BATTING FAILS HUNDREDS AT FOR LLANELLI TWO-DAY EVENT
LLANELLI lost more ground on the leaders in division one of the South Wales Cricket Association when they were heavily beaten at Tata Steel.
The home side eased to victory by 122 runs to remain on the heels of pace-setting Cowbridge at the top of the table.
The Vale of Glamorgan side have 122 points, with Tata on 106. Llanelli are back on 90 following their second defeat in a row.
Llanelli performed well with the ball having put Tata into bat. They restricted the hosts to 75-6 before a partnership of 108 between Phillip Taylor (68) and Matthew Saker (38) swing the initiative the home side’s way.
Tata ended on 204-9 from their 50 overs, with Aled Gilley taking 3-24. Chris Thomas and Iwan Rees both picked up two wickets.
In reply, Llanelli were in trouble from the moment dangerous opener Marcus Leaf was bowled by David Jones for just three.
Jones was in superb form as he ripped through the batting line-up to claim 6-21.
Adam Jardine and Kelvin Bartle both picked up two wickets as Llanelli were all out for 82.
Craig Howells top-scored with 17. Llanelli host Bronwydd on Saturday.
Cowbridge marched on after a 24run victory at Dafen Welfare.
Opener Ben Wright led the way with 81, while Brad Evans struck 51 not out as Cowbridge reached 228-5 off a reduced 46 overs.
Match-winner Evans then capped a capped a fine all-round display as he took 4-21 off his 10-over spell.
He also bagged a catch as Dafen, despite a fine 71 down the order from Scott Phillips, were all out for 204 in reply.
It was a sixth win from seven games for last season’s runners-up Cowbridge.
Bottom club Gowerton picked up just their second win of the campaign so far – and in style – by 111 runs at Llangennech.
Skipper Mathew Mason (72) and fellow opener Lee Nicholas (55) got runs as the visitors reached 197-4.
Owain Phillips took 3-42 for Llangennech.
The dismissal of Llangennech opener Richard Clement for a threeball duck put the hosts on the back foot in their reply. And the introduction of Harry Bolland into the attack proved their undoing as he claimed the superb figures of 6-23.
Christopher Mason took 2-9 off his 10 overs – seven of which were maidens – as Llan were all out for 86.
Felinfoel were beaten by three wickets at home by Skewen.
The home side looked set to put a big score on the board when they stood at 118-2, with Craig Richards making 34 and Rhys Jones 32.
But they lost their last eight wickets for just 37 runs to slump to 155 all out.
Luke Martin took 4-23 and Dean Kriescher 3-15.
Skewen looked in all sorts of trouble when they were reduced to 27-3, but Kriescher completed a superb game with an unbeaten 76 to help steer the visitors to victory. Skipper John Jones added 25.
Craig Richards, Julian Griffiths and Rhys Harries all claimed two wickets.
Drefach’s batting fell apart as they went down by eight wickets to Aberdare.
The Gwendraeth Valley side crashed to 61 all out in just 27.2 overs, with just Rob Seymour (12) and Leigh Davies (13 not out) reaching double figures.
Michael Weathersby took 4-11. Aberdare eased home, with Seymour taking the only two wickets to fall.
Gowerton opener Mathew Mason on his way to scoring 72 against Llangennech. Picture: Phil Davies.