A Great Start to the Season for the 1st and 2nd XIs
Kevin Lyons, advisor to Cardiff Cricket Club has provided this assessment on the season so far.
"As the season nears the halfway stage both 1st
and 2nd XI teams are top of their respective league tables as well as
progressing into the last sixteen of the Welsh Cup.
Team work has undoubtedly been the main driving force from captains, Greg Holmes and David Elias, but there are a number of batting performances that
should be applauded - none more so than the quality and model consistency of
1st XI opening batsman Alex Milton.
He comfortably heads the Premier League batting table with 425 runs at an
average of 102.
In six innings innings he has recorded three hundreds and a fifty and been
responsible for 36 per cent of the aggregate of the team's total runs. For good
measure Alex has also displayed fine form as a middle order batsman for Cardiff
MCCU scoring two centuries against two of the strongest University clubs in the
country Loughborough, and Leeds/Bradford.
Two sixteen year old opening batsmen Umar Malik and Richard Sen came to the
fore in the 2nd XI match versus Bridgend CC at home compiling a
massive opening partnership of 403, surely a club record, before Umar was dismissed for a hugely impressive
268 whilst Richard registered his first senior hundred with 101 not
out ensuring a match winning total of 456-2.
The following day versus Abergavenny in the Welsh Cup Umar continued his fine
form stroking a fluent 101 from 94 deliveries after losing Connor Brown his
opening partner in the first over. Umar and Yvan Grant (152) then proceeded to accumulate a 179 partnership in 27
overs demonstrating a wide range of attacking strokes. After the mandatory 40
overs Cardiff amassed 310-3 a total beyond Abergavenny who were dismissed amid
an accurate bowling and efficient fielding performance from Cardiff.
Another young player, 15 year old Tegid Phillips captured three wickets for 31
runs in 8 overs of controlled of spin bowling. Alun Thomas demolished the tail end batsmen with 3-3 in 4 overs.
Congratulations to groundsman Tim for producing a pitch that has remained
consistent in pace and bounce conducive to positive stroke play off both
front and back foot whilst encouraging the spin bowlers with a modicum of turn."