Band of Brothers Send Glynneath back to the Trenches

The Sam and Ben Show! Two young men obviously love their cricket. Sibling rivalry at its very best from lads that ooze big-game attitude and confidence! [cue "Anything you can do, I can do better"]

Stingers got their season back on track following last weeks defeat to the Mervs with a solid fielding and batting performance against Glynneath. With the visitors unable to field a full side it was always going to be a tough evening for them but they battled hard nevertheless.

Batting first, Glynneath started slowly with Stingers bowlers Geoff Derrick and John Richards limiting the visitors to 18 runs after 4 overs. Glynneath openers R Williams (39) and G Hawkes (41) began to open up soon after with the run rate steadily rising. Two drop catches by Ben George didn’t dampen the Stingers, as they continued to keep the field tight in what was a complete turn around on last weeks fielding. 

Williams was closing in on 40 runs when he smashed a shot towards the boundary only to see it land in Van-Baaren’s hands. A vital catch for the Stingers, the partnership was broken, and the runs slowly began to dry up. Two more catches in the field by Richard Roberts and wicket-keeper Neil Evans eventually took Glynneaths innings to 101-4 after 20 overs.   

Stinger's then went into bat chasing 102 to win but it was a curious mix of the sedate and the spectacular. "Van had a good knock last week so tonight I decided to open the bat with him and Richard Roberts" captain Gavin Morgan said. "It's not all about sixes, it’s about giving the lads confidence and improving their game." Unfortunately for the pair Glynneath fast bowler R Williams produced a scintillating bowling display and both batsmen were walking back to the pavilion within the 3rd over with Van-Baaren and Roberts hitting 2 and 4 respectfully.

Not for the first time this season Sam George stepped up to the plate and was soon joined by his brother Ben. Maintaining his stunning run of form, Sam George took the game to Glynneath by hitting the visitors all over the park. Eight 4’s and a host of singles took his total to 43, before being clean bowled, again by R Williams. Brother Ben hit a solid 33 before being stumped. However both had done enough to set the Stingers on their way to a 3rd victory as Geoff Derrick (3), Tim Griffiths (8) and Mark Lewis (0 n.o.) sealed the win for the Stingers within 12 overs.

“This win came on the back of a tough lesson last week and we showed true grit and character to come away with a victory this evening. The fielding was a step up and again the batting of Sam George helped us to victory once again” said Captain Gavin Morgan. "This has put us in the right frame of mind for our derby match against the Mackworth next week".