Then There Were Eight

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Alun Evans - 105 for Ammanford

By defeating Usk on Sunday July 7th, Panteg make up the eighth team in the Welsh Cup Quarter Finals to be played on July 21st. Panteg's 198-9 was enough to take them through, as Usk were bowled out for 142. (Ian Bird 5-41 - the only bowler to take five wickets in a Welsh Cup match this season - and he needed only 5.3 overs). However, at 136-7 panteg owe much to James Reid (52),and Sean Clarke who guided Panteg to what turned out to be a winning score.  In the Quarter Final, Panteg will entertain Penarth who, thanks to 88* from Jonathan Davies overwhelmed Barry Athletic by 120 runs.

The Group 1 play-off will feature Port Talbot Town and Blackwood. Cardiff’s total of 206-7 was overtaken by Port Talbot with four balls to spare, thanks to 53* from Michael Samuel. Earlier, Greg Holmes had struck 53 for Cardiff and Anthony Thomas made the same score for Port Talbot.  Port Talbot will play Blackwood in the next round.  Blackwood are indebted to Daniel Wilkinson’s 105 in a total of 198-6, a total easily defended as Ynysygerwn slumped to 135 all out in 31.5 overs – Neil Reardon 3-22.

Dafen Welfare’s dreams of glory came to an abrupt end in the face of excellent bowling from Swansea’s Scott Phillips (3-24), Josh Tobin (2-5) and Adam Wright (3-16).  Swansea’s Ashley Pass obviously decided to take on Dafen’s bowlers single-handed as he struck 60 not out from 69-1 to take the holders into the next round by 9 wickets.  Swansea will entertain Ammanford in the Quarter-Finals: Carew had no answer to Ammanford’s batsmen for whom Craig Maloney and Skipper Alun Evans both notched up centuries.  Carew never looked like overtaking Ammanford’s 265-5 and lost by 118 runs as they were bowled out for 147 (Matthew Roberts 4-16).

Llandudno, losing finalists for the past two seasons, experienced little difficulty in disposing of Denbigh for whom Luke Regan stood firm, scoring 59 out of a total of 131 all out. Gordon Kerr (3-22) was the most successful Llandudno bowler. Owen Jones (54) and Jordan Kane (62*) took Llandudno home comfortably by 9 wickets.  Llandudno will meet Northop in the next round. At the time of writing I have no details of scores as Northop defeated Hawarden Park.
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