Cricketers try their best, but rain stops play!

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Another great family day on the Rec

England might be the Number 1 team in the world, but for one day only, the Creigiau Village Mixed Cricket Tournament surely must be the centre of the cricketing world.

Over the last few years the weather on the August Bank Holiday has been a bit hit and miss, however, if the forecasters were to be believed we were set for a fine day. Famous last words !!

The tournament, which was first held in 2007, takes the form of ‘street’ teams made up of men and women in a 5 over format. Along with last year’s winners, The Knight Watchmen, this year’s line up comprised of The Full Monty, The Terrorists, Gin’ll Fix It, Calypso Chaos, and our very own Creigiau 23 All Stars.

After finishing runners-up in the inaugural tournament, the All Stars were guilty of complacency in last year’s event and never really troubled the scorers. So, not wanting to make the same mistake again, Captain Kev recruited aggressively this year in an attempt to win the Cup.

Other teams had done the same with The Full Monty looking particularly strong.

First up were The Knight Watchmen against Gin’ll Fix It. This turned out to be an easy win for the Knight Watchmen who were living up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites.

The day also provided a great opportunity for non players to get involved, with anybody who took a catch from a '6' being awarded a free can of beer. Yes I know you get a slab of beer if you do the same feat at a T20 game but times are hard for the cricket club!!

The POW checking up the rules !!

Although the weather had looked promising earlier, there were some ominous black clouds circling the Rec and tournament organiser, Martin 'The Pow' Powell, was seen frantically swoting up the Duckworth-Lewis rule.

For those that are none the wiser, don’t worry, neither was he!!

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The POW's still talking at this stage.

Next up were The Terrance against The Full Monty, with first team star 'The Pow' and his wife Sian at the crease. This promised to be a cracking opening partnership.

With Sian facing the strike, the game got underway. A gentle push to mid-wicket. A dot ball if ever I saw one, but Martin had other ideas. ‘Run Sian’ came the call, and off she went.....sadly she didn't make it!!.

Handing the bat over to Ann, Sian continued to walk back to the pavilion to carry on slaving over the hot stove in the kitchen where she had been since 9 that morning. Nice one Mart !!

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Mart, what have you done.!!!

In an attempt to redeem the situation for his team, and on the very next ball ‘The Pow’ played a similar shot. A gentle push to mid-wicket. What happened next? Yes, you’ve guessed it, ‘Run Ann’.......Ooops..too late!!!

By now The Full Monty were on the ropes, two balls faced and two wickets down. Up stepped Bernie. Move over Mart and make way for some real cricket. In a quick fire innings, Bernie scored an unbeaten 68, with the Full Monty eventually scoring a surprising, albeit record 151. Hum!! dare I suggest some team tactics there, perhaps !!!

That was going to be extremely hard to beat, but to be fair, The Terrorists were determined to go down fighting as they hit a brave 126 themselves.

As the rain continued and another enforced break was inevitable.

Although the rain eased for a short while, the wicket was still soaking, so it was an opportune moment for the side show, a bowling competition. For the women and juniors it was a case of hitting the stumps, for the men it was speed bowling. More later.

In between the showers the third game got underway. Our very own All Stars against the Calypso Chaos. After some tight bowling, Calypso Chaos were restricted to 46 off 4 overs, but anther showers forced us off again.

That was the killer blow, the wicket by now sodden, and tournament organisers had no option other than to call the tournament off.

Despite no tournament winners, there were still some prizes to hand out, with,

  • Rhys 'The Pow' Powell winning the junior bowling,
  • Cas Atkins winning the women’s competition , and
  • Matthew Marley winning the Men’s speed bowling with a time of 62 MPH.

Some photos thoughout the day.

I think everyone present would agree it was another great day out, albeit shortened due to the weather. The cricket club would like to thank all for everybody’s support. We at Creigiau 23 would also like to thank all members that helped to set up the event along with running the Bar and BBQ.

Put a note in your diary for next August Bank Holiday and let’s hope that the weather plays its part this time.

See you next year!!!

Posted on August 30th 2011