Jeffers and Ebbin play part as Cowbridge advance in cup competition
Cameron Jeffers bagged his second three-wicket haul of the season while compatriot Amari Ebbin enjoyed his best knock of the campaign to help Cowbridge Cricket Club advance in the Welsh Cricket Cup at the weekend.
The Bermudian pair and their fellow team-mates defeated Creigiau Cricket Club by three wickets in the South Central Zone 2 quarter-final at the Recreation Field on Sunday.
Leg spinner Jeffers led the visitors attack, claiming three for 21 with the new ball after the hosts were sent to bat in tricky conditions.
“When we got there the pitch looked fairly dry and deteriorated which was good for us because we have a heavy spin attack,” Jeffers told The Royal Gazette. “So we won the toss and put them in to bat and just tried to spin them out from ball one.
“I ended up taking the new ball along with a fellow spinner and ex-schoolmate of mine and we bowled really well out front. We got a few quick wickets and just kept the pressure on.”
The home team were dismissed for 134 in 40 overs, with opening batsman and captain Lloyd John top scoring with 63 from 99 balls that included nine boundaries.
Second change Benjamin Smart (two for 32) was the only other Cowbridge bowler claiming multiple wickets.
Wicketkeeper Ebbin led the successful run chase facing the new ball at the top of the order as the visitors replied with 135 for seven in 36.2 overs.
The opening batsman stroked a season high 42 from 62 balls which included seven boundaries.
The visitors suffered a middle order slide which saw four wickets tumble for eight runs.
However, Jeffers and captain Chris Willey got the chase back on track via a match winning 19 run partnership which carried Cowbridge safely across the line with 108 balls to spare.
“The chase went all right; it was steady all the way through,” Jeffers said. “Fellow Bermudian Amari Ebbin kind of anchored the chase and led from the front with his knock.
“It was smooth sailing until we lost a few quick wickets as conditions deteriorated and me and the captain came in and got us home.
“I think everybody went through their processes really well. Adapted to the changing pitch conditions and we gave it our all.”
Opening bowler Daniel MacDonald (two for 28) and third change Steffan Rowlands (two for 32) were the pick of the Creigiau bowling.
Jeffers’ other three -wicket haul (three for 20) came in Cowbridge’s convincing victory over Gorseinon Cricket Club in their South Wales Premier League Division 2 opener last month.
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