Glamorgan Gazette - - Cricket Round Up -

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.

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