Brecon 1sts 186 all out beat Chepstow 166 all out
THE first team were nearly at full strength at home in a match sponsored by Young’s of Brecon Ltd which made captain Sam Williams a happy man and put the team in the right mood from the outset.
Batting first, Brecon posted 186 all out which was a creditable effort but was perhaps a little disappointing when well over 200 looked likely at the halfway point. Greg Webber (46) was the mainstay of the Brecon innings and received good support from Richard Lovering (31) and then Keiron Marmian (42), having a break from his international rugby duties. Iain Mitchell in the later order continued his batting form with a powerfully struck 28 but from there the innings fell away to finish on 186.
The Brecon bowling attack then showed why they are one of the best in the league by suffocating the Chepstow reply with Sam Williams (1-16) and Tom Jones (3-17) proving particularly difficult to get away. As with any quality batting line-up there will always be moments when it looks likely they will turn things around and Chepstow showed this as they fought back to 124-6 before the spin of Matt Williams with a fine spell of 3-29 and the returning Tom Jones ensured the game went Brecon’s way. Also putting in wicket-taking spells were Iain and James Mitchell with three wickets between them.
Wicketkeeper Mike Gerrard took two catches and a stumping as the Chepstow innings fell to 166 all out.
Cardiff Gym 226 all out lost
by six wickets to Brecon 2nds
A YOUTHFUL second team put in another fine display having to chase down a very challenging 226 set by Cardiff Gym. The major wicket taker for Brecon when the Gym batted was Steve Kenchington, who found the low, slow turning pitch very much to his liking with 4-40. The Brecon seamers were amongst the wickets too with Ryan Morgan bowling a hostile spell with 2-20, Ben Kenchington also took two wickets and Finn Starkey and the experienced Derek Osborne took a wicket each. The progress of the Brecon reply was very much reliant on Steve Kenchington with another fine innings this time of 80. However on his dismissal there was a clatter of wickets which put the Gym right in the game. Any fears in the Brecon dressing room were allayed by a superb unbroken stand of 65 between Rob Hudman (37no) and Finn Starkey (35no) showing their all-round abilities to take Brecon into the winners enclosure with an over and a half in hand. Next week the 1st team are away at Pentyrch whilst the 2nd team are home to Radyr.
n Brecon Cricket Club was delighted during the week to learn of the selection of two stalwarts of the club, John Cook and Gwyn Price, for the Wales 60s+ team to play Australia at Abergavenny Cricket Club on Friday (July 21).
The Wales team will be captained by another local cricketer Ryland Wallace of Crickhowell Cricket Club who will be renewing his acquaintance with many of the Australian squad having toured Australia with the England 60s+ squad in the winter. The game starts at 11am and is followed by a social evening at the Club.