Glangrwyney CC 226 for 9 winning draw with Crickhowell 206-9
GLANGRWYNEY won the toss and skipper Mike Devoy had no hesitation in batting first.
It was Crickhowell however who made the early going with both Glangrwyney openers, Geoff Holmes (4) and Mike Devoy (6) going cheaply.
Tim Jones batting at three took control of the game for Glangrwyney with a masterclass in control and power stepping down the wicket to meet the pace and aggression of the Crickhowell bowlers head on.
This was accompanied with the deftest of touches guiding the ball through the smallest of gaps in the gully region.
Jones piled on the runs at a good pace but it was unfortunate for Glangrwyney and testament to the quality bowling attack of Crickhowell that nobody could build a partnership with him. Jones eventually went on 112 runs to the bowling of Ben Bowker caught by Nick Francis in the deep as he tried to control the strike.
The middle order for Glangrwyney (Barry Sharpe (16), Nick Jones (13), Tom Miller (18)) all got starts but failed to go on and get a score.
It was left to the tail of Lewis Morgan (12) and Nicki Llewellyn-Jones (not out 13) to provide some useful runs at the end pushing the Glangrwyney total up to 226-9 in their 45 overs.
All the Crick bowlers stuck to their task in what was tough bowling conditions.
Joe and Ben Bowker bowled well both taking three wickets each. Tim Price took two wickets and Nick Francis as always giving his all was unlucky only to take one wicket.
After a stunning tea it was Glangrwyney who immediately imposed themselves on the Crickhowell openers with Devoy and Llewellyn-Jones bowling like their lives depended on it.
This was backed up by some sharp fielding.
When Kerrison (8) fell to the bowling of Nicki Llewellyn-Jones caught by Nick Jones with the score at 41-1 Crick were already behind the rate.
This was further demonstrated by the run out of Ryland Wallace (24) by Tom Miller with the score unchanged. Christie (6) was next to go again to a run out this time by Nick Jones. This brought the dangerous partnership of Paul Cornock and Nick Francis together.
The pair took on the challenge and quickly brought the run rate back on track with some powerful hitting.
Some inspired captaincy by Devoy ensured the right people were in the right place at the right time. Cornock (19) smashed the bowling of Tom Miller back over his head towards the long off boundary only to find the diving Tim Jones who took a superb and extremely important catch.
With Francis still at the crease things were far from over. Joe Bowker joined Francis and the pair continued to drive the game on and it started to look like Crick could steal the win.
When Bowker was bowled by Tim Jones for 25 with the score on 147-5 all the pressure was on Francis. Shortly after reaching his 50 Francis (52) was bowled by the inspired Tim Jones.
This completely swung the game back in the favour of Glangrwyney and three further run outs by Tom Miller, Geoff Holmes and unsurprisingly Tim Jones saw Glangrwyney home with Crick falling 20 runs short.
Crickhowell ended on 206-9 off 45 overs.