South East Wales Cricket League

Division 1

Monmouth 1sts (150 all out) lost to Chepstow 1sts (151-3) by 7 wickets

CHEPSTOW Firsts enjoyed an awayday success, including friendly rivalry with some of their former players, writes Bob Cypher.

Ex-Mathern Road favourites Dave Teague, Paul Swingwood and Jon Roberts, playing for newly-promoted Monmouth, found the visitors tough opponents.

Home skipper Adam Roberts won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision he may have regretted when Chepstow’s opening bowlers Jason Dobbie and Rizan Mansoor removed Teague for 14 and fellow opener Matthew Jones for 40.

Alyn Franklyn ran out Josh Grey and although Roberts dug in with 58 before falling to Lewys Jones’ bowling, only Swingwood (17) managed a double-figure score among the remaining batsmen.

Jones took 4-28 and Sam Hope-Bell 2-17 with one maiden as Monmouth’s innings ended on 150 all out with two overs to spare.

In reply, Chepstow’s openers Gareth Ansell and Hope-Bell started well with 46 and 42 respectively.

Ansell, returning to the side after his university exams, was run out by Roberts while Teague caught and bowled Hope-Bell.

Chasing a low target, Mitchell Harris, in at number three, made an unbeaten 39 and Oliver Thornhill (9 not out) saw the visitors home.

Chepstow skipper Dobbie hailed a “great all-round performance” by his men.

“We dominated the game but I would like to give a special mention to to David ‘Farmer’ Teague who took the wicket of ex-Glamorgan opener Carwyn James with a top spinner,” he added.

“We are looking forward to the double-header this weekend, at home to Usk on Saturday and away at Sudbrook on Bank Holiday Monday.”