LLANARTH welcomed Llantwit Fadre to the LCG on a ground that was surprisingly dry following the previous day’s downpour.
Llanarth had beaten Llantwit in the corresponding fixture but since then both teams have headed in completely the opposite direction. Llantwit had won five games and lost one resulting in them vying for promotion in second place whilst Llanarth had not won a game since and found themselves bottom of the league.
After a prolonged absence due to work and holidays Llanarth welcomed back Glenn Hamilton and Milo Thomas to strengthen the batting line up.
Andrew Spencer was unable to play following concussion after a freak/comical incident whilst camping. Spencer was sat around the campfire playing his guitar and singing kumbaya when one of his friends, who was trying to sleep, threw a bottle of water at him. It certainly stopped Spencer singing as it hit him on the top of his head and rendered him unconscious for around 30 seconds. Although he was unable to play it was good to see him watching the game.
Skipper Dennis Heath won the toss and on an excellent batting track asked Llantwit to set a target. Like the corresponding fixture Llantwit found it difficult to score runs and when Lomax got Oliver Barrett out in the ninth over they were only on 23.
Stuart Clarke, who had previously scored 82 against Llanarth, did not last long with Tom Vaughan catching him for one after a faint edge. Lomax finished his 10 over spell with figures of 2-17 after conceding 16 of those runs off his first three overs. Gary Holley supported him well and was unlucky not to take a wicket.
Spinners Dennis Heath and Chris Powell replaced the opening pair and Heath immediately had Elliott James out LBW for 27. A flurry of wickets soon followed and when Powell bowled Jonathan Bluett for seven Llantwit were 41 for six off 25 overs.
Both teams were well aware of the weather forecast and that heavy rain was due to arrive around 6 o’clock. Skipper Heath knew they had to take the remaining wickets quickly and soon realised that Paul Williams was going to be the danger man as he dispatched him over the top of mid-off for six.
Powell and Heath bowled well in tandem and combined again with a smart piece of fielding in running Callum Nicholls out for another duck. Powell bowled Williams for 15 and when Tom Heath took the final wicket in the second ball of his spell Llantwit were all out for 62 off 37.2 overs. Heath finished with figures of 2-19 off his 10 overs and Powell ended with 3-10 off nine.
After tea, Glenn Hamilton joined Lomax as opener with the aim of trying to knock the runs off as quickly as possible before the rain arrived. The plan did not quite pay off as Hamilton was caught at mid-wicket for five. That was the only scare for Llanarth as Milo Thomas(33*) and Lomax(27*) comfortably saw Llanarth home with the game finishing in the 12th over.
After the match Andrew Spencer was asked for his views on the game, “I thought it was a sparkling performance from Llanarth and it will be a huge tonic for the club after a few tough weeks. The team showed a lot of bottle and it is great seeing a spring return in the boys step. There is still a lot of hard work to be done but the bowlers bowled very well and I am glad they did not get much tap.”