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.
Swans grab last gasp play-off spot
WAYNE ROUTLEDGE’s last-gasp header saw Swansea City secure a play-off spot with a handsome away victory over 10-man Reading on a dramatic Wednesday night (July 22).
Steve Cooper’s side knew they had to win at the Madejski Stadium to have any hope of a top-six finish, and Rhian Brewster’s 10th goal of the season gave them an ideal start.
The sending off of Yakou Meite then gave the Swans a man advantage, but the Royals equalised before the half through a George Puscas penalty.
The Swans restored their lead through a classy finish from substitute Routledge, before Liam Cullen showed great composure to steer in his first goal for the club.
And when Routledge popped up at the death to complete his brace it put the Swans into the top six as Forest suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Stoke, meaning Swansea got into the play-offs on goal difference.
The Swans started on the front foot, with centurion Connor Roberts having particular joy down the right-hand flank.
Brewster then nearly threaded Conor Gallagher in on goal after fine work by Andre Ayew, before Roberts hit a strike into the ground and over the bar after Jake Bidwell had made the overlap on the opposite flank.
The hosts responded by having a good spell of possession, probing and asking a few questions of their own.
But the visitors hit the lead in the 16th minute through Brewster. The striker picked the ball up some 30 yards out and got the ball out of his feet before smashing a long-range drive that completely deceived Rafael in the Reading goal.
John Swift curled a free-kick over at the other end, while more good work by Roberts could not quite end with Bidwell getting on the end of a deep cross before Rafael made a hash of dealing with a Gallagher cross.
Swift headed straight at Erwin Mulder from a good counter on the half-hour mark, with Ayew quickly advancing up the field to work Rafael again.
Opportunities were coming at both ends, with Mulder called into action again as Meite took aim from the left side of the area.
Swansea were riding their luck a little and had a let-off when a sliced clearance landed on top of the bar.
Matt Grimes had a free-kick pushed away by Rafael before the home side were reduced to 10 men after Meite had pushed Mike van der Hoorn in the face after a tussle for the ball.
But the hosts made light of the numerical disadvantage by levelling after Bidwell was adjudged to have fouled Andy Rinomhota, with Puscas beating Mulder – who got a hand to the strike – from the spot.
However, the Swans should have led at the break. Ben Cabango’s shot was blocked and fell to Jay Fulton, but the Scot pulled his shot wide of the target.
Rafael pushed away an Ayew drive right on half-time, with Swansea frustrated that referee Stephen Martin did not award them a penalty of their own as Fulton went down under a challenge from Omar Richards.
With Cardiff winning and Nottingham Forest losing, Cooper knew goals were needed and he made two changes at the break.
Yan Dhanda came on for Fulton, while Routledge replaced van der Hoorn, and they were immediately on the front foot.
With Swansea committing so many players forward, Reading looked to sit deep and play on the break and they proved resolute as the visitors battled to find a way through.
Grimes curled a free-kick wide of the target and Gallagher also threatened from distance, but the hour mark came and went without any clear-cut chances to show for their dominance of possession and territory.
However, when they did craft a sight of goal they took the chance clinically. Grimes produced a lovely ball, and Routledge controlled superbly to loft the ball over Rafael and into the net.
Unfortunately for the Swans, that goal went in moments after Forest had equalised against Stoke, which appeared to put a sizeable dent in their playoff aspirations.
Nevertheless, Cooper’s side continued to search for more goals in the hope events in the East Midlands would turn back in their favour.
They so nearly made it 3-1 with 17 minutes to play as lovely link play from Rutledge and Bidwell ended with Ayew steering just wide.
The situation was changing all the time, and Stoke retook the lead at Forest to leave the door ajar for the Swans.
And, when Stoke scored a third at the City Ground and Cullen coolly fired home his first senior goal for the club with six minutes remaining, they suddenly only needed a goal to finish in the play-off places.
Grimes had a deflected shot tipped over but the Swans then got the goal they needed in stoppage time as Routledge popped up to nod in at the far post, with Stoke’s fourth goal putting the matter beyond doubt a few moments later to spark delighted celebrations among Cooper, his players and his staff.
Glamorgan launch new kit
GLAMORGAN Cricket has unveiled its new Vitality Blast playing kit for the 2020 season.
Designed by the Club’s official kit supplier, Masuri, alongside Glamorgan’s management, players and coaches, the brand-new Vitality Blast strip contains a subtle Welsh twist.
Fitting Glamorgan’s traditional colour schemes, the top is dark navy with a tonal dragon across the front – a nod to the old Glamorgan nickname and the Welsh identity – while a sharp yellow trim on the neck and sleeves frames the top.
The famous ‘Daff’ sits on the heart of the shirt, with MiPost’s strong Welsh brand centre-stage. Appearing on the collars are the logos of ‘Official Players Car Partner’, Mon Motors and Welsh company, Philtronics Solutions, with Discover Leeks on the right sleeve and SA Group on the back.
The famous Aston Martin logo features on both side of the Glamorgan T20 cap, as they continue their ongoing support of the club.
Head of Commercial, Huw Warren, said: “We’ve enjoyed working with Masuri throughout the design process and together developed an exciting new kit we’re sure our supporters will love with its strong connections with Wales.
“Our Masuri kits have always been hugely successful with players and fans alike and we look forward to continuing our commercial partnership with them.
“We can’t wait to see our players wearing the new kit when the Blast gets underway later this summer.”
Masuri CEO, Sam Miller, said: ‘’Once again it has been a pleasure working with the team at Glamorgan to bring this year’s kit to life, and we are looking forward to seeing it in use during the much anticipated Vitality Blast this year.’’
Wembley trip for Giggs’ men
CYMRU will travel to Wembley Stadium on Thursday 8 October for a home nations international against England.
Ryan Giggs’ side will return to action this autumn for the first time in 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicking off with the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign. The match against England will be one of two additional international matches scheduled as triple headers in October and November. In keeping with current Government guidelines, this fixture is scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors.
Since their first encounter in 1879, England are Cymru’s second oldest opponents with 102 matches in total producing 14 wins, 21 draws and 67 defeats. Cymru’s last visit to Wembley Stadium was in 2011 for a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier, with Ashley Cole scoring in a 1-0 defeat.
Ryan Giggs’ side will be using this match to prepare for the rescheduled EURO 2020 finals next summer where they hope to return to Wembley, one of the host stadiums, for the latter stages of the tournament.
Looking ahead to the autumn, Cymru are in Nations League Group B4 alongside Bulgaria, Finland and the Republic of Ireland with fixture dates as follows:
Thursday, 3 September – Finland v Cymru (7:45pm)
Sunday, 6 September – Cymru v Bulgaria (2:00pm)
Sunday, 11 October – Republic of Ireland v Cymru (2:00pm)
Wednesday, 14 October – Bulgaria v Cymru (7:45pm)
Sunday, 15 November – Cymru v Republic of Ireland (5:00pm)
Wednesday, 18 November – Cymru v Finland (7:45pm)
All fixtures are scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors for the foreseeable future.
The FAW will continue to adhere to relevant Government guidelines and supporters will be notified should arrangements change and tickets become available.
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