South East Wales Cricket League Division Three - Monmouth (100-2) beat Barry Wanderers (99 all out) by eight wickets
MONMOUTH Cricket Club’s First XI enjoyed a comprehensive eight wicket home victory over Barry Wanderers at the Sportsground on Saturday.
On a warm afternoon, Monmouth captain Adam Roberts won his first toss of the season and elected to bowl first on a damp looking Monmouth wicket following the previous days heavy rain.
The decision seemed to be a good one as Barry Wanderers openers Matt Anderson (15) and James Hornby (33) made slow progress in the first 16 overs, putting on just 53 between them before Anderson was dismissed by Roberts (1-27) and Hornby was clean bowled by the impressive Raj Kuttappu (2-25).
Opening bowlers Roberts and Paul Swingwood (1-15) showed great control of line and length and were getting just enough out of the surface to beat the bat on a consistent basis. However, not for the first time this season, it was the introduction of Monmouth’s spinners that saw the clatter of wickets, as young Wales under 15 Ben Davies (2-14) and Ancre Hill Estates man of the match Alim Hansraj (2-9) ripped through the Barry Wanderers middle and lower order. Hansraj in particular was at his miserly best as his nine overs contained a remarkable six maidens as Barry limped along to 99 all out in the 42nd over with only George Allen (17) showing any kind of resistance for the visitors. In the field there were catches for Hansraj, Jones, and wicket-keeper Jon Despontin, plus a magnificent diving effort at 1st slip from Swingwood.
In reply Monmouth, sponsored by Burkert Fluid Solutions, started brightly through openers Henry Breeze (18) and Matt Jones (55 not out) before Breeze was bowled by the economical Gareth Hughes (1-19). Josh Grey (12) then proceeded to hit a few nice boundaries before he chipped one straight to square leg off the bowling of Alun Wade (1-8) but by then the score had reached 77 and the tie was effectively over. Aware that they couldn’t afford to lose anymore wickets in order to secure maximum batting points, Jones and skipper Adam Roberts (3 not out) batted sensibly to see the game out and bring Monmouth home in the 23rd over for a maximum 20 point win.
The result sees Monmouth consolidate third place, 23 points behind Sully and 30 points behind undefeated league leaders Crumlin in Division Three.
Saturday (8th July) sees Monmouth travel away to local rivals Monkswood where they were comprehensively beaten last season. Play will start at 1pm.