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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.

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