Chris Gibson and Jake Libby both hit centuries as the Nottinghamshire Second XI continued their 100% start to the new season with a 25-run victory over Glamorgan.
Libby followed up a half-century in the 2nds’ first game of the season with a fine innings of 105, but it was Gibson who delivered the most eye-catching performance with a brutal knock of 136 off just 99 balls.
The pair came together after Liam Patterson-White (20) and Lyndon James (22) both fell in the opening ten overs and Sol Budinger was dismissed for 9.
By this time, Libby was already well on his way to his fifty, and the 26-year-old continued to exert his control over the visitors’ attack as he helped Notts bring up their 150.
Gibson’s innings began in a relatively sedate fashion, reaching his half-century from 54 balls.
But it only took the right-hander a further 27 balls to reach his hundred, smashing his fourth six of the innings to reach the landmark.
Libby was dismissed shortly afterwards as he was held at backward point off Keiron Bull, but Gibson continued his assault in the company of Matt Carter until he departed for 9.
And the 19-year-old’s match-defining contribution came to an end in the next over, as he miscued an effort into the hands of long-on.
At 311-4, the platform for the innings had well and truly been built, and a brief cameo from Sam Hall (16), alongside Jack Blatherwick (2), Nick Kimber (1) and Jordan Cook (9*), helped the Green and Golds to a total of 339 all out as Ishraj Jandu was run out without scoring.
In reply, the Welsh side began strongly until Liam Patterson-White broke a stand of 50 between the Glamorgan openers when Tom Cullen (22) edged behind.
Connor Brown and Jeremy Lawlor then put on 51 for the second wicket, before the former’s attempted reverse-sweep off Matt Carter succeeded only in finding the hands of wicketkeeper Sam Hall for 52.
Callum Taylor was in at 4, but he was soon dismissed as Chris Gibson’s fine performance continued with a pinpoint throw from square leg, running out the 20-year-old for 12.
Lawlor had been anchoring the Glamorgan response well up to this point, but after he hit Jordan Cook into the hands of Jandu for 69, no other batsman was able to contribute so heavily to the chase.
Owen Morgan made 24 before he was removed by Cook, before the off-spinner snaffled his third wicket when Smith departed for 18.
At this stage, the visitors knew they would need to score quickly to have any chance of overhauling the Nottinghamshire total.
After Blatherwick accounted for both Roman Walker and Andrew Salter, Carey and Bull took on the challenge of scoring almost 100 runs in the remaining eight overs.
The pair succeeded in putting on 63 in five overs, before Nick Kimber breached Carey’s defences, ending his 22-ball stay at the crease for 29.
Two balls later, Bull was the last to fall, his entertaining knock of 38 from just 19 balls brought to an end as Blatherwick castled the right-hander for his third wicket of the game.
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