Despite all five captains losing the toss for the second Saturday running, the club again achieved four wins, with the “black sheep” this week being the Second XI: bowling poorly early on proved decisive. However what was clear in all the games was the huge contribution made by the club’s younger members. In each side one youngster could be signalled out.
First XI – on Friday evening, Alfie Rogers was called into the side to make his debut at Usk CC, a place where bowlers have often been given a hard time. Hiding a debutant in the field might have been thought the safest option but there was none of that on this occasion. Bowling his full compliment of 10 overs of off spin, his figures were quite remarkable: 1-17 with 4 runs in one over being the most conceded. His bowling spell undoubtedly went some way in achieving victory.
SecondXI – despite being on the losing side Tom Wilbraham finished on 62 not out, his second half century in consecutive games. He currently has 124 league runs at an average of 62. In addition he took 2 wickets on Saturday to take his season’s tally to 11, at an average of 12.73.
Third XI – Jake Wakeling was back from school on his half term holidays this weekend and showed what a great cricketer he is. He firstly hammered a quick fire 18 when runs were required, then picked up the ball and took 2-11. He played a major part in the opposition going from 80-0, to 80-4 and ultimately 103-10, by taking the first and third wickets to fall.
Fourth XI – Cian Morgan moped up the tail of Abercynon’s innings taking 3-24 off his allotted 8 overs and ensured his side remain top of the table.
Fifth XI – it was a red letter day for Gwion Tyler as he scored his maiden century for the club, as he opened the innings, carrying his bat and ending on 118 not out. This helped the club chase down a huge total of 218 which was done with 3 of the 40 overs to spare. Earlier in the day he had also opened the bowling and taken 1-43 in his 8 overs.
A great day all round for the youth of RCC.