Swansea hold off Clydach to book SWPCL T20 final place
SWANSEA will play Newport in the final of the South Wales Premier Cricket League T20 Cup after they beat Clydach in the semi-final on Wednesday (Aug 18).
Swansea won the toss and chose to bat first and they scored an excellent total of 179-2 from their 20 overs.
Brad Wadlan and Hasan Hayat shared a first wicket partnership of 76 runs in the first eight overs.
Hayat hit two fours and a six in his score of 22 from 18 balls but he was caught by Callum Hanney off the bowling Nicky Fisher.
Wadlan had already reached his half century by that point and he and Steffan Roberts added another 34 runs for the second wicket.
Wadlan hit ten fours and two sixes in his score of 70 from 39 balls but he was then trapped leg before by Jo Farthing.
Roberts and Adnan Ghori continued to pile on the runs as they shared an unbroken partnership of 69.
Ghori finished unbeaten on 22 while Roberts hit five fours and two sixes to finish not out on 57.
It meant that Clydach would need 180 runs to win the game.
However, they lost openers Jason Davies, bowled by Adnan Ghori, and Rhodri Jones, stumped by Ioan Webber off the bowling of Waqas Tanveer, early on to slip to a score of 13-2.
Steff Davies and Jonathan Hubschmid looked to get Clydach back on track as they shared 34 runs for the third wicket.
Ghori struck again though as he bowled Hubschmid on a score of 11. Davies followed soon after as he was trapped leg before by Brad Wadlan on a score of 25 that had included three fours and two sixes.
Liam and James Garland then added another 29 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.
Liam hit a six in his score of 18 but he was stumped by Webber off the bowling of Aamir Ikram as Clydach slipped to 82-5.
Callum Hanney and James Garland batted well for a sixth-wicket partnership of 40 but Hanney was then caught by Steffan Roberts off the bowling of Gareth Hayden on a score of 17.
Garland hit a four and five sixes in his score of 54 from 33 balls but he was also stumped by Webber off the bowling of Ikram.
That left Clydach on 141-7 as their hopes of victory began to fade away.
Wadlan took the wickets of Nicky Fisher and Jamie Lewis with the final two balls of the match to seal victory by 24 runs.
It sees them into the final against Newport which will be played on September 11 or 12 at a venue to be confirmed.
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