After a never ending bout of defaults, the dragons were in business, when Llanarth confirmed the fixture. I almost fell out of my bed when I got the text from Keith (Llanarth) confirming the fixture.. I mean how could that happen ?? The cricket angels must have been listening to the dragons who have spent more time oiling their bats this season than playing cricket 😂😂
In any case, the crippled bunch of cricket mad dragons were ready to play and there was no shortage of players on day. Injuries have been a concern as we reach the business end of the season, but I’m glad we have managed to pull through. There are team fitness plans in discussion at the moment for next season. The skipper and vice captain will be setting an example by running around Blackweir to burn some rubber.
The defaults have also impacted the consistency and it’s become more obvious in batting and fielding. However, through hard work and a bit of luck, we have remained on top of the table for most of this season and we look set to win the division championship. What a remarkable achievement for a club that hasn’t even turned 1 yet !
So, what happened at Llanarth ?
💩 as far as our batting was concerned, we got out for our lowest total of the year (130) and didn’t even bat through the overs. Yes batting on a windy and spin friendly wicket was difficult, but some of the wickets we lost were reminiscent of the famous Pakistan Vs Ireland encounter in 2007 world cup. D.Moseley (Llanarth) bowled some nice leg breaks for his well deserved 5 wicket haul. Tremendous effort by the little boy, which got him a reward from Skippy.
After the innings break, a team huddle was called and Syed said some motivational words in order to lift up the team.
Llanarth looked ok when they came out to bat, but Rabbi was breathing fire, well supported by Avinash from the other end. Wickets tumbled non stop and by the end of first spell, enough damage was done by dragons to secure the game.
Mehender and Piyar cleared up the remaining wickets. There were only one or two chances dropped but they weren’t easy catches.. one running backwards that turned in the air, the other, moving away and straight down the chest of the fielder. Nothing else was spared and then there was that ballistic throw from zubbers that shattered the stumps.. beautiful !
The bowling fantastic and fielding was better, all signs of improvement. The dragons won comfortably by bowling Llanarth out for 84. It’s a remarkable achievement that on 4 occasions this season, we have managed to bowl the opposing team for less than 100 runs.
With this game won, the dragons secured their grip on the title and only need 7 points from the last match to be officially declared winners of the division.
Llanarth was by far one of the best teams we have had the pleasure of playing against this season. The spirit of cricket, effort, friendly atmosphere and support as well as facilities were amazing. I’ll sign out by wishing them all the best for next season and I have no doubt they will be contenders for promotion in 2018.