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Wales Minor Counties - season Review for 2010 By Richard Almond


Results-wise 2010 was a poor season for the Wales Minor Counties team, but having played for much of the season virtu- ally as an Academy team there were a number of positives to come out of the year.


Our one-day games got off to a disappointing start against Wiltshire at Pontarddulais. We batted first and scored 215 with Dan Roberts getting a good 70. We then bowled magnificently early on and reduced Wiltshire to 120/8 but a composed ninth wicket partnership and some inexperienced cricket on our part saw them across the line by one wicket.


We saved our best one-day cricket for the last game of the season away to Cornwall. Batting first, we made a respectable 238 with Dion Holden making 80 and Nick James getting 84. In reply, they lost wickets steadily and some good tight bowling from our spinners, Nick James and Andrew Salter meant it was always going to be a close finish. Going into the last over, Cornwall needed three to win but Alex Jones bowled excellently and they only got one run from the first five balls. With the scores level, an excellent catch was taken at mid-on by Adam Harrison from the final ball and we were adjudged the winners by virtue of having lost fewer wickets. The young players learned a great deal from that game and their composure at the death was excellent.


We started our three-day campaign with a solid draw at Usk against Herefordshire with the highlight of the game being a maiden Minor County Championship century from David Lloyd. From there however, our next two games were disap- pointing and we lost to both Devon and Berkshire. Mention though must be made of Nick James who in the game against Berkshire scored a hundred in each innings - the first time that feat has been achieved in the competition by a Wales Minor Counties batsman.


Our next game was away at Trowbridge against Wiltshire where we put in our best effort in the three-day games. Batting first on a good wicket we amassed 376-9 in our allocation of 90 overs with half centuries coming from Rhodri Evans, Sam Davies and Aneurin Norman. In reply, Wiltshire managed 298-7 with Alex Jones taking 3/50. In our second innings we declared on 247-9 with Rhodri Evans again in the runs with a well played 89. Chasing 325 to win on the last day Wiltshire reached 199-8 when bad light and rain prevented what would have been a well deserved victory for the young Wales team. In our last game of the season we lost to the eventual Minor Counties champions Dorset at Bournemouth.


A season that was largely disappointing in terms of results must be looked at in a positive light in that a number of young players featured for the first time at this level and performed well. If they are all available in 2011, I am sure we will see some improved results from this young but impressive team. In closing, the team and myself would like to thank the Wales Minor Counties committee for their support throughout the season.


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the view from the embankment end at Colwyn Bay as Glamorgan entertained Worcestershire in the LV=County Championship.


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