George and Hudson hang on for draw
Dafen's difficult season continued on Saturday when they made the short, but culturally vital, journey across the Llwchwr to play Gowerton. Dafen's league form was decidedly dodgy, but they were boosted by the Welsh Cup win last weekend against Mumbles.
A dismal day of weather was promised and so it turned out. The start was delayed by rain and the overs reduced to 45 each, no more interruptions occurred but the game was played in blustery, moist conditions that tried everyone's patience.
Gowerton batted first on a wicket that looked green but played, at least initially, pretty well with some pace and bounce. Paul Rees, opening for Gowerton, looked as if he had stubbed his toe getting out of bed, kicked the cat, argued with the postman and was determined to take it out on the ball. One blistering pull scorched the turf before an attempt at a repeat saw him bowled by Andrew Rowlands.
Two partnerships followed with first Jack Lyle and then Rhys Thomas on début accompanying Callum Eakins. Both scored 20s but Eakins' was the innings of the day with 98, making most of the short leg side and the wind driving the ball onto and over that boundary. He scored 98 with 6 fours and 6 sixes before he was sharply taken at the wicket by Dan Vaughan standing up.
By then the score was 164 and though wickets fell frequently thereafter, Gowerton closed on a more than useful 204-8 in their 45 overs.
After a lovely tea, disaster awaited Dafen. Undone by pace and bounce they were quickly 4 wickets down for 8 runs and then 44-6 after 21 overs with only Jonny Randell making double figures. William Collinson was the chief destroyer with 4-27. From there on it was survival only. Chris Hudson had joined Phil George and they painstakingly secured the draw. Dafen closed on 86-6 with George scoring a dedicated 53 and Hudson a stalwart 4.
So Gowerton took the honours and Dafen departed to consider their next game at home against Clydach next Saturday.
Taliesin - 16/06/2013
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