South East Wales Cricket League Division One - Brecon First XI (69 all out) lost to Chepstow First XI (71-5) by five wickets

CHEPSTOW CC’s firsts put Brecon to the sword in an awayday romp at the weekend.

Chepstow were again grateful to the Watson-Dobbie double act as Luke Watson helped himself to another five-for and skipper Jason Dobbie added a run-out to his three victims.

Watson struck early having Brecon opener Rhys Pritchard caught behind by Gareth Ansell and the home side were reeling when the next three replacements fell for just five runs between them.

Brecon’s wicketkeeper Andy Pritchard top-scored with 21 and only two other batsmen managed to make a double-figure score, their innings lurching to 69 all out in the 28th over.

Watson ended with 5-24 and two maidens in his 10 overs spell while Dobbie took 3-9 with one maiden in his 6.3 overs.

In reply, Brecon struck early, removing Ansell without scoring but fellow opener Ryan Scrivens (17) and Carwyn James (35) steadied the ship with a partnership of 42 and although a further two wickets fell cheaply, Chepstow reached 71-5 in the 18th over.

Later, the only other Chepstow bowler to claim a wicket - Malith Madurasinghe - said the toss was a a crucial one to win.

“We won it and with a very green wicket, we made the most of it by deciding to bowl first,” he said.

“Luke was the pick of the bowlers with a well-deserved five wickets and Jason mopped up the tail.

“Losing Gareth to the second ball of our innings was a blow but Carwyn and Ryan’s partnership was vital.”

Bob Cypher