First defeat for leaders Llangennech
LEADERS Llangennech suffered a first defeat of the season when going down by 46 runs at home to neighbours Pontarddulais in the latest round of games in the All Wales Sport Midweek League.
Despite solid batting by Hedd Wyn Jones (22) and captain Richard Clement (20), the task of chasing 135-6 proved too much for Llangennech and the reply closed well short of the target on 89-7.
In the bowling for Pontarddulais, Liam Jones, Ieuan Petty and Alex Stewart claimed two wickets each.
The bulk of the runs for Bont came from Cameron Davey with 40 and Tom Fowler with 35. They shared a second-wicket partnership of 61.
The pick of the bowlers for Llangennech was Iwan Hicks, who returned figures of 2-17.
Gorseinon slipped to third place in the table following an eight-wicket defeat against visiting Ammanford.
In successfully chasing 112-5 off 20 overs, Elis Richards was 46 not out, while ex-Glamorgan batsman Alun Evans retired on 41.
Rhys Huw-Davies helped Richards get his team over the line.
Both wickets for Gorseinon were claimed by Kieran O’Connor, who bowled Jamie Evans for four and had Josef Davies caught by Steffan Richards for two.
O’Connor didn’t do as well with the bat — opening the innings he went early caught by Steffan Phillips off the bowling of Matthew Davies for five.
Gorseinon also lost the prized wicket of Greg Fisher for 12, caught by Adam Lyons off the bowling of Owen Davies.
And it didn’t get any better for Gorseinon, who saw Jack Donovan caught by Callum Croft off the bowling of Rhys Huw Davies for 11.
Rhys Matthews fell for a duck and Steffan Richards for five, so it took determined batting by Steve Davies (34 not out) and Daniel Williams (30 not out) to get Gorseinon past the 100mark.
The wickets for Ammanford were shared equally between Rhys Huw Davies (1-8), Matthew Davies (1-12), Owen Davies (1-16), Callum Croft 1-16 and Steffan Phillips (1-20).
In the only other game played, rugby referee Ben Whitehouse top-scored with 42 for Gowerton from a score of 138-8 in the four-run victory at Dafen.
In a thrilling finish, Dafen just failed to reach their target and finished short on 134-9.
Fixtures ( July 17): Ammanford v Dafen, Gowerton v Gorseinon, Llanelli v Pontarddulais.