ABERAERON maintained their place at the top of the West Wales Cricket Conference as they beat Aberystwyth by three wickets on Saturday (Jun 23).
Aberaeron won the toss and elected to field and they restricted their opponents to just 161-6 in their 40 overs.
Ceri John and Zaid Khan made a good start for Aber in their innings as Khan scored 45 before he was caught by Louis Fice off the bowling of Neil Snowdon.
John top scored for the visitors with a score of 61 which included ten fours and a six but he was caught by Hywel Rees off the bowling of Paul Hughes.
Hughes then had Anthony Burrell caught by Dave Floyd for a score of 1 and Ted Trewella departed for the same score when he was caught by Fice off the bowling of Snowdon.
Gareth Lewis scorted 26 to try and improve Aber’s score but he was then stumped by Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees.
Snowdon returned to pick up his third wicket as he had Tom Constantine caught by Chris Strange.
Ioan Morris finished not out on 10 for Aber but they had made a modest total of 161 and knew they would need to bowl well to defend it.
With 23 runs on the board for the first partnership, Aberaeron lost David Grinszpan when he was stumped by Robert Rudge off the bowling of Gareth Lewis.
J Fice and Chris Strange shared 42 runs for the second wicket before Strange was caught off the bowling of Lewis for a score of 32 which included five fours and a six.
Steff and Hywel Rees then both fell victim to the bowling of Constantine with Steff caught by Rudge and Hywel trapped leg before.
Fice and Snowdon then shared 45 runs for the fifth wicket before Snowdon was caught off the bowling of Ted Trewella for a score of 15.
Soon after Fice, who had hit nine fours in a score of 54, was caught off the bowling of Titus Mathew and that left Aberaeron on 138-6.
Sion Lewis then made 12 before he was run out by Zaid Khan leaving Aberaeron on 151-7.
However, Louis Fice finished not out on 10 and Dave Floyd not out on 5 as Aberaeron crept over the line.
On Sunday (June 24), Talybont earned their fourth win of the season as they beat Tywyn and District by one wicket.
Tywyn won the toss and elected to bat first making a good total of 184-5 from their 40 overs.
Callum Taylor made 12 early on before he was caught off the bowling of Josheff Joshi and James Bradbury-Willis only made 9 before he was caught by Dave Shaun.
Richard Rees batted well for his score of 38 before he was bowled by Philip Abraham.
Dave Jenkins and Ed Iffla made an excellent partnership before the latter was caught by Kevin Jenkins off the bowling of Sojan Varghese for a score of 41.
Matthew Maslin also fell victim to Varghese when he was bowled for a duck.
Dave Jenkins was the star of the show for Tywyn as he finished not out on 66.
Talybont knew they would need to bat well in their reply to reach their target but they made a slow start as opener Ben Harper was run out by Morgan York for a score of 5 and Tibby Joseph was run out by Dave Jenkins for a score of 2.
Philip Abraham also made five before he was caught by Dave Jenkins off the bowling of Richard Rees.
Josheff Joshi and Dave Shaun played well together with Joshi making 45 before he was bowled by Callum Taylor.
Ed Hughes then had Sojan Varghese trapped leg before and Graison John bowled.
Dave Shaun top scored with 80 for Talybont but he was then caught by Taylor off the bowling of James Bradbury-Willis.
Hughes also had Vinod Mathew caught by Bradbury-Willis and when Kevin Jenkins was caught by Matthew Maslin off the bowling of Rees it looked as if they have a secured a tied game.
However, Nijo John scored the one run needed to help his side over the line with the last ball of the innings.
Also on Sunday, UWA Commoners earned their fifth win of the season as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by 127 runs.
The Commoners batted well and made an excellent total of 245-5 in their innings before bowling the Seconds out for just 118.
There are no fixtures on Saturday (Jun 30) with teams returning to action the following week.
On Saturday (Jul 7), Aber Seconds are at home to Aberaeron. On Sunday (Jul 8), Talybont face Aberystwyth and Tywyn host UWA Commoners.
Street back to winning ways
BOW Street at last got back to winning ways in the league with a deserved and vital victory over worthy opposition on Saturday (Feb 16).
The visitors were combative opponents and had much of the possession and pressure in a frantic first half. But the home side took the lead after 30 minutes with an early contender for ‘Goal of the season, with a phenomenal 35-yard volley from Tomos Williams.
Bow Street settled after the interval and played far better and threatened the Llandrindod goal numerous times.
The game was finally settled when a sublime through ball from substitute Chris Jones played in Williams for his second goal. It was a solid team effort, with the goalkeeper and defence resolute.
The victory takes Bow Street up to 12th position in the league table.
Manager Barry Williams stated: “We knew it was a must win game and the whole team responded superbly. This will set up the boys nicely hopefully for the crucial next few weeks.”
Team: A Pennock, T Wyn Roberts, G Nutting, L Hughes, R Evans, T Williams, B Jones. O Roberts Young. M Pemberthy, C Ferreira, D Evans. Subs – R ap Owen, C Jones, J James.
On Saturday (Feb 23), they are away to fourth placed Berriew.
Aber earn first league win since November
ABERYSTWYTH Town’s season swung upwards on Friday night (Feb 8) at Stebonheath Park as a devastating three goal blitz in six minutes at the end of the first half put the Black and Greens in an unassailable position, and earned them their first League win since November.
Goals from Paolo Mendes (41 mins), Wes Baynes (43 mins) and two from the evergreen Geoff Kellaway (45+2 and 62) saw Town to the Top of the Play Off Conference with Joe Clarke (57 mins) and Joe Hunt (64 mins) responding for the Reds of Llanelli in vain.
After eight games without a win the magnitude of this match was huge for Aber and on a cold and blustery evening the home groundsmen had done a superb job to get the game on.
The Ceredigion men started well with Declan Walker and Wes Baynes putting dangerous balls into the box, and Ash Ruane having a shot blocked. The hosts were also creating chances though as Chris Jones’ effort from a James Loveridge pass was saved.
Mattie Jones’ superb left wing cross then saw Ruane straight through but home keeper Scott Coughlan pulled off a great save to deny the Green Goal Getter. Further quality crosses from Baynes and Jones caused consternation and then Ryan Wollacott, who was superb all night at the back for Town, brought another save from Coughlan with a header.
Loveridge curled a shot narrowly wide for Llanelli but then Baynes went even closer at the other end with a cross shot. Then a series of corners turned the game, and maybe even Aber’s entire season. First Jones’ corner reached Mendes at the back stick to head home.
Ruane’s shot was then deflected over for another corner, and Baynes’ cute delivery curled right into the top corner.
Four minutes later Aber were in dreamland as Kellaway found the bottom corner with a superb strike from the right hand side, and with the visiting fans signing for joy clinical Aber went in three goals to the good.
Playing against the wind in the second half the visitors continued to press without really creating too many openings. However, two former Black and Green players combined as Chris Jones crossed for Clarke to head Llanelli back into the game.
The next goal appeared crucial as the game opened up and Jones just failed to find Loveridge with a cut back which would surely have caused huge problems for Aber.
As it happens the hard working Marc Williams found the bye line at the other end and cut back for Kellaway to stab home a killer fourth, and surely the game was over?
However with the next move Joe Hunt’s free kick curled right into the corner of Terry McCormick’s net and it was 4-2.
A hugely open game continued apace and Aber’s Superb Singing Fans inspired their team forward. Kellaway burst through down the left but was denied a hat trick by Coughlan, and then Ryan “The Rock” Wollacott cleared off the line with the hosts threatening a comeback.
With five minutes of injury time indicated sub Joe Dyer sent a great chance over for Llanelli, and Aber held on for a priceless win.
Aber up to fourth after beating Llangwm
ABERAERON continued their march up the table as they earned a 55-0 victory at home to Llangwm on Saturday (Feb 9).
The Ceredigion side now sit fourth in the table just two points behind third place Haverfordwest with three games in hand as well.
As expected the outcome was never really in doubt with the bonus point win top of the agenda for Justin Lloyd and his coaching team.
True to form, it was the home side first out of the blocks, putting the visitors defence under considerable pressure in the opening phases.
They were rewarded for the enterprise with a try for wing Dyfrig Dafis with an excellent conversion against the elements by Rhodri Jenkins.
A competent Llangwm rearguard coupled with some unforced errors by the hosts reduced opportunities until midway in the opening period until no 8 Tudur Jenkins benefited from forward domination to cross for his 9th try of the campaign.
With forward play becoming more evident as the game progressed the front row of Ceri Davies, Sion Evans and Matt Roberts ably supported by second rows Daf Lloyd and captain Gethin Hughes paved the way for flanker Gethin Dafis to record his second double in a week with Jenkins adding a conversion giving Aberaeron a 24 point advantage at the break.
It did not take long after the restart for further scores with Morgan Llewelyn the benefactor again ably converted by Jenkins. With the result never in doubt the introduction of several subs brought immediate benefit as prop Owain Wozencraft bulldozed his way over the line after receiving his first pass.
The added conversion by Jenkins was followed by another double, this time by centre Ollie Sawyer, a due reward for a stalwart both in attack and defence.
The final score by wing Rhodri Thomas added icing on the cake and the conversion by Jenkins brought a tally of 10 points for the outside half.
It will be fourth versus fifth this Saturday (Feb 16), as Aber host Laugharne in what will prove a good test for the Ceredigion side.
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