11:00am Thursday 28th June 2012
ON another rain-ravaged day in the GB Lines Marches League, Bartestree and Lugwardine and Builth Wells beat the weather to improve their mid-table positions in Division One.
Bartestree are up to fifth place after a 69-run home success against a Kington side who were playing only the second of their scheduled eight fixtures.
Star of the show for the hosts was youngster Luke Sparrow who scored 26 in an opening partnership of 56 with skipper Ben Simpkin (57) and then destroyed the Kington reply with a return of 5-10 from 12 overs.
Builth Wells are now a place behind Bartestree after a 32-run success against Luctonians.
Steady scoring through the order, led by Sam Buckler (44), Gary Morgan (32) and Jamie McIlroy (28 not out) propelled the home side to 183-7.
And then, despite James Platford’s unbeaten 49, the other Morgan boys, Adam (4-37), James (3-16) and Simon (2-26) drew strength from Gary’s example to restrict the visitors to 151-9.
In Division Two, it was the Powells who starred for Strollers but their efforts could not prevent a one-wicket win for Hay. Mark Powell stroked an unbeaten 88 with support from brother James (46) as Strollers reached 192-5. Mark (3-46) was backed up by dad Rob with three catches in the Hay reply but the border club were steered to victory by Johnny Daw’s 75.
Best bowling of the day came in Division Four from Nathan Byrne (5-19) whose fine figures helped Abergavenny Beavers to a six-wicket win at Ledbury 2nd.
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