Rudge seals Aber victory

Support: Ceri John shared a good partnership with Rudge

WEST WALES CONFERENCE side Aberystwyth returned to the top of the table on Sunday (July 2) as they beat Talybont by six wickets.

Talybont batted first on a damp pitch and made a good total of 189-9 with Ben Harper top scoring for the home side.

Aber’s bowlers certainly made good use of what was left in the pitch from a wet week as they reduced Talybont to 20-3.

Opener Simon Lloyd- Williams was caught by Zaid Khan and Andy Copeland was run out.

Harry Edwards also bowled well for Aberystwyth as he was bowled four straight maidens as Talybont found runs hard to come by.

Fellow opener Ben Harper kept his cool and when he was joined in the middle by Anish, the pair settled in well before upping the pace of the innings.

Anish batted well but was eventually caught by Jamie Holder off the bowling of Andi Price.

Phil Abraham also looked in good form for Talybont but after reaching 33, and looking set to make a half century, he was run out.

Aber proved wasteful in the field as Harper was dropped on a number of occasions, including when he was on a score of 5, and he made them pay by going to score an excellent 78. He was then bowled by Mark Evans (3-20) who bowled well.

Edwards (2-19) returned and helped keep the scoring down as Talybont reached 189-9 from their 40 overs.

Andi Price and Anthony Burrell made a good start in their reply as they shared 35 runs for the opening wicket before Price was bowled for 16 by Anish.

Mark Evans was next in and he played some good shots before being caught behind by Sojan.

Burrell began to up the pace as he hit seven fours and a six to reach a score of 40 but he was then also caught behind by Sojan off the bowling of Graison John (2-27).

Ceri John and Robert Rudge then shared a good partnership which set the visitors up for their victory.

John played some excellent shots and he was also unlucky not to make a half century as he was caught off the bowling of Phillip Abraham for a score of 43.

Robert Rudge was joined by Edwards and the pair knocked off the runs required to seal victory.

Edwards finished not out on 13 while Rudge was not out on an excellent score of 40 as Aber won with time to spare.

Talybont pick up a point for their efforts while Aberystwyth pick up six points and they return to the top of the table.

On Saturday, July 8, Aberystwyth are at home to second place UWA Commoners in what is sure to be an exciting encounter between the league’s top two teams.

It is also third versus fourth on Saturday, as Talybont take on third placed Aberaeron.

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