PORT TALBOT & DISTRICT BOWLS LEAGUE
ABERKENFIG last week failed in a late bid to play back on the Division Three circuit next summer, writes Tony Poole.
They needed to take maximum points out of their final game at home to Cymmer – and hope promotion rivals BP Llandarcy Tankers crashed during their two last matches.
And while Aberkenfig beat Cymmer by eight shots, 65-57, they could only squeeze 10 points out of the game.
Top rink honours on the night went to Aberkenfig skip Alan Sutton, who triumphed 26-7.
But BP Tankers went on to steamroller Cwmavon and Melyn Borough, both at Llandarcy Park, to finish just a point shy of divisional champions Tyn-yTwr Badgers.
Aberkenfig had to be satisfied with third spot, closing 17 points in the slipstream of the Tankers.
In Division Five, league newcomers Pencoed consolidated third place with a 71-66 home victory over Melyn United courtesy of a 24-14 rink victory from skip P Ellis.
However, two promotion issues with local inter- est attached were due to be settled earlier in the week.
In Division Two, Prince of Wales Hawks required six points to overhaul Kenfig Hill and play in the top tier next summer along with Mount Pleasant.
However, if the Hawks last night (Tuesday) flew back to Penylan Avenue with at least 11 points then they will be champions as opposed to Mount Pleasant.
And in Division Three, Bridgend played champions Port Talbot Ynys at the Caepant Field on Monday looking for a healthy haul of points.
But promotion rivals Aberavon Liberal Club Do’s, who face Caerau Athletic in their final fixture, held a five-point advantage over Bridgend RESULTS: Division One: Briton Ferry Steel 79 (8 points) Llansawel 72 (6), Taibach 65 (12) TRW Cam Gears 60 (2). Division Two: Aberavon 61 (11) Maesteg Celtic 56 (3), Aberavon 57 (10) Croeserw 54 (4). Division Four: Aberkenfig 65 (10) Cymmer 57 (4), BP Llandarcy Tankers 57 (10) Cwmavon 48 (4), BP Llandarcy Tankers 60 (14) Melyn Borough 47 (0). Division Five: Pencoed 71 (10) Melyn United 66 (4).