Abergavenny Cricket Club 1sts suffer defeat against Radyr while 3rds play thrilling match against Crickhowell

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Abergavenny fell to defeat on Saturday to Radyr by 6 wickets.

Batting first Aber were all out for 163 with Morgan Bevans and Daniel Cooke top scoring with 25 as the Aber batters failed to build on some good starts.

In reply Radyr chased the total down with Rhys Lloyd making an unbeaten 60 for Aber Adam Harrison bowled exceptionally well to take 2-16 off his 10 overs but the other bowlers did not back him up as Aber lost with 8 overs to go.

This week Aber welcome Ebbw Vale to Avenue Road.

Abergavenny Cricket Club Third team and Goodrich Second team played out a thrilling match at the Crickhowell Cricket Ground.

Overnight rain had put the match in doubt but the wicket and outfield were declared fit with an improving weather forecast.

The Goodrich captain won the toss and soon had Aber on the back foot.

Owain Bradley went for a three ball duck, Drew Heffernan was caught for 6 and wicketkeeper Ashley Curtis was also caught only scoring five runs with the Beavers 28-3 in the 13th over.

This brought the experienced pair of Mark Winstanley and Kyle Holmes to the crease. Both played patiently and put the bad ball away when the opportunity arrived.

They had put on 70 for the fourth but Winstanley edged the ball behind to the Goodrich wicketkeeper.

With this dismissal, Holmes decided to go on the attack with the ball being dispatched over the clubhouse numerous times.

John Lamont played a good supporting role scoring 24 not out with Holmes unbeaten on 105 not out as Aber reached 196-4 from the permitted 45 overs.

With the pitch becoming drier due to the afternoon sun, Aber knew they were going to have to produce something special to get over the line.

Gavin Nash claimed the early wicket which was well caught at point by Lamont. Another wicket for Nash six overs later saw Goodrich 41-2 after 11 overs.

Holmes chipped in with a couple of wickets but some counter attacking batting from Goodrich batsman Rufus Davies was taking the game away from the Beavers.

He hit 65 from 45 balls, bowled by young off spinner Lewys Wilkes-McCarthy, with the visitors only requiring 54 from 14 overs with four wickets in hand.

Meici Jones struck to put Aber back as favourites but a 35 run partnership saw Goodrich needing two to win from the last 2 overs.

Holmes kept the pressure on the visitors with the 44th over being a maiden.

Jones was just about to steam into bowl the last over but a miscalculation by skipper Winstanley saw Jones bowled out.

After being hit out of the attack earlier in the innings Bradley was asked to bowl instead.

Goodrich attempted a run first ball but the batsman failed to ground his bat with Heffernan getting the run out.

A dot ball followed before another run out this time by Josh Knapp with Goodrich nine wickets down still needing two runs to win.

Next ball was a play and a miss by the young batsman, the penultimate ball bowled by Bradley was missed by the advancing batsman leaving Curtis to whip the bails off as Aber completed a remarkable one run victory.

Nash was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-28 from 12 overs. Next up is a trip to Canon Frome 2nds on Saturday followed by a 20/20 cup match against Talybont on Usk on Sunday.

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