Aberystwyth (102-3) beat Commoners (101) by seven wickets
Cambrian News reported “YOUNGSTER Titus Matthew earned the headlines as Aberystwyth Firsts, boosted by the return of Mark Evans and Gareth Lewis to the team, gained a most welcome win in the West Wales Cricket Conference after some disappointing results recently.
The match will be remembered for one remarkable statistic – four wickets in four balls by a Year 8 school pupil, as Commoners were out for 101.
Despite losing early wickets Aber then cruised to winning post thanks to an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership between Zaid Khan (40 not out) and Mark Evans (45 not out) to win by seven wickets.
Taking first innings, Commoners soon lost Rakesh Bhatia, when bowled by Zaid Khan for 0, but Ravi Mander joined opener Neil Stent and they took the score to 31 before Stent (11) was caught by Ted Trewella, Tom Constantine the bowler.
Mander was in particularly fine form, as was his new partner, Jacob Hughes-Pickering. Together, taking advantage of the very fast outfield, and they moved the score on comfortably to 89 by the 16th over, at which point bowler Gareth Lewis struck twice in one over to dismiss Hughes-Pickering (25) and Will Copeland.
Richard Lucas soon followed on 101, another victim of Lewis (3 for 21 in 4 overs).
What followed was a remarkable and memorable over from youngster Titus Mathew. He equalled a club record that had stood for 28 years by taking four wickets in consecutive deliveries to bring the Commoners’ innings to a close on 101.
Ravi Mander, 53 not out, remained helpless at the non-striker’s end as Jan Ruzicka and Chris Ward were clean bowled and Devon Simons and last batsman Odin were caught by Rob Rudge – all for ducks!
Initially, Commoners responded well to the situation by dismissing Dafydd Jones, Ted Trewella and Nigel Salmon for 26.
Chris Ward and skipper Rakesh Bhatia, who finished with figures of 2 for 28, including a caught and bowled to dismiss Salmon, had bowled with great accuracy.
Gradually, however, Zaid Khan (40 not out, with 7 fours) and Mark Evans (45 not out, with 6 fours and a big six) took control with a succession of boundaries, and secured the victory in the 23rd over.
Tywyn & District (129) lost to Aberystwyth Seconds (135 for 4) by 6 wickets
TYWYN were unable to defend their total of 129 all out against Aberystwyth Seconds in their West Wales Conference match at Cae Rhianfa on Sunday, as 48 not out from Iestyn Evans guided the visitors to victory for the loss of four wickets.
The home side’s innings did not start well when losing openers Callum Taylor and Richard Rees with less than 10 runs on the scoreboard, but James Bradbury-Willis, Jack Morris (25) and skipper Dave Jenkins (21) moved the score on, before further contributions from Ed Iffla (26 not out) and Ed Hughes (10) added runs.
The Aberystwyth bowlers remained on top, however, with Zaid Khan bowling very economically to return figures of 2 for 8 runs from 6 overs, with 4 maidens.
Wickets also fell to Emlyn Mainwearing (2 for 39), Jamie Holder (2 for 25), Bryn Morris (2 for 25), Ioan Morris (1 for 19) and Titus Mathew (1 for 12) as Tywyn were dismissed 129 all out in 29.4 overs.
Aberystwyth Seconds found themselves at 26 for 2 as Richard Rees had both Anthony Burrell and Ioan Morris caught, but evergreen opener Robin Varley produced a decisive innings of 40 in the successful Aber reply of 135 for 4, after 33.5 overs.
Varley stroked 8 boundaries, before he was caught by Richard Rees, from the bowling of skipper Dave Jenkins, but Iestyn Evans (48 not out) and Robert Rudge (15 not out) secured their victory.
There was bowling success for Tywyn from Richard Rees (2 for 25 from 7 overs, with 2 maidens) and Jenkins (2 for 23 from 6), whilst Sam Williams bowled tightly to return figures of 0 for 10 from 8 overs.
This weekend’s West Wales Conference fixtures will see Talybont play hosts to Aberystwyth Seconds, and Commoners entertain Aberaeron. On Sunday, Aberystwyth Firsts host Tywyn and District” here.