Price leads Aber to top of Conference

By Adam Hughes in Cricket

ANDI Price scored a match-winning 70 not out as Aberystwyth Firsts climbed to the top of the West Wales Conference with a six-wicket win over the club’s second team, with a successful reply of 161 for 4.

On winning the toss, the Seconds batted first on another excellent pitch at the Geufron, and the opening pair of Tom Williams and Ceri John looked in good touch as runs flowed in a partnership of 60, before John was dismissed lbw for 31.

Tom Constantine followed for 7, but after 20 overs the 100 came up, before Williams holed out for 54.

Anthony Evans made 18 and Dave Dowell 16, before Rowan Dunbabbin (4 for 32 off 9 overs) had them caught. Graham Bird also took 2 for 44, but Steffan Davies, Elgan Thomas and Caleb Spencer took them to a total of 160 for 8 off 40 overs.

In reply, opener Anthony Burrell miscued a full toss off Emrys Thomas, to be caught for nought, but Mel Jones joined Andi Price and both looked to be in good touch.

Price was dropped when on 6, and this was to prove costly as they put on 106 for the third wicket.

Caleb Spencer produced a fine spell of 9 overs, 0 for 24, but Mel Jones reached his half century, before he was caught playing across the line for 55, from off-spinner Anthony Evans (3 for 18 from 4 overs).

Evans took wickets in successive balls, to give the Seconds a glimmer of hope, but Price was in no mood to surrender and his 70 not out, with 10 fours, saw his side to victory, with Jo Dixon being 14 not out.

• A stunning 133 not out from Chris Strange ensured that Aberaeron got their league campaign back on track with a decisive seven wicket win against Commoners.

Batting first, Commoners reached a challenging 225 for 6, with 82 of the runs coming from opener Neil Stent, who struck a total of 14 fours.

Stent was eventually trapped lbw by Steffan Rees (2 for 62 from his 9 overs), who had also bowled opening batsman Rakesh Bhatia for 15.

Dave Wilcoxson also weighed in with a knock of 41, with 5 fours and six, before being bowled by Hywel Rees (2 for 40 from 7 overs) with support from Jacob Hughes-Pickering (10) and Usmar Aslam (10).

A hard-hitting half century from Ian Lawton, 57 not out, with 7 fours and 3 sixes, ensured that Commoners finished on 225 for 6 after 40 overs, with Simon Mitchell (1 for 39 from 9) and Jonion Evans (1 for 56 from 6) the other wicket-takers.

Aberaeron’s reply was faltering on 31 for 2 after the early dismissals of openers John Fice, run out by Dave Wilcoxson for 11, and Jonion Evans, bowled by Aslam for 10.

Chris Strange, however, came to the rescue with a magnificent 133 not out that included 16 fours and 8 big sixes, and he was given good support by Hywel Rees (58) in a match-winning third wicket stand of 189, before Rees finally lost his wicket to Richard Lucas (1 for 34)

Aberaeron ultimately passed the post on 226 for 3 off only 27 overs.

• Talybont took the league points on offer at Tywyn with a thrilling one wicket win, after the hosts had finished 126 for 9 at Cae Rhianfa.

Richard Rees (33), Callum Taylor (17), Ted Hughes (14) and Dave Jenkins (10) made double figures, with wickets to falling to Anish (3 for 15 from 9 overs) and Ben Barrett (2 for 24 from 6), along with Simon Lloyd-Williams (1 for 30 from 9), Josheff Joshi (1 for 16 from 8), Grayson John (1 for 19 from 5) and Robim Woodford (1 for 22 from 3).

The modest total looked achievable, but Talybont also found runs hard to come by, and won by the narrowest of margins on 127 for 9.

Andi Copeland (17), Grayson John (18) and Josheff Joshi (14) scored, before Vinod Mathew took charge with a vital knock of 40 and Huw Chambers scored the winning runs in the 39th over on 10 not out.

Their nine wickets fell to Jack Mynard (4 for 24 from 9 overs), Sam Williams (2 for 21 from 7), Ed Hughes (1 for 26), Jack Williamson (1 for 19) and Ted Hughes (1 for 11).

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