South East Wales Cricket League Division One (Second XI) - Abergavenny Cricket Club (161-2) beat Sudbrook Cricket Club (160-6) by eight wickets

THERE was to be no repeat of last week’s heroics for Sudbrook Seconds and their position in Division One is a precarious one.

Last week, skipper Steve Comins and Charles Heaven helped steer the side to victory but although Comins carried his bat throughout the game at Abergavenny, making 78, Heaven had made only nine runs when he was caught and bowled by Andy Timpson and apart from Dennis Wallace’s 35 and Adam Nelson’s 10, the rest of the batsmen who took the field departed with single-figure scores – including two ducks.

In reply, Abergavenny opener Lewis Holley made 105 and Lee Fury’s 31 – along with the assistance of 18 extras – saw the Avenue Road side home with the loss of only two wickets.

Despite the defeat, the skipper is still upbeat, despite the daunting prospect of visiting Cardiff Central – formerly known as Welsh Asians – in the last game of the season this Saturday.

“We had legends Denny Wallace and Gordon Voke as well as junior players Joe Tapp and Iestyn Nelson in the side,” he said later.

“Denny’s 35 runs were a big help and Gordon’s 0-8 with one maiden in six overs earned him the bowling honours.

“With only one game left, the bottom of the table is still wide open but we will start to rebuild for next season starting with the youngsters coming through the youth academy.”

Meanwhile, at Mill Lane, Sudbrook Firsts chased down Croesyceiliog’s 263-7 with James Hussey (67 not out) top scoring to win by three wickets and four deliveries to spare.

Bob Cypher