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Friday, 2 June 2017

By GEM Community Correspondent
in Cricket

Sully Centurions Cricket Club continued their unbeaten start to the 2017 season with a victory at second placed Vale CC.

The hosts won the toss and, after the overnight rain, they had no hesitation in asking Sully to bat.

Centurions overcame the early loss of Dave Goodway with solid batting from Santosh Singh (42) and Rhett Jones (35) and a fine 61 from skipper Jake Griffett.

Due to the conditions, it was never going to be high scoring match, but Centurions finished on decent 211 for 9 after the 45 overs.

The Vale reply was satisfactory at first, but they began falling behind the required run rate.

In spite of the performances of skipper Davies (42) Snelson (22) and McCutcheon (34) Vale were always playing catch up and eventually were all out for 172.

For Centurions, there were two wickets each for Prashant, Dave Goodway and Jake Griffett. One each for Pavel, Santosh and Ricki Griffett plus a runout provided the other wickets.

This leaves Centurions sitting proudly at the top of the league after four matches.

Vale CC 172/9, Sully Centurions 211/9.

The second XI hosted Vale second XI in the reverse fixture at Burnham Avenue and, after winning the toss, asked Vale to bat first.

The innings was dominated by a marvellous 114 not out from Mark Francis.

However, only two other players reached double figures and the innings closed on 175 for 7.

For Sully, Harish posted figures of 3 for 23, with the other wickets being shared amongst the bowlers.

After tea, Gethin Hicks (44) Ben Spear (46) and Nick Jones (52 not out) were the backbone of the Centurions’ innings, as the target was reached in the 34th over, for the loss of five wickets.

After a couple of recent setbacks, this has set the 2nd XI back on track to challenge at the top of the league.

Sully Centurions II 176/5, Vale CC II 175/7.

On Sunday, Centurions played a friendly against neighbours Barry Wanderers at Hayes Point and won a high scoring, good natured, contest.

Gethin Hicks and Russell Thomas put on 60 for the first wicket when Russell was out for 17, bowled by Neil Blundell.

However, this brought Rhett Jones to the crease and he and Gethin shared a wonderful stand of 149 before Gethin was caught and bowled by Singh, agonisingly just three short of a century.

Rhett continued on his merry way, ably supported by guest player Kieron Ferriday (49) before he was out in the last over for 103, Mark Williams getting two wickets with the final two balls. The innings closed on a formidable 279 for 4.

After tea, the Wanderers decided to take the fight to Centurions – and opener George Allen typified this with his fine 108.

In fact, for a time, it was looking as though it may be a close call, but after reaching 200 for 6, the last four wickets fell with no further score, leaving Centurions winners by 79 runs with seven overs still remaining.

Barry Wanderers 200 all out, Sully Centurions 279/4.

This weekend Centurions are due to play Pontymister Cross Keys in the league (first XI at home and second XI away) while on Sunday, the second round of the Welsh Cup sees the visit of Panteg to Burnham Avenue.

All players are asked to contact Dave Sylvester or Jake Griffett with their availability.

MF

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