Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

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.

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