7:02am Wednesday 21st August 2013
PANTEG are still toasting the finest day in the club's history – but their job is only half done.
On Sunday they won the Gwalia Welsh Cup at the Swalec Stadium when they drubbed Llandudno by nine wickets.
Captain Ian Bird won the toss, elected to field and his bowlers did the business. Former Glamorgan all-rounder Adam Harrison and Chris Mee reduced Llandudno, who are runaway leaders in the North Wales Premier League, to 14-3.
Miserly Panteg limited their opponents to 123 and chased down the target with ease, getting home with 17.3 overs to spare with man of the match Carwyn James smashing an unbeaten 61.
"It was a brilliant day, not just for the team but for everyone associated with the club," said Bird.
"It's great for the club's name to be up in lights and it's something that we've been working towards for quite some time.
"To win so convincingly was superb and the game plan of sticking them in and putting them under pressure worked perfectly thanks to Adam Harrison and Chris Mee, who were brilliant with the new ball."
But thoughts have swiftly turned back to the league and retaining the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League, Division One top spot that they have held for most of the campaign.
Panteg have lost just once – to champions Sudbrook, who have not given up hope of retaining their crown.
It promises to be a key weekend with the two pace-setters clashing at the Deepweir on Bank Holiday Monday.
"The pleasing thing about the win against Llandudno is that is gives us confidence to go into the final few weeks of the season," said Bird, whose side host Chepstow on Saturday.
"If we had lost then it would have been a real blow but now we are in good shape and hopefully Sunday will spur us on to win the title.
"But it's going to be a good game against Sudbrook on Monday, they are a very good side and we've had some great battles with them over the years."
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