Llan claim thrilling win

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

LEAD­ERS Llan­gen­nech have drawn 19 points clear of the chasing pack in the All Wales Sport Mid­week League fol­low­ing a three-wicket win in a thrilling fin­ish against Dafen.

In suc­cess­fully chasing a score of 101-6 off 20 overs, Llan­gen­nech slipped from 42-0 to 50-6 and 86-7 be­fore Chris Hickey steered his team to vic­tory with a match-win­ning 31 not out.

James Taube was out for 35 and Iwan Hicks for 11, with the win­ning runs com­ing off the penul­ti­mate ball of the re­ply.

The mid-in­nings col­lapse was caused by pace bowler Adil Muk­thar, who claimed five wick­ets in nine balls to fin­ish with fig­ures of 5-16.

In the bat­ting for Dafen, Jonathan Ran­dall scored 33 and Shaun Evans 24 as they shared a sec­ond-wicket stand of 43.

Matthew Jones was the pick of the bowlers for Llan­gen­nech, re­turn­ing fig­ures of 3-6.

There was also a nail-bit­ing fin­ish be­tween Gow­er­ton and Pon­tard­du­lais, with the game fin­ish­ing in a tie.

Chasing a Pon­tard­du­lais score of 120-5 off 20 overs, Gow­er­ton needed two runs to win off the last ball but man­aged only a sin­gle to close on 120-4.

Harry Bol­land, who was still there at the end, shared a fourth-wicket part­ner­ship of 96 with Rho­dri Owens (59). His knock in­cluded five bound­aries, and the pair were the only bats­men to get the bet­ter of El­lis Lowe, who claimed 2-6.

The bulk of the runs for Pon­tard­du­lais were con­tributed by Iestyn Rees and Dafydd Davies, who both scored 26. Matthew Ma­son claimed 2-14 for Gow­er­ton.

Fol­low­ing heavy overnight rain, the game be­tween Am­man­ford and Llanelli was aban­doned with­out a ball bowled.

Fix­tures ( June 12): Am­man­ford v Gow­er­ton, Gor­seinon v Dafen, Llanelli v Llan­gen­nech.

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