SOUTH EAST WALES CRICKET LEAGUE
Pontypridd 208-9 beat Brecon 1sts 61 all out by 147 runs
BRECON Cricket Club’s 1st team suffered a disappointing 147 run reverse away at Pontypridd on Saturday having earlier in the season easily accounted for their opponents at home.
Batting first Pontypridd posted a creditable 208-9 a total which seemed a little below par despite some assistance in the wicket for the bowlers. For Brecon the wicket takers were Sam Williams (2-35), James Mitchell (2-36) and one each for Tom Jones, Matt Williams and Gethin Phillips with the other wicket falling to a run out.
The Brecon reply however proved a disappointing affair with Iain Mitchell making 18 the top score as the innings fell away to 61 all out which does not in any way reflect the abilities of the batting line up.
¦ The second team at home put in a massive performance to defeat second placed Barry Athletic by 65 runs in a game sponsored by Calibre Connections.
The Brecon innings was built around an excellently constructed 53 from James Morgan making his last appearance of the season.
He was involved in an opening stand of 70 with Mark Waldeck (25no retired injured).
From there the innings went forward at a rapid pace with Steve Kenchington (31), Ryan Morgan (30 off 20 balls) and a late flourish from Finn Starkey (23no) as the innings closed on 253-8.
The Barry boys are never shy of playing their shots so it was definitely game on at the half way mark. Their reply however received a major setback when Finn Starkey (3-41) took a wicket with the first ball of the innings for the second week running. The Barry batsmen however never took a backward step and continued to play shots but were ultimately bowled out needing 60 runs with 12 overs remaining. The other wicket takers for Brecon were John Cooke (2-29) with one each for Rob Hudman, Derek Osborne and Ryan Morgan.
Full credit to the Brecon fielders who took every catch and performed with energy throughout which was highlighted by an outstanding direct hit run out by Terry Dickson all adding to a very entertaining encounter.
The 1st team are at home next week against Chepstow and will be hoping to return to their early season form while the 2nd team visit Cardiff Gym.
It has been a busy week for Brecon U11s. On Tuesday night the team travelled to Panteg. Brecon batted first scoring 251-4 wickets.
All nine players contributed well on a very difficult grass wicket to bat on.
Panteg then began their innings.
They scored 231-5 wickets.
There were two wickets for Owain Evans-Taylor and Jac Kenchington and one wicket for Max Phillips.
Brecon were eventual winners by 20 runs.
On Thursday evening Brecon welcomed unbeaten Rogerstone to The BSA Fields. Rogerstone batted first scoring 275-3 wickets.
There was a fantastic catch from Leo Punter off Jac Kenchington’s bowling, followed by a great wicket from the bowling of Freddie Wharton. Finally there was a stumping by Brecon wicket keeper Gwenni Kenchington.
Brecon then batted against an excellent bowling attack from Rogerstone.
Shauna Evans top scored with 17 not out including another of her trademark sixes.
Brecon finally scored 240-5.
This was a good performance from a young Brecon team who are improving game by game.