Sudbrook secure nine-wicket win

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cricket

South East Wales Cricket League Division One (First XI) - Chepstow CC (180 all out) lost to Sudbrook CC (184-1) by nine wickets

A CENTURY from a “phenomenal servant for the club” helped Sudbrook CC claim bragging rights over rivals Chepstow on Saturday.

The home side suffered a bad day at the office as they lurched to 98-7 thanks to some fine bowling by the visitors’ attack.

But a battling half-century by Jon Roberts (54) backed up by Tudor Morgan-Huggett (23) saw Chepstow post a below-par 180 all out total with one delivery short of seven overs remaining.

Ben Supple (2-22 off six overs) did the early damage, removing opener Carwyn James (6) and Mitchell Harris (10) and despite the efforts of Jamie Rayner, who edged a Mitchell Slape delivery and was caught behind after making 21, Dave Teague (19) and skipper Jason Dobbie (28), prospects for a home victory looked as bleak as the weather at Mathern Road.

When Sudbrook skipper Jamie Watkins tossed the ball to Dean Wallace to mop up the tail-enders it looked like a bad call as Roberts went to town, hoisting three maximums in one over.

But the bowler had the last laugh, removing Morgan-Huggett, Roberts and Ricky Sahabdeen (2) to close the innings and finish with figures of 3-37 and one maiden in 7.1 overs.

Jonathan Lewis had earlier removed Teague and Dobbie to end with 2-21 and one maiden from eight overs.

Sudbrook’s fielding was also of a high standard as wicketkeeper Ross Lewis held two catches and stumped Sahabdeen.

But Lewis’ greatest contribution came in an unbeaten 109 as he and Kel Stevens (46) stormed to make 184-1 and a nine-wicket victory.

“Ross has been a phenomenal servant to our club,” skipper Watkins said later.

“It was a pleasure to see him go about his innings and he continues to be an out-and-out match winner.”

Watkins admitted his team could have chase a much lower target.

“For 10 overs we switched off and let them off the hook but after Ross and Kel had given us a solid start, the run chase was never in doubt.

“Our opener constructed a brilliant, almost faultless, partnership of 153 to make it four wins from four games and we head into Saturday’s match at home to Pentyrch full of confidence and unity. There’s nothing better than winning a local derby.”

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