MILLS STRIKES TO SINK GORS
CARMARTHEN Wanderers returned to winning ways in division two of the South Wales Premier League with a hard-fought victory over Gorseinon on Saturday.
Put in to bat, the Wanderers lost openers Robbie Crawford (0) and Leighton Walters (2) early, but the foundation of the innings was a superb third-wicket partnership of 136 between skipper Gareth Thomas (86) and Steve Inward (68), assisted by a quickfire 21 from Steve Mills.
The Wanderers innings finished on a competitive 193 for the loss of six wickets. Kieran O’Connor took 3-26 for Gorseinon
In response, after eight overs Gorseinon were 50 for the loss of one wicket, picked up by opening bowler Iestyn Scourfield.
But the game swung the Wanderers’ way with a match-winning spell of bowling by Mills, who tore the heart out of the Gorseinon batting with 4-32, including the wickets of the dangerous Chris Morgan and skipper Greg Fisher in successive balls.
Owain Binding took 2-53 and captain Gareth Thomas 2-7.
Wanderers entertain Ynysygerwn this Saturday at Trinity Fields (12.30pm).
Meanwhile, Carmarthen Wanderers 2nds gained a thrilling home vicGorseinon opener Keiran Howells is bowled by Carmarthen Wanderers’ Ian Hughes for 29 on Saturday as Wanderers wicketkeeper Owain Davies celebrates.
Pic: Phil Davies
tory over their Gorseinon counterparts, bagging victory with the last ball of the match.
The South Wales Premier League 2nd XI West Championship game Carmarthen Wanderers batsman Gareth Thomas in action during his side’s visit to Gorseinon.
Pic: Phil Davies produced more than 500 runs, with only one run separating the teams after 100 overs of cricket.
The Wanderers batted first and an excellent opening partnership between Andrew Harley (48) and Garmon Dyfri (60) laid the platform for a big total as both batted well against some good bowling.
Useful contributions from Mark Wilson (31) and young Owen Bailey (21no) and Ifan Knott (15) pushed the home side on to 256-6 at tea.
Gorseinon made a steady start but then fell away to 116-6 thanks to some fine bowling from the in-form Steff Jones (2-29 off 10 overs) and 14-year-old Dan Thomas (2-24), which put the home side within sight of victory.
Haroon Ali, the hard-hitting lateorder Gorseinon batsman, had other ideas and blasted a boundary-laden 60 not out, resulting in the visitors requiring two runs for victory off the final ball.
But the experienced Mark Wilson kept his nerve as Ali took a huge swipe at his final delivery, missing the ball as the Wanderers players celebrated another victory.