Llan win to storm clear at the top

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

THERE is just no stop­ping Llan­gen­nech in the All Wales Sport Mid­week League.

They de­feated Gow­er­ton by six wick­ets to draw 37 points clear of the rest of the field at the half­way stage of the sea­son.

Af­ter re­strict­ing Gow­er­ton to 134-6 off 20 overs, David Wil­liams, with three sixes and four bound­aries in his 62 not out, and Hedd Wyn Jones (30) helped Llan­gen­nech knock off the runs.

For Gow­er­ton, Luke Main scored 51 not out, an in­nings that in­cluded five sixes and four fours.

He re­ceived good sup­port from Matthew Ma­son (35).

Al­though the ti­tle may al­ready be out of reach for the chas­ing pack, there is still plenty to play for as the top four clubs at the end of the sea­son qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals of the Bowl com­pe­ti­tion.

And Gor­seinon boosted their chance of mak­ing it through, climb­ing into sec­ond place in the ta­ble fol­low­ing a fine 27-run win against Llanelli at Stradey Park.

De­spite los­ing the prized wicket of Greg Fisher, caught by Osian Evans off the bowl­ing of Daniel Lewis for nine early in pro­ceed­ings, Gor­seinon re­cov­ered to 131-3 off 20 overs, helped by a solid 63 not out from Daniel Allen.

His knock in­cluded seven bound­aries, and he was well sup­ported by Ha­roon Ali with 25 not out.

It was tough go­ing for the Llanelli bowlers. The only wicket-tak­ers were Daniel Lewis (1-16) and Joshua Wil­liams (1-19). Rhys Matthews was run out for 21.

Llanelli lost early wick­ets in pur­suit of the runs and, left with a moun­tain to climb, the ef­fort fell short on 104-5.

Opener Jac Rees was bowled by Ha­roon Ali for one, while his part­ner Ryan Ni­cholas fell in the same way to Tom Parkin for three.

Mor­gan Jones looked as if he could make an im­pact but was caught by Greg Fisher off the bowl­ing of Ali Hu­mayun for nine.

Rhys West­cott with 20 not out and Robert Thomas (14) did their best to re­cover the sit­u­a­tion but were left with too much to do.

Gor­seinon’s Muneeb Za­far claimed 2-8, Tom Parkin 1-5 and Ha­roon Ali 1-7.

Mean­while, Pon­tard­du­lais eased to an im­pres­sive vic­tory over Dafen. They re­stricted Dafen to 144-5, then reached the tar­get for the loss of just three wick­ets.

Tonight’s fix­tures ( June 26); Am­man­ford v Llan­gen­nech, Gor­seinon v Pon­tard­du­lais, Llanelli v Dafen.

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