Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean League Division Two (West) Monmouth (89-4) beat Newent (88 all out) by six wickets
AN INSPIRED bowling performance by Monmouth Cricket Club Third XI captain Neil Saunders saw the side celebrate a historic first win in their history on Sunday.
The result, in what was Monmouth’s Third XI’s first win since their inception in 2016, came after skipper Saunders won the toss and, after heavy morning showers, asked the away side to bat.
The home side’s bowling attack and fielding display was exceptional from the start, and were able to find a breakthrough early in the second over, when swing bowler Kieran Shaw (15-2 from eight overs, including one maiden) bowled opening bat Josh Hays (1), the first of eight batsmen to be bowled throughout the innings.
The opposition’s middle order were stifled by Tony Brennan (0-14 from five overs, including three maidens) aided by remarkable glovework on debut by wicketkeeper, Joe Atkinson, and thereafter ripped through by under 15 paceman Ben Pilot (1-18 from eight overs, including two maidens) and medium seam bowler Saunders (6-28 from eight overs, including two maidens) including two lightning sharp catches by both Holt and Shaw. Monmouth schoolboy Alfie Robinson (1-8 from four overs, including one maiden) castled the last batsman Laurence Hull (0) bringing Newent CC’s innings all out for 88 in the 33rd over.
In reply, after the tea break, and supported by rapturous home support, Monmouth’s innings got off to the worst possible start as opener Nick Holt (0) was judged lbw to the very first ball he faced. Following Holt’s departure, Tom Jones (29) and veteran Rob Pendleton (40 not out) gave Monmouth the confidence and belief needed building a steady platform to reach the target in the 26th over with the loss of four wickets. Wickets were shared amongst the away bowlers including Andy Robbins (3-21 from six overs) and Laurence Hull (1-14 from seven overs, including two maidens).
Monmouth, sponsored by Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, play next on Saturday 17th June at their Penallt home against Parkend Second XI (2pm start). All are welcome.