THE Beavers won big at Ledbury last Saturday and in doing so denied the home team the opportunity to say a victorious goodbye to 180 years of cricket at their beloved ground.
Mark Winstanley won the toss and, as usual, elected to bat first. The solid partnership of Mark and John Lamont was swinging along nicely but good bowling by Simon Watkins and Steve Evans caused some serious damage as the pair took four wickets.
Kyle Holmes and Owain Bradley steadied the ship with a 60 run partnership, but sadly a good delivery by Liam Kendrick dismissed Holmes for a solid 38 runs.
Kyle’s son, Alex Holmes, was the next man in, and the young cricketer showed great maturity to score 30 runs.
Steve Evans bowled Bradley for a steady 27 and you couldn’t help but think Aber were a few runs short going into the last over, but in came Gavin Nash to knock a shattering 24 off the last over helping Aber reach a respectable 181.
Pick of the bowlers Simon Watkins managed a staggering 12 overs: 2-22, including eight maidens.
Ledbury made a nervous start, as Aber’s opening bowlers Dylan Beaumont-Welsh and Michael Jones restricted the batsmen with five maidens. Gavin Nash (4-38) also began to pick up wickets and although Robert Yeoman staged a slight comeback, it was still a very uphill battle for Ledbury.
As Abergavenny began to break into the tail, a heartfelt 50 from Sam Burgees made for a very exciting end to the game. However, good bowling from A. Holmes eventually found a breakthrough with a sharp catch by Bradley as Ledbury were bowled out for 166 in the 44th over.
It was not the farewell Ledbury would have wanted, but the Beavers were delighted with a memorable victory.
Abergavenny Cricket Club are to host to Australian touring team Crusaders this coming Sunday. The tourists have just started their tour of England and Wales and will play a total of 21 matches over a period of three and a half weeks. They are going to be based in Cardiff for five days and will also be taking on St Fagans CC, Cardiff CC and Mumbles CC while in Wales.
Founded in 1977, Crusaders are a wandering cricket team from Melbourne, Victoria. They undertake annual tours around the world to help facilitate the development of promising Australian cricketers. The team have been represented by more than 2500 players in more than 1500 games on numerous tours to England and Europe.
Former Australian test cricketers Shane Warne, Paul Reiffel and Matthew Elliot are all former Crusaders players. While the team was established for the purpose of attracting current and former first class cricketers, in reality they are open to anyone interested in the game of cricket.
The match will be played at Avenue Road, starting at 1pm with 45 overs per side.