Chepstow CC 1sts 201-9 Pentyrch CC 1st 2-1 (match abandoned - rain stopped play)

DESPITE the best efforts of groundsmen, club officials and players, rain was once again the winner in the Thomas, Carroll Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League with most matches cancelled and many of those that did start were abandoned.

Chepstow opener Malith Madurasinghe top-scored with 68 to help Chepstow 1sts post a total of 201 from their 50 overs at Pentyrch after skipper Jason Dobbie won the toss and decided to bat.

But his efforts came to nothing when the storms that ravaged the area on Saturday forced the abandonment in the first over after tea.

Fellow opener Tom Smith made 32 from 49 deliveries including three fours and a six, before being caught and Jake Kings added 16 before he too was caught by Mike Grossett off the bowling of Peter Grossett.

Chepstow's middle order of Ben Jones, Dobbie, Tuhin Gavand and Rhodri Fawsitt all contributed double-figure scores.

Pentyrch's reply lasted just five deliveries, Dobbie removing opener Basharat Malik for just two runs.

In the return match, Chepstow 2nds won the toss and decided to bat but their innings was washed out by a thunderstorm which turned the square into a lake with the score on 0-0 after just nine deliveries.

In the only other game between Abergavenny and Pontypridd was played with Ponty deciding to have first knock when they won the toss.

Their innings was dominated by the Hughes brothers with Gareth scoring 66 not out and Jonathan 61.

Andrew Collins came in and made 33 and Ponty decided to forfeit their last five overs to try and get a result and that paid off. Dan Cooke was Abergavenny's best bowler with 3-61 as the innings closed on 238-5 off 45 overs.

Abergavenny were soon in trouble and collapsed to 109 all out off 26.5 overs with Will Glenn (33) and Gavin Heritage (18) the only batsmen of note as Collins took 6-16 which included a hat-trick.