Gwalia Welsh Cup - Round 3
Action at Carew
On another day of unbroken sunshine, Round Three of the Gwalia Welsh Cup was duly completed on Sunday, June 9th.
One match was conceded but all the others were played and, once again, there were some outstanding individual performances. Nathan Baker (Barry Athletic) 111*, Akhter Balouch (Panteg) 108, Anthony Thomas (Port Talbot) 116 and Matthew Hobden (Ynysygerwn) 94*all made significant contributions to their teams’ victories against Newport, Chepstow,Pontypridd and Ynystawe respectively. Meanwhile, in the North, Llay Welfare’s John Lloyd reached three figures but his effort was in vain as Northop CC won by 38 runs – Darren Williams’s 95* made the difference.
The bowlers also weighed in with major contributions; a limit of 8 overs restricts their opportunities for large wicket hauls (“It’s a batsman’s game’”
they complain!). Luke Brown took 4-27 for Mumbles at Dafen but it wasn’t enough – in the tightest finish of the day, Dafen passed the Mumbles CC’s total of 139 all out with the last pair at the crease. Denbigh’s Harrison Jones (4-15) and Sam Lewis (3-17) ensured that Abergele would go no further in this year’s competition. Mark Thomas of Penarth helped his side to overwhelm Malpas (49ao) with 4 for 10.
Despite some excellent bowling performances, there were, generally, good batting conditions and this is reflected in 16 totals of over 200 and one (Panteg) of 311. Penarth (55-0) won by 10 wickets and Cardiff, Swansea and Hawarden Park all won by 9 wickets, chasing 168, 219 and 193 respectively. Mention must be made of Blackwood’s defeat of Gowerton whose total of 199 was passed by the visitors in only 28.3 overs for the loss of 3 wickets (no extra detail available at this time). Carew also passed the Abersytwyth total of 206 with over 7 overs in hand, largely thanks to 68 from Ian Sefton, scored in very short order.
The next round is scheduled to take place on Sunday June 30th. The full draw can be found by following the Play Cricket
Carew CC on Welsh Cup Day