Aber firsts fall to Radyr but the Beavers battle on

By Staff reporter in Cricket

Abergavenny CC’s First Team fell to a Radyr defeat on Saturday by six wickets.

Batting first Abergavenny were all out for 163. Morgan Bevans and Daniel Cooke were top scorers with 25 as the Aber batters failed to build on some good starts.

In reply Radyr chased the total down with Rhys Lloyd making an unbeaten 60.

For Aber, Adam Harrison bowled exceptionally well to take 2-16 off his 10 overs but the other bowlers did not back him up as Aber lost with eight overs to go.

This week Abergavenny welcome Ebbw Vale to Avenue Road.

Abergavenny seconds pulled off a remarkable victory against Pentyrch to open their account for the season.

Pentyrch went to bat first and Abergavenny’s youthful opening attack of Ben Morris (1-15) and Dylan Beaumont-Welsh (3-30) settled into an early rhythm.

Beaumont-Welsh picked up Szpadt in his third over. This triggered a top order collapse for Pentyrch who lost a further five wickets for the addition of only 32 runs to leave them reeling at 58-6.

For Aber, the wickets were shared around with miserly spells from both Gareth Powell (2-17) and Craig Whistance (1-13) who both managed to extract both seam movement and bounce out of the drying track.

Pentyrch managed to elevate the visitors total to 137 before the last wicket fell to Beavers spinner Andy Timpson who ended with excellent figures of 3-29.

As Abergavenny began their chase the Pentyrch opening bowlers Luke Szpadt (1-25) and Saajan Ali (4-13) ripped out the Aber top order with a combination of pace and persistent line and length, leaving the home side in tatters at 26-5 after 15 overs.

Lee Fury (31) was the only batsman in the top order to reach double figures and after he departed in the 22nd over with only 52 runs on the board, things looked grim.

Bring to the crease 13-year-old Tom Pipe (25) who with his senior partner Craig Whistance began reconstructing the Aber innings.

Both batsmen played sensible cricket as 52-6 soon became 90-6 and the Aber faithful hitherto silenced by pain, began to believe once more.

Pipe was finally dismissed following a mammoth 20 over stay with Whistance during which they put on 76 runs. Dylan Beaumont-Welsh came out to join Whistance and despite a few alarms it was fittingly left for the Herculean Whistance (47*) to hit the winning runs through extra cover to turn a fantastic game of cricket firmly on its head one final time.

Despite the low scores, the standard of cricket was excellent and it proved to the Beavers side that they are capable of competing at this level following a few barren years.

Credit goes to the Pentyrch side, who not only contributed to a fantastic game of cricket, but played the game in the spirit to which every club cricketer should aspire.

Beavers hope to continue their winning ways with an away trip to Newbridge this coming Saturday.

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