ABERGAVENNY finished their pre-season programme with a disappointing six wicket defeat to Pentyrch at Avenue Road.
Skipper Geraint Leach won the toss and elected to bat first but the Beavers struggled to 191-8 off their 45 overs.
Only Morgan Bevans, 63, Greg Fury, 48 and Will Glenn, 32, really got going with the bat. In reply Pentyrch reached their target four wickets down with Stuart Budd scoring 103 not out. On the bowling front for Aber skipper Leach claimed 2-32.
Overall it was a very good work out for a young Aber side which contained many of the club’s young players and showed them where they need to improve.
Abergavenny’s third team played their first match of the season against an experienced Ledbury second team on a cold and gloomy day at the Crickhowell cricket ground. Regular captain Mark Winstanley was unable to play so Nick Kinman was called to lead the team. He made a good start, winning the toss and opting to field.
Meici Jones claimed the opening wicket in the third over which was caught behind by wicketkeeper Nathan Holley.
Ben Morris should of had another caught at point in the next over but he overstepped the line and was rightfully called a no ball.
Dan Bowden then claimed the next three wickets in his six overs leaving Ledbury on 57 - 4 from 23 overs at drinks.
The father and son pairing of Kyle and Alex Holmes kept the pressure on the visitors with the latter chipping in with two wickets. Morris returned to claim his first wicket for the thirds and there was run outs by Drew Heffernan and Ashley Curtis as Ledbury were all out for 88 in the last over of the innings. Bowden returning figures of 3-13 and A. Holmes, 2-14. All the wickets being taken by under 15 players.
After a lovely tea, Aber opened the innings with Gareth Powell and Holley. Powell was in good touch hitting a six over mid wicket in the fourth over of the chase. Ledbury did manage a couple of scalps, dismissing Holley and Heffernan with only 27 on the board. Powell continued to hit regular boundaries with Owain Bradley contributing 16 runs to the total as the Beavers closed in on Ledbury’s score. They shared a partnership of 58 in nine overs but Bradley was bowled. Curtis was also caught but Aber won the game by six wickets when Ledbury bowled a wide ball as Powell finished with 58 not out from 68 balls including seven fours and two sixes.
Next week see’s all three teams in league action. The first team play at Avenue Road against Cardiff Gymkhana, the second team visit Chepstow, while the third team go to Builth Wells seconds. On Sunday Aber also welcome Usk CC in the first round of the Welsh Cup.