SOMANI’S CENTURY BOOSTS COMMONERS

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Cambrian News photographer - Commoners’ Abishek Somani scored a superb century.

A SUPERB century by Abishek Somani paved the way for Commoners to build a match winning score of 275 for 7 in their latest outing against Aberystwyth, whose response of 101 for 9 was nowhere close to that required.

The Cambrian News reported “The 174 run victory put the Commoners in pole position at the top of the West Wales Conference table, ahead of title rivals Aberaeron who also extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 31 run win against Talybont.

Aberystwyth had won the toss and elected to bowl first, on a green and lively pitch, and Commoners put on 43 for the first wicket, before Rakesh Bhatia was run out by Titus Mathew for a knock of 26, having struck 2 fours and 2 sixes in his knock.

Fellow Neil Stent battled on for a superb 85 runs, however, and shared a 173-run partnership with Abhishek Somani, who himself powered to a brilliant century.

Mathew bowled Stent to make it 216 for 2, and Somani was finally caught for 105 from the bowling of Ceri John, after 14 fours and a six.

After a few late cameos, including Umar Aslam (10) and Ian Lawton (15 not out) the Commoners pushed the score on to 273 for 7 after 40 overs, with Ceri John (2 for 60) and Aled Lewis (2 for 19) taking two wickets each.

In reply, Aberystwyth lost their first three wickets without troubling the scorer, and soon after found themselves five down for only 13 runs.

The blistering opening salvo from Umar Aslam (3 for 9, including a caught and bowled) and Ian Lawton (2 for 8) proved to be too much.

Mel Jones (39 not out) and Zaid Khan (23) steadied the reply to some extent, before another collapse led by Guy Baron (2 for 9) and Aidan Reveley (2 for 13) then saw them slump to 70 for 9.

Mel Jones and youngster Titus Mathew (13 not out) then batted out the remaining overs to see Aberystwyth finish on 92 for 9″ here.

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