Randell rallies troops as Dafen win to stay in command
DAFEN remain on top of the All Wales Sport Cricket League after a three-wicket victory in a low-scoring game at Gowerton.
Despite losing openers Oliver Evans for a duck and Tim Lavender for three in pursuit of 79 all out, Dafen took control thanks to a well-executed 42 not out from Jonathan Randell.
Only two points behind Gorseinon in second place in the table are Llangennech, who recovered from 3-3 to reach 129-8 in the 30-run win at Pontarddulais.
The recovery was triggered by a fifth-wicket partnership of 42 between Matthew Jones, who smashed one six and five fours in his 50, and Jonathan Taube, who made 27.
Will Jones with 2-16 was the pick of the bowlers for the home team.
Pontarddulais struggled to 99-6 in reply, this despite a promising stand of 43 for the fifth wicket involving Dafydd Davies, who struck four boundaries in his 40, and Aled Richards with 23.
The remaining batsmen failed to get going against Jack Williams, who returned figures of 3-8.
Craig Howells (64) and Rhydian Morgan (44) helped Llanelli compile 152-4 in the 78-run win against Felinfoel, who finished on 74-9.
Ammanford suffered their first league defeat of the season when going down by 54 runs against visiting Gorseinon.
The home team failed to fire and were tumbled out for 62 in pursuit of 116-6 off 20 overs.
Only Osian Jones (23) made any real headway against the bowling of Muneeb Zafar (4-11) and Rhys Barlow (3-13).
After losing an early wicket, when Abdullah Rahimi was bowled by Matthew Davies for 14, Greg Fisher helped Gorseinon recover with two sixes and four fours in a hard-hit 56.
He received good support from Tom Clarke (19).
Tonight’s fixtures (May 29): Dafen v Ammanford, Felinfoel v Llangennech, Gorseinon v Gowerton, Pontarddulais v Llanelli.