Winning streak continues for Porthcawl firsts

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

– Cricket

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Porthcawl Cricket Club’s impressive winning streak continued at Aberdare as skipper Jack Tuck and medium pacer George Mead produced remarkable performances to lead the Seasiders to an impressive five wicket success.

The win takes Tuck’s side into third spot, with three games to play, but Landore and Margam remain in the top two positions and are still favourites for promotion, as the Locks Lane side are still paying the penalty for a sluggish start to the campaign.

The hosts looked to be in total command until Mead was handed the ball and he produced a remarkable career best spell to demolish the Aberdare innings with a sensational 7.4 over stint that yielded him extraordinary figures of 6-11.

From 104-0 the home innings crumbled and they were bowled out for 156 on a good wicket that looked full of runs.

Chris Shopland was the main threat to the visitors as he plundered 64, an innings containing 10 boundaries. He was well supported in the opening stand by Jeremy Crooker who was the more sedate partner, just four fours highlighting his 37.

Liam Derrick added 19 but the remainder of the batting found Mead too hot to handle.

The spin of Josh Aubrey and veteran Steve Richmond also proved troublesome to the home batsmen, Aubrey’s 10 overs earning him an excellent return of 2-31 while Richmond finished with 1-31.

In reply, with two prime batsmen in Nick Morgan and Rob Jones unavailable, Porthcawl lost two early wickets, although Richmond’s 19 steadied the ship in harness with Tuck.

The skipper then started to take the game by the scruff of the neck, producing his most polished batting display for many years.

Support came from Tim Richards and Will Frost, who added 14 and 11, but Tuck was imperious in his approach cracking a brilliant undefeated 91 in 70 balls, with 15 rope finders the highlights.

It was a true captains innings demonstrating his pedigree since pushing himself up to the number four spot.

For the home side, Crooker was expensive but was still the main wicket taker, his brace of wickets coming at the cost of 59 runs from just eight overs.

Tim Godsall’s eight overs, on the other hand, was frugal, his one wicket costing just 15 runs. There was also a wicket apiece for Asim Ahmed and Graeme Hughes.

Aberdare 160 all out, Porthcawl 160-5.

Following this latest defeat to fellow strugglers Mumbles A, Porthcawl Cricket Club seconds now face a desperate fight for survival, but, not for the first time this season, the hosts will reflect on a winning position being squandered.

Having posted a creditable 164, the Seasiders will also reflect that they were bowled out five overs short of their 40 over allocation, again not the first time they have failed to bat their full allowance.

Mumbles looked a beaten outfit as they slumped to 80-5 but Paul Mason’s side failed to cement their superiority as the visitors battled back.

At 138-7, Mumbles were still in trouble but Alex Protheroe saw his side home with 24 not out, including five boundaries.

The recovery, however, was led by Rhys Davies, whose 34 included six boundaries and opening bat Tony Dowrick also racked up half a dozen boundaries in his 34.

Daniel Thomas contributed 22 while Sean Davies and Joe Phillips made double figure contributions.

Skipper Paul Mason led from the front to take 3-18 in eight impressive overs and pace bowler Marc Thompson was his usual penetrative self, taking 2-33. Dave Lewis chipped in with 1-35.

Earlier, Mason continued his excellent batting form top-scoring with 42, an innings containing 36 in boundaries. Lewis hit 31 with six fours and young Steffan Flood found the ropes four times in his promising 20.

James Rees made 14 and there was 13 each for Stephen Jenkins and Rob Warren, but, once again the innings fell short of a major contribution.

For the Swansea suburban side, Rhys Davies was the main threat with 3-23 from eight overs and Joshua Sharp polished off the tail with 3-15.

Porthcawl seconds 164 all out, Mumbles A seconds 167-7.

JOHN EDWARDS

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