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Rob Jones
Name: Rob Jones
Nationality: Welsh
Age: 21
Position: Opening Batsman, Batting 2nd
Batting Hand: Right
Bowling Hand: Right
Bowling Style: Medium

Starting Team: Glamorgan

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Post by Rob » 13 Dec 2018, 10:41

Glamorgan To Give Young Batsman A Chance

It's time for the start of the LV County Cricket Championship again and there is change in the air in Cardiff as they are set to rotate one of their academy players into the starting line-up. Rob Jones is a young man, born in Cardiff's St David's Hospital only down the road from Glamorgan's Sofia Gardens, who was one of the first members of the Glamorgan Development Program. The program was designed to take cricketers from local schools in the South Wales area at around 13 years old and within 4 to 7 years develop them into players who can challenge for the starting XIs at club level, or even to go on and star for their country. Jones first joined the program as a 14 year old coming from Cathedral School in Cardiff and now 7 years later he is ready to be called up to the first XI.

Jones has spent the last 3 years batting with the second XI and he has found success as a steady opening batsman and a prolific scorer of runs when needed. The coaching staff at Glamorgan have said that his driving front foot shot is already one of the best at the club, and it is as an opening batsman that he will join the first XI. Whilst Jones did bowl in school, he lacks the pace on the ball to be anything other than a relief bowler for an over or two at the higher levels. Before the Glamorgan Development Program Jones played for Cathedral School and the Penarth Cricket Club. He continued to represent his school while playing for the program but stopped when he turned 16, choosing to focus exclusively on the program and the opportunities there. If Jones can succeed at county level then it will have proved the program itself has merit and may see similar programs implemented across the first class county clubs.

Jones will likely bat 2nd for Glamorgan, and will be relied upon to gain runs at a steady pace without risking his wicket too much. At the second XI level he had a habit of trying risky shots when he was establishing his rhythm, and while this makes for an exciting time on the crease to watch it can be frustrating for the coaching staff and captain to see Jones get into trouble early into his innings. Jones has also tended to struggle against the spin throughout his time in the second XI and his problems batting against the spin having given him the nickname of Dizzy after he fell over trying to hit a wrist spin shot as a 16 year old. The coaching staff will hope that playing in the first XI will help to solve Jones' problems with the spin and if not at least give him a batting partner who will be able to deal with the majority of spin bowlers for him at the start.
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Post by Rob » 13 Dec 2018, 11:09

The Basics
I know that cricket isn't a hugely popular sport in the US so I thought I would include a video here just talking over the basics of the rules and how to play. I will also include a diagram of the field underneath which gives some of the technical terms you might see in my reports.




Long stop, Gully, Mid On, Mid Off, Cover, Point, Square Leg, Mid-Wicket, Slip, Long Off, Long On, Third Man and Fine Leg are the names of places where a fielder can stand (like a shortstop, right fielder etc in baseball). They are also the names of the places you can hit the ball to, for example you can hit the ball to square leg, which means hitting it across your body to the left (if you are right handed). There are a few other positions but these are the basic ones.

On and off side refer to what direction the ball is coming into the stumps and for a right handed batsman the on side or leg side is to the left and the off side is to the right. Usually, most fielders are placed on the off side. This is because most bowlers tend to concentrate the line of their deliveries on or outside the off stump, so most shots are hit into the off side.

The Umpire and Square Leg Umpire are the places that the referees stand.

Finally the bowler and the wicket keeper are fixed positions, the bowlers alternate what end they bowl from but they will always come down to the top of the crease to bowl and the wicket keeper will always be behind the stumps trying to catch. Think of them as pitcher and catcher in baseball.

Hope that helps!
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1st Inning Review

Jones, Bowled Out for 8 (8): It was a rough start for Dizzy Jones as faced off against a Worcestershire side that had just put the Glamorgan bowlers to the sword for a huge number of runs. There was a lot of pressure on the youngster to put up runs early but he had to face off against his worst enemy, an early spin bowler. Jones survived the first over against Brett D'Olivera and then managed some nice runs against Nick Harrison, including a clip off side drive to point to score his first ever senior boundary. However his batting partner Will Bragg was not able to stop him having to face D'Olivera again and with the last ball of the over Jones played a defensive shot that just clipped the outside of the bat instead of hitting flush and pushed onto the stumps behind him. A poor start but showing some promise against pace.

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Jones pushed a drive to point to score his first ever senior boundary on his way to only 8 runs.


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Unfortunately Jones pushed the ball with the outside edge of the bat onto the stumps to get out.

Overall (Batting): Not the best performance from Glamorgan, saved somewhat by Wallace's superb 125 from 186 balls. While the team did get good production from Bragg, Wallace and Ingram there was simply too many players going for low scores. Jones' score is understandable given his age but Cooke and Kettleborough are both experienced batsmen who should be putting up a lot more than low teens against a bowling attack that was open for runs. Significant credit has to be given to the back order as Wagg picked up the slack, adding 32 hugely important runs and preventing a quick end to the innings. Hogan was looking steady on 7 but he wasn't able to find a reliable partner as Cosker and Bull both left for single digits.

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Overall (Bowling): Simply unacceptable and that's all there is to it. Letting Pardoe get to 136 is fine, especially since he took 240 balls to do it, and it is understandable shipping 53 runs to Ali and 31 to Fell as both of them are accomplished batsmen. However the performance against the bottom 5 was appalling and it ruined the economy with Cosker and Wagg almost hitting 4 runs per over, which would be worrying even at one day level. Bull deserves credit for holding his economy to under 3 but he was let down by his teammates who allowed the Worcestershire bowlers to put up 172 runs between them. Chowdrey's 65 not out from only 100 balls with Andrew's 40 off 43 was the worst of the lot. Thankfully they were pulled out of the muck by some of their batsmen but they will have to perform significantly better in the 2nd innings if they are wanting to end this game with any sort of result.

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2nd Inning Review

Jones, Bowled LBW for 0 (3): The bad start got even worse as the nerves clearly got to the debutant. Facing Chowdery at the bottom of the first over, Jones hit a couple of defensive shots before simply misjudging the bounce and being caught leg before wicket for the out. With Glamorgan facing a winnable chase it was terrible luck but the rest of the form of the team's batting showed that maybe it wasn't an anomaly. The wicket was clearly favouring spin and Chowdery and D'Olivera both caught out their fair share of batsmen. All Jones can do is wait for next week, and hope the team he faces is focused more on pace than spin.

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Jones simply misjudged the bounce and was caught clearly LBW. Hawk-eye confirmed the decision although Glamorgan didn't appeal.


Overall (Batting): If the first innings was poor then this was shambolic. The Glamorgan batsmen simply could not work out the wicket and only 2 batsmen in the entire order managed to score over 20 runs, with the partnership of Ingram and Kettleborough being the only bright light in the whole innings. Wallace followed up his century by edging to the keeper almost immediately. Bragg was barely able to cope with the loss of Jones and Wallace and folded soon after. While the wicket was causing a lot of bounce and movement from the ball, losing the top 4
batsmen in only 52 balls is tragic. Dizzy Jones isn't the only batsman who will need to work at improving his play against the spin in the week coming up.

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Overall (Bowling): The bowlers showed a massive improvement on the 1st innings with Wagg in particular taking huge wickets throughout the Worcestershire order. Bull also proved to be a sound player, causing a lot of problems with his delivery. Glamorgan did the right thing by limiting Cosker after his lackluster performance in the 1st innings but he would have been preferable to Meschede or Hogan who were the only blips on this innings. Overall the bowlers did a great job in limiting the amount of runs from Worcestershire, especially with quick wickets of Ali and Fell. They set up Glamorgan with a realistic chase for the win and a definite chance at the draw, it's a shame the batsmen let the side down.

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Post by Chillcavern » 13 Dec 2018, 16:15

Damn, ran into spin from the get go. Of course

Really digging this chise Rob :yep:
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Post by djp73 » 13 Dec 2018, 16:21

:cricket:
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Post by Caesar » 14 Dec 2018, 03:06

Is a win by 189 runs an ass whopping? It looks like an ass whopping. I'm going to call it an ass whopping. Glamorgan gotta step it up.
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Post by Rob » 14 Dec 2018, 14:48

Chillcavern wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 16:15
Damn, ran into spin from the get go. Of course

Really digging this chise Rob :yep:
I fucking hate spin. :lol: I hope I get some pace guys in the next game, I'm just going to go super defensive against spin for a while I think, you make one mistake against them and you are out.
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:cricket:
That's all I deserve after going for 0. :smh:
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Is a win by 189 runs an ass whopping? It looks like an ass whopping. I'm going to call it an ass whopping. Glamorgan gotta step it up.
It's a heavy ass whopping. Our bowling was bad in the 1st innings and our batting was awful in the 2nd. Lots of room for improvement.
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Pro-40 Match Review

Jones, Caught Out for 47 (29), Bowled 2 overs for 13 runs, 1 wicket: This was much more like the Dizzy Jones that we were promised coming out of the youth program. Jones started off the day as a surprise relief bowler and managed to catch Carberry out with a slow ball for his very first delivery, claiming his first ever wicket. Jones is not likely to bowl in first class test matches but in limited overs he could prove a useful option for an over or two. With the bat Jones looked a lot more assured than in his first game, using the limited overs platform to really swing for the fences. Jones was aggressive, hitting a number of big boundaries including an outrageous lifted shot for 6. He was caught out after being edged behind on a ball with a wicked cross wicket movement. Jones went to clip the ball to the leg side but the ball simply wasn't there anymore and it sailed easily into the wicket keeper's gloves. Still a very promising outing for the youngster and something to build on.

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Jones picked up his first ever senior wicket with his first ever senior bowl.
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Jones hit some incredible shots in the game, including this huge 6.
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A misjudged bowl was Jones' downfall as he was caught out just before his half-century.


Overall (Batting): The Glamorgan batsmen came oh so close but just fell short at the last hurdle, losing by only 8 runs. The biggest loss of the day was Wallace for 12 after a poor decision left him stranded. Cooke simply wasn't efficient and having Wallace for those balls could have been the difference between winning and losing. Wagg showed why he is one of the best batting bowlers in the English game with another standout performance and huge credit has to go to the youngster Jones, who threw everything he had at the chase. Kettleborough also performed really well but it was just that quiet period of Cooke and the start of Kettleborough that really slowed down the runs and caused the loss. Glamorgan should take heart that this was a much better performance than their last outing though. There is something to build on here.

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Overall (Bowling): The bowling wasn't awful, limited overs is always a platform designed to put roadblocks in front of the fielding team, so Glamorgan can be relatively pleased with that. The 97 for Adams is problematic, but it is clear that Wagg struggled without the protection of a defensive field against more aggressive batting. Carberry eventually fell to Jones' first ball, which helped to stop a very dangerous partnership getting out of hand. Meschede, who has really struggled in the test game, found his style fit well and he was Glamorgan's best bowler on the night. Overall it was a good performance but there are definite areas for improvement going forwards in the limited overs platforms.

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Post by James » 15 Dec 2018, 00:03

You got to bowl? :drose:

The presentation in this is awesome.
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Post by Chillcavern » 15 Dec 2018, 00:08

A couple of standout moments there for you!

A shame it wasn't enough for the win, but hey, at least it wasn't spin!
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Post by Rob » 15 Dec 2018, 23:16

James wrote:
15 Dec 2018, 00:03
You got to bowl? :drose:

The presentation in this is awesome.
Yeah I am like the last bowling option if they run out of guys :lol:

Thanks, I'm loving having it back.
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A couple of standout moments there for you!

A shame it wasn't enough for the win, but hey, at least it wasn't spin!
Yeah some real highlights, a little annoyed that I got out before the 50 but oh well.
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Post by Rob » 16 Dec 2018, 00:35

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Jones, Bowled LBW for 9 (13), Bowled 3 overs for 11 runs, 2 wickets: Glamorgan surprised everyone when they let Dizzy Jones bowl again but he did an incredible job with the ball in the limited time he was given. His first over was hit for 7, but that was still respectable with Cross and Mommsen on the crease. However it was his 2nd over that really caught everyone's attention. Jones managed a rare maiden over, always a benefit in the 40 over game, but he also tricked Cross with a low yorker on a full toss for a clean hit on the off stump. Then 2 balls later Jones was able to do it again, this time skidding the ball across the crease without a lot of bounce and taking out the middle stump. Whilst his lack of pace means he is not a sustainable bowling option it seems that Jones can really do a job in the relief role. He did suffer a bit with the bat today though, with the super defensive field set out by Scotland hampering his ability to hit cover drives it left him chasing singles and acting as a good foil for Bragg, who scored well. Jones mistimed a slow ball and it caught his pad clean in line for an easy leg before wicket decision.

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Jones took the important wicket of cross with a sliding bowl to the off stump.
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After getting the wicket for Cross, Jones managed to take Davey for a duck in the same over.
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Jones just wasn't able to anticipate the flight of the ball and it struck him square in the pad for an LBW.


Overall (Batting): Glamorgan finally picked up their first win of the year and it turned out to be a fairly easy one with 16 balls still left to go. A lot of the praise for that has to go to Wallace and Ingram, who both put up huge numbers. Wallace especially looked incredible, falling only 3 runs short of a century while having to deal with a number of different partners as Jones, Cook and Kettleborough all fell early. Losing Ingram for 79 could have been a real problem but despite Meschede and Wagg both going for single figures it was simple enough for Wallace to get the remaining runs needed and all Cosker had to do was play some defensive shots and not get out. A nice win for the team and a good overall batting performance.

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Overall (Bowling): Aside from the shock of seeing part-time bowler Rob Jones pick up 2 wickets in one over, the bowling performance was steady. Meschede continued his habit of losing a lot of runs chasing big wickets but this time it worked out, taking down Mommsen and Berrington. There was some worry when Coetzer and McLeod put up over a century partnership but they were taken out in consecutive overs by Wagg and Cosker. It's also really worth highlighting the work of Hogan in this match, while he might not have nabbed himself a wicket, he was the most consistent bowler on the day and finished with a decent economy. He was one of the big reasons that the batsmen were given a fairly easy target to chase and sometimes wickets aren't the most important thing a bowler can get.

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Post by James » 16 Dec 2018, 00:40

First win :blessed:

Now to bat batter.
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Post by Chillcavern » 16 Dec 2018, 05:54

TFW you're bowling better than you're batting. Small sample size is fun, lol.

Hopefully you can at least break 50 here soon, the first win was a good breakthrough :baze:
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Post by Rob » 19 Dec 2018, 15:00

James wrote:
16 Dec 2018, 00:40
First win :blessed:

Now to bat batter.
Yeah I really need to sort out my batting :lol:
Chillcavern wrote:
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TFW you're bowling better than you're batting. Small sample size is fun, lol.

Hopefully you can at least break 50 here soon, the first win was a good breakthrough :baze:
I'm a better bowler than a batsman on the game, I should maybe have gone for a bowler for the chise but I was a batsman when I played cricket so I wanted to do that :shrug:

I'm hoping to improve my batting though, get it to the level of my bowling.
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