AN historic 119 by 16-year-old Tom Smith meant Jubilee jubilation for Chepstow CC's Firsts at the weekend.

The youngster - a member of Gloucestershire's Under17s team and a pupil at Bristol's Clifton College - celebrated his recent birthday with a fine display, helping to boost his team from 30-3 to 260-5 from their 50 overs, taking them to the top of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League Division 1 table in the process.

He was supported for most of the way, by another of Chepstow's impressive crop of youngsters - David Monk Ð who scored 53 in a fourth-wicket stand of 161 and later took 2-25 - including the scalp of Will Glenn who had looked to be in scoring mood until being bowled for 26.

Team captain Jason Dobbie weighed in with an unbeaten 41 to set a tough but attainable target.

Dan Cooke (10-2-47-3) was the pick of Abergavenny's overworked attack.

In reply, Andrew Jones made 53 before being caught off the bowling of Malith Madurasinghe (7.5-1-17-5) who polished off the last four wickets.

But the turning point might have been the dismissal of Greg Fury who looked in fine form before being given lbw off the bowling of Rhodri Fawsitt (5-0-28-1).

Cooke was the only one of the last eight batsmen to reach double figures as Abergavenny's effort foundered on 145 thanks to Madurasinghe's late onslaught.

Speaking before taking the field for Abergavenny's innings, Smith and Monk said they were pleased with their performances although both admitted they were disappointed they could not see out their innings.

"In our last few overs, I felt I should take some risks to improve the score," Smith said. "But I've had a good week and to get a century is special."

Monk, a pupil at Monmouth School, was equally philosophical. "I know what I did wrong. I wanted to stay longer but I hope to do well if I get a chance to bowl."

Sudbrook are joint leaders with Chepstow and their unbeaten record was never threatened by Deepweir visitors Tondu.

Sudbrook opted to go in first and managed 211-8 thanks to brothers Ross (63) and John (51no) Lewis and Matt Kinchin (31). Jon Bussey took 3-18 for the Waterwheelers.

Ross Nicholson (51) held the Tondu innings together but they fell behind the run rate and were hanging on for a draw at the end on 168-9. Carl Morgan took 2-20 for Sudbrook and Dean Wallace 2-30.