SULLY Centurions Cricket Club returned to winning ways with an away victory over Llandaff last Saturday.

After some inclement weather the game got underway on time and Centurions were asked to bat.

After losing David Goodway for 12, Gethin Hicks (13) and Dan Chaulk (27) shared a half century stand for the second wicket.

However, both fell with the score on 67, leaving Shae Ellis and Luke Tillbrook to face the challenge of getting the scoreboard moving again.

They did so in some style, adding another 54 runs before Tillbrook became the first of Azmat’s victims, being bowled for 26.

Then a middle order mini collapse saw both Ricki Griffett and Lloyd Bruce fall for ducks and Tom Davis being out for 4 to leave Sully on 151-7.

However, Ellis continued and had reached 75 when he was bowled by Azmat.

The innings finished on 191 all out in the 41st over. Azmat Khan (3-31) and former Centurion Santosh Singh (2-22) were the pick of the home bowlers.

In reply, Llandaff were soon in trouble when they found themselves on 3-3, with Goodway taking the two wickets and a combination of the two new boys, Masqood and wicket keeper Gabe Howard dismissing Samir for a duck.

After Saleem and Malik had moved the score on to 29, Ricki Griffett had Saleem caught for 8. Then Malik (15) and Khan put on 40 for the fifth wicket before three wickets fell with the score on 69.

But Raja and Khan set about repairing the damage, sharing a 68 run partnership before Raja was trapped LBW for 37, which was Goodway’s third wicket. Khan ended on 42 not out, but the last two wickets fell cheaply,as Llandaff were all out for 165.

David Goodway (3-25) Ricki Griffett (2-54) and Lloyd Bruce (2-32) were the main wicket takers, with one wicket apiece for Gaurav, Chaulk and Masqood. This has helped Centurions move up the table to a much safer position.

Llandaff II 165 all out Sully Centurions 191 all out

The 2nd XI unfortunately continued their recent losing streak with a 6 wicket home loss to Bridgend, who gained revenge for their opening day defeat at the hands of Centurions.

Batting first, after a delay for rain, Centurions lost the early wicket of Jason Hicks who was run out for 5.

Herbie Miller was looking good but he had to retire hurt after appearing to pull a muscle when he was on 14. However, Adam Gilliatt (17) and Dan Merchant took the score along to 80 before Gilliatt was caught off the bowling of the promising young Cogbill. Wickets began to tumble as the visiting attack took control.

The wickets were shared out, with 2 each for Cogbill, James, Dan Hughes and Jacob Hughes and the innings finished after 31 overs on a disappointing 134 all out.

In reply, Bridgend lost opener for a duck, trapped LBW by Harish with the score on six. But the second wicket pair of Hathaway (28) and Mills put on 76 before Hathaway was the first of three batsmen who were caught behind by Patrick Lane – off the bowling of Iwan Thomas.

Young Cogbill joined Mills and continued where Hathaway had left off – with the pair adding 34 for the 3rd wicket before Mills went, again caught behind off the bowling of Dan Guy for a well-made half century. When Cogbill was out for 21, being Guy’s second victim, It only remained for Stanton to hit the winning runs in the 36th over.

Sully Centurions II 134 all out Bridgend III 137-4

Centurions would like to thank Admiral Group for their match ball sponsorship.

This week the 1st XI make the short trip to Barry Island to face Barry Athletic, while the 2nd XI are at home to Whitchurch Heath.