BOWLERS HOLD A WINNING HAND
CARMARTHEN Wanderers suffered a disappointing 48-run defeat in their top-of-the-table clash with Swansea at St Helen’s in South Wales Premier League 2.
Swansea batted first, and the side who had scored more than 300 runs the previous Saturday were restricted to 182 by tight Wanderers bowling and excellent fielding on an extremely fast outfield where Glamorgan had just completed a County Championship fixture.
Steve Mills led the way for the Wanderers attack with figures of 3-23. Skipper Leighton Walters claimed 2-25 and young Welsh leg spinner Owen Bailey bowled excellently to end with 2-35 from his nine overs.
Ian Hughes claimed 2-30 and Iestyn Scourfield finished with 1-45. Young wicketkeeper Ifan Knott was extremely competent behind the stumps.
In response the Wanderers knew a good start was required, but keen Swansea bowling reduced them to 46-4.
A partnership of 43 between Dan Jones (41) and Giles Thomas (13) brought them back into contention, but Swansea fought back by mopping up the Wanderers tail, with the last wicket falling at 134 in the 43rd over.
Wanderers hope to bounce back on Saturday when they entertain Newport Fugitives at Trinity Fields.
Meanwhile, Carmarthen Wanderers’ second team returned to winning ways in their Premier League West clash at home to Swansea.
The Wanderers batted first and reached 70-2 after 20 overs, with Andrew Harley contributing 30.
Further solid contributions from Jack McGready (20) and Josh Thomas (31) put the Wanderers on the front foot, but the standout performance came from young Lewis Byng (76) as he batted superbly, continuing his excellent early season form.
Garmon Dyfri hit a quickfire 22 off only 10 balls as the home side reached 247 all out.
Swansea made an excellent start as they reached 100-1 off 20 overs, but the introduction of spinner Steff Jones turned the game in the Wanderers’ favour. Jones claimed four wickets in his 10 overs and only conceded 18 runs, reducing Swansea to 118-5.
Fourteen-year-old Dan Thomas bagged two important wickets, but some wayward Wanderers bowling kept the visitors in the game as the hosts sent down an amazing 53 wides, which took the game to the final over.
With Swansea needing 11 to win, McGready kept a cool head to bowl the final batsman.
Skipper Ian Taylor said: “After a couple of narrow losses, it was imFelinfoel batsman Rhys Jones picks up a boundary in his side’s three-wicket defeat by Skewen. Picture: Phil Davies. portant for our young team to get another victory on the board.
“Lewis Byng and Steff Jones were our match winners, which will hopefully boost our confidence in this tough division.”