The joy of six – Pencoed v DinkyPooTwos

The DinkyPooTwos steamroller trundled on, on an ugly day, too ugly for cricket. It provided a fair bit of ugly batting, in the face of a teething wind and under demonic grey skies – thick cigarette ash clouds relentlessly inching across the landscape.

A game no one thought would ever start and even when we started we never thought we would finish it. Not convinced anyone wanted to play either.

Ian Coughtrey
Top twiddler Ian Coughtrey on a stroll round the ground

Pencoed’s ground is next to the rugby clubhouse that hatched Scott Gibbs and Gareth Thomas – they grew up on this field and indeed nearly the entire rugby field forms a large part of the cricket field.

Turned up with some sort of lurgy and refused to open. In fact, didn’t fancy playing – and not because we lost the toss and had to bat on a green ‘un.

Pharmacist Fordy tossed me a nice pink, sweet pill – Ibuprofen – and by the time we were four down for about 110, the aches and pains were gone, I was willing to speak and was ready to bat. Not that it was worth the wait – out for eight as we scraped our way painfully to 172-6. Man off the telly Richie Morgan dragging us to a defendable total with an unbeaten 36.

Redmond Todd Bennett – surely the best name of any Dinas player ever – played the only class shots of the day with two gloriously time cover drives in a must-mention knock of about 28.

John Clogg bowled the spell of the season 4.5 overs, three maidens, one for eight, before the hamstring twanged and he had to come off. Living up to his surname he clogged up the middle order just when required.

John Clogg numberplate
The Cloggster’s shiny motor and plate

His wicket of the Pencoed number four, shaping up well for a match-winning innings made it 68-5 and from then on we were favourites all the way.

Two more runouts made it six in three games and we without doubt are the best fielding side in the league.

James Hiscocks took 4-15 to mop up a fairly long tail, although school buddy Reuben Mitchell told him later in the Pencoed RAOB bar behind the community all: “Yeah, but you only bowled at fat ones and schoolkids.”

Six wins out of six.

Eng v NZ ODI
Gratuitous pic of more grey skies – this time from the England v NZ ODI in Cardiff a week earlier

Next up though is another first v second clash. Us, now top, versus Pontymister, second, over at their shop next Saturday.

Should be a cracker.

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