Sunday, 9 June 2013

Welsh cricket round-up

South Wales Premier League

Sully Centurions cemented their place at the top of the table after getting the better of a drawn fixture with Swansea.

Michael O’Shea and Terryn Frey hit a league best opening stand of 249 to get the Centurions off to a flyer, with O’Shea knocking 136 and Frey an unbeaten 121 that saw him surpass 100 runs for the first time. They ended up with 297-5 off their 50 overs, with Dwayne Batchelor the pick of the Swansea bowlers as he took two wickets for 26 runs.

In response, Swansea reached 197-5 with Ashley Pass desperately close to a half century, falling on 48. Sully’s Jamie Sylvester made a nuisance of himself with the ball and took 2-29.

Third-placed Ynysygerwn were able to narrow the gap on Mumbles in second with an impressive six-wicket victory.

Ynys won the toss and chose to field, but Aneurin Donald looked to have made them regret that decision with an astonishing 119 off just 121 balls, while Darren Thomas struck an unbeaten 34 as Mumbles made 270-7.

In response, Gareth Rees reached 93 and Alex McCormack 77 as they passed their target for the loss of four wickets in the 49th over.

Elsewhere, Newport (238-5) beat Ammanford (236-7) by five wickets, while Port Talbot (195-4) triumphed by six wickets over Bridgend Town (194-8).

North Wales League

Llandudno passed the 200 points mark at the top of the ECB Premier Division after thrashing Connah’s Quay by nine wickets.

Quay were put in to bat and declared on 176-9 with Dave Fox’s 94 pushing him close to a century. Gordon Kerr was the main menace for Llandudno, taking five of Connah’s Quay’s wickets for 25 runs.

Replying, the defending champions flew past their target with the loss of a sole wicket, as Aled Williams smashed 81 and Jordan Kane almost matched it with 76.

Menai Bridge kept up the chase as they posted a 49-run triumph over Llanrwst.

They elected to bat but were dismissed for 167 with Luke Jones smacking 41 and Danny Creek 34. Llanrwst’s top bowler was Simon Williams, who took 3-41.

But they were unable to replicate that effort with the bat and were skittled out for 118 in the 38th over. Williams top scored with 36 in a personally fruitful day on the field, but Menai Bridge were lethal with the ball and Ashley Wood was particularly dominant, taking 6-28 and Carl Thomas taking another three for just 16 runs.

Elsewhere, lowly Brymbo steamrollered to a 10-wicket win over Mold, while Hawarden Park (178-7) saw off Northop (177-9) by three wickets.

West Wales Cricket Conference

Aberaeron climbed the table with a six-wicket beating of Aberystwyth Seconds.

Aberystwyth elected to bat after winning the toss and managed 149-9 off their 40 overs, with Dave Dowell the top batsman with 42. Sion Lewis took 3-41 off just eight overs for Aberaeron, while Nathan Bennett and Steffan Lewis both felled two wickets for 25 runs.

Chris Grange walloped an unbeaten 93 in reply, including four sixes and 11 fours, as Aberaeron knocked off the runs while losing just four wickets.


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