Carmarthen Wanderers (210-8) drew with Tondu (204-8)
CARMARTHEN WANDERERS put in a much improved performance against visiting Tondu on Saturday (May 13) at Trinity Fields, when all-rounder Gareth Thomas was undoubtedly the man of the match.
Coming to the wicket when the Wanderers were 13-2 having lost the toss and been invited to bat, he carved a magnificent century as the hosts posted 210-8 at the end of their 50 overs.
Thomas 101 came off 108 balls, with one six and 11 fours. At 37-4 the previous two weeks batting woes were again a possibility for the Wanderers to worry about but Thomas was helped by Steve Mills in a fifth wicket partnership of 59, where Mills contributed 36 from 43 balls with one six and four fours before being bowled by John Bussy [2-38].
Wales Under 17 player all-rounder Josh Thomas [13; 1 four; 46 balls] then came to the crease and helped add 51 for the sixth wicket before skipper Leighton Walters contributed 18 at a run a ball [3 fours] taking the score to 197 before centurion Thomas was caught behind by Owain Davies off the returning opening quickie Elliot Rees [2-39].
Ian Hughes with two fours in his 9* saw the total reach 210 with visiting opening bowler James Leppard taking four wickets for 40 runs and being responsible for the initial difficulties faced by the Wanderers top order.
The home opening bowlers of Joe Jones and skipper Walters [2-40] hit their stride immediately after tea reducing Tondu to 17-3, with Jones [2- 22] in particular helped by a stunning catch from Steve Mills running back at square leg to dismiss the dangerous John Bussy.
A patient fourth wicket partnership between Richard Ready, who anchored the innings from his number four berth [63; 7 fours; 104 balls] and wicket keeper Owen Davies [19; 3 fours; 29balls] got Tondu to 57 before Jamie Williamson came to the crease.
He injected a new parameter to the visitors run chase contributing 62 from 74 balls, which included a six and four fours, before he was dismissed by man of the match Thomas thanks to a catch by Walters at deep mid-wicket.
Odd spinner Thomas nine overs helped restrict the visiting total to 214-8 as he took three wickets for 28 runs, including the crucial wicket of Ready from a catch by all-rounder Owain Binding at long off, which made up for his golden duck.
The Wanderers have a stronger squad available for tomorrows visit to Miskin Manor, with Stephen Inward and Steff James returning to the fold and the selectors hope for the continued application and effort to be sustained under skipper Walters leadership.