Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

BE­FORE the largest crowd seen at Trin­ity Fields for sev­eral sea­sons, Car­marthen Wan­der­ers com­pleted a thrilling vic­tory and the dou­ble over Gwent vis­i­tors New­bridge in di­vi­sion two of the South Wales Pre­mier league.

Win­ning the toss, New­bridge skip­per James Mor­gan had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting and his side set a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 233-8 in their 50 overs. The in­nings was built around an im­pres­sive knock of 77 by young­ster Alex Hor­ton, who has also rep­re­sented Glam­or­gan 2nds this sea­son.

Spin­ners Gareth Thomas and Owain Bind­ing each took two wick­ets.

In re­sponse the Wan­der­ers got off to a fly­ing start, with an open­ing part­ner­ship of 82 be­tween Owain Davies (44) and Steve In­ward (46).

Steve Mills (67no) car­ried on the mo­men­tum, firstly with skip­per Thomas (14) and then Bind­ing (36no), where they shared an un­bro­ken fourth-wicket part­ner­ship of 64, tak­ing the Wan­der­ers to vic­tory with 10 balls to spare.

Fifth-placed Wan­der­ers are away to third-placed Pe­narth this Satur­day.

The match spon­sors were St Peter’s Lodge, Car­marthen Ath­letic Rugby Club, Paul Mor­gan of Mor­gan Con­struc­tion, and Mal­colm Davies/ Ian Stone with friends.

To­mor­row (Thurs­day) the Wan­der­ers’ un­der-15s en­ter­tain Whit­land in the zone fi­nal of the Welsh Cup. It starts at 6pm.

Mean­while, vet­eran Si­mon Rogers rolled back the years as he bowled Car­marthen Wan­der­ers Sec­onds to a com­pre­hen­sive 10-wicket win at Pon­tard­du­lais in the South Wales Pre­mier League West Sec­ond XI Cham­pi­onship.

Bont opted to bat and Rogers tore the heart out of the home bat­ting, claim­ing six wick­ets while con­ced­ing only 13 runs off his 10 overs.

Four­teen-year-old Dan Thomas also got in on the act, bag­ging three wick­ets, with Mark Wil­son tak­ing the fi­nal wicket.

Open­ers An­drew Harley (21no) and Lewis Byng (31no) had no prob­lems reach­ing the small to­tal as the Wan­der­ers strolled home with­out los­ing any wick­ets.

Skip­per Ian Tay­lor said: “We have not won in Bont for a few sea­sons so this was a very pleas­ing per­for­mance. Bron­wydd skip­per Oli Furneaux hits out against Dafen. He went on to make 43 as Bron­wydd won by 14 runs.

Pic: Phil Davies

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