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Welsh Cup Semi Finals - Sunday 30th July, 2017

Cardiff CC v Pontarddulais CC

Mumbles CC v Colwyn Bay CC 

First Round Highlights

Holders Mumbles CC cruised through thanks to Scott De Weyman's 179 against Gorseinon

However losing finalists Penarth CC were beaten at Panteg CC, thanks to Ian Bird's 55 and Jack Mayers 4-20    

Other highlights were

Will Glen 136* (Abergavenny CC)   Callum Herring 103* (Blackwood CC)   Danyil Zaman 101* (Dinas Powys CC) Jordan Evans 108* (Colwyn Bay CC) Jamie Hodgson 105* (Northop Hall CC) David Fox 103 (Connah's Quay CC) Geraint Jones (Dolgellau CC) Callum Walters 111* (Maesteg CC)

Scott Newton 5 - 21 (Whitland CC) Jeevan Kurukkal 5-24 (Northop Hall CC) Harrison Jones 4 - 9 & Stuart Griffiths (Llay Welfare CC) Jason Dobbie 4-21 (Chepstow CC) Harry Morgan 4 -31 (Swansea CS)

Also special mention to 13 year old Alex Horton for his 97 for Blackwood CC v Chepstow CC

Welsh Cup 2017
The Cricket Wales Welsh Cup will take on a new format for the 2017 season.
The draw will be made (FA Cup style) after each round and posted on the Cricket Wales Website in late February for the Preliminary and 1st Round, then on the Wednesday after the Round completion date thereafter.
There are 66 entries for 2017, divided into 4 groups - North, South East, South Central and South West.
A preliminary round is necessary in North Wales and South East Wales (April 23rd) and the 1st Round completed by 7th May.
The final will be played once again at The Gnoll, the home of Neath Cricket Club, on Sunday 20th August . Cricket Wales is extremely grateful to the Neath club for agreeing to host the final. 
The scheduled dates thereafter are as follows:
Round 2 - June 4th;             
Round 3 – June 25th;  
Quarter Finals – July 9th 
Semi Finals July 30th (Reserve date 6th August)
Final - Sunday August 20th at Neath CC

Regional Finals  - Quarter Finals

Mumbles batted first Scott De Weymarn 46 and Aneurin Norman’s 80 were the mainstay of their 210-8 , Daniel Rowe picking up 5-22 from his 8 overs to restrict the middle and lower order.

In reply Port Talbot were struggling at 24 – 3 but Dean Morris, 43 and Daniel Rowe, 59 added 80. Rowe’s dismissal with the score on 187 provided decisive as Port Talbot came up 5 runs short.

Pontarddulais batted first and lost both openers to Shaun Coaker for ducks to be 7 – 2 , Carl Roberts, 46, Shaun Harris 36 re built with a stand of 59 , before Nathan Jones 4-34 produced a good spell mid innings but Thomas Carey 35 * and a last wicket stand of 39 , saw the Bont to 159 -9 off their 40 overs

Ammanford started well with 35 for the 1st wicket but the loss of Alun Evans and Matthew Fisher severely dented their hopes and 4 -21 from Carl Roberts saw Pontarddulais to a 40 run win.

Panteg batted first and at 111 – 3 were well placed to set a challenging total but 4 wickets for 3 runs took the middle order out and Panteg were restricted to 160 by good bowling from James Lewis 3-24 and Steffan Kelly 3-25.

In reply Cardiff slumped to 15-2 but Umar Malik 72* and Greg Holmes 71* produced a matching winning unbeaten stand of 146 to give Cardiff a 8 wicket win

Third Round Highlights

Panteg's Ex Glamorgan player John Glover produced the allround performance of the round. His 109 and Daniel Wilkinson's 63 were the main contributions in their  222-4. Chepstow looked well places but Glover removed Carwyn James, 103 and went on to claim 3-40 as Chepstow lost 7 wickets for 25 runs.

Cardiff benefited from Croesyceiliog's concession

Nathan Lee, 95 and Mark Cox 59 led Port Talbot Town to 235-4. Richard Edwards 3 -14 removed Ynysygerwn's top order who feel short despite Nick Maggs making 55. 

Mumbles bowled Tata Steel out for 142 , 3 wickets each for Jack Straw and Gavin Williams. Mumbles were struggling at 96-6 but lower order runs from Lloyd Jones 22* and Chris Nelson 16* saw them home with 7 balls to spare

Half centuries from Leach, Johnasen and Campion saw Colwyn Bay to 240-6 Mochdre found runs hard to come by and finished on 169 - 8 from their 40 overs

In the local derby Northop 152 - 4 chased down  Northop Hall's 151-5 in 32 overs to win by 6 wickets

Pontarddulais bowled Whitland out for 133 in the 34th and reached their target in the 21st over to win by 8 wickets 

Ammanford bowled Neyland out 66. Matthew Fisher 3-10 and Josef Davies 4-4 did the damage. Geraint Rees 3-25 had Ammanford in trouble at 16-4 but double figures from Matthew Fisher, Gareth Slade and Matthew Davies saw them home

Second Round Highlights

South East

Cardiff beat Abergavenny thanks to centuries from Yvan Grant 152 and Umar Malik 101 and a century from Carwyn James saw Chepstow beat Newport by 6 wickets, Josh Harris allround performance helped Croesyceiliog beat Hopkinstown

South Central

Mumbles crusied to a 9 wixkets win over  Skewen  thanks to Scott De Weymarn 77 no and Scott Thornton 76no enabled Ynysygerwen to beat Neath by 17 runs Rohan Hherbert and Martin Lewis 1st wicket stand of 131 saw Tata Steel beat Ynystawe. Pot Talbot comfortably beat Maesteg Town

North

Centuries from Matthew Humphries and Stewart Williams got Mochdre up to 319 bit Connahs Quay finished only 30 runs short thanks to Will Higginson's 83. Northop beat Denbigh and Northop Hall beat Gwersyllt.

South East

Pat Bellerby with 176 and Henrey Durrant's 100 no contributed to Neyland's 392 -4 which proved too many for Aberaeron, Pontarddulias bowled Llangennech out for 46 and won by 8 wickets. Whitland beat Kilgetty by 58 runs and Haverfordwest conceded for Ammanford to go through