IT’S TON-UP FOR STAR BATS­MEN

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET AND RACING -

CAR­MARTHEN Wan­der­ers started their South Wales Pre­mier League 2 sea­son with an ex­cel­lent away win at Ynysygerwn.

Bat­ting first, the Wan­der­ers looked to be reel­ing when they were re­duced to 20-2. But the mo­men­tum swung in their favour thanks to a su­perb part­ner­ship of 187 be­tween skip­per Gareth Thomas and Steve In­ward.

Thomas hit 10 bound­aries and five sixes in his knock of 103 off just 111 balls.

In­ward, mean­while, struck six fours and five sixes in his 110. It was his first cen­tury for the club.

Con­tri­bu­tions from Steve Mills and wick­et­keeper Owain Davies al­lowed the Wan­der­ers to set a very chal­leng­ing to­tal of 287 for vic­tory.

Ynysygerwn set off quickly in their run chase but an im­pres­sive spell by Owain Bind­ing, who con­ceded just 16 runs from his 10 overs and took two wick­ets, kept the Neath Val­ley side in check.

Michael Cow­drey top-scored for Ynysygerwn with 51, with Alex Mc­Cor­mack mak­ing 44 and Yu­vraj Od­e­dra 33.

But Wan­der­ers slow bowler Ian Hughes chipped in with a spell of 3-34 as the home side were bowled out for 183.

The Wan­der­ers picked up max­i­mum points, but skip­per Thomas is fully aware that they face a stern chal­lenge on Satur­day at Trin­ity Fields when they en­ter­tain old ri­vals Ynys­tawe.

Car­marthen Wan­der­ers Sec­onds recorded a fine open­ing-day vic­tory at home to Ynysygerwn in the Pre­mier League 2 com­pe­ti­tion.

Skip­per Ian Tay­lor put the vis­i­tors in to bat, with the Neath side mak­ing a steady start by reach­ing 30 be­fore im­pres­sive young­ster Dan Thomas made the break­through.

Thomas and fel­low ju­nior player Kai Sum­mers bowled good spells, which al­lowed the Wan­der­ers spin­ners to at­tack the Ynys bats­men.

Fif­teen-year-old Owen Bai­ley from Kid­welly caused Ynys plenty of prob­lems and claimed 2-27 off 10 overs on his de­but. Fel­low spin­ner St­eff Davies only con­ceded 14 off his 10 overs, which in­cluded one wicket.

Ynys col­lapsed from 80-4 to 95 all out within the space of six overs as Josh Thomas with three wick­ets and Giles Thomas with two ran through the mid­dle or­der.

Four­teen-year-old wick­et­keeper Ifan Knott also caught the eye with three dis­missals.

Af­ter tea the Wan­der­ers were in a spot of bother as they were re­duced to 15-2. But young Lewis Byng (28 not out) and the ex­pe­ri­enced Giles Thomas (39 not out) put to­gether a match-win­ning part­ner­ship of 80 which en­sured the home side got their sea­son off to a fine start.

Skip­per Tay­lor said: “It was a pleas­ing per­for­mance, es­pe­cially the way our ju­nior play­ers per­formed. We bowled well, which set the plat­form for our vic­tory, but we re­alise there will be tougher en­coun­ters ahead.”

Bron­wydd’s Colin Tucker sends a de­liv­ery down dur­ing the de­feat by Tata Steel in di­vi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. Pic­ture: Phil Davies

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