Gwalia Welsh Cup Quarter-Finals

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One thing is certain, the holders will not be returning to try for a hat-trick of wins: the Swansea team was eliminated by near-neighbours, Ammanford whose 170-9 was enough to see off the holders.  Alun Evans made 50 for Ammanford;  Swansea’s Ashley Pass took 3-37 and valiantly scored a half-century in a losing cause as Tom Maynard and Mathew Fisher each took three wickets.

Llandudno overcame Northop comfortably enough to proceed to the semi-final.  They will be hoping to get to the final for the third year in a row and will be hoping even more that this time they will come away with the Cup.  A pretty even batting display enabled Llandudno to post a healthy total of 213-7 (Gordon Kerr 41 and Kevin James 41) and their bowlers also shared out the wickets evenly as well as Northop were bowled out for 144.  Jack Rimmington, Gordon Kerr, Ajay Dawan, Tim Thornton and Sam Rimmington each took two wickets.

Llandudno will entertain Port Talbot Town in the Semi-final: the South Wales side overcame Blackwood quite easily, winning by seven wickets.  Chasing a modest score of 122 (Richard Edwards 3-18 and Mark Cox 3-22), Port Talbot lost three early wickets but opener Anthony Thomas (59*) and Dean Morris (44*) saw their side home comfortably.

Ammanford will travel to Panteg for the semi-final.  Panteg beat Penarth by 38 runs, having posted the highest score of the round – 217-6 (Carwyn James 59; Ian Bird 44*).  Penarth were in contention, thanks to Adam Shantry’s 48 but fell away to 179 all out as Ian Bird and Lloyd Smith each took four wickets.
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