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CAR­MARTHEN Wan­der­ers re­turned to win­ning ways with a hard-fought 30-run vic­tory over Gwent vis­i­tors Pan­teg at Trin­ity Fields.

The win keeps them fifth in South Wales Premier League 2 on 154 points.

They are seven adrift of fourth­placed Ynysygerwn and 11 off Pe­narth, who lie third.

Skip­per Gareth Thomas lost the toss and the Wan­der­ers bat­ted first in damp con­di­tions af­ter early-morn­ing rain.

They reached 150 for the loss of seven wick­ets in their 50 overs.

Open­ing bats­man Owain Davies was top scorer with a pa­tient 42, as­sisted by ex­cel­lent con­tri­bu­tions from Owain Bind­ing (23), Gareth Thomas (33) and Darryl Grif­fiths (23 not out).

The lat­ter added valu­able late-or­der runs with the as­sis­tance of Gar­mon Dyfri and Owen Bai­ley.

Ab­bas Ashraf, Yaar Mo­hammed Balouch and Chris White all took two wick­ets.

In re­sponse, Pan­teg were well placed at 54-2, which in­cluded the prized wicket of Akhtar Balouch who was well caught by Gar­mon Dyfri off the bowl­ing of the eco­nom­i­cal Iestyn Scour­field for four.

Tight bowl­ing, par­tic­u­larly by Gareth Thomas (3-24) and Ian Hughes (1-20), made in­roads into the Pan­teg mid­dle or­der and they were even­tu­ally bowled out for 120 in the 42nd over, giv­ing the Wan­der­ers a valu­able haul of 17 points.

Owain Bind­ing and Rob­bie Craw­ford both claimed two wick­ets.

Skip­per Thomas will have been pleased with the over­all team per­for­mance, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent field­ing pro­duced by his side, which in­cluded a run out from the bound­ary edge by Dyfri.

The match spon­sors were Clay Shaw But­ler, W Kings­bury Limited, Gra­ham Owens and Quins sup­port­ers, Clive Thomas and friends.

On Satur­day the Wan­der­ers head east to play Mal­pas.

Mean­while, Car­marthen Wan­der­ers Se­conds re­turned to earth with a bump as their run of three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries ended with a heavy nine-wicket de­feat at Mum­bles.

The home side won a cru­cial toss and in­serted the Wan­der­ers to bat on a wet wicket.

The vis­it­ing bats­men failed to cope with the ball lift­ing off a length on the weather-af­fected wicket and were skit­tled out for only 72.

Open­ing bats­man An­drew Har­ley was the only player to of­fer any re­sis­tance and bat­ted most of the in­nings for a hard-earned 37.

Skip­per Ian Tay­lor (10) was the only other player to reach dou­ble fig­ures as the Wan­der­ers score­card made for poor read­ing.

Mum­bles eas­ily knocked the runs off in only 11 overs on the dry­ing wicket, los­ing only one wicket to spin­ner St­eff Jones as the Wan­der­ers

headed home with­out a sin­gle point.

Skip­per Tay­lor said: “We lost an im­por­tant toss which proved de­ci­sive as our bats­men re­ally strug­gled on the wet strip.

“But I didn’t ex­pect us to get rolled over for such a low to­tal.

“Mum­bles took ad­van­tage and fully de­served their win.”

Pic­ture: Phil Davies

Pon­ty­berem opener Jack Rogers looks for runs on the leg side dur­ing his side’s vic­tory over Bron­wydd Se­conds.

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