Sat 11 August – St Georges III v Cae Glas

It was another successful weekend for Cae Glas as both sides secured maximum points. The seconds courtesy of Lilleshall conceding, having not being able to raise a side, but the first won a thrilling close fought contest away to St Georges. Batting first they posted their top score of the season making 208 for 4 in their 40 overs. This was built around a solid start of a second wicket partnership of 59 between Andy Griffiths and Gaz Edgerton, Griffiths scoring 34 before being controversially run out, however this brought Barry Richards to the crease and a partnership of 101 between Richards and captain Pete Bowyer accelerated the scoring, Bowyer top scoring with 68 to post his maiden first Xl half century and Barry Richards finishing with 41 not out.
In reply, a tight opening spells from the ever dependable Edgerton and Gary Davies, although not producing any wickets, made run scoring difficult for youngsters Alex Johnson and Rachel Chesters and at the half way stage, they had only 43 on the board. However, when Chesters was dismissed for a patient 27, Amesh Gill picked up the tempo as he and Johnson began to score freely before Gill was dismissed by a superb catch falling backwards by Elliot Coulson for a quickfire 27. This brought ex County man Andy Johnson to the crease, but when he was bowled by Gary Davies the pendulum seemed to have swung back to give Cae Glas the advantage. But the game was to take another twist as the visitors were reduced to 9 men when Nick Broadbent pulled up injured having earlier lost Holgate and free hitting by Alex Johnson who made an impressive 68 before he was run out by a superb throw in from the boundary from George Jones. the last over saw the home side requiring 26 to win, and when the first 2 balls from Edgerton were despatched to the boundary, it looked like a shock victory could be on the cards, but experience triumphed over youth as the last 3 balls sailed through to the keeper and the St Georges innings closed on 191 as the rain began to fall to end a superbly entertaining game of cricket. Pick of the Cae Glas bowlers were Dave Edwards with another impressive spell of 3 for 31 and Gary Davies with 2 for 37.

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