Promoted as league champions
3:28pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
DEFEATING second-placed Cynon Valley Wanderers by six wickets, the Sully Cricket Club 1st X1 were promoted as league champions.
With Malpas, the team Sully were due to meet this Saturday, having dropped out of the league, it means the local club ended the league season on a real high.
Despite so much riding on the result, the match was played in true cricketing spirit, with stumpings and lbw decisions given without hesitation and complaint.
With the heavy rain of the day before and a still damp wicket, Sully were surprised when the visitors elected to bat - a decision they would later regret.
Cynon Valley were on the back foot from the start, with opening bowlers Mark Loran (two for 14 from 10 overs) and David Morgan (two for 22 from10) restricting them to 40 for four after 20 overs.
The Sully fielding was of the highest standard as Morgan took two low diving catches off Loran, and Suhub three high skiers.
It did not get any better for the visitors as Sameer (two for 27) and pick of the bowlers Basit (three for 16) reduced them to 86 for nine. Wily campaigner Andrew Davies entered the arena to take the last wicket and Cynon Valley were all out for 87.
In reply, Sully got off to a decent enough start, with openers Rod Howe and Trinash moving the score to 20 before the latter was well caught. Brennan soon followed after a superb stumping and, with Howe also being caught behind, Sully were wobbling at 29 for three.
Geraint Rees hit two well timed fours but all credit to Cynon Valley as they took another difficult catch and the score was 52 for four.
The pick of the visiting bowlers, P Williams, had now completed his spell and Rana (31 not out, including five fours) and Suhub (14 not out) were able to move the score along and secure the victory.
CYNON VALLEY WANDERERS: 87 all out (Basit 3-16, Loran 2-14, Morgan 2-22, Sameer 2-27)
SULLY: 89-4 (Rana 31no, Suhub 14no)
Both sides 'retired' to the Seashore Grill for the famous buffet thanks to Gordon, Matt and his staff.
The Sully club's president, chair and secretary were at the Grill to welcome the team and now look forward to this Sunday and the annual charity game (v Glenwood at Burnham Avenue; 1.30pm start) in aid of local charity Ty Hafan.
President Yanni said: "We are hoping for a big turnout at the Grill after the game to raise loads of cash for such a deserving cause. And no-one will escape me and my collection buckets!"
The 2nd X1 play Cardiff Cavaliers at the Cathedral School today (Thursday), with a 5.30pm start.