Neath came to Dafen Park on Saturday, comfortable at the top of the league while Dafen continued to struggle nearer the bottom.
Given the blazing weather is was no surprise to see a dry and dusty wicket, Matthew Evans won the toss for Dafen and batted first. There were a few players unavailable and a few changes to Dafen's team. Rob Jones opening with Matthew Evans being one of them. And it proved to be a steady partnership, Jones departing for 10 with the score on 43. After a couple of quick wickets Evans (54) rebuilt with Chris Randell (31) but calamity struck in mid innings as the Neath spinners started to find their length; 109 for 3 became 113 for 7. Despite a modest recovery Dafen closed on135 all out. Joe Parkhouse 5-21 and Nathan Aubrey 3-34.
Not all was misery over the tea table, the wicket was giving increasing help to the bowlers so all was not lost.
And so it proved afterwards. Though Gareth King struck 3 boundaries from the first over, it wasn't long before the age old virtues of line and length brought their rewards, Andrew Rowlands took three quick wickets and Evans one to leave Neath in a bit of a pickle at 44-4. But their young batting line up were equal to the task. Gethin King made 32 before Parkhouse and Kieron Bull took them home with an unbroken partnership of 58, helped by a now familiar clatter of dropped catches; some easy some hard.
So Neath remain top and Dafen 8th. Next week see Dafen travel to Ynystawe.
Taliesin - 21/07/2013
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