145-run defeat for seconds

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cricket

South East Wales Cricket League Division Three (Second XI) - Barry Wanderers (266-3) beat Monmouth (121 all out) by 145 runs

MONMOUTH Cricket Club’s Second XI fell to a comprehensive 145-run defeat away to Barry Wanderers.

The toss was lost by Steve Gale, who stood in for skipper Rick Parkes arriving late at the game, and the home side elected to bat. Barry Wanderers, who have struggled all season, were considerably strengthened on this occasion by two first XI upper-order batsmen having to play at home. They proceeded to accumulate a 194-run partnership by the 27th over, despite solid efforts from Ben Pilot (39-0), the returning George Williamson (45-0) and Ben Burnett (44-0) and with the Monmouth fielders missing some difficult chances. When Blundell (94) was removed by a sharp caught-and-bowled by vice-captain Gaz Hughes (63-1) and then Defoe (80) went next over, stumped by wicket-keeper Nick Holt off skipper Parkes (32-1), Monmouth went in search of any further breakthroughs. Parkes and Second XI debutant Shannon Maguire, who also bagged a wicket (24-1), together with Pilot returning to bowl his last two overs at the death, were able to stem the run-rate in the closing overs, but Barry Wanderers closed on an intimidating 266-3.

In reply, Monmouth’s top order of Tom Jones, Holt (10), Steve Gale (10) and Ethan Gale stuggled to get going and with Monmouth 44-6 in the 16th over the contest was already lost. However, double-figure contributions from Burnett (11), Hughes (21) and Barry Jones (40 not out) meant that the visitors took two batting points from their total of 121 all out in the 29th over.

Next up Monmouth, sponsored by Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, are at home to Monkswood.

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