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Aberaeron remain top with victory over Commoners

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ABERAERON remain top of the West Wales Cricket Conference as they beat UWA Commoners by 88 runs on Saturday (Jul 21).

The Commoners won the toss and elected to field and they were able to keep Aberaeron’s score down to 183-7 from their 40 overs.

Openers Fice and David Grinszpan shared 56 runs for the first wicket before the breakthrough was made by James Bryan as he had Fice caught by Guy Baron on a score of 29.

Alexander Pitchford scored 10 before being caught by Neil Stent off the bowling of Bryan.

Grinszpan and Steff Rees then added another 40 runs between them before Grinszpan was caught by Ian Lawton off the bowling of Rakesh Bhatia on a score of 47.

Steff Rees was then bowled by Umar Aslam on a score of 21 and Hywel Rees scored 15 before being caught by Baron off the bowling of Aslam.

Ian Lawton had Neil Snowdon caught by Bill Somerfield and Dave Floyd was run out on a score of 17.

That left Simon Mitchell not out on 9 as Aberaeron posted a modest total.

Mitchell then took four wickets as helped bowl the Commoners out for just 95.

Mitchell struck first when he bowled Neil Stent and James Bryan had to retire hurt on a score of 9.

Rakesh Bhatia scored 4 before he was caught by Neil Snowdon off the bowling of Mitchell and he then bowled Ian Lawton and Umar Aslam to finish with excellent figures of 4-9 from his six overs.

Will Copeland scored 15 before being caught by Dave Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees and Bill Somerfield fell in similar fashion.

Jan Ruzicka scored 13 before he was caught and bowled by Sion Lewis and Chris Ward was caught by Dave Floyd off the bowling of Rees for a duck as the innings came to a close.

Guy Baron finished not out on 24 but it wasn’t enough to prevent a fifth defeat of the season for the Commoners.

TALYBONT kept the pressure on leaders Aberaeron as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by 129 runs on Saturday (Jul 21).

Talybont won the toss and elected to bat and they posted a good total of 235-6 from their 40 overs. They were then able to bowl Aber Seconds out for just 106 to earn a comfortable win.

Aber edge past Tywyn

ABERYSTWYTH edged to victory over Tywyn and District on Sunday (Jul 22), as they beat them by one wicket.

Tywyn batted first and posted 187-6 from their 40 overs as Ed Iffla top scored with a knock of 60.

Openers Callum Taylor and Richard Rees got Tywyn off to a good start with scores of 24 and 29 respectively before both fell to the bowling of Nigel Salmon.

Salmon also bowled James Bradbury-Willis on a score of 3 before Mark Evans also bowled Matthew Maslin.

Dave Jenkins made a late score of 26 before he was bowled by Sion Meredith and Dylan Williams finished not out on 24 to guide Tywyn to their total.

Aberystwyth lost Robin Varley early on in their reply when he was caught by Ed Iffla off the bowling of Richard Rees for a score of 6.

Dafydd Jones and Sion Meredith kept the score ticking over but Tywyn struck again as Jones was caught and bowled by Jack Mynard on a score of 25.

Mynard also bowled Mark Evans on a score of 5 before Meredith and Sion James shared another good stand.

Meredith scored 55 before he was caught by Callum Taylor off the bowling of Bradbury-Willis and James scored 52 before he was trapped leg before by Ed Hughes.

Tywyn again hit back as Bradbury-Willis had Mel Jones caught by Dave Jenkins on a score of 7 and Jenkins then had Rob Rudge caught by Richard Rees on a score of 1.

Nigel Salmon was run out by Bradbury-Willis for a duck and Antonio Corbiniero also fell without scoring when he was bowled by Jenkins.

That left Aber reeling with nine wickets down but Joel Dixon finished not out on 14 to see Aberystwyth to victory.

On Saturday (Jul 28), UWA Commoners are at home to Talybont.

On Sunday (Jul 29), Aberystwyth play Abersytwyth Seconds while leaders Aberaeron travel to Tywyn and District.

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Aber settle for a point in entertaining draw

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IN the driving wind and rain at the eye of Storm Callum well over 200 hardy souls turned out for another exciting evening of JD Welsh Premier League football at Park Avenue on Friday night (Oct 12), and they were rewarded with an engrossing game.

With defences on top neither side did quite enough to make the breakthrough, though the hosts did end up numerically on top following Noah Edwards’ late red card.

Declan Walker, who had moved to right wing for this game, made the most of the extra space and fired an early howitzer wide.

With Aber’s Ryan Wollacott and Allan Goodall excelling at the back against the burly Jamie Breese, the visitors were creating chances and Matthew Jones cleared one goalbound effort off the line.

Danny Brookwell’s right footed shot was easy for Terry McCormick in Aber’s goal, then at the other end the superb Paolo Mendes curled in a fantastic ball to Ash Ruane, who fell in the box before pulling the trigger. Aber’s penalty cries however were in vain.

Breese and Brookwell had further half chances saved, then Rio Ahmadi for hit the side netting at the other end. Walker flashed a shot past the post and Ruane had a low effort parried in Aber’s late rally but both defences were on top in a high quality first half and the teams went in at 0-0.

Into the second half and the chances kept coming. Ryan Edwards, who was dancing down the wing all night had Town’s first effort, and then Goodall made the tackle of the night, a real goal saver to deny Breese who was through and seemed certain to score.

A nice move from Aber saw Mendes burst through the middle but his shot skewed wide, before McCormick was again called into action to superbly tip over Brookwell’s shot from the left side.

Walker saw another attempt off target, and then Ruane, who had been terrorising Ryan Williams all night, finally got goal side, but saw his goalbound effort go narrowly wide.

Walker tested Alex Ramsey in Caernarfon’s goal with a free kick before Gareth Evans hot the post with a curling effort from inside the area.

In the driving rain the chances kept coming with Ryan Edwards and Mendes the next to shoot in vain, and then with nine minutes to go Caernarfon’s Noah Edwards was show a straight red card for an ugly lunge at Declan Walker.

The hosts dominated the last ten minutes with sub Joe Phillips twice denied by Ramsey, but in truth the draw was a fair result and both sets of players should feel proud having put on a good evening’s entertainment in awful conditions.

The point takes Aber back up into eighth place and Nev Powell’s side now have two away games to try and kick on if they are to make a challenge for the top six, at Llandudno on Saturday (Oct 20, ko 2.30pm), and Llanelli on Friday,  October 26 (ko 7.45pm).

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Dominant Aber beat Pembroke in Plate

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ABERYSTWYTH went through to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 29) as they beat Pembroke 50-5.

Last season’s Bowl runners-up Pembroke were unable to field a full strength side however with a number of first team players injured or unavailable.

Although the score suggests a very one-sided match, Pembroke deserve credit for challenging and testing the visitors from the start to the final whistle and their effort deserved more than the five points they scored.

With a few enforced changes it took a while for Aber to settle down, but after an evenly contested opening ten minutes Sam Hesden drove downfield and offloaded to Dorian Jones. He was stopped and from the resulting ruck the ball was passed out along the backs. Llyr Thomas came into the line from full-back to create an overlap for winger Jack Rees to race over for a try that was very well converted by Steff Rees.

Pembroke hit back immediately and from a lineout near the Aber line they caught and drove over to open their account with Dom Colman credited with the try. The conversion was missed but at 5-7 ahead Aber had to work hard as the hosts won and retained possession very well and ran fiercely at the Aber defence. When Aber won the ball they used their backs intelligently and only a dropped pass prevented winger Matthew Wright from racing away to score.

The visitors worked their way upfield and after impressive carrying, supporting and offloading – a welcome feature of their game throughout the afternoon – skipper Arwel Lloyd burst on to a pass to cross for a try to put Aber 5-12 ahead.

Aber’s next try was a beauty. Scrum-half Griff Jones, making a welcome return to Aber colours, dummied and broke from a ruck near the half-way line, he raced upfield and passed to Matthew Hughes in support. He then ran with Hughes for the return pass to score a lovely try which Steff Rees converted to close the first half at 5-19.

The opening ten minutes of the second half was very evenly fought, but Aber’s tackling throughout the match was impressive. They put in a high kick downfield but the catcher’s pass was dropped. Jack Rees pounced to scoop up the ball and race over for his second try of the afternoon. Steff Rees put in a fine conversion and the visitors moved up to 5-26.

A good break by Matthew Wright then took Aber deep into the Pembroke half. When he was stopped, Griff Jones fed the rampaging Arwel Lloyd who ran through a number of tackles before offloading for James Plumbridge to feed try scorer Matthew Hughes.

At 5-31 Aber were comfortable and substitutions were made with no detriment at all to the team’s performance.

The visitors’ next try came from a Pembroke scrum 30 metres from their own line. The hosts won the ball but a dropped pass enabled Matthew Hughes to collect and feed Matthew Wright. He made ground before passing inside to the ever-supporting Arwel Lloyd who scored his second try of the day. Steff Rees converted and Aber moved on to 5-38.

The skipper claimed his hat-trick of tries from a lineout catch by Dan Binks. The drive forward collapsed but Lloyd was again on hand to barge over crowning an excellent performance which not even a bloodied head could spoil. Steff Rees converted to put Aber up to 5-45.

The visitors closed their scoring after an excellent long penalty kick by Llyr Thomas found touch near the home side’s 5 metre line. They won the lineout and fed the ball out for Owain Bonsall to pass to brother Steffan to score the final try. The conversion rebounded from the post but Aber were comfortably into Round 2 having won 5-50.

The second round draw was made earlier in the week and Aber’s win means has seen them earn a home tie against Bonymaen, with that fixture taking place on Saturday (Oct 27).

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Borth comeback sends Street packing

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BORTH United made it through to the first round proper of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Sept 29) as two late goals earned them a 2-1 win.

This much anticipated local derby began in glorious sunshine at Cae Piod and in a tense opening to the match the hosts took the lead within two minutes as Tom Williams’s glancing header from a corner kick beat Ben Willis.

Almost immediately after Williams was unlucky to see his low shot miss the post by inches.

Worryingly for the Borth management team, their side didn’t threaten Alex Pennock’s goal to such an extent the host’s defence were comfortable in dealing with the visitor’s forwards attacks.

Bow Street also had chances to double their lead but missed the target as they held a slender 1-0 lead at half time.

Bow Street held the upper hand as the second half got underway and Steffan Richards’ cross from the byline grazed the crossbar.

Borth, to their credit, also created some chances as Ryan Davies’s rasping low shot was turned for a corner by keeper Pennock.

As the end to end attacks continued Owen Roberts-Young’s superb shot was turned for a corner kick by keeper Willis.

The match reached the last ten minutes with the game still very much in the balance.

Borth’s Dion Ellis-Clark weaved his way from his own half past the Street defence and laid on a through ball for Ryan Davies to make no mistake with a low shot past Pennock for the equalizer.

The visitors sensed an unlikely winner and a long kick from Ben Willis wasn’t dealt with properly by the home defence and Justin Quinn seized on the loose ball and rounded the keeper for what proved to be the winning goal and send the superb Borth supporters euphoric on the sidelines.

It was an excellent cup tie and Borth’s reward for their victory is a game away to Llangefni Town in the first round proper.

The two teams will do battle once again on Saturday (Oct 6) as they meet at the home of Borth United for a Mid Wales League Cup first round tie, kick off 2:30pm.

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