Ran­dell ral­lies troops as Dafen win to stay in com­mand

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

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.

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