Commoners claim Conference title

Wednesday 4th September 2019 9:11 am
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Commoners’ Rakesh Bhatia struck an unbeaten half century.

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COMMONERS eased to a 10-wicket win over Aberystwyth in the Girsol Homes West Wales Cricket Conference, but had to wait until Sunday before being crowned as champions, when title rivals Aberaeron lost to Tywyn for the second time in as many weeks.

Aberystwyth were put into bat by Commoners’ captain Rakesh Bhatia after losing the toss, and they crumbled to 80 all out, with wickets falling to Mustafa Ahmed (3 for 34), Aiden Reveley (2 for 16), Rakesh Bhatia (2 for 1), Anish Kuriakose (1 for 10) and Guy Baron (1 for 15).

The only Aber batsmen to reach double figures were opener Anthony Burrell (35), and Dan Graison (15) at number nine.

The Commoners cruised to a 10-wicket victory at 81 for 0 in 12.1 overs, with Rakesh Bhatia (53 not out) recording an unbeaten half-century that included two sixes and half a dozen other boundaries.

His opening partner, Bill Somerfield, gave him good support with 17 not out.

Aberaeron travelled to Tywyn on Sunday, and they saw their hopes of securing the Conference title end as they slipped to a two-wicket defeat after being dismissed for 135 all out.

After losing opening duo John Fice and Sam Jenkinson cheaply, Dave Floyd (26) and Chris Strange (42) revived the Aberaeron innings, but Hywel Rees (11) and Ariff Saad (11) were the only other visiting batsmen to make it to double figures.

Dave Jenkins (3 for 35), Callum Taylor (3 for 37), Richard Rees (2 for 27) and Jack Williamson (2 for 21) led the bowling for Tywyn, who went on to win by two wickets, with an over to spare on 136 for 8.

Richard Rees (15), James Bradbury Willis (26), Jack Williamson (10), Ellis Melia (11), Mathew Maslin (13) and Dave Jenkins (20) supplied the bulk of the runs in the successful response by the home side.

Paul Hughes (3 for 30), Hywel Rees (2 for 19), Neil Snowdon (2 for 36) and Josh Roper (1 for 37) took wickets, and Chris Strange held three catches, but Tywyn finally reached 137 for 8 in the 38th over.

On Bank Holiday weekend, Aberaeron had narrowly lost to Tywyn by 14 runs, as they fell short on 162 all out, in reply to the visitors' total of 176 for 7.

Opener Richard Rees carried his bat for a solid 80 not out and Gareth Lanagan added 41 for Tywyn, while Josh Roper topped the bowling figures with 4 for 29.

The home side’s batting response ended 14 runs short, with three run outs, as Dave Jenkins (3 for 31) and Richard Rees (3 for 40) shared six wickets, with Chris Strange top scoring for Aberaeron with 45 runs.

Talybont ended their league campaign with a four wicket victory against Aberystwyth Seconds, whose modest score of 118 all out included 47 runs by the evergreen Phil Gower.

Anthony Evans (14) and Ceri john (11) added a few more runs, while Graison John snapped up 4 for 6 for Talybont, with Phil Abraham taking 2 for 12.

The rest was down Dave Barrow (37), Joseph Thomas (19) and Rhodri Lloyd Williams (15) who guided Talybont to the winning post on 121-6. Anthony Evans (2 for 7) and Zaid Khan (2 for 33) produced the best bowling figures for Aber.

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