An eventful 1st game of the season..

Not all things in life come easy, one of them is called victory, and it comes to those who are in pursuit of it. We did well in today’s loss, but our pursuit of victory got slightly disjointed under pressure.

Most players (including me) come away from a game thinking, I could have done this or that.. which reminds me of a famous Persian quote ” if you remember a punch after the battle, hit your own face with it”. I just gave myself a virtual one as a real one would hurt bad see…

First and foremost, a brilliant, beautiful, God gifted, Sunny day in Wales – when did we last see sun shine like this?

(Sandy enjoying the sun below)

Secondly, it was our very own, Michael Fogg’s first outing as skipper. A very well done to him for leading the side with passion, enthusiasm and energy. Despite so many fun factors that came along today, he managed the team well and led by example in his bowling attack, as well as out in the field.

(Foggy inspecting tools of trade ๐Ÿ˜„)

Bowlers performed pretty well, given we were playing against a quality batting side. Foggy led by taking early wickets and well supported by Rabbi, Bash, Nayem and Abdul. Zub and Syed had an over two as well and the team restricted Fugis to 189. This is a great sign for the club. If we did this against the best team in our division, we can better this against others.

I need not to discuss how our batting collapsed, other than, it just collapsed like a building with no foundation. Although in this case, Zub and Sandy did give us a good foundation, but we made a hash out of it.

Lessons learnt, the team is ready to hit the ground tomorrow for our first ever Welsh Cup fixture.

Until tomorrow, Adiรณs.

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IST season friendly tomorrow – calling all cricketers

It may be cold and horrible weather everywhere in Britannia, but the cricket weather is heating up. We are starting our season from tomorrow.

As the game against Barry Athletic was cancelled due to ground not being ready, we have arranged a march with Cardiff United who play in midweek league.

On 15th, we play Croesyceiliog, followed by Cup fixture against Blackwood on 22nd.

Friendly games will continue into May, following the cup tie. 28th April, we play Lisvane and on 7th May, we host Zapoi CC from London. So, with these sizzling hot fixtures, get ready for a season of good cricket.

Good luck to the Dragons tomorrow!

Season 2018

Well a very happy new year and belated festive greetings to all our fans, players and club members.

2017 was a fantastic year for Bay Dragons and we are hoping 2018 will bring even more success. The club finished as division leaders in 2017, gaining the well deserved promotion to Div 8 SEWCL and came fourth in the highly competitive indoor league.

Pre-season nets will start from Wednesday, 7pm at the All Sqaure Sports Centre. All players are requested to attend.

We also welcome new members, Sher Khan, Michael Fogg, Luke, Mark and Abdul to the club. Wishing them all a fantastic season.

In addition, the club is looking to recruit more players of all skills levels. We also need volunteers for variety of different roles. Please contact us via baydragons@hotmail.com ,and we will get in touch.

Bay Dragons CC 1st XI vs Llanarth CC 2nd XI

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ?

๐Ÿ’ฉ 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.

Success without victory

Sounds insane right.. but history would tell you it’s happened many a times.  Victories are a crown jewel, but no big victory comes without a defeat.  A loss teaches us things that a victory conceals. When you win, all dropped catches, poor shots, misfields…you name it, does not matter.  It does matter and hurt when you lose and that too at a crucial time.

The takeaway is, mistakes yesterday were noted by all players and everyone will now have a purpose to come back hard and prove how good they are. 

A bit about the game

For once, we were spoilt for choice on selection. But, a few drop outs and inevitable changes in last minute impacted the game plan.  Unfortunately, it was unavoidable and we played with the best options we had available.  Well done to everyone who stepped up.  It goes without saying, we badly missed Shakir, Piyar Singh and Patrick yesterday. Their energy, athleticism and positivity will be much needed in the game against title contenders, Monkswood.

Game play

In terms of batting,  we had a good foundation set up by our openers. At 10 overs, we were 27 and with Ash and Zubi out, we had a tough task ahead of us.  Mubashar (bash) and Sandy steadied the ship with both playing decent strokes.  Sandy recovered from early wobble and his excellent 79 was the highest score by a Dragon this season – well done!

We slowed down in middle overs and whilst we had foundation,  the last ten overs required some firey hitting. 
 Avinash, Rabbi, Syed, Taj all chipped in and we managed a decent 211-7, against a quality opposition. Sudbrook displayed great quality in batting, bowling and fielding.   We remained not out, which was excellent.   However,  this score could easily have been 250, had we converted singles to doubles, kept rotating the strike.  I’m sure the players will think how much a difference these 30-40 runs could have made in the death overs.

Happy faces

Baby Dragon and our only supporter at the game – busy on his Nintendo 😂

A story of bowling, mis fields, dropped catches and come backs

Avinash and Rabbi opened the attack. It was a good test of bowling against the quality batting.  The first ten overs were huge and in most of our wins, we rely on opening attack.  The last two games have shown us that we must be ready in the second, third and fourth attack in order to take the game back.

The spell between Bash and Syed brought sudbrook down on knees.  They were struggling at 140 for 6.  The difference now was Richard Lund from Sudbrook, who was dropped twice off Syed and once off Bash. Catches win matches and this game could have been won, had we taken him. We don’t drop many, so I won’t hesitate to say, It just wasn’t our day.

The passion and energy in a tough game is obvious and admirable. Rotation of bowlers, change of attack and field placements are tactical decisions, which everyone must understand.  

We are now second on the table, but the energy, enthusiasm and passion of this side gives me the belief that we will be back on the top soon and we must beat Monkswood on 05/08/17, if we have any aspirations for winning the title.

Well done to Bash and Syed for getting into top ten division bowlers list, which is all occupied by Monkswood,Sudbrook and Dragons. Their strike rates of 12 and 16 maintained thoughout this season are brilliant, but it will be a great test of stamina to continue this form in the remaining games.  

Avinash and Rabbi are destined to strike back and it will happen anytime soon. Burhan is a new talent and we will get to see skills soon as well.  There is no doubt they are all match winners on their day. Go on Dragons, the title is yours to chase. 

Next match is an away fixture against Cardiff 4ths. Good luck 🐲🐲🐲