Mor­gan pun­ishes Neath as Bont bag first success

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET AND RACING -

PON­TARD­DU­LAIS claimed their first vic­tory of the sea­son in the South Wales Premier League when they coasted home by eight wick­ets at home to Neath.

The home side chased down Neath’s to­tal of 205 all out in im­pres­sive fash­ion, with Owen Mor­gan lead­ing the way with a stylish cen­tury.

Mor­gan came to the wicket fol­low­ing the loss of Paul Rees and struck five sixes and six bound­aries in his in­nings of 104 not out. Gary Ar­row­smith added 45 and skip­per Cameron Her­ring was un­beaten on 30.

Ear­lier, Wil­liam Jones took a su­perb 7-25 as Neath col­lapsed from 121-1 to lose their last nine wick­ets for 84.

Glam­or­gan’s Billy Root top­scored for Neath with 84.

Mean­while in divi­sion two, newly-pro­moted Gor­seinon have two wins from two.

Gor­seinon, last sea­son’s South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­ons, were five-wicket win­ners at Pan­teg.

The hosts were all out for 131, Connor Barry and Nishaanth Dalavaye bag­ging three wick­ets apiece, and that to­tal was never go­ing to be enough as Gor­seinon got home with nearly 17 overs to spare.

Llanelli’s bid to re­gain their Premier League sta­tus at the first time of ask­ing is off to the per­fect start.

Rel­e­gated at the end of last sea­son from divi­sion two, the Stradey Park club have won both of their open­ing matches on their re­turn to divi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

They fol­lowed up on their open­ing-day win at Bri­ton Ferry Steel with a six-wicket home win over neigh­bours Dafen Wel­fare.

Vis­i­tors Dafen, hav­ing been put in, were all out for 166.

Opener Ioan Phillips (51) and Steven Devon­ald (57) then struck half cen­turies to see Llanelli to vic­tory with 6.4 overs to spare.

Matthew Davies struck 88 for Maesteg Celtic against Gow­er­ton at Vic­to­ria Road as they suc­cess­fully chased down their 211 vic­tory tar­get with nine balls to spare.

Gow­er­ton had ear­lier made 210-6 off their 50 overs.

David Gas­coyne top-scored with 75.

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