Cresselly (176 for 8) lost to Whitland (180 for 8)
Current champions Cresselly’s sorry start to this campaign continued.
They scored a healthy 176 for 8 but were unable to halt the visitors’ march to victory by 2 wickets. Cresselly did however show their all-round batting strength as no fewer than six batsmen had a few runs, so that although there were no big innings their combined effort reaped a healthy final tally of 176 for 8 against Matthew Davies (1 for 29), David Dunfee (3 for 51), Mark Lee (3 for 34) and Dai Dearden (1 for 21).
Cresselly skipper Phil Williams led by example with a gritty 41 alongside Simon ‘Snowy’ Cole (29), Damian Allen (28), Neilson Cole (21 not out), Lyn Richards (13) and Sion Jenkins (13 not out) as Cresselly scored 81 for 3 at half way in their 45 overs and contributed a vital 35 runs in the final four overs.
But Whitland also built steadily via Ed John (12), Dai Lee (42) and Paul Davies (14) before David Dunfee stood the game on its head with a sparkling innings of 71 which included four fours and six big sixes before he was finally caught by Julian Arthur off the bowling of Matthew Morgan. Morgan finished with 2 for 20 alongside Lyn Richards (2 for 38), Richard Harris (3 for 50) and Iwan Izzard (1 for 39) but Whitland kept their heads to win with two balls left of an absorbing tussle.
Cresselly match ball sponsored by the Cherry family.
Umpires: Mervyn John and Peter Perry.
Scorers: Dave Richards and Janice Webb.