Sully hold their nerve to post midweek win
4:51pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
THE Sully Cricket Club completed their midweek fixtures with an exciting 13-run victory over Cardiff Cavaliers in a match which went down to the wire.
Sadly, the Cathedral school ground had several puddles of water on the square following Thursday morning's rain and the game had to be moved to Pontcanna to the dismay of vice-skipper Mark Loran and guest Terry Sylvester who both, for the third season in a row, have missed out on playing at the picturesque surroundings.
The visitors elected to bat in a16-over game, with batsman retiring at 30; runs not age.
Sameer and Suhub opened but the former was lbw for two and Suhub was caught for a quickfire 14 to leave the score at 22 for two off five overs. Like the previous week, Morgan (33 retired) and Mansoor (30 retired) took an instant liking to the bowling and posted 66 from six overs to put their side back on track.
Loran (10) and Newbie Murad (17), with an excellent knock, took Sully to 116 for five from the allotted overs.
Thanks to league cricket, the major improvements this season are the fielding and keeping calm under pressure in tight games and this was evident on this occasion with some excellent stops and catches by Tom Hickin and Rod Howe when the game was in the balance.
The Cavaliers' openers started like a train and, with the score at 78 without loss from ten overs, it was game on. After the compulsory retirements of both openers, Sully bowlers took full control, with Mansoor, Davies and Nigel Crick taking centrestage as Cavaliers finished on 103 for seven.
SULLY: 116-5 (D Morgan 33 ret, Mansoor 30 ret)
CARDIFF CAVALIERS: 103-7 (N Crick 3-10, Mansoor 2-4, A Davies 2-11)