FOR the third time this season, Tywyn were involved in a last ball decider, and they came out on the wrong end again when losing by just one wicket to Aberystwyth.
Cambrian News reported “Aber needed two runs off the last ball to win the game, and when Joel Dixon hit out, Titus Mathew scrambled home at the bowler’s end to complete a win that looked to have escaped the hosts.
Tywyn had posted 187 for 6 when batting, with a half century from Ed Iffla (60), but Aber then replied with half centuries from Sion James (53) and Sean Meredith (51), before the final pair saw Aberystwyth home by a whisker on 188 for 9.
Tywyn started their innings at a fast rate, and Callum Taylor struck several boundaries, before Nigel Salmon bowled him for 24.
The run rate slowed from that point, and Salmon struck again in the 14th over, bowling James Bradbury-Willis for 3 and, in his final over, he bowled opener Richard Rees for a patient 29.
The drinks interval brought about a more aggressive approach from the visitors, and although Matthew Maslin was bowled cheaply by Mark Evans, number four Ed Iffla and David Jenkins shared a good stand of 67 in 13 overs.
The dismissal of Jenkins, bowled by Sion Meredith for 26, brought no relief for the home team as Dylan Williams and Iffla struck the ball to all parts of the field with a partnership of 56 in little over 6 overs, before Iffla’s fine innings of 60 was finally ended with just a few balls of the innings remaining.
The Tywyn innings closed on 187 for 6, with the best of Aber’s bowling being Nigel Salmon’s 3 for 35 in 9 overs.
In reply, Aberystwyth’s openers soon saw runs coming quickly, mainly from the bat of Dafydd Jones, who struck a succession of boundaries before falling victim to an excellent delivery from Jack Mynard for 25.
His opening partner, Robin Varley, soon followed when caught by Ed Iffla, off the bowling of Richard Rees.
Mark Evans was soon bowled by the persevering Mynard, so at 64 for 3 in the 16th over matters did not look good for the home side.
There followed the defining innings of the game as Sion Meredith and Sion James added 64, mainly from the bat of Sion Meredith (55), before he fell to a catch by Callum Taylor from the bowling of James Bradbury-Willis.
Mel Jones (7), Robert Rudge (1) Nigel Salmon (0) and Antonio Corbisiero (0) were dismissed as the required run-rate increased.
Sion James continued to play well, striking the odd boundary to give some hope.
With 4 overs to go, 24 runs were needed for victory with only two wickets remaining.
Joel Dixon struck a four in the 37th over and another in the next over, and Sion James hit a four and a six in the 39th over, before he was finally dismissed for a fine 52.
Eight balls remained and four runs were needed as the last pair came together.
A single was scored from the third of those deliveries, another single from the seventh – and that scrambled 2 runs from the final ball.
For Tywyn, wickets were shared, the best being Jack Mynard’s 2 for 32 and James Bradbury-Willis’s 3 for 51″ here.