3rd XI Match Reports


Another exceptional performance by the Thirds saw them secure a comfortable victory against Abertillery Seconds at Abertillery Park, Abertillery, Abertillery-shire on Saturday.

With Paul “Who?” Elks returning as captain, the toss was lost (of course) and Miskin were invited to bat on a damp wicket. Greg Robin’s son and Rob James’ father made a steady start against tight bowling. After reaching drinks at 66 without loss the pair sought to accelerate before Rob fell for 34. Jo Phil’s-son hit a couple of lovely boundaries in making 12 but when he and then Greg (37) were out to leave MMIII on 122-3 off 36 overs, they were in danger of falling short.

Enter the Cefn Mabley partnership of Gary Prewett and Lewys’ Dad. The pair put on 63 in 9 overs with Gary being run out on 43 with two balls to spare and Will finishing on 33n.o. after being joined a the crease by his youngest son (1n.o.) for two balls. Final score: 190-4.

A fantastic old-school tea was enjoyed: ham, new potatoes and salad all served at the table with actual proper knives and forks and everything. Dr. O was force fed a bakewell tart with salad cream. He seemed to take offence, but I’ve seen worse from medical students on Carry On Doctor.

So, onto the bowling. Venom and Moose opened up and soon had Aber reeling as the Capitan skittled out the top order to reduce the hosts to 36-4. Accurate bowling from James Rob’s son (7-3-20-1) and Tom’s Dad (6-1-13-1) inflicted further damage before Ike Don’s Grandson polished off the tail with two wickets in the last two balls to secure a comprehensive victory as Abertillery were all out for 91.

An all-round excellent effort: batting was patient when needed and aggressive when necessary; bowling accurate and persistent; fielding very sharp and built up the pressure. Special mention to Owen’s Brother for only conceding one bye  – well done Daf.

Thanks to Jo’s Dad and Ike’s Dad for keeping both scorebooks and to Abertillery who proved to be welcoming hosts.

Last game next week: Whitchurch up at Tonyrefail. Let’s finish on a high.


Here’s to you Mr. Robinson…….

3 August v Sully Centurions away

Miskin Thirds put together a perfect performance to see off a depleted Sully side in this relegation battle at Wenvoe.

Sully won the toss and elected to field. Will and Greg opened up and 45 overs later, Gregos was still camped at the crease, carrying his bat for a Batting Cup-leading total of 77. This allowed others to throw the bat around with Glenn (28 including 6 fours), Tom (35 including 3 fours and 2 sixes), Mat Mullin (24) and Daf (25) all benefitting from the anchor down the other end. With a healthy extras total, MMIII racked up 267-8. 68 year old David Sylvester was the pick of the Sully bowlers with 4-49.

With the Miskin innings having taken about 3½ hours (including looking for about 20 minutes for a ball that Tom hit into a different postcode), and rain imminent, Captain Ryan gave the order to gulp down the tea and get out there (although that did not stop Keiran woolfing down a second – and we reckon 3rd – plate of sandwiches).

Tom and James Wilkins opened up the bowling, and both looked dangerous. Tom, unlucky not to get wickets with his first 2 balls, eventually picked up two wickets in the fifth over and James took one in the 10th to put MM in a strong position. Then the rain came. Sully were off the field quicker than Bryan Swanson’s fingers on a touch-pad and there didn’t seem much prospect of further play. After about 20 minutes the shower stopped and MM were straight back out.

Taking the pace off the ball, Will and Owen mopped up the rest and it was job done, with Sully 74 all out just before the heavens opened. Golden Arm picking up the final 2 wickets in two balls following up his “the worst 4 wickets I have ever seen” bowling cup performance against Tondu a few years ago, with “the worst two wickets I have ever seen” match winning performance on Saturday.  Some major point-scoring lifts the Thirds out of the relegation zone with a tough home game against Merthyr to come.

Champagne Moments:

  • The Win;
  • Sharp batting, bowling and fielding;
  • Another excellent catch by an u-13 player, Ike;
  • Glenn coughing up 20 quid;
  • Will delaying tea by 5 minutes to give the team a speech on hurrying up;
  • Keiran: Played 2, Won 2, and dancing like a cowboy in a gun fight;
  • Lewys on the bar towel.

Thanks to Rob Wilkins for umpiring and Neil Hurford for scoring.

The Perfect Storm

The Thirds pulled off a thrilling win at the Tyn-y-bryn SuperBowl of Dreams™ against high-flying Hopkinstown.

The visitors elected to bat on a rock-hard wicket and, with the assistance of a lightning fast outfield, raced along at more than six an over off the first 15, despite aggressive bowling from Tom Ryan and tight bowling from Jo Vellam (5-1-11-1). James Wilkins took the second Hopkinstown wicket, but at 100-2 off 16 they looked like they would notch up a large total.

Time for the secret weapons of mass destruction – Captain Elks threw on Greg Robinson with his off-spin and Owen Skelton with his left arm leg spin (both actions have been referred to trading standards). Eleven overs later, and Hopkinstown had been dismissed for 143, with Dr. O finishing with 8-0-33-3 and Nathan’s Bro’ with the magnificent 6-0-31-5. Catches were taken, fielding was sharp, MMIII had found two new stars.

With the visitors keen to crack on to avoid the rain, tea was forsaken. After losing Gregos early doors, Lewys and Will Ryan stuck around to set up a base. After Will and then Jo went in quick succession it was left to the Ryan brothers to steady the ship, with Lewys making a patient 15. At the half way mark, MMIII were on 49-4, struggling, and the rain was starting to fall. Enter Captain Elks. He and Tom put on 72 in just 7 overs before Tom fell for 48, featuring eight boundaries on an outfield that was increasingly sodden.

Matt Mullens was again run out by the Captain and after Elks (28) and Owen went, the last pair of James and Daf Skelton stepped out with the rain now teeming and requiring four runs. Nerves? No way, as Daf hit a straight four to see the Mighty Thirds home. The celebrations went on long into the night at Tonyrefail Workingman’s Club.

The result was well deserved, and fair play to Hopkinstown who were more or less happy to see the game out. For the Thirds the result means that they have jumped up the table and are now a fraction of a point from climbing out of the relegation places.

Special thanks to Rob Wilkins (umps), Phil Vellam (Scorer) and all of the supporters who persevered through the rain

Champagne Moment:

  • The Win!!

Thirds injured by Abertillery Artillery

After the success of the Lions in the morning, the Thirds congregated at The Tonyrefail Dreambowl™ hoping to achieve a George North-style level of brilliance. Instead they were left, like Kurtley Beale, lying face down in the proverbial and literal mud.

The somewhat moist conditions underfoot were considered just about good enough to play, and it was credit to both sides that they persevered on a day not particularly conducive to good cricket. Inviting Abertillery to bat, Seconds Captain Elks (without a league win as Thirds captain for 12 years) opened the bowling with The Beast of Burr Dan and Jo Venom, replaced them with himself and The Real Third Team Captain Ryan, threw in Dr. O’Skelton and then tried out two-thirds of the Spice Boys: A&E Ryan and Hickster. All huffed and puffed, but all failed to blow the ‘Tillery door down. The openers of Chris Lewis and Andy Humphries batted solidly and sensibly on a sticky wicket, but once again it could have been different if the catches were held. Dan, Will and Jo returned the most economical bowling figures.

Having failed to take a wicket in the final 43 overs of the previous match, MMIII were effectively fielding at 79 overs, 478-0, when Ike Hurford made the deserved break though, assisted by a fantastic catch at deep mid-on by Jo. Chris Lewis was out for 81, but Humphries carried his bat to finish on 66 not out. Abertillery had notched up 204-1 in their allotted 40 overs.

After a tea characterised by pouring rain and a discussion on malapropisms (surely a thirst), Miskin set about reaching the target. But didn’t. The Combined Ryans (W, T & L) just about sneaked into double figures,  Jo & Dan barely troubled the scorers and Elks was stone-cold plum LBW (rightly given by Erstwhile Captain Ryan). Dai Myson and Steve Davies  did the damage with 3-29 and 3-8 respectively off 9 overs each. At 33-6 after 16 overs, Abertillery were ready to go home.

The only constant was Greg Robin’s son who opened and played the sort of innings that was required. He stuck around for 29 overs and MM pulled up the drawbridge to battle out what would have been, in old money, a losing draw. Once Greg was out for 15, Ike (with an excellent top-score of 18), Ben and Hickie The Wall all blocked, nurdled and hit some nice shots to see out the 40 overs with a guest appearance at the non-strikers end by Skelts Senior in his first innings for many a long year. After all that, 65-9 and a couple of “seeing out the innings” points.

Another tough day for the team and another cold day for perennial scorer Phil Vellam and the loyal cohort of Thirds supporters.

Despite the gloom, the game featured the following champagne moments:

  • Lewys stopping the ball with his face;
  • Owen stopping the earth spinning with his face;
  • Dan stopping the ball hitting the stumps by hitting the stumps with his bat; and
  • 3 police cars, two ambulances and a Mr. Whippy Ice Cream van.

10 June 2013

No Need for Hoover as Merthyr wipe the floor with Thirds


Due to the excessive number of Ryans in the team the following key is provided to aid this report:

  • Will Ryan: Referred to below as Ryan No.1;
  • Paul Ryan: Ryan No.2;
  • Paul David Ryan: Ryan No.3;
  • Lewys Ryan: Ryan No.4.

Given the return of The Original Gareth Bale™ (TOGB) any reference to Tottenham, Real Madrid or left-foot was a fineable offence (oh no it wasn’t, oh yes it was….)


It was a tough day at the office for Miskin Thirds as Merthyr scored a comprehensive victory. Stand-in captain Ryan No.1 won the toss and decided that early wickets were there for the taking so wisely invited Merthyr to bat.

His decision proved to be spot on as the hosts were reduced to 13-1 as Captain Marvel struck in the second over to send A. Foley back without troubling the scorers. Nathan’s brother (a.k.a. Ian’s son) took the catch. Miskin were right in amongst them.

Unfortunately, they will have to wait until next week to take a second wicket as C. James and Wayne Davies decided, rather rudely I thought, to bat out the remaining 43.1 overs without bothering to head back to the pavilion. Both played beautifully to notch identical scores of 149 not out and Merthyr finished on 331-1. Each of the eight bowlers used gave their all with Ryan No. 1 (9-2-28-1) and Mathew Giles (9-0-49-0) returning the best figures. Some of the bowling statistics were a bit ugly, but we came up against a side with a very strong batting line up, and we never gave up.

The ground fielding was excellent, and the Merthyr boys complimented us on our efforts in that respect. Without the exertions put in to try and stop everything on a lightning quick outfield, the score would have been closer to 400 than 300.The stuff in the air proved a bit more challenging – Ryan No.2 was particularly disappointed to drop one off Ryan No. 4’s bowling in the final over. Special mention must go to 13-year-old Ben Crook who earned his spurs by keeping wicket for the full 45 overs in hot conditions and only conceded ten byes, and also to Ike Hurford who bowled at a time when the batters were rampant.

After a splendid tea (note for future reference: avoid the raw onions in the salad) Miskin set about chasing down the total. After the early departure of Ryan No.2, Gilo and TOGB™ made a real mad go of it. When Gilo was out for 33, Ryan No. 3 came in. He and TOGB™ put on 49 together but fell on the ball before the drinks break for 18.

At the half way mark, Miskin were only 20 runs behind the Merthyr score at the same stage, but when Gareth went for a cracking 71 (that included 16 fours) to leave Ryans Nos.1 and 4 at the crease, the run chase was never going to happen. In an effort to gain those crucial extra batting points, the Llantrisant Ryans put together a partnership of 51 with Ryan No. 4 finishing on 20 not out.

It was left to Greg Robinson and Jordan Lawrence (with a 4 off the last ball of the match) to steer us to 200-6 and a minor moral victory.

Lessons Learned

  1. Great effort in difficult circumstances;
  2. More catching practice needed;
  3. The Thirds are starting to put partnerships together and bat out the overs;
  4. Dr. Owen Skelton needs to invest in some sun tan lotion;
  5. The beer at Hills Plymouth CC goes down particularly well after a day like that;
  6. Thanks Rich for scoring; and

1 June 2013

Thirds Lose 100% Record!!!

Sully Thirds 56 all out; MMIII 59-4

A blisteringly hot Miskin Thirds secured a famous victory at a blisteringly hot Tonyrefail on Saturday. Shorn of their usual so-called “stars” including Tom “A&E” Ryan, Alex “Spice-Boy” Hickman and Sir Ashley Thomas of Ynysddu, the Thirds received a further set-back with the loss of their ever present (except when he misses games) captain Paul “Who?” Elks and controversially, rising stat Ick Hickman.

Undaunted, The Llanharan Ryans, the Pontyclun Lawrences and the legendary Melon “Mango” Davies stepped up to the plate and put in performances so good that the Thirds lost their 100% record that had been in place since Ebbw Vale away in July 2011.

Stand-in Captain Will Ryan, who had taken the late loss of players in his stride, not moaning once, oh no sir, not I,  lost the toss and decided to field, having been invited to by Sully. Golden Arm O’Skelton and Big Jo Vellam opened up the bowling and soon made in-roads with some tidy line and length to restrict Sully to 17-2 from 10 overs.

Having spotted a bid by Golden Arm to secure an early claim on the bowling cup (again) Will decided that he fancied a crack at the Sully batters. Bowling up the hill and into a wind, despite being 58 years old, he had a ropey start conceding 14 runs from his first two overs. After another scalp to Golden Arm, Will’s next five overs yielded six wickets for just four runs as he set about staking a claim to both Thirds Cups this season. Sully were in disarray, and catches from Kayleigh, Paul Ryan jr, Jordan Lawrence and even Noobs jr. helped seal the deal. Figures of 3-24 off 8 for Golden Arm, 1-3 off 5 for Jo and 0-6 off 4 overs for Paul Ryan snr.

Sully all out for 58 and not even time for a quick schnifter in Tonyrefail Workingmen’s Club between innings.

So, on with the batting, a phase of the game that, I think it’s fair to say, the Thirds have struggled with a bit. No such problems this time as a patient knock by Paul Ryan snr. (29) supported by Kevin Clapham, Jo Vellam and Paul jr. allowed Noobs to play his usual dashing innings (7n.o) before Keiron Lawrence larruped the winning boundary off his first ball (Average strike rate for the season: 400%).

Game over by 5pm and all off to Ton Club for a gallon of ginger ale and some spliffing sarnies, followed by fun and games at Glyn Park watching that Thirds reject and Michael McIntyre lookalike Elksie get a bit excited.

Well done to all those who played……..Murpher away next week at the Hoover ground: queue “We’re going to clean up” pun.


26 May 2012

Thirds unlucky in record breaking run feast

The Thirds suffered their first defeat since 26 June 2011 against Ton Pentre on Saturday, a narrow defeat on a record breaking day, 592 runs shared between the teams for the loss of only 10 wickets.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first at the Ystrad Cauldron and the Manor soon had them reeling at 56-1 when Richard Fiona-Crook took a good catch at mid-on off the bowling of Tom Ryan.  Ton Pentre were fortunate to add a few more runs before the fall of the second wicket. Despite more nicks and edges than Sweeny Todd standing on a cubicuboctahedron, the batting side managed to crawl to 301-1 off 34 overs before Ryan (W) struck in his belated first over to remove A. Davies for 143 thanks to a sharp catch from Noooobs (G).

More good fortune for the home side saw them finish on 434-2, with Mark Thomas unbeaten on a splendid 208.

Throughout the onslaught, the Miskin boys, they stuck to their task and, by and large, never shirked from their duties on occasion resorting to prayer, both Fiona-Richard and Captain Elks, falling to their knees in desperate attempts to prevent boundaries. Without the significant effort put in on a sweltering day, the damage could have been a lot worse.

Faced with a required run rate of 9.65 and by now appalling batting conditions (so many balls had been lost in the first innings that it was almost dark by tea), but still with the recent victory over Porth on the same ground fresh in their memories, Miskin attacked the chase with confidence, openers Ashley Thomas and Karan sacrificing themselves in the run chase, Tom Ryan and Gilo taking the attack to Ton Pentre but also to no avail.  With the departure of Newberry K leaving Miskin slightly behind on Duckworth Lewis, at 48-5, and with the night closing in, Miskin used the opportunity to frustrate the hosts and bat out the 45 overs.

Star of the show was Glenn who hit a “come on guys, let’s keep going” 78, ably supported, Elks (P) with whom a stand of 82 momentarily ignited memories of that famous Porth victory, and Ryan (W), whose arrival, and speedy departure, had the same effect.

In near total darkness, headlights on and with just 277 required off the last over, Smythe and Fiona-Crook (both R) decided to raise the drawbridge and deny the hosts their final bowling points as MMIII finished on 158-8.

A chastening experience, but some positives to come out of it, a great team spirit, a never say die attitude in the field, and a good warm up for the Midweek Cup match away to Pontynewydd on Wednesday.

30 July 2011

Miskin Thirds 321-5, Ebbw Vale Thirds 184-9

A Miskin Thirds team of youngsters, debutants, and returnees put The Steelmen of Ebbw Vale to the sword in the most comprehensive of wins on Saturday.

With Elksie, The Robinsons, and Gilo all dropped to the Seconds it was time to bring out fresh blood in the form of John Attfield and young Joe Vellam, and tainted goods in the form of Karan and Will “Don’t tell my wife I’m playing” Ryan.

On a good looking wicket at Beaufort RFC, Miskin decided to bat first. In a shock return to form, Keiran Newberry departed for a first ball duck, but Miskin Tom Ryan and Ashley Thomas then put on an impressive 59 before Tom fell for 18.

AT and Mr. Trigger Phillips (aka Howard) continued strongly with Ashley being run out by the callous Trigger just one short of his maiden senior half century. Trig and Carl Gelher both scored 30s before the fireworks really began.

Coming in with 15 overs left, John Attfield and the ever-charasmatic Karan More started clubbing the ball to all corners of the field, with Attfield reaching 50 in just 18 balls. By the end of the innings, Attfield had reached 86 not out (from 45 balls) and More 56 not out. John in particular has a talent for finding the most unfit fielders and milked that talent for all he was worth.

Together they put on an unbeaten partnership of over 150, a Miskin Thirds record that will stand for a long time, or until beaten.

After a memorable tea, Miskin took to the field with quiet confidence, wary of having previously snatched defeat form the jaws of victory. However an opening salvo of superb bowling from Ryans Junior and Senior ensured Ebbw Vale were always behind the pace.

Their captain Rob Thompson (58) held the innings together, more than ably assisted by 13 year old Sam Clarke who posted an excellent 38. The Miskin bowling was solid with Rhys Williams (2 for 5) and Ashley Thomas (2 for 35) taking regular wickets. But the best was yet to come as League debutant Joe Vellam took two wickets with his first two balls and finished on 4-16 from 5 overs.

Unfortunately Miskin couldn’t quite take maximum points as Ebbw’s very own Victor Meldew held firm but nonetheless were delighted by a comprehensive win and look forward to welcoming Abertillery to Tyn-y-bryn Park, Tonyrefail on Saturday in a further push towards a promotion spot.

With Elksie away next week, it looks like the points are in the bag already.

23 July 2011

Miskin Manor III 210-6, St. Fagan’s V 107 all out.

After a three week weather enforced lay-off during which Elksie decided to decorate the interior of his winnebago, Miskin Thirds returned to winning ways against their St. Fagan’s opponents. Tyn-y-bryn Park, Tonyrefail, looking glorious in the late July sunshine, played host to the match that saw the visitors win the toss and elect to bat…. after Miskin.

A solid opening partnership between Kieren “Chanceless” Newberry (23) and Ashley “Chancer” Thomas (25) got Miskin off to a good start, and this was continued by Tom “I should have got a 50” Ryan (29). Star of the show again for Miskin was Matthew “I’m going to get married at Tyn-y-Bryn Park” Giles who followed up his ton on the same wicket in June with a more patient 68. Three other batters got into the twenties (Howard “I must get home for my Chinese” Phillips, Paul “Have travel home: won’t travel” Elks and Dan “ what number buses go past this ground?” Burr) to get Miskin to a total of 210-6 from their 45 overs. 

The tea was taken in the splendid Tonyrefails Working Man’s Club, featuring beef salad rolls, home-made bara-brith and Ashley’s plate of S&V crisps. 

In reply, St. Fagan’s started well with the young Iolo Morris reaching the twenties. However, ST. F’s were no match for the excellent bowling and fielding of MMIII as a succession of the young, old and 1970 Greek crooner look-a-likes came and went.  

As usual a Thirds match was enlivened by (a) appearing in a photo shoot for the new magazine “Perfect Tonyrefail Weddings” and (b) by Will “The Enforcer” Ryan intervening in all-out gang warfare on the grassy knoll at the Leisure Centre End. 

Miskin took wickets at regular intervals. Dan Burr, Owen “How do I become a member of Tonyrefail Work Man’s?” Skelton, Greg “Don’t call me Nathan’s bro” Robinson and Alex “I’ve got new jeans and I’m gonna wear them” Hickman all claimed victims, before Ashley Thomas mopped up the tail to finish with figures of 3 wickets for 6 runs, and claim a comprehensive 103 run win for Miskin. The team celebrated long into the night at the aforementioned TWMC (well, for half an hour anyway).

Following this excellent display of all round cricket talent, the Thirds will continue with their promotion push away to Ebbw Vale on Saturday.

2 July 2011

Vale III 50 all out, Miskin III 51-4

In a one-sided match at Southerndown, Miskin Thirds wrapped up victory in a little over two hours as they comprehensively outplayed Vale.

Having won the toss, Vale decided to bat first on a difficult wicket, and lost two batters in the first over of the match, bowled by the excellent Dan Burr.

Only one Vale batsman (M. Barnett with 15 not out) reached double figures as the outstanding Burr and Miskin captain Elks tore into the batting. After the initial wickets by the fantastic Burr, Elks ripped through the middle order, finishing with 4-20. The final nail in the coffin was applied by the stupendous Dan Burr who took 4 wickets with his last 5 balls, including his first senior hat-trick to finish with magnificant figures of 6-29.

In reply, Miskin lost early wickets with Kevin Thomas being sacrificed on the altar of Andy Ringsall’s running.  Matthew Jacka stabilised the innings with a rapid 15. It was left to Oliver Smythe and
Tom Ryan to see Miskin home with 33 overs to spare.

The fines committee of Robinson (G) and Ryan (W) worked overtime, with Elks (over-enthusiastic appealing), Newberry K (flirting with player’s mother) and Ringsall (schlong-related abuse) being most heavily reprimanded.

26 June 2011

Miskin Manor IIIs 122 all out, lost to Porth 123-1, by 9 wickets

In the only senior game played over the weekend, Miskin IIIs slipped to a 9 wicket defeat at the hands of table-topping Porth.

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the Miskin ground staff, the match was able to start at 1:45 with no overs being lost.  Miskin batting first got off to a brisk start with Ashley Thomas (28) and Keiran Newberry (10) showing positive intent.  Indeed, all was going well going into the 15th over with Miskin moving along at just over four an over, Carl Gehler having come to the party.  However, a flurry of wickets either side of the drinks interval saw Gehler and Thomas back in the hutch followed by the calamitous run out of Glenn Newberry for nought, Gareth Bale picking up collection of tea money duty as penance.  This reduced Miskin to 70-4 and despite a spirited 22 from the skipper, Paul Elks, when he departed the tail were exposed, Miskin finishing 122 all out.  The scoring rate was always around 4 per over, the same rate as Porth, but the regular loss of wickets is something the team need to address.

It was a determined and spirited Miskin team which took to the field, some tight bowling and excellent fielding on a scorching hot day which, against many other teams in the league, or on a day when the batting had fired, would have been the foundation for victory.  Rhys Williams took an excellent return catch and Nathan Robinson and Alex Hickman bowled with aggression and control, the latter going for just 8 runs in 5 overs at a time when the batsmen were well set and looking to push on.

Unfortunately, on an excellent batting pitch, the total was unlikely ever to trouble the table topping Porth and with the openers putting on 100, L Jacka finishing unbeaten having passed 50, they got home with 17 overs to spare.

There are few better, if any, teams in the league than Porth and they are surely destined for promotion this season.  Next week Miskin will look to put their own promotion push back on track.

11 June 2011

Maesteg loss lightened by trouser malfunction

The Thirds went up to Maesteg optimistic of back-to-back wins but returned with tails firmly between their legs.

On arrival the wicket was under water but some of that famous Llynfi valley sunshine meant only an hour’s delay before play started. In difficult conditions Maesteg compiled a patient 112-6 with Rhys Davies top scoring with 60 from 94 balls. Pick of the bowlers were Nathan Robinson (3-28) and Paul Elks (2-23), well supported by the Under 15 trio of Alex Hickman, Ashley Thomas and Tom Ryan (who took his first senior wicket). Trigger relished the occasion, although was disappointed to concede a bye when a ball was literally hit out of his hands after he had taken it behind the stumps! The phrase late-cut has never been more applicable – it was later than Mr Late of Latesville Crescent, Latetown, on a  particuarly late morning.

In reply, Miskin took control of the match.  At 67-2 they were well on course with Shane (Black t-shirt) Scott anchoring the innings, Gilo making a patient 10 and Tom Ryan a quick 14.  But then an old-fashioned Thirds collapse ensued.  After top scorer Shane fell for 43, the next eight wickets fell for just 25 runs leaving Miskin 20 runs short.  The damage was mainly done by their captain Jason Morgan (3-14) (Captain Morgan Rums through the Miskin middle order – sorry) and veteran Ken Harris (4-13) who tore through the batting.

Although the outcome was disappointing, the afternoon was illuminated by a dog chasing his owner onto the field, a Maesteg bowler’s hat falling over his eyes as he bowled (a wide) and best of all, the aforementioned Ken Harris’ trousers falling down as he ran in to bowl. A truly champagne moment and one fitting for the afternoon.

The Thirds will be aiming to put things right on Saturday as they entertain Llanhilleth at the Tonyrefail Oval. Be there or be square.

4 June 2011

“Sir Gilo gives Miskin the edge”

Miskin 227-7 off 45 overs.  Monkswood IIIs 197-9 off 45 overs.

Miskin win by 30 runs.

The thirds secured their second win of the season with a tight win over Monkswood IIIs at Tonyrefail on Saturday.  Monkswood won the toss and put Miskin into bat on the typical moist, green Ton wicket.  A swashbuckling start from Shane Scott (43) with Ashley Thomas gave Miskin a firm foundation, with the help of numerous Monkswood drops, before Shane holed out with one streaky off drive too many.  This brought in Matt Giles, elevated up the order to number three, to the crease.  Matt’s batting – having always shown promise – materialised into the type of knock the thirds have been crying out for: studied in concentration, erudite in shot selection, exact in execution.  With supporting cameos from Andrew Ringsell, Keiran Newberry and Paul Elks (all 14) and Tom Ryan (18), musical maestro Matt amassed 104 from 92 balls, with his maiden century coming from his maiden six over long on.  The innings finally ended with Gilo caught at deep square leg on the final ball of the innings with Miskin on 227-7.

In reply, Monkswood put Miskin under severe pressure for the first 18 overs with 71 year old John Storey  showing a dead eye, crashing anything that took his fancy to the boundary.  He was finally dismissed for 52by Rob Smythe with an off stump yorker – a timely wicket; another 4 or 5 overs could have taken the game too far away from Miskin.  Nathan Robinson, Ashley Thomas and Paul Elks then slowed down the run rate, swinging the game to Miskin, with wickets falling steadily.  Monkswood could not up the rate and fell short of the target at 197-9, the final wicket refusing to fall in the last two overs.  Nathan Robinson and Ashley Thomas starred in the attack and finished with 9-3-31-3 and 10-2-43-3 respectively.  A fine team performance from Miskin with another young side and a result that marks the arrival of Matt Giles with the bat, as well as the inaugural entry on the Tonyrefail Workman’s/Miskin III honours board!

21 May 2011

Ashley Thomas just fails to carry a young Miskin IIIs

Cynon Valley III 161-7 off 45 overs. Miskin Manor III 145-9 off 45

A Miskin III XI decimated by second team call ups, just failed to beat Cynon Valley in an exciting encounter on Saturday.

Cynon Valley batted first on a green, damp wicket at Tonyrefail and made steady progress throughout the innings, accelerating nicely during the last 10 overs to 161. Young legspinner Ashley Thomas starred in the Miskin attack with figures of 10-3-21-3, with disappointment coming in the large number of extras conceded during the innings.

In reply, Miskin lost early wickets but mid order resistance from Tom Ryan (17) and Ashley Thomas (31) kept Miskin in with a chance. The loss of Paul Elks on 30 overs with Miskin 110-8 exposed a young tail, but stiff resistance from Ashley Thomas, Alex Hickman & Daffydd Skelton meant that Miskin frustrated the Cynon Valley attack. Miskin finished on 145-9, a deficit of just 15 runs.

An extra batsman and a bit more discipline with extras and the result would have been a lot closer.

14 May 2011

Bale Spurs Miskin III to Victory

Vale III 123 all out; Miskin Manor III 124-3

Miskin Thirds eased to victory in the opening match of their season at a windswept Southerndown on Saturday. After winning the toss and putting Vale into bat, an excellent bowling performance saw Vale III bowled out for 123 within 33 overs.

Bowling up the hill and into the wind, Matthew Giles took 3 for 33, supported by Gethin Bale (3-31) and Paul Elkes (2-17). In difficult conditions, the fielding was excellent, with debutant Ashley Thomas leading the way. Veteran Colin Workman carried his bat for Vale scoring a solid 42 not out.

Despite the loss of an early wicket, knocks of 33 from Kevin Thomas, 45 not out from Gareth Bale and a swashbuckling 21 not out from Keiran Newberry meant that Miskin won with 20 overs to spare to start the season in fine style.


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