ABERYSTWYTH maintained their winning ways in the West Wales Cricket Conference with a comfortable six wicket victory against Rachel’s Talybont on Sunday afternoon.
The Cambrian News reported “Ben Harper top scored with 78 in the Talybont innings, which closed on 189 for 9, but Robert Rudge hit 40 not out in leading Aberystwyth to the winning post on 192 for 4.
Anthony Burrell also made 40 and Ceri John 43 for the defending champions.
On a glorious Sunday afternoon Aberystwyth’s captain Pat Daniel won the toss and asked Talybont to bat, hoping his bowlers would make use of what moisture was left in the pitch after a wet week.
The Aber bowlers didn’t let their skipper down and Harri Edwards, bowling with pace and being able to shape the ball away, was able to get the Talybont batsmen playing and missing regularly.
At the other end, Gareth Lewis struck with his first ball, getting opener Simon Lloyd-Williams caught at point by Zaid Khan for 1, before Andy Copeland was run out after a mix up very soon after.
Talybont were reeling at 20 for 3 when Chris Heidt was caught behind off the bowling of Harri Edwards, who bowled superbly for Aber, getting significant outswing – and was accurate and economical, bowling 4 consecutive maidens.
Opener Ben Harper was joined at the crease by Anish and they gradually steadied the ship with sensible batting, defending well and punishing any bad balls.
Anish played a mixture of deft touches and lusty blows for Talybont, until he was well caught on the boundary by Jamie Holder, off the bowling of Andi Price.
Harper continued to play well, hitting two sixes and together with Phil Abraham they built another useful partnership, before Abraham was run out for 33.
Aber’s fielders, however, somewhat let their skipper down with some very average fielding, dropping seven chances, with Lewis suffering the most from these.
The Talybont batsmen made the most of their luck, none more so than Harper who was dropped on 5, 23 and 43, going on to make 78, before being bowled by Mark Evans, who finished with 3 for 20.
The re-introduction of Edwards into the attack, alongside Evans, slowed the run rate just as Talybont were looking to accelerate – and Edwards’ 2 for 19 helped to restrict Talybont to 189 for 9 off 40 overs.
A special mention should go to youngster Steff Davies who made his first team debut and fielded ‘like a demon’, showing his team mates how it should be done.
The Aberystwyth openers Andi Price and Anthony Burrell started positively as the score raced to 35 off 6 overs before Anish, 9-0-78-1, clean bowled Price for 16.
Evans joined Burrell and the scoring accelerated until Evans played one shot too many and was caught by keeper Sojan Varghese off the bowling of Graison John.
Burrell now started to excel, driving well through the covers and hitting seven fours and one six in a blistering counter-attack. He looked set for a half century when he was similarly caught behind on 40, off the bowling of John, 6-0-27-2.
Ceri John was then joined by wicketkeeper batsman Robert Rudge, and after a cautious start both started to hit some good shots, and it was this partnership of 74 which was to see Aberystwyth home.
Both batsmen found the boundary regularly, but also managed to rotate the strike with some sensible quick singles.
John was unfortunately caught behind off the bowling of Phillip Abraham, 8-0-51-1 for a well made 43, before Rudge 40 not out was joined by the finisher Edwards, who smashed a quick fire 13 to see Aber home in the 34th over on 192 for 4″ here.