Dafen's troubled start to the season became a little brighter after an easy win away to Maesteg Celtic. The Welfare Park was bathed in sunshine, overseen on one side by Mynydd Pwll-yr-lwrch and Moel Cynhordy, with Afon Llynfi and the railway skirting the opposite boundary.
Matthew Evans won the toss for Dafen and asked Celtic to bat first on a dry pitch. There we no early wickets but the openers kept it tight and the batsmen felt their way. Things changed when Aamir Ikram entered the attack in the 11th over and, after 10 overs of introspection, Nick Poole dashed down the wicket, missed and was comprehensively stumped by Daniel Vaughan.
Jason Arnold and Gareth Hopkins moved the score on to 51 when Phil George started to make his mark on the game by swiftly dismissing Arnold, Hopkins and Phil Poole, all bowled. When Ikram rejoined the party with two more of his own 5 wickets had fallen for nineteen including 4 for six runs.
Ian Herbert and Lindsay Harris rebuilt from 72 for 6, slowly to start wiht and then Harris, in particular, played some meaty drives. The innings moved to a close when George claimed another flurry of three wickets for 6 runs. Evans finished things off with his sole wicket. George had superb figures of 6-25 and Harris ended on 30 not out.
After tea the innings had a new look with teenage debutant Jonathan Randell opening with Nick Davies. They played with aplomb to 29 before Randell was bowled for a calm 10. After a brief flurry from Dafydd Nicholas, Davies (54) and Evans (46) saw Dafen home calmly and with increasing vigour.
So a win by 8 wickets, 26 points and moving up the table. Next week Dafen entertain Carmarthen Wanderers
Taliesin - 02/06/2013
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