DI­VI­SION 3:

Glamorgan Gazette - - Cricket Round Up -

CROSS KEYS & PONTYMISTER ................... 136-4 VALE ........................... 132

VALE sur­ren­dered an un­beaten record in dis­ap­point­ing cir­cum­stances away to Cross Keys & Pontymister by six wick­ets, writes Tony Poole.

Hav­ing opened the sea­son with vic­to­ries over Monkswood, Barry Wanderers and Machen, this was a def­i­nite set­back for the boys from leafy Corn- town. But with Creigiau - the other club who en­tered the fourth round of fix­tures with an un­blem­ished record – also los­ing, they now hold league lead­er­ship on 61 points from Hop­kin­stown 60 and Vale 59.

And with this in mind, the clash on Satur­day be­tween Vale and vis­it­ing Creigiau will give an early sea­son in­di­ca­tion of where the real power lies in this di­vi­sion.

Put in to bat, Vale were caught on a drying pitch and there was no sub­stan­tial part­ner­ship dur­ing a run of the mill score of 132. Open­ing bat Harry Withers hung around to con­trib­ute a top score of 27 while Mark Fran­cis got a sweet 16.

The onus was on the lower order bats­men. With that in mind, Scott McCutcheon (17) and Tom Gin­gell (12no) did their best, but Vale were dis­missed for 132 in 41.5 overs – Jimmy Baker tak­ing 5-22 and Mo­hammed Asif 2-24.

It was now left to the Vale bowlers to get them back into the con­test, but on the day young Alex Upham was dubbed luckless.

McCutcheon also proved a hand­ful – re­flected in 6-0-15-1 – but they failed to get early wick­ets to sow the seeds of doubt.

Ul­ti­mately, the Mis­ter Men moved smoothly on to 136-4 off 34.1 overs to end a Vale un­beaten start to the cam­paign.

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