CAPTAIN for the day Steve Provis played a starring role with bat and ball as Barry Athletic Cricket Club 1st XI got back to winning ways against Welsh Asians.
With Provis asking the visitors to bat, they were soon in trouble when Steve Jones removed Ahmed with the score on 17. Jones struck again with the score on 36 and then the skipper took three wickets - all caught behind by Nathan Baker - to leave the score at 104 for five. A partnership of 76 followed before Hellyar struck, and then the last four wickets fell - three to Dafydd Frost - for 35 runs in five overs as the Welsh Asians were all out for 215.
Barry's reply made a solid start before Hugh Smith was run out for eight with the score on 32. Following four catches behind the stumps, Nathan Baker came to the wicket and made a welcome return to form as he and Goodway added 82 for the second wicket before the latter fell for a fine 59. The very next ball Paul Murphy was out for a duck to leave the score at 114 for three, but this brought captain Provis (61no from 44 balls) to the wicket to carry on his fine form and, with Baker (a patient 73no), they took their side to victory on 218 for three.
WELSH ASIANS: 215 all out (Arif 65; D Frost 3-38, S Provis 3-44, S Jones 2-28)
BARRY ATHLETIC 1st XI: 218-3 (N Baker 73no, Provis 61no, D Goodway 59)
Athletic would like to thank RIM Motors for sponsorship of the match.
The 2nd XI lost by eight wickets in their away game at Newbridge, with the home side passing Barry's104 all out at 107 for two.
A Collins (202 no) led the way when Pontypridd posted 239 for five playing Barry Thirds at the Island on Sunday.
In reply, Barry reached 183 for eight, with fine knocks from Murphy (32), Goodway (51) and a maiden senior half century for Kieron Ferriday. Ferriday, who was out for 51, also picked up two for 34 and shows fine promise.
This week the 1st XI are away at Miskin Manor, the Seconds are home to Croesyceiliog and the Thirds travel to Pentyrch.
On Saturday, August 16, Athletic host an open/former players/captains day in conjunction with the ECB and Waitrose. There will also be a race night, with sponsors required at £25 for each of eight races. Further information from Mark Rees on 07570135831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org