RCC 1st X1 suffered a heavy defeat away to Newbridge CC on Saturday losing by 9 wickets.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Radyr started well seeing off both opening bowlers before losing their first wicked with 45 on the board. Wickets started to fall at regular intervals following an excellent spell from ex Glamorgan Professional Ryan Watkins who finished with figures of 6-44 from his 10 overs. Stone 33 and Morris 31 not out got RCC to a competitive total of 187ao from 48 overs.
In reply, Newbridge started strongly with opener Morgan racing to 45 before falling to Wakeling. However Watkins joined the established Fortune at the crease and saw the hosts home with 12 overs to spare. Watkins reached his 50 with consecutive 6s and Fortune finishing with 84 not out.
20 points for Newbridge and 3 for RCC. Next up the 1st X1 welcome Chepstow to the Riverside.
The 2nd X1 recored the clubs only win at the weekend with an excellent win over 2nd placed Newbridge at home.
Skipper Clegg won the toss and elected to field and the hosts thanks to some tight bowling, restricted Newbridge to 183-8 from their 45 overs. Clegg finished with 2-41 and Nick O’Neil 2-34.
In reply RCC chased down their total comfortably, with Dave Skirrow leading the team to a 6 wicket win with 5.2 overs to go, supported by Phil Butlin with 31.
After losing their first 5 matches, the 2nd X1 have now recorded 7 wins in 9 including a cancelled match against Lisvane and have moved into mid table.
RCC 19 points and Newbridge 6 points. A trip to Chepstow for the 2nd X1 next week.
2nd place RCC 3rd X1 travelled to league leaders Pontnewynydd CC on Saturday in their top of the table clash.
Unfortunately batting first early wickets set the team back and they struggled to 109-9 from 40 overs. The leaders took advantage by reaching their total for the loss of 4 wickets.
Radyr won the toss and elected to field. Clode Senior struck in the 2nd over of the game to remove Connor Gibbs. Dave Evans took a nasty blow on the nose in the 12th over, which effectively ended his game. Tom Willbraham broke the 2nd wicket partnership in the 16th over, bowling Liam Meek, who had been granted several lives throughout his innings, and Andrew Gibbs followed in the next over caught at Short Fine Leg off the bowling of Peter Scott. Tom Wilbraham took a stunning catch of Simmo’s bowling to dismiss Dheepan who had thrown the kitchen sink at every delivery and wasn’t going to die wondering. Sam Hurley than bowled the annoying Lee Parker and the opposition skipper. Finally Clode Senior returned to bowl three overs of utter filth and claim three more wickets.
Set 132 to win, Radyr made a slow start thanks to some accurate bowling by Crumlin’s openers. Makeshift opener Simmo perished in the 3rd over and Nick Weight followed in the 14th. With the opening bowlers finished, Geraint Thomas nicked one to the keeper from the first ball of the change bowler. A sixty-six run partnership followed between Clode Junior and Tom Wilbraham, until Clode Junior holed out in the deep. A run a-ball partnership of 14 followed until Clode Senior went the same way as Junior. With 10 an over need from the last three overs, the task was beyond Radyr. Three more wickets fell, with Tom Wilbraham falling of the last ball of the match, saw Radyr lose by 16 runs.
Tom Wilbraham was voted Man-of-the-Match for his stunning catch, 1 for 9 and 29 runs.