Gleeson brothers shine as Bronwydd see off Cowbridge
BRONWYDD claimed a muchneeded victory in division one of the South Wales Association against a strong Cowbridge team who had won their first two league games.
They won the toss and put Bronwydd in. The early loss of Phillip Howell brought George Gleeson to the crease to join James Cale and the pair took the score to 88, with both players showing good form. Gleeson was out for 33 and the visiting captain used his bowlers in short spells in an effort to slow the Bronwydd scoring, but at 104-2 the home team were well placed to set a challenging total.
However, Bronwydd lost their remaining eight wickets for only 32 runs, finishing on a disappointing 136 all out. Cale was finally out for a well-constructed 56, and the only other players to reach double figures were Oli Furneaux (13) and James Dickson (10). Nick Wood, Brad Evans, Sam Routledge and Yohin Punja all took two wickets each.
With a small target and Cowbridge including two players who scored more than 1,000 runs last season, the Bronwydd bowlers knew that a test awaited. Tom Gleeson removed the dangerous Tom Merilaht in the first over and Brad Evans in his second.
Cowbridge then slipped to 22-4, but the reliable Ben Wright was still there and his experience showed as Routledge (14) and Wood (28) helped Cowbridge closer to their target. Tom Gleeson was then bought back into the attack and got the important wicket of Wright for 44. His brother George then took 2-8 and victory was achieved by 12 runs. Tom Gleeson finished with figures of 10-5-17-5.
The game was sponsored by SJ Construction and GLT & Son Roofing Services Ltd.