BRECON Cricket Clubs’ Saturday fixtures saw their 1st team chalk up a victory by 14 runs at home versus Pentyrch and the 2nd team go down by 49 runs at Abergavenny.

The 1st team made a disastrous start batting first losing three quick wickets for nine runs and it had all the hallmarks of a difficult day.

However, Gethin Phillips stood firm through the carnage and when he was joined by James Davenport the pair righted the innings to a certain extend before Phillips fell for a well-made 27.

Davenport then went on to form the backbone of the innings with a fine 60 runs.

Ceitho William (23) and James Mitchell (17) then combined to add 28 before the innings concluded on 172 all out.

In reply Pentyrch made a valiant effort with Jack Lewis (33) and Barry Hole (28) taking the lead.

They however found Ryan Morgan (3-13) too difficult and with Gethin Phillips (3-33) contributing with the ball as well as the bat victory always looked likely for Brecon but not inevitable.

Ceitho Williams, John Kenchington and James Mitchell were all amongst the wickets as the innings fell away to 159 all out leaving Brecon winners by 14 runs in a hard-fought encounter.

The club are very grateful to Calibre Connections for sponsoring the match ball.

The 2nd team were away at Abergavenny and the home team on being asked to bat lost a couple of early wickets however Lee Fury (78no) dominated the middle overs and with Richie Roberts (49) combined to add 77 and later in the innings with Mathew Knight (45no) it was the pair that took the innings to 213-6 at the end of 45 overs.

The wickets for Brecon fell to John Cooke and Rob Hudman with two each, James Morgan and Gwyn Price with one each.

Brecon set off confidently in search of victory with James Morgan (50) and Gwyn Price (25) adding 42 and then carried forward by Sean Waldeck (18) and Morgan adding another 51 before both fell in close order.

From there the innings fell away slightly, although for a while halted by contributions from the experienced campaigners Gethin Evans (21) and Brian Skinner (14) but conclude on 164 all out.

The Aber spinners Lewys McCarthy (4-31) and Andy Timpson (3-22) did the main damage with Richard James, Garth Powell taking one wicket each.

Next week the Brecon 1st team visit Sudbrook and the 2nd team entertain Radyr 3rds both with a 12.30 start.