Monty triumph in local derby

Published date: 18 May 2012 |
Published by: Dominic Robertson
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Neil Tuffin 

MONTGOMERY skipper Tim Davies was delighted after his side came out on top in their derby with local rivals Newtown.
Davies praised all aspects of his side’s performance as they managed to overhaul a low total in tricky batting conditions.

The hosts won the toss and decided to bowl - a decision that was rewarded as Newtown’s batsmen struggled to get the frugal Montgomery attack away.
Opener Steve Davies played superbly for his 50, but his colleagues failed to provide enough support with only Ricky and Craig Davies getting started.

Monty’s Neil Tuffin had struck early to remove Dave Laird (2) and Tom Goodman (0), while Andrew Barker bowled well from the other end without reward.
Youngster Charlie Clinton performed well, removing Ricky Davies (11) and Tom Foulkes (5) before they could do any real damage and Rob Yewdall struck to take two key wickets, with Davies caught for 50 and Richard Smout stopped on two before he could get going.
Rob Kinsey provided a late burst to grab four lower order wickets, while 14 from Newtown’s Craig Davies helped push them to a total of 127.

In reply Monty looked to be well on the way to victory but Newtown struck to remove opener Robert Kinsey (29) and Jonathon Williams (2), giving them the scent of a win.

However a superb sixth wicket partnership from Tim Davies (31) and Jack Williams (18 not out) steadied the ship and after the skipper’s departure it was left to Rob Bennet and Williams to see them over the line.

Davies was understandably pleased at his side’s performance, saying: “We fielded and bowled very well and we were very happy to restrict them to 127.”
Newtown skipper Jonathan Davies was left to rue another lost toss and the failure of his batsmen to provide support for Steve Davies.

He said: “It was an important match to lose. Steve batted very well on a very difficult track but no-one stayed with him. They deserved to win, we didn’t apply ourselves and Jack Williams batted very well and lasted a long time. Their skipper batted well too and we need to up our game next week.”

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