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Sporting Gossip — 10 —— CRICKET. LLANELLY V. SWANSEA. These old rivals met at Swansea on Saturday, and the game, which proved to be of the most exciting nature, ended in a win for Swansea, the scores being:— Llanelly 150, Swansea 167 for 9 wickets. Llanelly batted first, and met with early disaster, both Percy Rees and Will Davies being out to Creber's bowling when only 17 runs had been registered. W. P. Williams and Hubert John soon put a different complexion on the game, taking the score to 59, before John was caught behind the wicket by Billings after he had knocked up 16. After Wil- liams, who had scored 48, was dismissed by Tait, none of the remaining Llanelly players gave much trouble with the ex- ception of the two last-wicket men, H. E. Jones and Fred Williams, who man- aged to bring Llanelly's score to 150, both men scoring 19,Williams being "not out." Swansea commenced operations with Tait and Baxter. Baxter was clean bowled by Martin Davies in his first over, but not before he had hit two 4's. W. J Bancroft, senr., a fter scoring 14 was bowled by Dai Davies, whilst E. A. Billings who came next was caught first ball off the same bowler. Soon after- wards Tait was given out lbw to D. Davies. The score now stood at 65, 39 of which had been compiled by Tait. J. D. Davies, who was next in, made a useful 15 before being bowled by Dai Davies. During the next wicket stand there was a little "incident." A delivery to W. R. Thomas went to the wicket off his pads, and W. Davies, the stumper, claimed Thomas out, but the umpire. who, it is believed, made a palpable mis- take. decided otherwise; whereupon Davies threw one of his gloves to the ground, but carried on with the game after being spoken to by the other play- ers. Bancroft, junr., Ellis and Prichard all got ipto double figures and Swansea's score was carried to 167, Creber not ha'v- ing batted. Comments. To the keen followers of the game at Llanelly it came as a welcome surprise to know of the magnificent fight made at St. Helens. The Swansea, men, for the most part, are well seasoned cricketers, but the young members of the Llanelly team acquitted themselves very credit- ably. j First mention .should again be made of Dai Davies' capital bowling, his average being 8 wickets for 51, which was a not- able performance, having regard to the state of the pitch and the opposition provided. Of the batsmen, W. P. Williams, Fred Williams, H. E. Jones, and Hubert John did best, the first named batting in excellent style for his well made 48, which included nine 41,4, On the Swansea side the three Ban- crofts contributed a big share to the total, "W. J." (senr.) making 14, "W. J." (j unr.) and Fred 24. Ellis also knocked up an invaluable 18 at the end of the game. Creber, as usual, reaped his harvest of wickets, capturing 7 for 68. LLANELLY v. CLYDACH. I On Whit-Monday, Clydach made their initial appearance at Stradey, and by the 11 capital fight they made, one feels sure I they wm be welcomed there first. I Llanelly batted first but lost Percy Rees ,(lbw) before a run was scored. W. P Williams again came to the rescue, scoring a .splendid 48, curiously enough, the same score as he made against Swan- sea. Seven wickets down for 87 looked none too rosy for the home team, but the latter batsmen all got into double figures and the total eventually reached 165. ,,Clydach's early batsmen proved a sur- prise packet for Llanelly, S. Williams, E. Davies, and C. Leopod, making 27, 40 and 42 respectively. Unfortunately for the visitors, the tail-end collapsed hope- lessly, and Clydach were dispsed of for 160. runs short of Llanelly. COMMENTS. Llanelly gained their first victory at the expense of Clylach. but it must be ad- mitted that the visitors put up a splendid fight. Whereas the Llanelly "tail" gave a lot of trouble, that of Clydach broke down completely, especially before the bowling of Fred Williams, who took five wickets in his last half-dozen overs. In the scoring line W. P. Williams again demonstrated that he is one of our leading batsmen. He has had bad luck on two occasions by falling short of his half-century by only a couple of runs. Martin Davies also did well, contri- buting a fine 34, when things looked none too bright; whilst Griff Rowe car- ried out his bat for 19. SECONDS v. SWANSEA 2nds. The Seconds suffered another reverse on Saturday at Stradey at the hands of Swansea 2nds, the visitors being victors by four wickets and four runs. Jack Richards started well for Llanelly compiling 47, and Jere Griffiths supple- mented this by 21. Later on Yendall and Griff Rowe both gave good exhibi- tion, each scoring 33. The innings ended with a total of 168. With such a respecta ble score it was not expected that the home team would go under, but Jack Bancroft upset all calculations by hitting up a hurricane 76, in half an hour, mostly composed of 4's and 6's. Chiefly owing to his master- ly display, Swansea just managed to get the necessary runs in time, with four wickets in hand. BOWLS. Pare Howard "A" played Cwmdonkin in a league game at Pare Howard on Saturday last, and heavily defeated the visitors, by 55—116 to 61. All the rinks were "up." Rink 1, skipped by the Captain, D. Hinder, beat their opponents after a close game 25-23. Rink 2, with W. Thomas leading wa-s well up, finishing 26—16. Rink 3, Skip Gomer Thomas and, his men gave their opponents no chance, and at the close the score was 42-11, a- big majority of 3 shots. Rink 4, Oliver Russell (skip) did well, he and his men playing their usual steady game and coming out victors by 12 shots, 23-11. j The linal score is a record for Pare Howard league games. The "B" team, in their league game against Pantygwdr (played at Brynmill. Swansea), on Tuesday gave a wonderful show ,and defeated the home team by 5 shots (76-71) after being down for three-fourths of the game. This is the first defeat this season for Pantygwdr. A number of the club supporters went with the "B's" and were naturally well pleased with the result. A large crowd of Swanseaites from the local greens were present, and were much surprised at the keenness of the bowling of the visi- tors. Pantygwdr were leading at the '5th, 10th and 15th ends, but at the 21st and final end, they were behind by five shots.




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