2nd May 2009
Briton Ferry Town v Hills Plymouth
(Second XI)

HILLS SECONDS PIPPED AT THE POST

Hills Plymouth second team travelled to a soggy Briton Ferry ground, where the pitch condition ruled out a high-scoring game. Hills batted first and soon lost opener Dai Fowler for 0, caught and bowled by P Jones. Dickie Bowen and Nick Thomson took the score to 20, then Bowen was out for 13, caught by D Hermon off the bowling of B Probert. A solid stand of 30 between Thomson and Mark Chamberlain ended when Thomson was bowled by G Morris for a hard-fought 20. Chamberlain was then joined by Clive Owen, but both were caught behind by L Probert off A Jones and A Shah respectively, Chamberlain for 14 and Owen for 6.

Andrew Williams played a dogged innings of 33, including three 4s and a six, but lost 3 partners along the way. Following Owen’s dismissal, captain Phil Lewis fell for one and Aled Walters for 0, all to the same bowler, A Shah. When Williams was caught by B Probert off A Jones the end was in sight for Hills. Andrew Hargreaves was caught behind for 1 and young Matthew Davies clean-bowled without scoring, both wickets claimed by B Probert. Andrew Mortimer remained undefeated on 6 at the end of the innings, the total being 109 all out from 42 overs.

In reply, Briton Ferry found the conditions equally difficult to work with, and Matthew Davies claimed the wicket of D Hermon with his opening ball, Dai Fowler taking the catch. Phil Lewis then chipped in with 2 wickets, bowling G Morris for 3 and catching L Probert himself. Opener R Morgan and S Richards put on 32 for the fourth wicket, when Richards was bowled by Andrew Hargreaves on 16. Wickets continued to fall, B Probert run out by Dickie Bowen for 9 and D Jones bowled by Andrew Mortimer for 2, but the runs were still slowly mounting. Andrew Hargreaves gave Hills hope of a victory when he had A Jones caught by Dickie Bowen for 5, and then bowled the stubborn opener R Morgan, who had stuck it out for 49 overs for his 30 runs.

The match could have ended in a draw had the hosts not had an additional 8 overs to bat, and this proved vital. The last 2 men, P Jones and A Shah took Briton Ferry to victory, unbeaten on 18 and 12 respectively, but not before both were dropped in Aled Walter’s last over, the bowler very unlucky to remain wicketless.

Pick of the Hills bowlers was Andrew Hargreaves, with 3 for 21 from 15 overs. 

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