RCC 1st X1 suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Pontypridd CC on Saturday, having put themselves in a strong position to take maximum points from the game.
Winning the toss and electing to field, RCC had Pontypridd in trouble at the halfway point, with the away team all out for 135 in 36.1 overs. Some excellent bowling performances including 3-43 from James Cady, Mandy 2-32, Nicko 2-6 off 4 and a brilliant spell from Rhodri Lewis who finished with figures of 3-9 off 6.1, which included 4 maidens.
Unfortunately in response early wickets cost the home team, falling to 27-3. A partnership of 38 between Huw (27) and Jonty (21) looked to get them back on track however wickets fell regularly, leaving RCC at 103ao and losing by 32 runs.
Radyr 5 points and Ponty 16. Abergavenny CC home next for the 1st X1.
RCC 2nd X1 recorded another superb 10 wicket win, this time away at Pontypridd’s Ynysangharad Park. Ben O’Neil backed up his maiden RCC century last time out with an excellent 92no, with Skipper Clegg closing on 69no in a stand of 172.
Cleggy had led the bowlers earlier on in restricting Ponty to 170-9, taking 2-23 from 9, with Fordy working his way through the middle overs and batsmen for yet another jug avoidance, finishing with figures of 4-27 from his 9. Matty Tyler also contributed with a tight spell including 4 maidens (2-20). Radyr 19 points and Ponty 3. Abergavenny CC away next for the 2nds.
Gump’s 3rd X1 recorded their third 10 wicket win of the season on Saturday this time chasing down 108 against the Welsh Asians in just 14.3 overs!
With Tamos away for the week it gave others a chance to bat, and Ed Richmond stepped up to open and finished with 80 not out! Alun Williams again providing the support unbeaten on 27.
It was a remarkable spell of bowling which put RCC in such a strong position, as Gwyn Morris took 4-3 in just 2 overs. Jack Davies 3-24 (9) and Rob Lankshear 2-14 (9) also finished with impressive figures.
26 points for RCC and 1 point for the Welsh Asians. Another great winner for the team.
Radyr CC lost the toss and were inserted. The openers were going well until Ceri Morgan tweaked a fetlock. Initially he refused a runner, and then decided that he would consider it. Jon Griffiths was padded and raring to go, but before he could get out of the blocks, Phil Haines was unfortunately caught off the bowling of Woodford with the score on 62. Within minutes of Haines’ departure, Ceri called for a runner and law 2.7 came into effect, which states that ‘a runner should have already batted in that innings’. This returned ‘Usain’ Haines to the field of play to act as a runner.
There’s nothing like timing, especially as the dismissal of Phil had brought Peter Sullivan to the crease, who has absolutely no previous convictions for ‘running people out like a dog’. The crowd watched the proceedings with bated breath. Forty-one runs later, the inevitable happened and Ceri was run out for 62. Scott Clode then proceeded to score a quick fire 45 in an eighty run partnership with Sully, followed by an unbroken stand of 27 with Geraint Thomas which saw Radyr’s innings close on 209 and Sully finish up undefeated on 54.
Needing 210 to win, Christchurch lost their first wicket to a fine catch by Scott Clode at point, off the bowling of Conor Thirkettle in the 5th over. Dave Evans removed their other opener in the next over. Neil Clode took a C&B in the 9th over and 3 wickets fell in each of the 12, 13 and 14th overs to leave Christchurch reeling on 42 for 6. G Francis and L Jones forged a 7th wicket partnership of 72, which threatened to take the game away from Radyr, until Andrew Simmonds struck with the final ball of his spell in the 29th over. This left Clode and Thirkettle to mop up the tail, with Conor Bowling G Francis for 62 in the 32nd over to seal Radyr’s victory by 85 runs.
Ceri Morgan was voted Man of the Match by a nose.
The skipper, having won his first victory, is now going to slope of the Bedlinog and disappear into obscurity….
Some excellent performances across the teams. Nets at 6.15pm on Wednesday. Big fixtures this weekend including a Welsh Cup fixture for the club away at SWPCL Premier 2 team Ynystawe CC.