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MIXED FORTUNES!

“Where has the season gone..?!”

This was without doubt the most posed question at Marespool this afternoon, on the penultimate Saturday of Season 2019! There has been some great cricket played by all three Senior sides, some not-so-great and plenty of goings-on off the pitch too, some great and some not-so-great! Such is life at a busy cricket club!

1st XI v Pontarddulais

1st XI 24th Aug 19

Standing (L-R) – James Palmer, Jack Straw, Max Phillips, Aneurin Norman, David Thomas, J-P Cronje

Sitting (L-R) – Scott De Weymarn, Dan Lewis-Williams, Ryan Aingworth (Capt), Ieuan Rosser, Harri Turner

At Marespool, visitors Pontarddulais went into tea after posting a below-par total of 197-7 from their 50 overs. Dan Lewis-Williams (4-28), Ryan Aingworth (1-43) and Harri Turner (2-24) claimed the scalps, with the help of some fine catching. Unfortunately, however, our 1st XI were also well below par today..157 all out in the 43rd over. Only Scott De Weymarn (58, 4 fours & 2 sixes), James Palmer (27, 4 fours) and David Thomas (31, 4 fours) emerged with any credit amongst the home batsmen.

At Ynystawe, our 2nd XI marched to a fine win by 42 runs. From 28-1, the team did well to post 263 at tea. Joe Phillips (52, 4 fours) and Adam Lewis-Williams (53, 5 fours) added 104 for the second wicket, whilst Ben Jones (39, 3 fours), Luke Brown (28, 3 fours & the obligatory six) and Edwin Extras (31) carried on the good work.

In reply, the home side were never really in the hunt, being eventually rolled over for 214 in the final over. Jamie Sheldon (2-37), Rhys Davies (3-22), Phil Roche (1-11) and Adam Lewis-Williams (3-12) plus a Sheldon run-out shared the booty.

Finally, our ‘A’ XI thrashed Baglan by 104 runs..MCC 160-7, Baglan 56 all out in the 20th over.

Having lost an early wicket (1-1), Captain Kenealy (31, 4 fours) and Stuart Seaton (46, 4 fours & a maximum) helped restore some pride. Carl Lawrence then notched 27no (3 fours), whilst Edwin’s brother Edgar (19), Sean Davies (15) & Alex Protheroe (11no) saw the ‘A’ XI through to their teatime total.

After tea, MCC’s bowlers need less than 20 overs to complete the rout, as Alex Proth (4-18), Paddy Jenkins (3-19) and a wicket apiece for Alex Davies, Cam Protheroe & Luke Edwards sealed Baglan’s fate.

For the final round of matches next Saturday (31st), the 1st XI travel to Ammanford whose 2nd XI in turn visit Marespool, whilst our ‘A’ XI play Civil Service at Sketty Lane.

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