Aberystwyth (176-6) beat Talybont (175) by four wickets
The Cambrian News reported “AN INNINGS of sublime power and technique by Mark Evans proved to be the difference between Aberystwyth Firsts and Talybont Rachels on Saturday last.
Accompanied by Zaid Khan, Evans took the hosts from a disappointing 66 for 5 to the brink of victory, before he was well held by Graison John on the boundary for a classic 84 runs (10 fours and 3 sixes).
Earlier, Talybont Rachels began the day with steady, accomplished batting by Ben Harper and, particularly, Dave Barrow. Following the early losses of Mathew Novak and Vinod Mathew, the pair took the score to 96, with a stand of 64, before Barrow ran himself out for 27.
Further wickets fell, but Harper persevered and he found a successful partner in Tibby Joseph, who struck a powerful 31 runs in a stand of 55 for the seventh wicket.
With 3 wickets in hand, and with 173 on the board, Talybont were in an excellent position with 4 overs to go, but Mark Evans dismissed Joseph, before also defeating N Mathews and Sojan Varghese without scoring.
Harper’s long innings ended with another run out for a splendid 68.
The Talybont total was helped by Aberystwyth’s loose bowling, especially bowling a massive 18 wides! The most successful bowler was Evans (3 for 9).
Replying, Aberystwyth’s Ceri John soon lost his partner, Nigel Salmon, well caught by ‘keeper Varghese from a lively opening spell by Phil Abraham, who also chipped in to dismiss John, well caught at mid-off by Joseph for 18.
Ted Trewella (30) played well and was supported by Steff Davies (5), although Steff’s dismissal by Joseph led to a mini collapse as Trewella was bowled by Graison John, who then struck to again to dismiss Gareth Lewis first ball, leaving the home team in some trouble at 63 for 5.
At this point, Mark Evans took over and although, Khan survived a confident appeal for caught, the pair batted sensibly and took toll of the change bowlers to leave the end result in little doubt.
Evans mde 84, and Khan finished 33 not out. For Talybont, the best bowlers were Phil Abraham (3 for 41) and Graison John (2 for 27).
Commoners (161-1) beat Tywyn District (158) by 9 wkts
COMMONERS proved too strong for visiting Tywyn, who were dismissed for a respectable 158, only to lose decisively by nine wickets.
The highlight of the afternoon was an unbeaten century by Commoners’ skipper Rakesh Bhatia, who opened the batting with Neil Stent.
Asked to bat first at the Vicarage Fields, Tywyn had a quick start until their opener Callum Taylor (16) was caught to a well-directed out swinger from Umar Aslam.
Opener Richard Rees went on to make 37, Jack Morris 15 and Sam Morris 15, before Jacu Oosthuizn came to the crease and played fluently in top scoring with 47 runs.
Most of the Commoners’ bowlers chipped in with wickets, the stand out performance coming from Guy Baron, who took 4 wickets for 35 runs, and along with Bill Somerfield (2 for 15) was instrumental in restricting the visitors to 158 all out.
In reply, the Commoners’ openers put on a wonderful partnership of more than 100, which seemed to take the game away from Tywyn.
The departure of Neil Stent for a well watched 30 didn’t deter Commoners’ captain, Rakesh Bhatia, who looked in good touch and played some attacking strokes en route to a superb unbeaten century (106 not out).
Will Copeland supported Bhatia with a quick innings of 14 not out, and the duo ensured that the Commoners achieved their required target and maximum points on offer with 8 overs to spare
This victory was the second in a row for Commoners” here.