First de­feat for lead­ers Llan­gen­nech

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

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.

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