McPhee’s double ton ends away-day blues

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Cricket

Builth 342-9 beat Crickhowell 136 by 206 runs

BUILTH 1sts banished their away day hoodoo as single-handedly Dylan McPhee put Crickhowell to the sword with a stunning, 140-ball career best 212.

Put into bat, Builth made a nervous start to this Brecknock derby as first Chris Roff then skipper Sam Williams were dismissed early.

An out of form Aled Powell then joined McPhee and the pair proceeded to take the Crick attack apart. The adjacent town centre and main road were repeated targets as McPhee moved through the gears totalling 15 sixes and 14 boundaries. 

The partnership only came to an end with a rejuvenated Powell’s dismissal for 65 with the pair adding 198 for the third wicket.

McPhee, joined by Eric De Greeve (19) took matters into his own hands, hitting three consecutive sixes in one Ben Bowker over as he moved passed 150.

The former Montgomeryshire county skipper McPhee’s landmark 200 came up with a trademark flourish and only ended in the 38th over as he was stumped by Ryland Wallace as he aimed another missile towards the road. 

The game returned to a sense of normality as to their credit Crick chipped away at the Builth tailend as Nick Francis (4-61) and Ben Bowker (4-68), gave their side a fillip as Builth closed on 342-9.

McPhee could have been forgiven for taking a back seat when it came to bowling but his day of days continued as he immediately put Crick on the back foot with two early wickets.

With Wallace (24), Francis (26) and Joe Bowker (31), threatening to frustrate a rampant Bulls up stepped skipper Sam Williams (5-52) and Rob Wall (2-22) to bamboozle the Crickhowell line up to give Builth their maiden away victory of 2017.

Reflecting on his mammoth knock and after three tons in six games, McPhee beamed: “I didn’t think I was playing that well but I went from 100-150 so quickly that I thought it was on.

“I am delighted to finally make it past 200 but not sure how I managed to bowl after it!!”

Builth and McPhee, will look to maintain this level as they return to Garth Road to receive visitors Garnons 1sts on Saturday.

Builth 2nds were denied the opportunity to continue their recent improvements as planned visitors Garnons 2nds conceded their fixture citing player availability.

Next week, Crickhowell make the short trip down to Cwrt-y-Gollen to play the local derby against Glangrwyney, with both teams struggling for form, whilst Builth entertain Garnons, with the winner of that one heading for a top four position in the league.

DYLAN McPhee’s massive innings of 212 off 140 balls had Crickhowell’s scorers scrambling for the record books to see if it was the biggest score ever made by a batsman on their ground.

It turned out it wasn’t - but McPhee’s magnificent double hundred still takes some doing in a 45-over game!

Although it wasn’t the highest score at the Crickhowell ground, it did match Alan Sussex who also once hit 212 for Crickhowell in a Marches League game, but neither came close to Keith Taylor’s 261, also for Crickhowell, against Leominster in 1986 which is the record that still stands.