A TEAM from the South Wales Cricket Association (SWCA) earned victory over a Pembrokeshire XI on Sunday (Jun 9) at Pembroke Dock.
The Pembrokeshire side batted first with Toby Hayman and Patrick Bellerby opening and the pair shared 27 runs for the first wicket.
Bellerby was then bowled by Felinfoel’s Julian Griffiths on a score of 19 and soon after Hayman was run out to leave the hosts on 28-2.
Harry Thomas and Tom Davies took over and they shared another 22 runs between them.
Again both fell in quick succession as Davies was caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Scott Thomas on 15 and Thomas was bowled by namesake Scott.
Geraint Jones was then caught by Kieran O’Connor off the bowling of Gowerton’s Harry Bolland and Pembrokeshire had slumped to 65-5.
Ross Hardy and Brad McDermott-Jenkins then shared 35 runs for the sixth wicket as they looked to get their side towards three figures.
Hardy made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Greg Fisher off the bowling of Bolland.
Bolland then had McDermott-Jenkins caught on a score of 12 and when Luke O’Connor trapped Henry Durrant leg before, Pembrokeshire were looking at a low total.
However, Matthew Davies and Sean Hannon had other ideas as they shared a stand of 60 for the ninth wicket.
Hannon hit two fours and a six as he scored 30 but he was eventually caught by O’Connor off the bowling of Griffiths.
That left Davies not out on 31 (five fours) as Pembrokeshire finished on 161-9.
Yakoob Ali and Scott Lloyd got the South Wales team off to a good start in their reply as they shared 35 runs for the first wicket.
Henry Durrant made the breakthrough when he had Ali caught by Toby Hayman on a score of 20.
Lloyd was joined in the middle by Scott Thomas and they shared another good partnership worth 45 runs.
Thomas hit four fours and a six as he scored 26 but he was then caught and bowled by Brad McDermott-Jenkins.
He then also bowled Lloyd who had hit five fours in his score of 34 to leave the SWCA on 91-3.
Pembrokeshire were unable to take any further wickets as Llandysul’s Ben Edkins and Margam’s Luke O’Connor shared 71 runs to take their side to victory.
O’Connor was not out on 28 while Edkins hit seven fours and two sixes to finish with the day’s highest score, not out on 48.
That saw the South Wales Cricket Association side to a seven wicket win.
The teams will play the reverse fixture on Sunday, June 30.