Cricket in Calzaghe’s back garden – Abercarn v DinkyPooThrees

Essex is great, you might be surprised to hear, but after 13 Saturdays of less than magnificent arenas what a treat to play at Aber-lovely-carn. ‘Carn’ as in Imran.

After Orsett Vs in Stanford le Hope, it felt like Lord’s. 

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Rydw i’n byw yn batty crease – Sully v DinkyPooTwos

Any cricketer who’s been there will tell you: there’s never a dull moment at Sully Centurions. This time it was custard doughnuts, buttock tattoos and a probable DinkyPooTwos record or two.

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DinkyPooTwos v Croesyceiliog CC

Dinas Powys CC v Croesyceiliog CCFitting that, in a week that saw the club’s oldest former player pass to the pavilion in the sky, aged 99 (more below), the PooTwos were rescued from a hole by the oldest current player.

Secretary Hiscocks first retired in 2009, after reaching his fifties,  so far as I can recall, and has come back since several times.

Skittles skittled selection for this weekend as a horde of players went off to terrorise Minehead and the irregulars of Dads Army and ne’er do wells were roped in.

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Glamorgan, grandpa and the 1977 Gillette Cup final

Before punk, there was Glamorgan.

County cricket bit me when I was six, sparking what would now be called a fanboy phase of undying, uncritical devotion, setting a lifelong pattern of following the underdog.

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