Derby victory ends losing run

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 18th July 2018 7:46 am
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Chepstow: (from left, back row) Malith Madurasinghe, Ryan Scrivens, Lewys Jones, Gareth Ansell, Oliver Thornhill, Luke Watson, Tudor Morgan-Huggett, Riaz Hassan, and (front) Tyler Morgan-Huggett, Jason Dobbie (captain) and Zak Watson.

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AN opening partnership of 109 between Matthew Spencer and Ross Lewis put Sudbrook well on the path to victory over local rivals Chepstow.

It looked like a significant breakthrough when Spencer was stumped by Gareth Anstell off the bowling of Lewys Jones for 43, and Jason Dobbie claimed the skipper for 59 without the score moving on.

Lewis hit nine fours and Spencer six fours and a six.

But the Caldicot side put on another 50 runs before Scott O’Leary was also stumped by Anstell, for 19, this time off the bowling of Dobbie.

Matthew Kinchin was caught by Malith Madurasinghe on 38 – Sudbrook’s third highest score, and the first of two wickets for Tudor Morgan-Huggett – to make it 181-4.

That became 182-5 when Morgan-Huggett bowled Matthew Burton for five, before Dobbie had Jonathan Lewis lbw for four to make it 197-6.

Mitchell Slape proved a tail-end thorn, seeing out the innings with 23, while Jamie Watkins went for seven, caught by Zak Watson off the bowling of Luke Watson, and Anstell claimed his third stumping, snaring Darren Lloyd for a duck of the bowling of Madurasinghe.

Madurasinghe’s bowling saw Rob Thorn exit on 10, caught by Luke Watson and the innings ended on 238 with Slape and Dean Wallace, on one, at the crease.

Sudbrook’s bowlers quickly got to work with Ryan Scrivens becoming the first of Mitchell Slape’s four wickets with the score on 11.

Chepstow woes wor-sened when they lost two wickets on 34 with Gareth Anstell caught for 19 by Matthew Kinchin off Slape, and Tyler Morgan-Huggett – who scored a club record 191 for the 2nds earlier this season over Cardiff club Pentyrch – fell to Slape for zero, who also bowled Zak Watson for a duck with the score on 47-4.

Skipper Dobbie was building an innings at the other end, but he eventually went for 30, the first of three wickets for Scott O’Leary with Chepstow struggling at 60-5.

The hosts put on another 22 runs when O’ Leary had Madurasinghe caught by Ross Lewis for 11.

Luke Watson went lbw to O’Leary for nine and Oliver Thornhill contributed 22 before being caught by Jamie Watkins off Darren Lloyd.

Tail-ender Rizan Mansoor dug in for 17 but both he and Lewys Jones went with the score on 132 to bring the Chepstow innings to a close.

Jones was bowled by Slape and Mansoor caught by Matthew Burton off Dean Wallace. The not out batsman was Tudor Morgan-Huggett.

The win brought an end to a run of three straight defeats for Sudbrook, while Chepstow’s recent form has been more patchy with a win followed by a defeat.

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