No luck for Sully firsts but seconds sizzle

There was another day of mixed fortunes for Sully Centurions, as the weather was once again a big talking point.

Batting first against visitors Cardiff Thirds, the firsts got off to a great start as opening pair Ricki Griffett and Gethin Hicks shared a century partnership, before Hicks was caught off Sheikh for 30.

As is often the case, when a big partnership is broken the second partner soon falls as well. Griffett followed shortly after, bowled by Phillips for a great 69, including 11 fours.

Then a stand of 50 between Tom Davies and Lloyd Bruce took the score to 158 before skipper Bruce fell, again to Phillips, for 24.

Then a classic middle-order wobble saw three wickets fall with the score on 163 – all to the bowling of the prolific Phillips.

But Rhett Jones found the bowling to his liking and hit 50. Gabe Howard also hit some valuable late runs, finishing on 31 not out, as the innings closed on 259.

Phillips, who took a remarkable 7-44, was the outstanding bowler for Cardiff.

In reply, there was another big opening stand, with Rickets and Good hitting 120, before Good was caught by Howard off Griffett for 66.

Rickets was providing the anchor role as his partners came and went, all adding runs. He eventually went for 66 with 192 on the board, caught behind by Adam Gilliatt, the first of two wickets for Shae Ellis.

Meggit was run out for 45 with the score on 237-6 and two overs remaining. The runs kept coming though and the tension was mounting as the visitors entered the final over.

With two balls remaining, Cardiff required four runs to win, but Watson hit a six to secure the victory with just one delivery left.

For Centurions, Ellis (2-56) and Griffett (2-45) were the wicket takers, with the other two coming from run outs.

The seconds went to Blackweir to face high-flying Bay Dragons, hoping to continue their winning streak.

After losing the toss, Centurions were put in to bat and openers Rukshan Silva and Jason Hicks put on 47 for the first wicket, with the former falling for 17.

After losing a couple of wickets, Sully were back on track with Vasant hitting an entertaining 63, and with the score on 188-7 there was time for some late order heroics.

Zia Gehlan (18) and Paul Harrison (10no) ensured a defendable total of 226-9 was posted.

Atul (3-28) and Pyar (2-22) were the standout bowlers for Dragons.

The home side had a disastrous start to their reply, finding themselves two wickets down with only eight runs on the board. Zia and Harish were the successful bowlers.

But Akhil and Naril (38) put on 68 for the third wicket to get the run chase back on track.

Akhil eventually went for 40 before falling to a catch from Harrison off Nick Jones. Dipesh, who scored 30, was the next to fall with the score on 141, with Tej Vaghani the bowler.

The Sully attack kept the pressure on and wickets began to fall again, with the last wicket falling on 181 in the 29th over.

Top bowling figures of 3-37 for Vaghani, with two each for Harish and Vasant, while Hicks, Zia and Jones also got in on the act with one apiece.

Less than a month ago, the seconds were bottom of the division. Now, after three wins on the bounce, they have climbed to fifth.

l Sully Centurions are grateful to sponsors United Worldwide Logistics and Whitchurch Builders Suppliers, as well as match ball sponsors 8-2-8 Village Shop, Sully and kit suppliers Classic Sportswear.

This weekend, the firsts travel to Crumlin and the seconds take on Penarth at Burnham Avenue.

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