Wales Over 50s in 2014

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The Wales 50’s D&M side completed the 2014 season by playing in the final of the Southern Counties Senior Championship against Dorset 50’s, played at Trowbridge CC on the 12thSeptember. Unfortunately, Wales lost by 9 wkts. In reaching to the final, the team had won 7 of their 8 championship games, Somerset x 1, Devon x 2, Gloucestershire x 2 & Wiltshire x 2. On a glorious sunny day, Captain Danny Griffiths (Carmarthen Wanderers CC) won the toss and elected to bat, a strategy that had worked well during the season. However, with the tight Dorset bowling, the team score at 20 overs was 57, several batsmen got into double figures and at the end of the 45 overs Wales were 177 all out, Paul Bennett (Chepstow CC) scoring an excellent 63.

After tea, the team was confident of making inroads into the Dorset batting line up. However, the Dorset opening pair of Jim Ryall and John Young tore into the Welsh seamers and put on 62 in the first 10 overs. Danny changed tactics and brought on the spin attack of Steve Jones (Burton CC) and Paul Webb (Whitland CC) who slowed the scoring down considerably. However, both batsman worked well together and batted sensibly before Jim Ryall finally fell on 98. Dorset went on to win by 9 wkts in the 41st over. Excellent bowling by Steve Jones (Burton CC) - 9-4-11-0, did not bring a more deserved reward of a wicket or two.







The Welsh D&M Championship side has only been playing in this championship league for two seasons, and has reached the final in both seasons. 21 players were called on to represent Wales during this season and 22 were called on last season, all representing their country in the most professional manner. Their support is certainly appreciated by captain Danny Griffiths.

The squad is able to field two 49 year old's in this championship, therefore if there is any Welsh cricketer currently playing league cricket who would like to have a taste of championship cricket in this age group please contact Danny at - [email protected] or by telephone on 07768574620.
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