Tough trip for Usk

First published in Gwent cricket South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

IT’S TOP against bottom when Usk head to Sully in the Swalec Premier League tomorrow.

Usk went down to defeat to Mumbles last week despite another terrific performance from Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke.

The big-hitting batsman from South Africa struck 108 but the hosts at the Athletic Club ground were all out for 222 after being set a target of 271.

League leaders Sully have made a strong start to the season but were outplayed by Port Talbot last weekend in a 76-run defeat.

It’s far, far too early to be paying too much attention to league positions but skipper Tom Robinson will hope for his side to put in a strong performance against the 2010 champions, who have a notoriously strong batting line-up.

Like Usk, Newport are on their travels and are also looking to bounce back from defeat.

The Spytty Park outfit will attempt to get a home defeat to Bridgend out of their system when they head to Ammanford.

The hosts will be without their Glamorgan bowling duo Dean Cosker and Mike Reed as they are on county duty against Hampshire.

And Newport will hope to make the most of their absence as they bid to improve on a disappointing batting display against Bridgend when they mustered 153 when chasing 235.

A host of players made starts but nobody cashed in.

It was also a bit of a struggle in the middle for Newport in last Sunday’s Gwalia Welsh Cup tie, though their total of 182 was comfortably enough after Aberdare were skittled for 85.

Division One of the Glamor-gan and Monmouthshire League is yet to really take shape because of the awful weather in May.

Chepstow will fancy their chances of being in the mix at the top come the end of the season and tomorrow they head to early pacesetters Penarth.

Jason Dobbie’s side head to the seaside in fine fettle after a well-paced run chase secured a three-wicket win against Pentyrch.

Sudbrook are second in the table with a healthy average of 19 thanks to an excellent five-wicket win against former Premier League outfit St Fagans last weekend.

Tomorrow Ross Lewis, who struck 58 last weekend, takes his team to Rogerstone, who are yet to taste any league action.

Simon Davis struck an unbeaten ton opening for Blackwood in their Welsh Cup win against Cowbridge to make it a fine weekend following a 19-point haul against Tondu. They will look to stay in the groove when they head to Pentyrch.

Abergavenny suffered a heavy 120-run defeat to Pontypridd last weekend but will hope for a better performance, certainly with the bat, against Newport Fugitives.

They did make it into the next round of the Welsh Cup thanks to a two-wicket win against Llantwit Major with Nathan Byrne taking four wickets and then striking an unbeaten 22 to see the Beavers home in a nervy run chase.

Panteg managed a fine cup win against Cardiff last Sunday but they have been frustrated by the weather in the league and look to build up a head of steam when they travel to Tondu.

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