MARGAM ................ 121-7 PORTHCAWL ............. 119
A MIXTURE of frail batting and several puzzling umpiring decisions led to Porthcawl sliding to defeat by seven wickets despite a brave bowling effort that threatened to retrieve the situation.
Inserted, the Seasiders lost opener Nick Morgan to a bizarre run out decision with the score on six, but skipper for the day, Rob Jones, in tandem with Mark Dixon, took the score on to 58, before Jones was bowled for 12.
While Dixon prospered five batsmen were dis- missed, managing just 12 runs between them. From 58-2, the visitors slumped to 98-6, then 101-7 and the loss of Dixon marked the beginning of the end. The club’s junior coach batted magnificently to post 59, finding the ropes six times to maintain his excellent start to the season.
The innings ended on 119 in the same way as it started with another mysterious decision against George Mead, who was batting nicely in his first appearance of the season, given out for 10, caught behind, by the umpire after no appeal from the Margam players who wanted him recalled but to no avail.
For the hosts Surman Bhowmick took 3-16 from 7.5 overs while in their 10 over spells, Luke O’Connor took 2-17 and Kumarasen Pillay 2-27. Elwyn Pugh chipped in with 1-10 and Liam Lewis 1-33.
Margam responded positively after Lewis went without scoring to another controversial caught behind dismissal, but the major incident involved O’Connor who was brilliantly caught at first slip by Morgan but given not out. It was a turning point as O’Connor went on to carry his bat, making 37 not out, with five fours from 35.5 overs.
Opener Bhowmick chanced his arm successfully to make a quick fire 47 with a six and five fours. 14 from Joel Cockings was the only other innings of note as the hosts slumped from 65-1 to 1117 but O’Connor saw them home.
For Porthcawl Jones led from the front with an excellent return of 4-25 from 10 overs while Tom Davies, on his season’s bow, took 2-24 from 10 overs and Mead ended with 1-24 from seven overs.