THE SOUTH WALES CRICKET ASSOCIATION were beaten in Pembrokeshire on Sunday (Jun 10) as they were bowled out 33 runs short of their target.
The Pembrokeshire side exacted revenge for their defeat three weeks ago in Llandysul at the hands of the South Wales Cricket Association, whose skipper Greg Fisher [Gorseinon] again asked his counterpart Sean Hannon [Neyland] to bat first at Hannon’s home ground of the Athletic Ground on Sunday.
Daniel Sutton [Johnston], Ashley Sutton [Neyland] and Nick Kooman [Neyland] departed cheaply to Josh Symmonds [Gorseinon] before opening batsman Simon Holliday [Haverfordwest] formed a fourth wicket partnership with Patrick Bellerby [Neyland], who was drafted into the side to replace the injured Ben Field [Haverfordwest].
Once Bellerby fell to a stumping from Fisher off Daniel Allen [Gorseinon] for 46, Lee Summons [Johnston] fell for a duck and the lower order contributed runs through Henry Durrant [Neyland] with 12, Brad McDermott-Jenkins [Lawrenny], 16 and teenager Kurtis Marsh [Kilgetty] 11, alongside Holiday who was dismissed for 56.
Opening bowler Symmonds took 3-24, whilst Connor Barry [Merthyr: 3-36] and Allen [3-37] also bowled well and Pembrokeshire finished on a final score of 181-9 from their 40 overs. The SWCA reply was built around a third wicket partnership between Steffan Davies [22; Clydach] and Symmonds  before James Garland [Clydach] scored 35, leaving the visitors well placed to win the game.
However, inspired bowling from McDermott Jenkins [4-18] in tandem with Daniel Sutton [2-13] saw four of the last five batsmen record ducks as the innings closed on 148ao with eight overs still available to chase down the runs.
Neil Hobbs on behalf of the SWCA was ‘complimentary of the fixture and to Neyland Club, particularly their ground staff who worked diligently to ensure the game was played after the heavy rain wiped out the majority of the Saturday cricket programme.’
Hobbs, Chairman of the SWCA and the newly formed Cricket wales South West Board is very keen to ensure that the ‘games between the two Associations continue, fostering better relations whilst also allowing the best players in the area to show case their talents.’
Richard Merriman, Vice Chairman of Pembroke County Cricket Club said: “Delighted to secure the win on a difficult pitch, which our top order had to battle hard on at first. The team spirit engendered by Sean Hannon has set the ground beat for the sides performance and the middle / lower order responded with crucial late runs.
“We did make some errors in the field but Brad McDermott Jenkins spell from the Scoreboard end was superb and despite the non-availability of some players due to the Village cup its testament to our strength as a County that we can compete and beat the SWCA. They have been two excellent fixtures and we look forward already to next year to play each other again.”
Pembrokeshire also scheduled to play Glamorgan 2nds on Wednesday, June 28, at Cresselly CC, Wales U17’s on Thursday, July 6, at Carew CC and the MCC on Wednesday, August 2, at Whitland CC., whilst the SWCA also host the MCC, at Bronwydd CC on Tuesday, August 8, starting at 11:30am.
Raiders seal first ever win
West Wales Raiders 44
Coventry Bears 16
Lucas Marshall, Stebonheath Park,
A LATE rally by Coventry Bears was not enough to deny a jubilant West Wales Raiders their first-ever win at the 45th time of asking.
The old South Wales Ironmen tasted victory against Gloucestershire All Golds in the first match played at Stebonheath Park back in July 2017, but never before have the side won under the Raiders banner. And it was certainly worth the wait as the Raiders dominated much of the game against a Bears side that doesn’t have the best record when travelling to South Wales. The other game the Ironmen won in 2017 was against Coventry, whilst the Bears only won by 10 points at Llanelli last season.
Dewi Billingham made his Coventry debut while trialist Zak Williams made his first appearance since returning to the Bears. But both former Raiders stars were unable to come back to haunt their former employers.
Much of the damage was done in the first half with the Raiders taking control from the kick-off and eventually going in 20-0 up at the break.
It took only six minutes for Raiders to break the Bears defence when good work down the left put Dalton Desmond-Walker in for the opener. Phil Cowburn added the extras but was off target just moments later after Ash Bateman was on the end of some quick passing to go in on the right.
When Morgan Evans went in for the Raiders third, again converted by Cowburn, their loyal band of supporters started to believe they were on course for victory.
It could have been even worse for the Bears, but strong defence saw them hold the visitors up over the line on three occasions mid-way through the half. Although there was no denying Archie Snook with one of the final plays of the half after Welsh International Steve Parry had split the Bears defence to put the centre through. Cowburn once again failed with the conversion but the Raiders still celebrated their most positive 40 minutes in almost two years.
After the break, it was the Bears who struck first through Reece Rance, but any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by three quick-fire tries.
First, former Bears player Mitch Shaw scooted over, before Bateman and Snook both got their second try of the afternoon to all but secure the victory for the Llanelli-based outfit.
Parry then went in for the Raiders’ eighth try of the day to put the icing on a long-awaited cake.
But the Bears were by no means done and added two further tries of their own to make the scoreline look a little less dominate than the game suggested.
Tries from Errol Carter and South Wales youth system graduate Cobi Green, along with two Joe Sanderson conversions rounded off the scoring for the visitors.
Dafen see off Porthcawl
DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.
Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.
Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.
Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.
Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.
Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.
Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.
That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.
Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.
Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.
Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.
Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.
Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.
That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.
On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.
Rees century sees Llanelli to win
LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.
Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.
Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.
Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.
Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.
That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.
Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.
Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.
On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.
Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.
That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.
Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.
The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.
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