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 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, County Championship Division 2, Cardiff, 19-22/05/17

Glamorgan produced an incredible last day rearguard to salvage an unlikely draw against a powerful Nottinghamshire outfit at the SWALEC stadium.

For most of the match, Glamorgan were really on the back foot, with Nottinghamshire's 448, featuring centuries from Jake Libby and Rikki Wessels, feeling rather large as the home side stumbled to 187 all out in reply.

With the follow on unsurprisingly enforced, an away victory for the Outlaws seemed nailed on, especially when Glamorgan were 194/5. That, however, was the end of the wickets falling, as Colin Ingram (155 not out) and Chris Cooke (113 not out) batted throughout the final day, as well part of the penultimate day, to frustrate the high flying visitors and deny them victory for the first time this season.

 Cricinfo report and scorecard

The SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff looking great... early summer sunshine

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Iron Maiden, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, 21/05/17

Once again, the timeless and imperious Iron Maiden delivered a simply stunning set at the Barclaycard Arena in Brimingham, as part of their 2017 'Book Of Souls' world tour.

After nearly 40 years, most of which has been spent of the top of the heavy metal tree, the band show no signs of slowing down and are as magnificent as ever. Loud, proud, fast, exciting, skillful, you run out of adjectives for one of the UK's finest exports of the last decades.

Set List
If Eternity Should Fail
Speed Of Light
Children Of The Damned
Death Or Glory
The Red And The Black
The Trooper
The Great Unknown
The Book Of Souls
Fear Of The Dark
The Number Of The Beast
Blood Brothers
Wasted Years

There were a few in!

Great seats

The Trooper

These Colours Don't Run

Monday, May 29, 2017

Glamorgan v Kent, RL One Day Cup, Swansea, 14/05/17

Glamorgan brought down the curtain on the group stage of the 2017 Royal London Cup with an invigorating victory by 15 runs over Kent, though sadly it was not enough to get a top three place and progress to the next stage.

On a bright and breezy Sunday in Swansea, the first of 5 days this season at historic St Helens, Glamorgan were invited to bat first and posted 356/7 largely based upon a brilliant 114 from Colin Ingram and a fine 94 from Will Bragg.

In reply, Kent's assault on the target came largely from veteran Darren Stevens, who hit a brilliant 147 off 67 balls including 10 fours and 14 sixes, in one of the most brutal innings seen at the old ground.

David Lloyd was Glamorgan's bowling star with 5 for 53 off his 10 overs. James Tredwell briefly threatened to take the game to the death but ran himself out with only a number 11 for company.

Cricinfo report and scorecard talk about the 697 runs and 35 sixes in more detail.