ABERYSTWYTH Seconds’ young cricketers were no match for Aberaeron in the West Wales Conference on Saturday when they were defeated comfortably by 10 wickets in a game that had lasted in total a little under 36 overs.
The Cambrian News reported “Batting first, the hosts immediately lost two wickets to the pace of Simon Mitchell (2 for 23). Ted Trewella was surprised by the pace and bounce of the first delivery and was caught in the slips off his glove.
Jack Page came in and he was clean bowled from the final ball of the first over by Mitchell, before a run had been scored.
Dafydd Jones and Zaid Khan counter-attacked on a field devoid of green grass and reached 46 in a further four overs, before Jones struck out once too often and was well caught by Louis Fice from the bowling of Hywel Rees for 18 (4 fours).
Rees soon took his second wicket when a skier from Zaid Khan was well held by Chris Strange for 21, with 3 boundaries, and he had Alwyn Davies caught by Neil Snowdon for 8, after two boundaries.
There followed the best stand of the innings by Ioan Morris (24) and Owen Keyworth (12) before Steff Rees had Keyworth caught by Snowdon on 102.
A further five wickets fell for the addition of only 5 runs as wickets tumbled, mainly to leg-spinner Sion Lewis (3 wickets for 30 runs in 5 overs) as the Seconds were dismissed all out for 107. Earlier, Hywel Rees had also taken 3 for 24 in 5 overs.
The Aberystwyth bowling attack posed few problems for John Fice and David Grinzpan as they took full advantage of a good pitch and a very fast outfield. Aided by a lot of loose bowling, the score moved along quickly, with Fice confidently moving to 50, with 10 fours.
Grinzpan was more circumspect, but struck a flurry of boundaries to bring victory, by 10 wickets, in the 16th over, leaving him four runs short of his fifty.
• TYWYN recorded their second success of the season with a 10 run victory at home to Commoners that must have been music to the ears of leaders Aberaeron.
After winning the toss and putting the pads on first, Tywyn wasted no time in piling on the runs with opener Callum Taylor (107) making a superb century, which included some 18 fours and 3 sixes.
He had good support by Richard Rees (21), James Bradbury-Willis (52, 6 fours and a six), Ed Iffa (41, 8 fours) and skipper Dave Jenkins (52, 5 fours and a six).
Tywyn ended the innings on 292 for 7, with Raksesh Bhatia topping the bowling for the Commoners with 4 for 48 from 8 overs while Umar Aslam, Guy Baron and Richard Lucas also took a wicket each.
Runs continued to be scored in the warm sunshine when Commoners took to the crease and none more than Rakesh Bhatia with a quite magnificent 162, that included 20 boundaries and 8 big sixes.
His long stay at the crease ended when he was caught by Jack Williamson off the bowling of Callum Taylor (2 for 31).
Jacob Hughes-Pickering (20), Ravi Maunder (19), Richard Lucas (17), Neil Stent (16) and Wil Copeland (14) kept pace, but Commoners’ innings ended 10 runs short on 282 when Guy Baron was run out by Callum Taylor for 16. Rees took 2 for 43 and Dave Jenkins 2 for 50.
• TALYBONT beat Aberystwyth Firsts by three wickets, scoring 220 for 7 in reply to 219 for 7 from their opponents.
Opener Rhodri Price produced a solid innings of 69 for Aber and despite a middle order collapse, they still managed to close on 219 for 7, thanks to Robert Rudge (50 not out), Ifan Thomas (31 not out) and Ioan Morris (10).
Phil Abraham finished with 3 for 24, while Anish Kuriakose took 2 for 6, the remaining two wickets being shared by Josheff Joshi and Dave Baron.
Talybont’s response made a good start by openers Vinod Mathew (36) and Dave Baron (20) with the runs continuing to flow, courtesy of Joseff Joshi (44), Phil Abraham (62) and Anish Kuriakose (14). Zaid Khan took 2 for 43, Titus Mathew 2 for 40 and Rhodri Price 2 for 45, but Talybont held their nerve, with Huw Chambers (15 not out) and Owen Goldsmith (3 not out) at the crease when the winning run was scored, with just five balls to spare” here.