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Match report SWJCL Under 15’s V BSC Port Talbot 29/4/07

The SWJCL were delighted to be invited to play BSC Port Talbot as part of the club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. A strong League side arrived at BSC to be greeted by an excellent batting track, a fast outfield and glorious sunshine.

Batting first the league got underway with a solid opening stand between Rhys Clayton (Bridgend Town) and Andrew Williams (Pontarddulais), they put on 30 before a sharp piece of fielding saw Andrew run out for 11. This brought the League’s Captain Joe Parkhouse (Gowerton) to the wicket and he quickly exerted his authority putting on 84 with Rhys. A minor hiccup saw Rhys run out and Adam Matthews adjudged LBW, but any thoughts of a collapse were quickly set aside as Daniel Rees (Skewen) and Joe set about the bowling. Joe relentlessly marched toward his 100 which he brought up off just 66 balls a superb innings which included 13 fours and 3 sixes. Daniel also batted with authority scoring 35 including some thunderous boundaries. The partnership was ended having put on 107 when Daniel was bowled unselfishly trying to push the pace. Relief was short lived for BSC however with Dewi Williams (Goresinon) scoring 15 off the next 5 balls and Joe Crashing two more big sixes, to take 21 off the last 8 nine balls. The league ended on a very intimidating 248-4 off their 40 over with Joe not out on 118 after just 75 balls with 13 fours and 5 sixes.  

BSC Came out to bat and were immediately put under pressure with both opening bowlers Tom Day (Morriston) and David Jenkins (Gorseinon) both settling into their rhythm quickly. Tom bowled with pace and aggression taking two early wickets both clean bowled and creating several other half chances. This combined with David’s left arm swing and kept BSC right under the cosh and after 10 overs they were 25-2. BSC worked hard and had moved from 7 for 2 to 35 for 2. At that point a bit of misfortune saw Cameron Bamford hit a full toss back to Johnathan Evans (Skewen) and he made no mistake. Johnathan again bowled with a great deal of control and kept the BSC reply in check. The introduction of the spinners then brought dividends Ashley Churchill and Phillip Wells (Both Skewen) two leg spinners bowling in tandem bowled excellent spells. Ashley taking 3-8 and Phillip 2-19, Andrew Williams chipped in with 1-14. With BSC seemingly dead and buried at 50-9. The last wicket pair decided to have some fun Rhys Haywood and A.Jones put on 42 with Rhys in particular enjoying his batting he put together a very fine 31 including 3 sixes and a 4. The resistance was finally brought to an end when Joe decided enough was enough and reintroduced Tom Day who took just 4 balls to get the final wicket to finish with an excellent 3-11. All in all a very accomplished performance by the league side saw them win by 156 runs.       

 I must say though that BSC worked very hard all day and I was extremely impressed with their commitment and effort especially faced with such strong opposition. Not many club sides could compete with a side selected from the rest of the league especially with the unfortunate withdrawal, through injury, of Owen Davies. There was a lot of talent on show and it is clear that a lot of hard work is being put in on the training ground. Finally I would like to congratulate BSC Port Talbot on their anniversary and thank the club but especially Keith Hughes, Peter Doyle and all connected with the club for an excellent day. I hope the season goes well for you all your hard work deserves it. Here’s to the next 50 years.

Pete Williams

  

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