CRICKHOWELL’S game against Dales in Leominster on Saturday was eventually curtailed by the weather, which affected much of the Marches Cricket League programme.
Crickhowell lost the toss for the first time this season and were invited to bat first.
Ben Bowker partnered Wallace again, up front, but was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Gore in the second over, without a point to his name.
Wallace went soon after for five, caught behind off the same bowler, and Kerrison, back from an ankle injury, battled hard for 23 before also being adjudged LBW, this time off Jones. Unfortunately he also picked up a back injury, which meant that he would be unable to take any further part in the game.
It was down to Lilley and Francis to start to rebuild and see the side through to treble figures. Lilley was timing the ball well but was out on 37, caught at mid-off by Breeze off the bowling of Privett.
Francis though was in good form again with the bat, but was running out of partners.
Joseph Bowker (9), Callum Tew (0) and Lawrence Watts (12) all hung around for a while whilst Francis piled on the runs at the other end. It looked like he was heading for that elusive first ton of the season.
For the third time this season he fell tantalizingly close to three figures, but was out four runs short on 96.
Phill Bowker and Hywel Price remained defiant to deny Dales a further bowling point and Crickhowell’s final score of 237 showed a good return after a stuttering start, earning them maximum batting points.
In reply, having looked at the forecast and hearing that other games close by had already been abandoned, Dales showed some intent.
Batson (35*) in particular got after the bowlers and hit seven boundaries, and with Crickhowell a man down in the field, Dales were playing much better than a side languishing at the bottom of the table.
In rain affected games though, when the first innings has been completed, there needs to be 20 overs bowled to calculate a result using a modified Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
When the heavens opened after nine overs, Dale’s score of 56 saw them in a relatively strong position, but when the umpires ruled that the game could not be completed, and no result achieved, it was Crickhowell who had the better of the points, bagging five for the abandoned game on top of the five for batting.