Bont make it to semis after defeating holders
AFTER an impressive victory over last year's champions, Pontarddulais Comprehensive School are flying the Welsh flag in the semi-finals of the Lord's Taverners Schools Cricket Trophy.
More than 1,500 teams have taken part in the tournament and the Pontarddulais boys have been competing for two seasons to get this far.
Last summer they became West Glamorgan champions as an under-14 team and they have played a number of fixtures this summer to reach the semi-final at national level.
They overcame holders Portsmouth Grammar School in the quarter-final at Pontarddulais Cricket Club.
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Pontarddulais won the toss and asked PGS to bat.
Tight bowling by Callum Eakins — who had to leave the field after his spell to sit a history GCSE exam — ensured a solid start for the home side. He bowled the dangerous Brown, who had scored a century in the last round, for eight with the score on 13, and steady and varied bowling by the Pontarddulais side ensured a regular fall of wickets, restricting Portsmouth to 91 all out from 31 overs.
The Pontarddulais fielding was exceptional with superb diving catches from Rhys Humphreys, Ben Davies and Shaun Harris. Eakins finished with 3-18 off his eight overs and Shaun Harris bagged 3-15 off seven.
Pontarddulais lost an early wicket in their reply, but Harris (34) and Aneurin Donald (44no) took control to steer their school to a seven-wicket victory with 23 overs left to bowl.
Pontarddulais will now travel to Tonbridge School in Kent, one of the top cricketing establishments in the country, in the semi-finals.