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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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Street back to winning ways

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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.

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Aber earn first league win since November

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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.

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Aber up to fourth after beating Llangwm

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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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