BOWLERS HOLD A WIN­NING HAND

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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.”

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