IT may well have been one of the hottest days of the cricketing season, with scorched grass underfoot, but it was raining both runs and centuries for Abergavenny Cricket Club on the weekend.
At Sudbrook, openers Will Glenn and Morgan Bevans were in scintillating form putting on 165 for the first wicket, Morgan who scored (71) was the first to go, whilst Will Glenn went on to complete his century (115) before falling with the score on 235-2.
The pair built a tremendous platform for Lewis Holley to cash in with a quick-fire (67) supported by Gareth Burkitt and Adam Harrison. By the close of innings Aber had posted a total of 317-5.
In reply, a couple of early wickets set Sudbrook back but a good fightback followed and they were looking good on 213-4. However, solid bowling from Geraint Leach (3-65), David Clarke (2-30) and Adam Harrison (2-10) ensured Sudbrook fell short as they finished on 260-7 from their 50 overs.
Abergavenny Second X1 were at Home to Blackwood Seconds who won the toss and decided surprisingly to field.
With Abergavenny at 50-3 they probably felt justified with their choice but Nick Francis (122) and Tom Griffiths (66) had other ideas and they put together a magnificent stand of 162 runs for the fourth wicket. Disappointed not to reach 300, Abergavenny finished on 287-8.
After tea and a cool down, opening bowler 14-year-old Ben Morris tore into the Blackwood front order and reduced them to 16 for 3. He finished with three wickets for 33 runs. This set things up for the spinners. Veteran Andy Timpson took 3-26, young Tom Pipe took 2-21, Steve Brown, 1-21 and Gareth Powell, 1-0, as Blackwood were all out for 115.
Wicketkeeper Nathan Holley took five catches behind the stumps, a couple of which were outstanding.
Credit must be given to skipper Steve Brown who is giving the youngsters an opportunity to make an impact rather than making up the numbers.
Abergavenny’s thirds ensured a clean sweep with a good victory over Pentwyn at Monmouth. Pentwyn batted first for a respectable 202 all out. The pick of the bowlers were Huw Griffiths (2-15), Lewys Wilkes-McCarthey (1-25), Owain Bradley (4-37), and Alex Holmes (2-52). Wicket keeper Luke Bowen completed a fine unbeaten century (102) supported by veteran Mark Winstanley (18), Craig Whistance (16), along with Ieaun Fury (27 not out).
Abergavenny reached their target with eight overs to spare and move to the top of the Divison 8 table.
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