South East Wales Cricket League Division One - Chepstow (246-4) beat Croesyceiliog (245-9) by six wickets
THREE young guns helped end Chepstow Firsts’ run of three losses by playing major roles in the win over Croesyceiliog at the weekend, writes Bob Cypher.
Young spinner Sam Hope-Bell, 17, took 4-38 to remove vital wickets and then, in partnership with Dave Bennett, made 23 runs not out, scoring the winning run in the process.
Fellow spinner Lewys Jones weighed in with 2-38 to remove openers Alex Barry – stumped by Gareth Ansell after making a menacing 86 – and Alex Kryjom (lbw, 17) when both were going well.
Between the two successes, Cam Rees took a great catch low down as he ran in from the boundary after Luc Kear skied a delivery from Malith Madurasinghe.
Hope-Bell and Tudor Morgan-Huggett (2-39) then bowled in tandem restricting five batsmen to a total of 61 runs between them before a late flurry by Michael Beacham (35) and Josh Harris (31) hoisted the visitors’ total to 245-9.
In their reply, Chepstow started well enough but lost opener Carwyn James (30) caught Kryjom and his replacement Jamie Rayner was bowled shortly after.
Right-hand batsman Tyler Morgan-Huggett joined left-handed opener Ansell in the middle and the run chase seemed a formality.
But Kear made a great breakthrough when he hit the wickets with a long throw to dismiss Ansell for 76 and then Morgan-Huggett (35) was judged out of his crease to give Croesy wicketkeeper Gavin White a stumping.
But Chepstow bat deep despite the absence of captain Jason Dobbie and three other first team regulars and Dave Bennett (57 not out) and Hope-Bell (23 not out) saw their team over the line.
After the match, Ansell who was deputising for Dobbie, said the young players in the team had impressed him.
“It was a very good win considering we were short of senior players and I was really impressed by Lewys and Sam who bowled alongside Malith and Tudor,” he added
“It was pleasing to see everyone chip in and take responsibility with the bat and help to make a reasonably large total look very easy to chase.
“Dave Bennett and Sam had a great partnership and Tyler and I chipped in earlier in the innings.”
The victory meant Chepstow moved back into second place with Sudbrook Firsts in third after they lost by two wickets at home to Blackwood Town CC.