SE Wales League Div One

Panteg (75) lost to Usk (101) by 26 runs

USK skipper Ben Jones won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision he may have doubted when the first six batters were back in the pavilion with just 33 runs on the board.

But Sidharth Ramesh steadied the ship, scoring 38 runs, and despite losing partners for single scores, managed to set a low target in a rain-affected contest reduced to 36 overs.

Panteg’s reply was weak as wickets tumbled thanks to the visitors’ strong bowling attack.

Tamoor Zafar (3-4) was the main destroyer with Jones (2-27), Richard Rees (2-5) and Mika Ekstrom (2-20) helping clinch a valuable 16 points.

Llandaff (222-5) lost to Abergavenny (223-8) by 2 wickets

ABERGAVENNY skipper William Glenn won the toss and asked Llandaff to bat first.

The hosts responded well after losing both openers with 59 on the board, and contributions of 66, 63 and 40 helped set a reasonable target for a match reduced to 45 overs.

Nathan Byrne (2-38), Jonty Heffaran (1-16) and Sam Clarke (2-73) were Abergavenny’s only wicket-takers.

In reply, Abergavenny lost their openers cheaply, but a vital contribution by Clarke brought them back into the chase.

He scored 11 boundaries and three maximums to make an unbeaten 89, and Mathew Knight’s 25 helped ease Abergavenny to victory and keep them third in the table.

Tondu (125-9) beat Sudbrook (120) by 5 runs

SUDBROOK can thank Monmouthshire neighbours Usk and Abergavenny for helping to keep them in ninth place with Panteg and Llandaff between them and bottom club Newbridge.

In a rain-affected reduced-overs match, Sudbrook skipper Jamie Watkins’ decision to field after winning the toss saw Tondu’s first four batters sent back with 80 runs on the board.

None of the remaining seven managed a double-figure contribution as the hosts registered a modest target.

Chief destroyer was Dean Wallace (4-28), although Ryan Hudson (3-35) played his part and a wicket apiece for Gareth Tyler and Carl Morgan did the damage.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, no Sudbrook scoreboard was available.

Division Two

Monmouth (28) lost to Whitchurch-Heath (29-1) by 9 wickets

MONMOUTH are in a precarious position after they were demolished for just 28, a club record low total.

The previous lowest was the firsts’ 43 against Herefordshire side Luctonians in June 1994.

Bottom of the table with only two wins this season, all 11 players perished for single-figure scores, with the visitors’ Chris Vanos taking 5-4.

In reply, opener Vanos vanished without scoring but the target was reached in 28 deliveries.

Division Four

Sudbrook II (159–6) lost to Tondu II (201-8) by 42 runs

ASKED to field first, bottom club Sudbrook removed an opener early on but found their visitors too strong.

Gordon Voke rolled back the years to take 2-25 in just three overs and Jason Cook took 1-23 with one maiden in his seven.

Usk II (175-7) lost to Machen (193) by 18 runs

PAUL Murphy took 4-32 with one maiden to help restrict the visitors to a reasonable score.

But despite Matt Hancock’s 40 and Aled Burkitt’s half-century, the remaining Usk batters offered little and fell 19 runs short of their target.

Division Five

Abergavenny II (136-7) lost to Barry Athletic II (139-2) by 8 wickets

ASKED to bat first, Abergavenny lost wickets cheaply before Robbie Sandford (47no) and Nick Francis (46) rallied the innings.

In reply, Barry’s openers were sent back quickly but unbeaten scores of 68 and 35 saw the visitors home.