Ynystawe win close finish
Ynystawe travelled to Dafen Park on Saturday with both teams searching for their best form and both contributed to a tense low-scoring affair. Ynystawe won the toss and asked Dafen to bat, a high risk decision as the wicket had been helpful to the bowlers lster in the day of late.
But first Dafen had to post a competitive total, something of a challenge recently. Matthew Evans and Nick Davies slowly settled early nerves with an opening stand of 33 before first Davies (22) and then Evans fell in quick succession. Dafydd Nicholas, Jamie Mansel and Gareth Hughes all chipped in with further twenty-odds without dominating as Ynystawe's spinners found help and scoring was never easy. The innings closed on 147 all out with Carl Roberts taking 3-40 and Andrew Beasley 3-37.
After a hearty tea Ynystawe set about their task, and found it no easier. The ever straight Andrew Rowlands claimed to early wickets, LBW both, including the prolific Ynystawe captain Beasley. Rowan Evans, 35, with first Gareth Bishop and then Ceri Palmer (23) moved the score onwards before being bowled by Chris Hudson and it was 77-4 after 32 overs. 71 needed from 18 overs with 6 wickets in hand and the spinners seeking to exert some control.
Carl Roberts was to play the innings of the day taking the game forward with some help from Sion Jones. Slowly the game slipped from Dafen's grasp as it became 139 for 5 in the 45th over: 9 to win, 5 overs left and 5 wickets inhand. But there was another twist, 4 wickets fell. Three to Aamir Ikram's leg spin and one to Phil George.
The last over dawned with 7 runs required and 9 wickets down. Crucially Roberts was on strike as George strode up to bowl the final over. Roberts prevailed smiting 2 boundaries to take Ynystawe to victory with one ball left.
Dafen will be downhearted and Ynystawe delighted, next week sees Dafen travel to Maesteg Celtic, looking for a second win of the season.
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