Gittins cracks 79 to see Llanarth home

Thursday 23rd June 2022 11:00 am
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A SPARKLING 79 not out off 47 balls by opener Paul Gittins guided Llanarth to an eight-wicket derby win over visitors Glangrwyney in a Macey Cup midweek game.

Mark Waldeck matched him firing an unbeaten 69 for the visitors, but accurate bowling limited Glan to 139-7 off their 20 overs, and the hosts then raced to the target with 5.3 overs to spare.

Glan won the toss and elected to bat, Michael Devoy and Waldeck racing to 38 in three overs before the former was caught by Tom Stentiford off a Tom Llewelyn delivery having scored a blistering 29 off 16 balls that included six fours.

But new man Tim Jones was gone for a duck after facing just two deliveries, holing out to Sam Michell off a Tom Heath ball (48-2).

And while Waldeck was getting into his stride, Gethin Price came and went for five (65-3), caught by Llewelyn off a Dan Moseley delivery, quickly followed by Nick Jones for seven, stumped by Sam Michell off another Moseley ball (88-4).

Elis Barnett-Smith provided valuable support as Waldeck claimed his half century and the score passed the 100-mark, scoring 18 off 15 balls, including three fours, before holing out to Tom Heath for Llewelyn’s second wicket (127-5).

Shaheen Chaudhry was caught for one by Moseley second ball off a Dennis Heath ball (129-6) and then Llewelyn struck again to bowl Marc Morgan for one (136-7) before the innings ended.

Llewelyn’s three wickets came for 25 off four overs, with Moseley taking 2-23, Tom Heath 1-22 and Dennis Heath 1-21.

Llanarth flew out of the blocks in reply, putting 32 on the board at the end of three overs before losing their first man, Will Heath holing out to Devoy off a Marc Morgan ball for eight.

Third man Oliver Mann then provided support for Gittins who was finding the boundary with some regularity.

The opener raced to 42 while Mann scored 18 off 18 balls, including three fours, before being caught by Barnett-Smith off another Morgan delivery (83-2).

But any Glan hopes that the wicket would see the game swing their way were soon dashed, as Gittins accelerated to his half-century and backed by wicket-keeper Michell, they comfortably chased down the target without further loss, the opener firing a magnificent six to take the score to a winning 143-2.

Gittins’ 79 included 11 fours and two sixes, while Michell finished with 19 off 13 balls.

Wicke-taker Morgan’s two scalps came for 29 off four overs.

Rain late in the day scuppered Saturday’s Llanarth 1st XI match away to Barry Athletic 2nds after the visitors had posted 204 all out in 39.4 overs.

Sam Michell starred with the bat in the South East Wales Div Five clash, scoring 84 off 91 balls, including seven fours and a six, while Oliver Mann scored 51 and Will Heath 23.

In reply, Barry were 77-1 off 16.2 overs when the heavens opened and the game was abandoned with the points shared.

The 2nds game at home to Radyr 5ths was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

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