Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Benalmadena, Malaga etc, August 2017

A few pics from summer holiday at the Hotel Riviera, Benalmadena, Malaga, Andalucia.

Benalmadena Pueblo

Hotel Riviera at dusk

Torremolinos (1)

Torremolinos (2)

Railway station

La Feria, Malaga

Malaga harbour

Malaga bullring

Malaga city (1)

Malaga city (2)

Malaga city (3)

Benalmadena Costa at night

Hotel Riviera at night

Parque in Benalmadena

The view from the hotel terrace

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Glamorgan v Hampshire, T20, Cardiff, 07/07/17

Glamorgan's T20 Blast campaign starting in a rather feeble fashion as they suffered a 22 run defeat to Hampshire.

Batting first, the South Coast visitors posted an impressive 167/5 off their 20 overs, probably a little above par on a slow pitch. Lewis McManus top scored with an impressive 59 of 35 balls.

In reply, Glamorgan never really got going, and it was only a 28 ball half century from Graeme Wagg that gave the final total respectability.

A nice day, but cool evening

Glamorgan's star batsman Colin Ingram

The much traveled Shahid 'Boom Boom' Afridi took 4 wickets for 20 runs

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Glamorgan v Derbyshire, County Championship Division 2, Cardiff 26-29/06/17

In all honesty, the day-night, pink ball experiment in county cricket was a rather underwhelming affair played out in ordinary weather and in front of poor crowds.

The idea was that people would come in to watch after work, but quite frankly more people were leaving at the 6.40 tea break than coming into the ground.

In the match itself, Derbyshire ran out winners by 39 runs after Glamorgan limply collapsed to 172 chasing 212 with sixteen year old off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri taking 5-60.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Glamorgan v Durham, County Championship Division 2, Swansea, 26-29/05/17

Glamorgan produced an astonishing day four run chase to record their first Championship win of 2017, over a Durham side struggling in Division 2, after their ECB imposed demotion over the close season.

On a glorious Day 1, Durham made 342 all out mainly thanks to a superb 127 from visiting captain, veteran Paul Collingwood. Michael Hogan mopped up the tail to take 5 for 49.

Steady rain greeted the start of Day 2, with the start delayed until 2.30. Glamorgan managed to build after a faltering start and, as skies brightened on Day 3, gained a first innings lead of 11 runs after posting 353, with contributions from Aneurin Donald (51), Chris Cooke (69) and a career best 75 from Andrew Salter.

A rain delay on day 4 halted Durham's ability to set the sort of target they wished, but a spirited declaration meant a Glamorgan target of 266 in 51 overs.

A slow start seemed to make the chase unlikely, but Nick Selman held the pursuit together and hit 14 runs off the last over, including two sixes, to give Glamorgan victory by 3 wickets with only 3 balls to spare.

Cricinfo report and scorecard

Swansea's St Helens on Day 1....

...more like St Lucia!

 Lighter skies on Day 3

Stephen Cook, South Africa's opening bat in Tests

Cameron Steel b van der Gugten 10