Chepstow through to third round with six-run Welsh Cup win

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cricket

Welsh Cup Second Round - Newport CC (226-8) lost to Chepstow CC (232-4) by six runs

CHEPSTOW CC are in the third round of the Welsh Cup after beating Newport CC in an exciting six-run victory on Sunday.

The win was engineered by a superb innings by opener Carwyn James whose 101 runs made up for the disappointment of an early dismissal in the league encounter against Sudbrook CC 24 hours earlier.

James hit nine boundaries and three maximums and was well supported by opening partner Jamie Rayner (75) in a 179-run stand.

Newport struck twice, removing Mitchell Harris (4) and Dave Teague before skipper Jason Dobbie (31) and Dave Bennett (7) set the home side a target of 232 to beat.

Newport’s star bowler was Callum Taylor (3-39) but of the seven bowlers used only Charlie Stewart (1-48) claimed a scalp.

In their reply, Malith Madurasinghe caught and bowled former Sudbrook player Joe Voke for one run and Dobbie had the other opener, skipper Michael Clayden caught by James for 15 runs.

Imran Hassan (83) and Callum Taylor (73) steadied Newport’s innings before both fell to Dave Teague and after Douglas Kershaw (15) was clean bowled by James, Teague claimed his third wicket with a caught and bowled to send Tom Evans (11) back to the shed.

James bowled David O’Sullivan (4) and Teague ended with figures of 4-43 from seven overs after bowling Philip MacLean (6).

Newport’s challenge continued through Harry Powell (4) and Charlie Stewart  (1), but Chepstow’s bowlers kept their nerve to restrict the hosts to 226-8.

James finished with 2-24 from his four overs while Dobbie and Madurasinghe had figures of 1-27 and 1-21 respectively.

Malith Madurasinghe said the win provided a much-need boost to the team’s confidence.

“Coming in as underdogs, our performance with the bat and then the ball was excellent,” he said later.

“After a heavy defeat in the league yesterday, this is a good confidence boosting win for both the next round of the Welsh Cup and the league.”

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