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——ii I Sporting Gossip CRICKET. Brilliant Batting. I Brilliant batting on both sides was (1 outstanding feature of the match at Stradey on Saturday between LlaneU and Briton Ferry Steelworks. The via tors have not without reason gained the I eput-I tioni of being the' strongest all- ) round combination in Wales to-day and the highest hopes of Llanelly's partizans did not go further than a quiet confi- dence that the home eleven would make a creditable show against such formidable opponents. Llanelly were again strengthened by the inclusflonof Dr. Gwyn Thomas, who, it may be remembered, figured at the full- back position for the "All Blacks" in their match at Stradey a few months ago. The Steelworkers, winning the toss, decided to let Llanelly have fifst knock, on a wicket which was decidedly in fa V 011" of the batsmen. As usual, Percy Rees and Will Davies commenced" operations, but neither bats- man came up to expectations, both being dismissed by Cooper after having regis- tered 5 runs apiece. W. P. Williams again rose to the occasion by contribut- ing a valuable 37 before he was beaten by Tomlinson. Hubert John just managed to get into double figures, buo was un-. fortunate in being lbw. to Bates' bowl- ing. With the arrival of Dr. Gwyn Thomas and H. E. Jones, things brightened up considerably, and the partnership was not dissolved until it had yielded 50 runs. Dn Thomas, who splayed bright cricket, hit up a brilliant 67. Cliff Bowen and Dai Davies also made respectable additions to the score, with 23 and 25 not out respectively. The innings eventually closed for tho highly creditable total of .259. The visitors had none too much time in which to reach this score, so the early batsmen set about their work with, vigour. Bates especially providing some leathel hunting for the fielders. However, the Steelworkers were unable to obtain the required runs in time, having knocked together 211 for 6 wickets. The game thus e-ndcct in a draw. COMMENTS. The Llanelly men deserve to be con- gratulated upon the excellent fight they made against their redoubtable op- ponents. Their three professionals— Bates, Wetb and Tomlinson—are each players of repute, and Cooper is a first- rate bowler. Oilly the other day he was the chief means of bundling out the Swansea eleven for about 60. It speaks well for the home men, therefore, that they were able to deal effectively with his bowling. On the Llanelly side, Dr. Gwyn Thomas gave a masterly display in his 67, which included two G's and eight 4's. He played with easy confidence throughout his innings. H. E. Jones fell only three short of his half-century, also giving a fine exhibition, and W. P. Wil- liams proved his worth by his 37. What Llanelly stood sore need of was a few more bowlers. Ths does not mean any disparagement, the two Davies' (Dai ,d Martin), who did very well, but to- wards the end both showed signs of tiring and a couple of change bowlers might have made the world of difference. LLANELLY v. NEW ZEALAND. On Tuesday a New Zealand team paid a visit to Stradey. The visitors were from Larkhill No. 1 Camp, and were, -as far as cricket went, an unknown quan- tity. Most of the team were in Llanelly for the first time, only Blair, having been down with the Rugby team. Dr. Gwyn Thomas again turned out for the home team, who were also assisted by Edgar Cooper, of Briton Ferry Steelworks. The New Zealanders batted first, and compiled a total of 155-50 of which were made in fine style by Christopherson, and 33 by Higgins. Percy Rees and Will Davies, who opened Llanelly's innings, soon got go- ing, but "Will" was beaten by Bennett after making 12. W. P. Williams mado his first "duck" of the season, being out to a catch. Dr. Thomas then partnered Percy Rees and some lively cricket en- sued, both players giving a good exhibi- tion. Percy Rees was clean bowled after scoring 31, and the only other players to obtain double figures were Hubert John and Dai Davies with 10 and 12 respective- ly. Dr. Thomas continued batting all through the innings, and carried out his bat for 113. At the end Fred Williams wa.s injured, and the home men declared at 204 for 9. COMMENTS. The game was of a very interesting character. Harry Paton, a young re- cruit, made a most promising debut for the first eleven, capturing 4 wickets for 20. "Harry" should go far.

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