: Cricket Wales
SWJCL under 10’s V Mid Glamorgan under 10’s
Played at Gorseinon on Sunday 15th June 2008
The League’s youngest side welcomed Mid Glamorgan to Gorseinon CC for the first representative match of the summer and with the sun shining and a good crowd gathered League Captain Ellis Richards won the toss and decided to bat first. Ellis himself opened the batting with Sam Jones (Ammanford) and they moved nicely along until Sam was bowled by a fine delivery. Tom Lewis (Civil Service) batted next and he was unlucky to get a very good ball early in his innings and he also lost his wicket. Nicholas Arnold (Ammanford) joined the skipper and they set about repairing the damage. Ellis was cautious at first but then started playing some excellent shots all around the wicket.
Nicholas batted well not scoring freely but making sure he kept his wicket and keeping Ellis on strike. They put on 37 runs for the third wicket before Nicholas was run out by some excellent fielding. Gareth Thomas (Gorseinon) then joined the skipper and they put on a further 30 runs before Gareth was bowled. Ellis was the mainstay of the innings and Mid Glam never managed to keep him in check. He brought up an excellent 50 with a lovely glancing shot and with the coaches retiring him at 50 he walked back to the pavilion to enjoy the applause he totally deserved. Lewis Byng (Carmarthen Wanderers) hit some lovely shots in his quick fire 17 and Aran Lewis (Civil Service) and David Tobin (Mumbles) also contributing quick runs at the end the League innings ended on a very pleasing 116-7 off their 35 overs.
The Mid Glam innings saw David Tobin open the bowling with Tom Lewis and they were on the mark from the start both opening with maidens and then Tom getting the breakthrough in his second over. The breakthrough however brought Mid Glam danger man Scott Thornton to the wicket and batting with Liam Hughes they had a real go at the League attack and despite some very good bowling by Sam Jones, Lewis Byng, Ellis Richards, Gareth Thomas and Sidhant Salwani (Swansea) they kept the pressure on the League.
Scott was scoring as freely as Ellis had earlier and it was no surprise when he brought up the second excellent 50 of the match and he was retired for 51 not out. The pair had put on 90 for the second wicket and Mid Glam had got to 94-1. Some very tight bowling by Rhodri Phillips (Civil Service), Tom Morris (Civil Service) and Nicholas Arnold kept them in check but with five overs to go Mid Glam were well in the driving seat needing only 20 with 8 wickets in hand.
The skipper then got the breakthrough when Rhodri Phillips took an excellent catch and this was followed by a good over by Sidhant and with three overs to go Mid Glam still needed 14 runs. An excellent maiden by Lewis Byng then put the pressure firmly on Mid Glam but with opener Liam Hughes still there still in with a chance.
Gareth Thomas was tasked with the penultimate over with Mid Glam 103-2 the first three balls were on the spot and the Mid Glam batsmen could do nothing with them the next ball beat the batsman and crashed into the stumps. The fifth ball saw confusion as the ball beat the bat and as the batsmen thought about running but very quick thinking by wicketkeeper Aaron Lewis (Civil Service) saw him break the stumps and the umpire ruled it was a stumping. At this point I would like to say that Aaron was excellent throughout the day with only 3 byes conceded on what was a hot day and extremely hard work for keepers.
Back to the match and Gareth was on a hat trick, the hat trick ball was straight but hit firmly however David Tobin was there to take a fine catch to complete the hat trick. David himself bowled the last over and conceded just 2 runs which saw Mid Glam end on 105 – 5 and the league completed an 11 run win which had seemed very unlikely at the 30 over point. The boys bowled and fielded superbly and never gave up even under pressure from Scott and Liam. Well done to Ellis who despite being a bit under the weather following his excellent 50 still went out and captained the side to a very good win.
The game was a superb advert for the matches between the League and the Regional sides, in addition to the high standard of cricket especially considering the age of some of these players. It gave Mid Glam Coach Teresa Stenner the opportunity to use the match to look at some of her younger talent and to really have a good look at her squad and it resulted in a cracking match played in tremendous spirit with both sets of players leaving the ground having thoroughly enjoyed their day. Thank you to Gorseinon CC for hosting the match and finally big thanks to the parents of both sides who applauded and praised all players regardless of which side they were on and made the day all the more enjoyable with the atmosphere they created.
The Match scorecard can be seen here
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