WEST Wales Cricket Conference leaders Aberaeron earned another win on Saturday (Aug 11) as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by three wickets.
Aberaeron won the toss but elected to field and the Seconds went on to make a good score of 201-6 from their 40 overs.
Ceri John fell early on to the bowling of Simon Mitchell for a score of 6 but scores of 21 from Rowan Dunbabin and 71 from Zaid Khan kept Aberaeron’s bowlers at bay.
Paul Hughes bowled Dunabin and he then had Iestyn Evans stumped for a duck by Sam Jenkinson.
Tom Constantine was also in good form for the Seconds as he hit four boundaries in his score of 51 before he was caught by Sion Lewis, also off the bowling of Hughes.
Khan hit 11 fours and a six in his knock of 71 but he was then caught by Jenkinson off the bowling of Josh Roper.
Ted Trewella made a late score of 21 as he helped the Seconds pass 200 runs. Simon Mitchell took his wicket when he was caught by John Fice.
Openers John Fice and David Grinszpan got Aberaeron off to a good start in their reply as they shared 78 runs for the first wicket.
That was brought to an end when Grinszpan was caught by Ceri John off the bowling of Augistine Benny on a score of 43 which included seven fours and a six.
Fice scored 21 but he was then caught by Ted Trewella off the bowling of Titus Mathew.
Strange also made 22 with two fours and two sixes but he was then caught by Zaid Khan of the bowling of Trewella.
Hywel Rees and Alexander Pitchford then shared 49 runs to take Aberaeron to within touching distance of their target.
Rees made 31 before he was caught and bowled by Zaid Khan and soon after Pitchford was caught by Trewella off the bowling of Rowan Dunbabin on a score of 23.
Dunbabin then bowled Josh Roper on a score of 8 before Sion Lewis was bowled by Trewella for a duck as Aber’s Second team searched for an unlikely victory.
That left Aberaeron on 184-7 but scores of 7 not out from Dave Floyd and Simon Mitchell saw their side to victory.
Talybont keep the pressure on
TALYBONT kept the pressure on leaders Aberaeron with a 46-run win over Aberystwyth’s first team on Sunday (Aug 12).
Aber won the toss but elected to field and they watched on as Talybont scored 207-9 from their 40 overs.
Openers Ben Harper and Joseph Thomas fell early on as Harper was trapped leg before by Gareth Lewis and Thomas was bowled by Zaid Khan.
Khan also had Rhodri Lloyd Williams bowled for a duck but Talybont rallied after those wickets.
Vinod Mathew scored 35 with four boundaries before he was caught by Khan off the bowling of Gareth Lewis.
He shared a good stand with Philip Abraham who scored 38 with six fours and a six before he was trapped leg before by Titus Mathew.
Anish Kuriakose also played well for his score of 29 (four boundaries and one six) before he was caught by Tom Constantine off the bowling of James Breese.
Breese then had Matthew Novak caught by Constantine as Aber’s bowlers began to fight back. Khan had Tibin Joseph trapped leg before and Mathew had Nijo John caught by Tom Constantine on a score of 5.
That left Dave Barrow not out on an excellent score of 66 (7 fours) as he took Talybont to their total.
Aber lost opener Robin Varley early in their reply as he was caught by Ben Harper off the bowling of Anish Kuriakose and the same bowler later bowled Anthony Burrell on a score of 19.
Zaid Khan scored just five before being caught by Rhodri Lloyd Williams off the bowling of Tibin Joseph.
Mel Jones and Rob Rudge rallied for Aber with scores of 35 and 40 respectively before Jones was caught by Joseph Thomas off the bowling of Mathew Novak who then also bowled Rudge
Philip Abraham had James Breese caught by Thomas on a duck and he then took another catch of Tom Constantine to give Milton John his first wicket.
John then also bowled Iestyn Evans on a score of 12 and Tom Williams on a score of 25 and although Gareth Lewis and Titus Mathew finished not out they had not done enough to earn victory as Aber finished short on 161-9.
Tywyn edge past Commoners
TYWYN and District earned their third win of the season on Sunday (Aug 12) as they beat UWA Commoners by one wicket.
The Commoners won the toss and elected to bat but they were all out for 125.
They lost opener Rakesh Bhatia for a score of 5 when he was caught by Dylan Williams off the bowling of Jack Mynard.
David Wilcockson only scored 14 before he fell in similar fashion and Will Copeland scored 16 before being bowled by Callum Taylor.
Ian Lawton scored just 1 before being trapped leg before by Richard Rees and Morgan York then had Dean Davis caught by Simon Jenkins for a duck.
Opener Bill Somerfield hit six fours in his score of 47 but he eventually fell to the bowling of Richard Rees when he was caught by Williams.
Richard Lucas scored 27 late on but he was caught by Ed Hughes off the bowling of Taylor and Marcus Cheyne brought the innings to a close when he bowled Chris Ward.
Tywyn made a steady start to their reply with Callum Taylor and Tom Kistruck sharing 33 runs for the first wicket.
Tayklor made 22 before being caught by Bhatia off the bowling of Lawton and he then trapped Richard Rees leg before.
Will Copeland then bowled Marcus Cheyne as Tywyn slipped to 38-3.
Kistruck and Dave Jenkins then shared another good stand of 43 as they looked to set their side on their way to victory.
Kistruck made 29 with four boundaries before being caught by Bhatia off the bowling of Bill Somerfield.
Jenkins then fell in similar fashion for a score of 19 and David Wilcockson then bowled Dylan Williams leaving Tywyn on 86-6.
Jack Mynard made just seven before he was caught off the bowling of Wilcockson who then also bowled Ted Hughes on a score of 14.
Bill Somerfield then had Morgan York caught by Bhatia on a score of 5 as Tywyn slipped to 116-9 but Simon Jenkins (5*) and Ed Hughes (7*) held their nerve to see Tywyn to victory.
On Saturday (Aug 18), Aberaeron play Talybont in an exciting top of the table clash. Aberystwyth are also at home as they take on UWA Commoners.
On Sunday (Aug 19), Aberystwyth Seconds are at home as they take on Tywyn and District.
Three summer tests announced for Wales
WALES will play three summer tests in Cardiff this July as revised international fixtures have been announced.
Wayne Pivac’s side will face Canada (July 3) and back-to-back games against Argentina (July 10 & 17) at Principality Stadium.
These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions.
The Pumas will now travel to Cardiff for two tests against the Six Nations Champions.
Wales will kick off their summer campaign on July 3 at home to Canada. The Canucks who are coached by former Wales captains Kingsley Jones and Rob Howley will visit Cardiff for the first time since 2008.
“We are looking forward to this summer, the opportunity it presents, and we are delighted to have three tests confirmed,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.
“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable.
“What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us. We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British & Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.
“With those players away we always earmarked this summer as an important development opportunity for us.
“It is an opportunity to bring players into this environment, look at them closely and expose them to test match rugby. It is also an opportunity for current internationals to step-up into further leadership roles, so on both counts it is an important camp for us looking ahead to RWC2023.”
WRU CEO Steve Phillips added: “It is a huge credit to World Rugby that a full schedule of summer international rugby has been achieved against the backdrop of the global pandemic.
“Whilst it is obviously disappointing not to tour, we are delighted in Wales to be hosting Canada and to be able to honour the 2017 San Francisco agreement by hosting the Pumas for back-to-back matches, which will be hugely important to our international player development.
“Wayne has been adamant that his squad needs matches this summer and World Rugby have certainly delivered on that front.
“We are, of course, acutely aware of current restrictions and the ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture. We will continue to monitor the situation in terms of any potential spectator access, but will remain entirely compliant and vigilant of all restrictions.
“In the current circumstances we are simply delighted to be able to play international rugby and any advance on that will be a bonus.”
Aber fail to break down ten-man Flint
ABERYSTWYTH Town and Flint Town United played out a goalless draw on Saturday (May 8).
It could have been much different for Aber, though, as they played against a Flint side who had Ben Amiss sent off in the first half, but they failed to make their advantage count.
With Wales experiencing some unseasonal weather, the Deeside coast was battered by mother-nature in the build-up to the game and full credit must go to the volunteers at the Silkmen for producing an excellent playing surface.
Aber started the game brightly and carved out two great openings in the first five minutes. Firstly, Louis Bradford volleyed over the bar from close range before some brilliant work down the left from Harry Franklin teed up a cross for Jonathan Evans who’s goal bound header looked to have given the Seasiders the initiative.
However, home stopper Jon Rushton had other ideas, pulling off a sumptuous save down low, pawing the ball away to safety.
After the two quick chances for Aber, Flint settled into the contest and began creating chances of their own.
The home side saw strikes from Alex Jones and Callum Brately fall narrowly wide of the post before creating their best opportunity of the half with 23 minutes having elapsed.
Great play down the right flank saw the ball land to Ross Weaver. His strike, via a deflection from Black and Green defender Ian Kearney forced Connor Roberts into a great stop.
Franklin was causing problems for the Silkmen and Aber’s most likely route towards victory looked to be coming down his wing. He had a glorious opportunity to give Aber the lead but couldn’t keep his effort under the crossbar. He did have the ball in the back of the net but an early flag from the linesman denied him his fourth of the season.
The game’s flashpoint came with just seconds to go until the break. A heavy tackle in midfield from Ben Amiss on Jamie Veale, sparking a 19-man melee in midfield and saw referee Bryn Markham Jones reach for his red card for the Flint Town United striker.
With Aber having a numerical advantage, they enjoyed more of the ball in the second stanza but could only create sporadic chances against a well drilled and organised back line. Mathew Jones saw a strike fall narrowly over the bar whilst Kearney’s header from a corner landed on the roof of the home net.
To their credit, Flint did look to gain a winner of their own and had spells of pressure but like their opponents, they couldn’t break down an organised Seasiders’ defence. The lively Jones for the hosts came closest with his header going wide of the far post.
Gavin Allen introduced Owain Jones and Marc Williams as well as Jamie Reed late on in search of the go ahead goal but despite the addition of additional fire power, there was to be no late drama.
Jon Owen saw a shot well stopped by Rushton whilst Jenkins tried to connect with a Jack Rimmer cross in the final minute but could only make connection with the home keeper, earning himself a yellow card in the process.
Scarlets convincingly beat Ospreys
Rainbow Cup • Scarlets 22 – Ospreys 6
SCARLETS delivered a dominant derby performance to claim their first victory of the Rainbow Cup campaign, beating the Ospreys 22-6, at a rain-soaked Parc y Scarlets.
Prop Alex Jeffries scored the only try of the match, with full-back Leigh Halfpenny delivering a typically dead-eyed goal-kicking display in atrocious conditions.
The platform was laid by the Scarlets pack, with skipper Ken Owens, Blade Thomson and Aaron Shingler to the fore; the man of the match Kieran Hardy mixed up his game intelligently, while a much-improved defensive display saw the visitors restricted to just two kicks at goal from fly-half Luke Price.
It was the Ospreys who opened the scoring with a penalty from the boot of Price on two minutes, but the Scarlets responded strongly with Halfpenny levelling on 17 after the visitors were caught offside.
The outstanding Jonathan Davies looked like he made it over the whitewash after bursting through a couple of tackles, but the television match official adjudged the Wales centre had lost the ball as he slid over the whitewash and the score was chalked off.
Nevertheless, the Scarlets continued to boss proceedings.
With the Ospreys falling foul of Scottish referee Ben Blain, Halfpenny added a couple more penalties and an impressive half for the home side was capped when Jeffries crossed two minutes before the interval
A well-worked line-out move saw Davies burst onto a pass from Owens, breaking through a couple of tackles before feeding the tight-head prop on his inside.
Jeffries still had plenty to do but showed a superb turn of pace to race clear 20 metres to the whitewash to touch down against his former side.
That made it 16-3 at half-time with the Scarlets seemingly in firm control.
The visitors, looking for their first PRO14 win at Parc y Scarlets since 2015, did enjoy more of the game in the second period.
Price reduced the arrears with a penalty and it needed some superb defence to keep the Ospreys line-out maul at bay.
Another Halfpenny penalty five minutes from time extended the lead to 22-6 to ensure a comfortable victory and a seasonal double over the Scarlets’ arch-rivals.
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