Pride at stake as Sudbrook host Chepstow

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cricket

Preview: South East Wales Cricket League Division One - Sudbrook v Chepstow

PRIDE will be at stake on Saturday as Sudbrook CC welcome rivals Chepstow to Mill Lane.

Usually a closely-contested derby, Sudbrook are looking to inflict a double defeat on their neighbours after thrashing them by nine wickets in May.

Jon Roberts top-scored with 54 for Chepstow as they staggered to 180 all out, a target quickly reached thanks to Russ Lewis (109 not out) and Kel Stevens (49).

Since then Dave Bennett, Lewys Jones and Sam Hope-Bell have been promoted to the First XI and Gareth Ansell has rejoined the club.

All four hope to be selected for a squad that will include skipper Jason Dobbie (back from holiday) and Dave Teague (back from injury).

Neither team was in action last weekend, Chepstow’s pitch being swamped by a cloudburst that forced the cancellation of the match against Blackwood Town CC while Sudbrook travelled to Pontypridd only to find their ground was unplayable.

“It was very disappointing,” Sudbrook skipper Jamie Watkins said later.

“We’ve slipped down the table due to fixtures being played and only obtaining five points for a wash-out.

“But we will be looking to get some points on the board when we host Chepstow.

“The local derby is always well supported and an important date in the calendar.

“We will be looking to do the double but it will be a difficult task as Chepstow are a good team and have a lot of match-winning individuals.

“We’ve been playing some good cricket of late and have plenty of match winners ourselves and if we have any realistic chance of challenging for the title, we need to keep winning to put pressure on the teams above us.”

Meanwhile, Chepstow’s Ansell said his men are taking a match-by-match view.

“It’s obviously always nice to beat Sudbrook, but I think it’s just about trying to win every game from here on to finish as high as possible in the league,” he said.

Play starts at 12.30pm and visitors are welcome to watch the match, with the bar open all day for refreshments.

Bob Cypher

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