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Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

YNYSYGERWN .......... 147 BRID­GEND TOWN .206-7

THIS was more like it from for­mer league cham­pi­ons Brid­gend Town, who ex­or­cised the ghost of the Port Tal­bot Town de­feat in a com­fort­able 59-run vic­tory at Ynysygerwn, writes Tony Poole.

Though the pre­vi­ous week Town had been shot down by the Pi­rates, los­ing by 10 wick­ets, the scars soon healed and the Neath vil­lage side paid the price.

And a de­ci­sion by Ynys cap­tain Alex McCor­mack to give Brid­gend first use of the track ul­ti­mately blew up in his face.

For once the open­ing part­ner­ship of Sam Wood and Cardiff stu­dent James Kin­der, who was with Kid­der­min­ster last sum­mer, yielded some runs.

Wood (27) went with the score on 52, but Kin­der hung around to post 47 for the sec­ond wicket with cap­tain and wicket-keeper Tom Baker.

Kin­der went for 28, mak­ing it 99-2, with Baker and Porth­cawl Town foot­baller Thomas Cog­bill kick­ing the score along nicely.

How­ever, Baker was even­tu­ally run out for 33 and from 123-2 Town sank faster than the speed of light on to 154-7.

With may­hem un­fold­ing all around him, men were com­ing and go­ing with reg­u­lar monotony, Cog­bill man­aged to hang on in there.

Even­tu­ally he found some­one else ca­pa­ble of plant­ing runs on the score­board in num­ber nine bats­man Thomas Pearce.

They added 47 price­less runs dur­ing the clos­ing overs, and were still there when the in­nings closed on 206-7.

Cog­bill was the star of the show with his 56 con­tain­ing a six and four bound­aries, and it came off 56 de­liv­er­ies.

Thomas Pearce dis­played bat­ting skills rem­i­nis­cent of his fa­ther Bobby dur­ing his pomp at Coy­church in con­tribut­ing 23 (one six, one bound­ary) off 27 balls.

Though the stand might not have been too sig­nif­i­cant at the time – some felt Brid­gend could and should have got 250 – it turned out to be worth its weight in gold.

That soon be­came ob­vi­ous when Ynys made a dis­as­trous start against the Town pace at­tack of To­mos Jones and Alex Jones.

Young Bron­wydd pace man Jones got rid of his men­tor Darren Thomas for nine while Gareth Davies and Aaron Ace were also in the hutch.

The new ball men ripped through the early order and at 45-4, 54-6 and 64-7, dis­tress flares were spot­ted over Aber­du­lais.

Pearce with 7-1-24-1 and Thomas Dal­ton (6-023-1) added to their woe un­til some wag ap­peared in the tail.

The re­turn of To­mos Jones, who de­liv­ered 102-38-4, took out both Alex Pow­ell (27) and Nathan Davies (11), to leave it 959.

But some re­mark­able hit­ting from last man Gavin John led to Ynys go­ing down with all guns blaz­ing.

John smashed two sixes and six fours in a light­en­ing 42, and a last-wicket stand with Craig Evans (15no) yielded an as­ton­ish­ing 52 runs.

Alex Jones even­tu­ally got the wicket of Gavin John, end­ing up with fig­ures of 8.3-1-34-3, as Ynys were dis­missed in the 39th over for 147.

A fourth league win of the sea­son re­sulted in Brid­gend con­sol­i­dat­ing fourth spot but with St Fa­gans and Neath both los­ing, they closed in on the teams im­me­di­ately above them.

Next up for Brid­gend Town is a home league fix­ture on Satur­day with Am­man­ford – the hope on this oc­ca­sion is that cap­tain Baker will be lucky with the toss.

Af­ter six rounds of fix­tures, league plac­ings read: New­port 88, St Fa­gans 85, Neath 80, Brid­gend Town 76, Cardiff 69, Am­man­ford 56, Pon­tard­du­lais 53, Ynysygerwn 48, Port Tal­bot Town 45, Mum­bles 37.

BRID­GEND TOWN SEC­ONDS ................ 166-2 NEW­PORT FUGI­TIVES SEC­ONDS ................ 162-7

IWAN Bun­ston hit an un­beaten 57 to steer Brid­gend Town Sec­onds to a first win of the sea­son in Sec­ond XI (East), writes Tony Poole.

A stronger side faced for­mer Day’s Al­liance pals New­port Fugi­tives, and Town cap­tain Richard Cog­bill won the toss.

He went for the ob­vi­ous in re­quest­ing Fu­gies to bat, and ba­si­cally they could never shake off the shack­les that were ap­plied by an ac­cu­rate Town at­tack.

Ev­er­green per­former Dave Adams hit 17 on a re­turn to New­bridge Fields while cap­tain and wicket-keeper Russ Thomas made 31.

James Vaughan then top scored with 48 (two sixes, three fours), as the High Cross side were pegged to 162-7 off their 50 overs.

Alex Dal­ton, son of Alis­tair, led the way with 10-4-24-3 while on the spot bowl­ing also came from Varun Sharma 10-223-1, Lewis Cog­bill 10-131-1, A J Dal­ton 10-2-30-1 and pace­man Grant Humphries 6-1-24-1.

That left Town with an ask­ing-rate of around three runs per over – and for once it proved food and drink for the bat­ters.

Promis­ing young­sters of the cal­i­bre of Grant Humphries (20) and Peter Stan­ton (40) launched the in­nings in fine style.

But at 95-2 there was still work to be done - and up to the task on the day were the sons of two for­mer Town stars.

Iwan Bun­ston, son of club pro­fes­sional A T Bun­ston, cracked 57 and he got some­thing his fa­ther never achieved in hit­ting a six.

The in­nings was also gar­nished with seven fours, and he re­ceived ad­mirable sup­port from Gwilym Davies, who is the son of fiery ex-Town pace­man Meurig.

He con­trib­uted an un­de­feated 36 (seven fours) with the pair tak­ing Town through to vic­tory on 166-2 in the 40th over - ex-Roger­stone pace­man Jonny Berry 10-1-38-1 and Adams 5-0-20-1 were the wicket-tak­ers for out­gunned Fu­gies.

This Satur­day Brid­gend Town Sec­onds re­turn to ground that many moons ago in the old Club Con­fer­ence was a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence – Mal­pas.

Sec­ond XI (East) po­si­tions af­ter six rounds of matches read: Pe­narth 110, New­port 100, St Fa­gans 93, Port Tal­bot Town 70, Mal­pas 68, Cardiff 60, Tata Steel 59, Pan­teg 50, New­port Fugi­tives 43, Brid­gend Town 34.

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