Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Glamorgan v Leicestershire, Championship Division 2, Cardiff, 17-20/04/16

It was a disappointing opening to the County Championship season for Glamorgan as they crashed to a 10 wicket defeat to Leicestershire at the SSE Swalec Stadium.

In cold conditions, Leicestershire turned down the away side's new right to bowl first, but Glamorgan won the toss and batted first scoring 348, with half centuries from Will Bragg, Chris Cooke, David Lloyd and Graeme Wagg.

In reply Leicestershire posted 427, with former home favourite Mark Cosgrove falling to a 2nd ball duck.

It was Glamorgan's 2nd innings that cost the game really, as 191 all out was rather pathetic, with only Aneurin Donald passing 50.

Leicestershire passed the 113 target with ease, sealing a comprehensive victory for the Foxes.

50 for Will Bragg on Day 1

Neil Dexter, Leicestershire's new recruit from Middlesex



Former Glamorgan favourite Mark Cosgrove strides to the crease

Glamorgan's new signing, Dutchman, Timm van der Gugten, wonders if it'll ever get warm

Graeme Wagg turns to left arm spin

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ebbw Vale 8 Llandovery 16, SWALEC Cup 1/4 final, 09/04/16

It was afternoon of disappointment for Ebbw Vale supporters as their side were dumped out of the Swalec Cup at the quarter final stage by a well drilled Llandovery whom, in fairness, deserved their place in the semi finals.

The WRU's principal cup competition is something of a poisoned chalice for long standing Ebbw Vale fans, as the club have never won it in its 45 year current format, and, in not doing so, are probably the most senior club side in Wales to fail to lift this silverware.

Hopes were high this season that the Steelmen's juggernaut pack and solid defence would lay the foundations for a run to the final.

It was not to be however, as the pack's famed rolling maul off the lineout failed to get going. To be honest, it was superbly defended by the Drovers who had clearly done their homework, and used every method possible (not all of them legal) to stop Ebbw driving towards the line.

Overall though, Ebbw weren't at their best and maybe the 3rd game in 8 days had taken its toll at this stage of the season. Llandovery were worthy winners and looked far more clinical with ball in hand.

Ebbw Vale have one more game left in the regular season and will need to beat Aberavon at home to be in with a chance of the play offs. Despite currently being top of the league, the chasing pack have winnable games in hand and results will need to go Ebbw's way to extend the season into May.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Easter 19/03 - 02/04/2016

Always nice to get away at Easter and Las Islas Canarias never disappoint. This year it was a return to Fuerteventura and onto the north west coastal resort of Corralejo.


Corralejo (in good weather)

The villa

A spot of rain one evening

Into Rock Island Bar

On to the Rock Cafe

And some local grub

Pimientos de padron

Churros y cafe

and paella (for 2!)