Narrow loss for Cowbridge seconds

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

By GEM Community Correspondent
in Cricket

Following last week’s cancelled match against Drefach, Cowbridge second XI welcomed Porthcawl to The Athletic Ground last Saturday for a mid-table clash hoping to continue their winning home form.

However, batting first having lost the toss, the home side only managed to score 150 for 5 from their allocated 40 overs, a total well below par given the excellent wicket and fast outfield.

The fact that the margin of defeat was by only one wicket is however testament to the efforts and commitment of the team whilst bowling and fielding.

In the absence of Jonty Webb, Alistair Lawson and the elegant Dave Gascoyne opened the batting and got off to a solid start putting on 30 in the first 10 overs.

By the time Lawson (31) was dismissed, the score had progressed to 63 in the 18th over. Although Jon Brazier (2) followed shortly thereafter, there was still hope that a formidable total could be reached as Navid Younas joined Gascoyne at the wicket.

Younas (21) helped increase the run rate but when Gascoyne was dismissed for 60 with the total at 110 from 30 overs, much was left to do by the middle order.

Michael Hordley, making his seasonal debut, batted well and took the attack to the opposition.

His valuable contribution of 18 not out aided by Ian Evans and Sami Khan helped post a victory target of 151.

In reply, Porthcawl got off to a similar solid start and were 31 for 1 from their first 10 overs. John Gilbert was his usual miserly self conceding just 15 runs from his permitted eight overs but Porthcawl’s opening batsman, R. Parsons, was looking in fine form and needed to be dismissed if Cowbridge had any hope of victory.

Michael Hordley was introduced into the attack and delivered what was required.

He picked up two quick wickets and with Ian Evans taking one at the other end, the game had swung in Cowbridge’s favour as Porthcawl were in a precarious position at 55 for 5 from 20 overs.

However, the pendulum swung again thanks to a fine partnership of 70 by the seaside town’s middle order pairing of Warren and Driscoll and with seven overs remaining and just 26 runs required with five wickets in hand, defeat was looking the most likely outcome for Cowbridge.

However cricket can be a funny old game and following the dismissal of both Warren and Driscoll, pressure was put on the tail-enders due to some excellent bowling by Younas and Evans, assisted by good fielding.

A further two wickets fell quickly leaving Porthcawl requiring five runs to win with the last pair at the wicket, but unfortunately the final wicket remained elusive and the visitors secured victory in the penultimate over by the narrowest of margins.

Despite the result, no damage was done to the team’s league position and a return to winning ways will be on the menu when Kidwelly Town visit The Athletic Ground on Saturday.

JS

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