Title hopeful Pirates get double boost
PORT Talbot's Swalec Premier League title challenge has been boosted by the return of skipper Dan Cherry and the availability of Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace for his first appearance of the summer.
The Pirates, who host bottom side Usk tomorrow, are currently in third spot in the league standings having seen defending champions Cardiff and Sully Centurions overtake them following their frustrating abandonment with Pontarddulais last weekend.
Cherry hasn't featured since the end of May because of work commitments as the county's operations manager at the Swalec Stadium.
With the Dragons having no T20 fixture tomorrow, Wallace is also set to play, although it will be 17-year-old Lloyd Jones who will take his place behind the stumps.
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Jones comes in for the unavailable Dean Cox to make his first-team debut. Ryan Evans and pace bowler Lewis Jones step aside.
Glamorgan's inactivity also means there will be a familiar face in opposition ranks, hard-hitting batsman Chris Cooke.
The South African-born Cooke, who played for Port Talbot last season, hit a match-winning 88 in the corresponding fixture in May.
Robert Croft is back for Pontarddulais ahead of their trip to Newport. County colleague Nick James is also named in Bont's starting XI.
Ammanford are unchanged as they host Sully, while Mumbles are waiting to hear on a couple of players' availability before naming their side for their clash at improving Ynysygerwn.
Ynys are currently in eighth spot in the league, 11 points ahead of the drop zone, but only 10 points behind fourth-placed Mumbles.
Meanwhile, Pontarddulais and Ammanford will fly the flag for the western clubs at the T20 finals day at Cardiff's Swalec Stadium on Sunday.
Defending champions Ammanford take on Cardiff at 10.30am, then Bont meet Sully in the other semi-final, scheduled for 1.30pm. Entry is free.
Port Talbot: D. Cherry (capt), S. Griffiths, I. Thomas, M. Wallace, M. Cox, A. Thomas, A. Jones, S. Phelps, R. Edwards, L. Jones, J. Watts.
Ammanford: A. Evans (capt), A. Salter, G. Harvey, M. Roberts, M. Reed, M. Donohgue, G. Slade, H. Evans, R. Davies, M. Fisher, R. Harries.
Pontarddulais: G. Arrowsmith (capt), J. Williams, J. Denning, C. Herring, R. Croft, O. Morgan, C. Roberts, N. James, M. Carey, A. Killa, M. Aubrey.