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Four in a row for Wanderers

CARMARTHEN Wanderers won their fourth game in a row on Saturday (May 25) as they beat Malpas by 58 runs.

Malpas won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl the Wanderers out for 183.

However, the Wanderers’ bowlers were in equally good form as they bowled their opponents out for 125 to earn victory and remain top of Division 2.

The home side lost opener Robbie Crawford for a duck early on when he was bowled by James Francis.

Leighton Walters and Stephen Inward shared 29 runs for the second wicket but Walters was then caught off the bowling of David Griffiths on a score of 20 (4 fours).

Inward and Gareth Thomas then shared another 35 runs but Malpas struck again as Ryan Ward had Inward caught on a score of 17.

Thomas made 28 with five fours and a six but Ward then had him caught by Andrew Ross leaving the Wanderers on 92-4.

Owain Binding and Darrell Griffiths then shared the best stand of the match as they shared 46 runs for the fifth wicket.

Both made good starts but Griffiths was out for a score of 19 and soon after Binding was out for a score of 22.

Wickets continued to fall as Daniel Jones was out to the bowling of Francis and Owain Davies to the bowling of Christian Rose.

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Steven Mills scored 18 but was also out to Rose and when Ian Hughes fell to Francis, it brought the innings to a close.

Malpas did not help themselves in keeping the score down as they conceded 41 extras.

The Wanderers were hopeful they could put pressure on the Malpas batters and that’s exactly what they did as Owain Binding had Ryan Ward caught by Owain Davies.

31 runs followed between James Francis and Michael Martin but Ian Hughes then had Francis caught by Stephen Inward to leave Malpas on 36-2.

Twenty runs later, Hughes struck again as he had Lewis Morgan caught by Davies.

Martin made 28 but he was then bowled by Steven Mills who then also trapped Steve Provis leg before for a duck, reducing Malpas to 64-5.

That became 76-6 as Mills again caught the pads, this time of Jason Barker.

Gareth Thomas then claimed the wicket of Andrew Ross, with Walters taking the catch and Dan Jones was also caught by Walters, giving Binding his second wicket.

On 90-8 the visitors were facing a losing battle but Ross Ward made 22 before being caught and bowled by Walters.

Robbie Crawford then picked up the final wicket as he had David Griffiths caught by Thomas.

That meant that Malpas were all out for 125 but the Wanderers were also guilty of giving away 27 runs in extras.

On Saturday (Jun 1), Carmarthen Wanderers are away to Newbridge.