DinkyPooTwos v Whitchurch Heath

Like a throwback to a different era – a great see-sawing game of cricket played in good spirit and some excellent fielding, bowling and batting to commend it.

We won but, boy, did we make hard work of it. And we looked like we were down and out at 34-3 in about ten overs, chasing 205.

Step forward Miles Wilton, an unsung hero at the club. A horny-handed son of toil who proudly rid the Common square of every weed a few years ago and regularly misses out on a knock if the top five get going.

Last week he made one not out after coming to the crease in the 45th over. This week, he was required in the tenth over with Dinas in the doldrums.

The building worker biffed 74 out of the next 111 and when lbw at 145-4, the Heath were subdued and, judging by their body language, had largely given up hope of bowling us all out. By then that was their only chance of winning the game.

As ever, Fordy was hanging out at the other end, chipping singles and ensuring he didn’t have to run twos. He made 43 before being beaten by a cracking delivery from their opening bowler with victory almost in our grasp.

That left the slimline Gareth Marks and prodigal son Lawrence O’Sullivan (23 not out) – back after two years having been kidnapped by Sully and once featuring highly in the South Wales Premier League’s top bowling performances, having taken wickets against Swansea – to see us home.

A very fine win, built on one of the best fielding performances I’ve ever been proud to be part of. Three run-outs, at least two first XI standard catches and Fordy wielding the Marigolds with gusto.

For once the fielders not the bowlers were the stars though veteran on-the-spot merchant Ian Coughtrey slowed down the Heath with 2-24, after they reached 87 in 19 overs and looked set for 250-plus.

And O’Sullivan might not have got a wicket but he applied the brakes when we looked like we might be overwhelmed.

As ever, the Heath provided friendly and polite opposition – always a pleasure to play against them. Somehow sporting sides seem to be in short supply in South Wales and they’re among the best.

Our points average increased by .17 to 18.50. If Cardiff Gymkhana didn’t get the max then we could conceivably go top.

And they’re the opposition next week at their gaff.

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