Bowl­ing duo grab plau­dits as Bron­wydd bag sec­ond win

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

BRON­WYDD chalked up their sec­ond win of the sea­son in divi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion with a 38-run success at Maesteg Celtic.

Bron­wydd skipper Oli Furneaux won the toss and elected to bat, a de­ci­sion he might have re­gret­ted when they were all out for 160, with Philip How­ell (41) and Ja­cob Jenk­in­son (40no) the only bats­men to get go­ing.

But Celtic were soon in trou­ble, slump­ing to 6-2 and never re­ally re­cov­er­ing. Opener Nick Poole (43) held the in­nings to­gether but Matthew Vaughan (5-29) and Tom Glee­son (3-2) ripped through the rest to dis­miss the Llynfi Val­ley side for 122.

Llanelli tasted de­feat in divi­sion one for the first time since their rel­e­ga­tion from the South Wales Premier League last Au­gust, go­ing down heav­ily at top-of-the-ta­ble Cow­bridge.

Tom Mer­i­laht (93) and Ben Wright (128) put on 217 for the first wicket as Cow­bridge raced to 271-3 in their 50 overs. Iwan Rees took 2-61.

Opener Ioan Phillips gave Llanelli hope with a de­ter­mined 43 not out but wick­ets fell all around him as the vis­i­tors were shot out for 101 in the 34th over, Brad Evans tak­ing 4-40.

There was bet­ter news for Dafen, who eased to a seven-wicket win at home to Tata Steel in the same divi­sion.

The Port Tal­bot vis­i­tors posted a re­spectable 215 all out thanks in the main to Rhys Owen’s 72. David Dun­fee took 4-46 and Matthew Evans 3-29.

Dafen open­ers Evans and Nicky Davies then set up a com­fort­able win with a first-wicket stand of 153, skipper Evans hit­ting 76 and Davies 102 not out.

In divi­sion three, Dafen Sec­onds beat Bron­wydd Sec­onds by 46 runs. Matthew Bagshaw took 5-15 as Dafen were all out for 120.

But An­drew Ran­dell claimed 5-16 for Dafen as Bron­wydd were dis­missed for 74. Owen Thomas was the only bats­man to reach dou­ble fig­ures with 44.

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