Knight Watchmen win village tournament.

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Another great family day on the Rec

Forget about going to the SWALEC Stadium to watch top class cricket, the Creigiau Recreation Field is the place to be these days.

The Creigiau Village Mixed Cricket Tournament which started 4 years ago, but unfortunately called off for the last 2 years due to bad weather, is organised by the cricket club in conjunction with Creigiau 23 and held on the ĎRecí during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

In it, 6 'street' teams get together for a great dayís fun, and also some cricket !! Each team is made up of 12 players including 4 ladies, but donít ask me to explain the scoring as it made the Duckworth-Lewis method look a bit like Vera Duckworth and Jerry Lewis.

In the inaugural tournament four years ago, the final was a fiercely contested competition between Creigiau 23 and Park Y Throw, with Park Y Throw eventually taking the trophy.

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The latest in cricketing whites

Both teams were at it again this year, however, due to a recent sponsorship deal, Parc Y Throw were forced to change their name and were now called The Knight Watchmen and were sporting the latest design in cricket whites.

The other teams were Bucklandís Babes, Calypso Chaos, The Terrarists and The Full Monty.

First up in the Pool A opener were our very own Creigiau 23 All Stars who took to the field against The Terrarists. Despite our boys and girls!! taking some early wickets, The Terrarists proved too strong with some aggressive late order batting and some tactical fielding.

After that first defeat, the Creigiau 23 All Stars were determined to get back to winning ways, and indeed it proved to be the case with a narrow, but thoroughly deserved win over the Full Monty.

In Pool B, The Knight Watchmen were living up to billing as the pre-tournament favourites and headed their pool with some really big hits.

With the pool games over, it was over to the scorers to decide who were going through to the play offs. Meanwhile, it was the kidsí turn to have some fun with their own bowling and catching competition.

It wasn't just the players and kids that got involved, tournament rules dictated that anybody who took a catch from a '6' would be awarded a free can of beer. Needless to say, a few were awarded throughout the day, making it a fun day for all who turned up.

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Team Captains.

After much delibration, it seemed that due to a poor run rate our Creigiau 23 All Stars found themselves in the 5-6 play offs. However, I am not so sure the run rate had anything to do with it. It seems the other teams were Ďallegedlyí offering better inducements to the Umpires.

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Martin Powell and his 'Book'.

I am also sure many of you would have noticed the little 'book' tournament organiser Martin Powell, was clutching all day. When asked what was in the book he would walk swiftly away. However, it is Ďallegedí that the book only seemed to be opened when no balls were being called. Rumour also has it that he is big mates with Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif these days. Say no more!!!!!

With the kidsí competitions over, we took to the field for the first of the play-offs. Again this game could have gone either way, but Bucklandís Babes proved too strong for our Boys, and Girls .

Again the 3-4 play off was a tight affair, with the Terrarists eventually coming out on top.

On to the final, The Knight Watchmen against The Full Monty. This was a fast/exciting and controversial game. Dodgy no balls! , run outs and even ball tampering!!, this game had it all.

The Knight Watchmen won the toss and put Full Monty in to bat.

It looked a good decision as the pace attack carved through the batting. However, the Full Monty were not going to roll over and with some agressive bowling of their own made it a nail biting finish. However, it was just not good enough as the Knight Watchmen took the title.

Although the Creigiau 23 All Stars didnít win the title, we didnít leave empty handed. Two of our ladies, Sue Bartle and Mair Marley won the Best Batter and Best Player respectively.

Some photos thoughout the day.

Some highlights from the day have to be :

  • Mair Marley talking a superb high catch in the deep.
  • Kevanís dive through the air like a leaping salmon only to drop the ball when he hit the deck.
  • Adrian Burns hitting a first team bowler for four. For legal reasons we cannot name the bowler, but he is VERY tall !!

All in all, everyone present would agree that it was a great family day out and Creigiau 23 would like to thank all members that helped to set up the event along with run the Bar and BBQ.

Put a note in your diary for next August Bank Holiday and letís hope that the weather plays its part.

See you next year!!!

Posted on September 8th 2010