JONES INJURY SUSPENDS PLAY

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

THERE was drama in the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion di­vi­sion two clash at Drefach when home wick­et­keeper Eil­ian Jones had to be taken to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance after be­ing con­cussed after col­lid­ing with his own bowler Ben Mitchell against Felin­foel.

The slightly-built Jones and the larger Mitchell both went for a catch after a Foel bats­man top-edged the ball into the air be­tween the two of them, and though Jones got to the ball first, with both field­ers keep­ing their eyes on the ball there was a big col­li­sion and the un­for­tu­nate Jones came off the worse.

To add in­sult to injury, he also dropped the ball.

Play was sus­pended for about half an hour while the play­ers waited for an am­bu­lance and Drefach were set a re­vised vic­tory tar­get of 126 from 44 overs after hav­ing ear­lier bowled Foel out for 116.

Opener Craig Richards top-scored for Foel with 41 as bowlers Rob Sey­mour (4-29), Leigh Davies (3-21) and John Cartwright (3-18) had the up­per hand.

Sey­mour then showed his skill with the bat as he blasted 74 off 39 balls with five fours and seven sixes to guide Drefach to 128-1 in 21.3 overs.

Harry McBryde and James Carter chipped in with 21 not out and 29 not out re­spec­tively.

Hap­pily, Jones re­turned from hos­pi­tal that evening, nurs­ing a sore jaw and shoul­der but oth­er­wise okay.

In di­vi­sion one, Llan­gen­nech closed the gap be­tween them­selves and Llanelli with a four-wicket win at Stradey Park.

The re­sult leaves Llanelli third on 85 points and Llan­gen­nech fifth on 70 points.

Llanelli were bowled out for 114 and the vis­i­tors then reached 115-6.

Dafen are bot­tom but one after los­ing at home by 18 runs to Maesteg Celtic in a low-scor­ing en­counter.

Dafen skip­per Matthew Evans won the toss and chose to field, a de­ci­sion he must have been pleased with as Celtic lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and were all out for 119 in 44 overs, a to­tal that would have been much lower had it not been for 59 by Morgan Grif­fiths.

David Dun­fee took 3-40, Jonathan Ran­dell 2-22 and, late on, Chris Hud­son 3-2 from three overs.

But Dafen’s bats­men also strug­gled and they too lost wick­ets reg­u­larly as Matthew Davies took 6-16.

They did re­cover from 33-5 to 97-5 thanks to Matthew Donoghue (24) and Si­mon Davies (38), but once Davies fell the tail failed to wag and Dafen were all out for 101 in 45.1 overs.

Cow­bridge and Gow­er­ton are at op­po­site ends of the ta­ble and it was no sur­prise that the North Gower side’s visit to the Vale of Glam­or­gan ended in de­feat.

Gow­er­ton did well to con­tain Cow­bridge’s for­mi­da­ble bat­ting line-up to 164-8, Chris Ma­son and Lee Ni­cholas both tak­ing 2-19, but the vis­i­tors were in dread­ful trou­ble at 14-5, and Felin­foel bats­man Rhys Har­ries in action dur­ing his side’s visit to Drefach.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies even 40 from Ma­son and 29 from Luke Main couldn’t pre­vent them from be­ing skit­tled out for 104 in 42.1 overs.

In di­vi­sion three, Dafen Sec­onds en­joyed a bet­ter day than their first team, squeez­ing home by two wick­ets away to Tata Steel Sec­onds.

Tata chalked up a de­cent 194-9, Scott Jones top-scor­ing with 69, as An­drew Ran­dell (3-33) and Jonathon Wastell (3-27) were in good form with the ball.

Then Oliver Evans (38), Ge­orge Laven­der (36), Ran­dell (25), Wastell (23) and An­drew Her­bert (26no), plus 26 ex­tras, all con­tributed enough to see Dafen home on 195-8 in the 47th over.

Llanelli Sec­onds had no such joy on their trav­els, los­ing by 87 runs against Porth­cawl.

Porth­cawl made 179-8, young keeper Morgan Jones tak­ing three dis­missals, but in re­ply Llanelli slumped to 18-5. Skip­per Rhys West­cott led the re­sis­tance with a spir­ited 32, but it wasn’t enough and the vis­i­tors were all out for 92 in 29.5 overs.

There was a sim­i­lar bat­ting fail­ure in the same di­vi­sion at Pon­ty­berem, where the home side slumped to 50 all out in 19.3 overs chasing vis­i­tors Bri­ton Ferry Town’s 139 all out.

Daniel Grif­fiths took 4-25, but when Pon­ty­berem came to bat open­ing bowlers Mum­taz Hus­sain (7-17) and Sha­keel Amin (3-31) were in de­struc­tive form and only two home bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures.

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