Lawton steers Commoners to win

UWA Commoners (137-5) beat Aberystwyth II (136) by 5 wkts

Match winner: Ian Lawton top scored with 81 not out for the Commoners

THE UWA COMMONERS sealed a five wicket win over Aberystwyth Seconds last Saturday ( Jul 1 ) , as Ian Lawton scored an unbeaten 81.

Aberystwyth’s Second XI won the toss and elected to bat first but the Commoners bowled well to skittle them out for just 136.

The Seconds did their best to defend their total but they were unable to remove Lawton as the Commoners sealed a fifth win of the season.

Opener Sam Margave-Jones scored 10 before he was caught by Jacob Hughes-Pickering off the bowling of Ian Lawton.

Fellow opener Rowan Dunbabin also scored 10 but he was then caught by Neil Stent off the bowling of Dave Wilcoxon.

Zaid Khan scored an unlucky 13 as he was caught by Bill Somerfield off the bowling of Daniel Ponting.

Constantine was then caught by Jan Ruzika off the bowling of Abhishek Somani for a duck.

Joel Dixon a nd Mel Jones both played well for the Seconds but they were both bowled by Somani.

Dixon scored 25 while Mel Jones was Aber Seconds’ top scorer with a score of 30.

Daniel Ponting then returned to remove C Breese for a score of 6 and he also had Anthony Evans caught by Hughes-Pickering for a score of 1.

S Davies was bowled by Bill Somerfield for 5 and Ponting wrapped up the innings when he had Williams caught by Ian Lawton.

Somani bowled well in his eight over spell, finishing with figures of 3-37.

The pick of the bowlers was Ponting who finished with four wickets for the loss of 15 runs from just 4.3 overs.

Neil Stent departed early in the Commoners’ reply as he was bowled by Zaid Khan for a score of nine.

Abhishek Somani followed soon after when he was trapped leg before wicket by Khan for a score of four.

That brought Ian Lawton and Dave Wilcoxon to the crease but Lawton quickly lost a number of his playing partners.

Wilcoxon made 12 before he was bowled by Rowan Dunbabin and Daniel Ponting was out for a duck when he was trapped leg before wicket by C Breese.

Bill Somerfield only made seven before he was caught off the bowling of Breese.

However, that was the end of the wickets for the seconds as Lawton and Jacob Hughes- Pickering guided the Commoners to victory.

Hughes-Pickering finished not out on 16 while Ian Lawton was not out on 81, having hit thirteen fours in his knock.

The win for the Commoners gives them six points while Aberystwyth Seconds failed to pick up a point for their efforts.

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