Gowerton CC 2nd’s 153 all out (38.4 overs)
Pontardawe CC 1st’s 148 all out (39.5 overs)
Gowerton CC 2nd’s win by 5 runs.
Pontardawe Captain Jason Rourke won the toss and elected to bowl first.
This was always going to be a tight game with it being 2nd v 3rd in the league.
Gowerton made a quick start to their innings reaching 37-0 off only 7 overs. The break through for Pontardawe came from captain Jason when he bowled the opening batsmen. More runs were put on the board by Gowerton and it was in the fifteen over when the home side lost their second wicket leaving them on 64-2. At drinks Gowerton were on 82-3 when another wicket fell. After drinks the home side reached 108 before losing their fourth wicket. Gowerton scored a few more runs after this but at the same time they lost wickets and at the end of their innings the home side were bowled out for 153 off 38.4 overs.
Wickets taken for Pontardawe were by Jason Rourke (2), Nik Joshi (2), Mark Williams (2), Lloyd Jenkins (2), Jeff Hapgood (1), and also a run out.
This left Pontardawe needing 154 to win off 40 overs.
Pontardawe’s run chase started off slowly but surly reaching 25 runs in the tenth over before losing their first wicket when Dale Williams was caught. The away side lost a couple more wickets and at drinks were on 54-3 still needing 100 runs to win from the final 20 overs. After drinks a few more runs were put on the board when Mark Williams (21) and Jason Rourke (12) scored quick runs before both being caught. This left Pontardawe on 123-8 needing 21 more runs off the last 6 overs with 2 wickets remaining. Another wicket fell which left the away side on 142-9 with 1 over remaining. Pontardawe got it down to 6 runs needed off the last two balls when Jeff Hapgood went for a big shot but unfortunately was caught on the boundary and was out for 38 meaning Gowerton won the game by 5 runs. A great knock by Jeff who kept Pontardawe in the game but fell just short in the end with the home side winning a very entertaining game.
Next weekend Pontardawe CC 1st’s are home to Llangennech 2nd’s and Pontardawe CC 2nd’s are away to Cimla CC 1st’s.