South East Wales Cricket League

Division One

CHEPSTOW CC’s 1sts were “dominated” by a very strong Brecon team at Mathern Road on Saturday, losing by 94 runs, writes Bob Cypher.

Batting first, Brecon posted a modest 197 all out with just under five of their allotted overs remaining.

Main wicket-takers for the home side were skipper Jason Dobbie (3-36), Mitchell Harris (3-45) and Dave Teague (3-20).

But after restricting the visitors to a sub-200 total, disaster struck early on as opener Jamie Rayner departed without scoring

Despite the efforts of fellow opener Carwyn James (24) and Mitchell Harris (35), the next six batsmen added just one run between them.

Tudor Morgan-Huggett (10) and Riz Mansoor (13) offered resistance but Chepstow’s chase ended on 103 all out with almost 19 overs remaining.

“Brecon were very strong and they dominated us with the bat and the ball,” admitted vice-captain Tyler Morgan Huggett later.

In contrast, the club’s 2nd XI enjoyed success in their match at Cardiff Central CC 2nds, who were formerly known as Welsh Asians.

“It was a close, low-scoring game, in part due to the rain in the days leading up to the game,” Seconds’ skipper Jon Huws said.

“It was a good team effort with everybody contributing to a good away win.

“Wickets were shared around but Ben Kellaway and Will Durbin bowled in tandem particularly well in the middle of the Central’s innings, taking two wickets each, to put us on top at 55-5.

“Central fought back well to post a score of 130 which on a tricky pitch was not going to be an easy chase.

“Louis Fawsitt deserves a special mention for taking his first second team wickets and when we batted everyone chipped in with runs, led by Will Durbin's 28 to cap a good all round day for him. We eventually got over the line for the loss of six wickets to complete a hard-fought win.”