ABERAERON’s prolific batsman Chris Strange took centre stage again as he smashed an unbeaten century to secure a nine-wicket victory over Aberystwyth in the West Wales Conference 20/20 Cup.
The Cambrian News reported “The New Zealander punished the Aber attack as he smashed 10 fours and 8 sixes in his 104 not out, to steer the league leaders to victory on 143 for 1 inside 16 overs.
Fellow opener David Grinszpan had struck one shot to the boundary, before he was bowled by Tom Williams for 4, but it proved to be the last wicket to fall.
Neil Snowdon came in and struck 5 fours in his 27 not out, and with Strange in free-scoring mood at the other end the Aberaeron duo proved to be unbeatable.
Batting first, Aberystwyth lost opener Johnny Cordy for a single run when he was caught by John Fice from the bowling of Hywel Rees, and Paul Hughes saw off Tom Williams, lbw for 9, and Ted Trewella, caught by Rees also for 9 runs.
All-rounder Zaid Khan, however, ensured a competitive total as he got close to scoring a half century, before finally being bowled out by Paul Hughes for 47 runs, in a knock that included 10 fours.
Support was provided by Mel Jones, who hit 2 boundaries in his 20 runs, before being caught and bowled by Neil Snowdon, who also had D Elwyn stumped for 14 runs by wicket-keeper Dave Floyd.
At the end, Alwyn Davies was on 14 not out and Robert Rudge was 17 not out, but good spells from Paul Hughes (3 for 16 from 4 overs) and Neil Snowdon (2 for 25 from 4 overs) limited Aber to 141 for 6.
This weekend, will see league action resume in the West Wales Conference, with leaders Aberaeron looking to maintain momentum agains Aberystwyth Seconds at the Geufron on Saturday, while on Sunday Rachel’s Talybont play Aberystwyth Firsts, and Tywyn and District will play hosts to the Commoners” here.