THE Division One championship won’t be decided in today’s Bank Holiday top-of-the-table clash between Sudbrook and Panteg at the Deepweir but it will go a long way towards deciding which of them will win the title although Panteg are still in the driving seat.
At Panteg, visitors Chepstow won the toss and elected to bat and set a target of 176-8 with Malith Madurasinghe making 46, David Monk 33 and Jason Dobbie 31.
For Panteg, Jack Mayers returned 10-3-15-2, Ian Bird 10-2-29-2, Chris Mee 9-1-38-1 and Adam Harrison 10-3-40-1.
Chepstow got the wickets of Carwyn James (0) and Lloyd Smith (12) but opener Akhtar Balouch and Bird (35) then put on 57 for the third wicket.
Adam Harrison (0) and James Lewis (1) followed Bird back to the pavilion quickly and at 90-5, Panteg were in trouble.
Callum Reid (16) and Balouch put on 28 valuable runs and James Rei (21no) helped Balouch to get past the winning post with a seventh wicket partnership of 59, the winning runs coming off 47.1 overs.
Balouch carried his bat for a match winning 84 not out (147 balls with one six and seven fours).
David Teague took 10—2-29-3 for Chepstow, Jon Roberts 8-1-26-2 and Tudor Morgan-Huggett 7-0-32-1.
Sudbrook took on lowly Pentyrch at the Deepweir and asked the visitors to go in first.
The best Pentyrch could offer in their innings of 123 all out was 20 by Gareth Gardner as Lewis Morgan took 3-16 for Sudbrook, Dean Wallace 3-27 and Rhys Pescod 2-31.
Sudbrook got the runs in 29.3 overs with Matt Kinchin making 55 and Lewis Morgan 27. Scott Matthews took 2-17 from four overs for Pentyrch.
Pontypridd piled up 311-6 at Blackwood with Ryan Williams getting 87 and Andrew Collins 56.
Blackwood were then dismissed for 156 with their best batsmen Ali Najmi (59), Joe Roberts (30) and Gareth Berry (30). For Ponty, Tom Vaal took three wickets and there were two apiece by Martyn Oliver, Collins and Lee Parry.
Rogerstone’s woes continued as they were bowled out for 160 by visitors Penarth. Andy Harris scored 44 and there was 27 each by Richard Webb and Luke Harris while Morgan Crimp took 3-33 for the Seasiders.
Rogerstone never gave up the fight and made Penarth struggle for victory which eventually came in the 49th over.
Nick Morgan made 34 but it was Adam Shantry (48no) and Sam Docherty (21no) who got them over the winning line. Luke Harris took 2-30 for Rogerstone.
Mohammed Ali Bukari (74), Asim Gillani (33no) and Will Ford (24no) led Abergavenny to a total of 210-7 against Tondu at Bryn Road. Brian Thomas took 3-27 for the Waterwheelers and James Hardwick 2-60.
Richard Ready scored 24 and Adam Davies 22 when Tondu went in but at 167-9 they looked dead and buried despite a gift of 68 extras by Abergavenny, 34 of them wides.
But Jamie Williamson (69no) was still there with Thomas (6no) and, somehow, they edged Tondu home with a last wicket partnership of 45. David Cook took 3-39 for Abergavenny and Will Ford 2-27.
St Fagans went in first at third placed Usk and managed 179 all out with Chris Thorne (59), Mansoor Tariq (36) and Owain Hopkins (32) the pick of their batsmen.
Neil Perrett took 3-34 for Usk and Ollie James 2-40 but it was wicket keeper Sam Morris who starred with three catches, two stumpings and two run outs where he had to throw down the wickets after taking wayward returns.
That wasn’t enough for Morris, however, as he then dominated the Usk innings with a brilliant 104 not out off 79 balls with eight fours and eight sixes. Mike Kear scored 29 and Henry Lewis was 44 not out when Usk reached 185-1.