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AUSTRALIA 050S VS WALES 050S

THE INAUGURAL 050S CRICKET ODI AT NEWPORT FUGITIVES OVAL

NEWPORT WALES

18 JULY 2017

So it came to pass the Celtic tribe from hereabouts played the convict tribe who are visiting hereabouts. Except on this occasion it was a moment of immense historical cricket significance in that it was the inaugural 050s test match between the 2 tribes…oops countries AUSTRALIA VS WALES. Indeed it was the first ever ODI by an official Australian 050s team!

The day started with the usual watery fraternisation at the famous lido pool in Cheltenham which our 050s are now used too except it was at 7am.There were many more local 050s women present than usual as the word had got around town that the Aussie hunks were in town. Unfortunately to their disappointment the team had to away to a quick breakfast and down the M5 in convoy.

Over the famous Severn Bridge and ultimately the Newport Fugitives CC ground. You knew something special was in the air as we drove into the car park to see a blanket of Australian flags adorning the entrance walls and flying high on poles with their Welsh counterparts.

A reasonable crowd had already built as we were introduced by the ECB ground announcer and the DJ who was to regale us with modern music all day as events unfolded. It was all so especially blessed in silvery Welsh sunlight which was fluttering upon this vast ground with its greenish wicket and short boundary on the western side.

There was an emotional cap presentation ceremony on ground within the Australian team when firstly the Captain then the players were awarded their baggy green caps prior to starting play.