Cardiff win Welsh Cricket Cup.
Cardiff CC scored a 41-run victory over Pontarddulais CC in the final of the Cricket Wales Welsh Cup – one of four trophies in a week.
Winning the toss at the Gnoll, Neath, Cardiff captain Adam Miles elected to bat first, and helped his team to a total of 212-4 in their 40 overs.
Miles hit 89 off 104 balls, including six fours, before being bowled by Gary Arrowsmith. Fellow opener, Harry Bowles contributed 36 off 39 balls, while Greg Holmes hit 61 not out, off 62.
Owen Morgan was Pontarddulais’ top bowler, with 3-31 off his 8 overs, including the only maiden of the innings.
The Swansea team got off to a shaky start in reply, slumping to 8-2, before finishing well short of the target, at 171-8.
Opener, Arwel Thomas was top scorer with 48, while James Lewis was Cardiff’s most effective bowler, with figures of 2-27.
The trophies were presented by Alan Jones, the former Glamorgan and England opening batsman. Cardiff received a total of £700 in prize money and Pontarddulais £500. Jones nominated Adam Miles as man of the match and presented him with £50.
“The Welsh Cup final is one of the highlights of the cricket calendar in Wales,” said Cricket Wales chief executive, Peter Hybart.
“It’s an exciting event for the players and for everyone involved in the clubs. For Cardiff, it was a really special occasion – they also won the South Wales Premier League first and second division titles, as well as the Vale of Glamorgan midweek T20 cup.”
Cricket Wales is the national governing body for junior and recreational senior cricket in Wales. It works closely with Glamorgan County Cricket Club, which governs the men’s professional game. For information visit www.cricketwales.org.uk