DAFEN CLINCH DERBY DE­LIGHT

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

BRONWYDD’S topsy-turvy sea­son con­tin­ued as they went down at home to South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion di­vi­sion one base­ment boys Llan­gen­nech.

The re­sult was dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand as it came af­ter ex­cel­lent vic­to­ries against Gow­er­ton and Tata Steel.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to bat first, but that de­ci­sion back­THE Llanelli town derby at Dafen Park in di­vi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion was a low-scor­ing af­fair, but the hosts did enough to se­cure a 29-run vic­tory.

Llanelli won the toss and put Dafen in to bat, a de­ci­sion Llanelli skip­per Craig How­ells must have thought was the right one when the hosts slumped to 23-2.

But thanks to 27 from skip­per Matthew Evans, 30 from George Laven­der and 32 from Phil George — the only ones in dou­ble fig­ures — Dafen man­aged to get to 127 be­fore they were all out in 45.5 overs. Alex Sym­mons (4-27) and Iwan Rees (3-10) were the de­stroy­ers-in-chief.

But that small to­tal proved way too much for Llanelli, who slumped to 3-3 and never re­cov­ered, de­spite a bat­tling 49 from Rhid­ian Morgan at No. 5, and they were skit­tled out for 98 in 24.3 overs.

Phil George proved un­playable and had the su­perb fig­ures of 6.3-2-55, as­sisted by Jonathan Ran­dell’s 3-55.

Llanelli are fourth in the ta­ble and Dafen sev­enth.

Also in the top flight, bot­tom-bu­tone Gow­er­ton (158) were well beaten by Maesteg Celtic (234-7) in the Llynfi Val­ley.

Drefach are fifth in di­vi­sion two fol­low­ing their seven-wicket loss at home to Maesteg.

Drefach cap­tain Dafydd Humphreys won the toss and opted to bat, a de­ci­sion he must have rued as his team were shot out for 102 in 31.1 overs de­spite 47 off 43 balls from opener Rob Seymour. Leigh Davies with 19 was the only other bats­man in dou­ble fig­ures as Chris Hicks took 4-26 and An­drew King 3-11.

Then de­spite 3-41 from Ben Mitchell, Maesteg eased to 104-3 in the 28th over.

There was bet­ter news for Felin­foel, who eased to a straight­for­ward win at home to Baglan in the same di­vi­sion.

Foel skip­per Ro­han Nan­galia won the toss and put the Port Talbot vis­i­tors in to bat, a de­ci­sion that proved cor­rect as they slumped to 63 all out in 29.2 overs with just two men in dou­ble fig­ures. An­thony Mathias took 4-15, Craig Richards 3-16 and Ju­lian Grif­fiths 2-8. fired when they lost James Cale with only two runs on the board.

A re­cov­ery from that poor start was led by Gareth John, who looked in lit­tle trou­ble against a bowl­ing at­tack who were giv­ing the bats­men very few loose balls to score off.

Wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar interval and only John (20), Car­wyn Jones (12) and Oli Furneaux with 10 showed

Then, de­spite Thomas Davies tak­ing 3-26, Foel eased to 64-3 in 14.5 overs, An­drew Thomas hit­ting 25 and Grif­fiths 19 not out. The win leaves Felin­foel in sixth place, 20 points be­hind Dafen.

In di­vi­sion four, Llan­wrda stayed top of the ta­ble and on course for their fourth promotion in suc­ces­sive sea­sons since join­ing the South Wales As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter a four-wicket win at ti­tle ri­vals Gow­er­ton Sec­onds in a low-scor­ing en­counter.

Gow­er­ton were shot out for 87 in 29.3 overs as skip­per Nigel Clarke took 5-14, David Cum­ming 3-3 and Garan Wil­liams 2-21. any re­sis­tance as the re­main­ing bats­men could only muster 27 be­tween them to give the fi­nal to­tal of 79 a very dis­ap­point­ing look. Michael Jones took four wick­ets and Aamir Ikram and Mathew Jones both claimed three.

The vis­i­tors’ re­ply got off to a far bet­ter start as the open­ing pair put on 37 for the first wicket.

The Towy Val­ley side didn’t have things all their own way in re­ply and were in trou­ble at 57-5, but an un­beaten 21 off 13 balls by Llan­dovery RFC player Garan Wil­liams set­tled their nerves as they eased to 91-6 in 20.3 overs. Clarke also made 21 and Adrian Davies 19.

Fourth-placed Llan­gen­nech Sec­onds kept in the promotion hunt with a six-wicket home win against Merthyr Tyd­fil Sec­onds.

Merthyr made 145-8 in their 50 overs, Iwan Hicks the most suc­cess­ful bowler with 3-17. Mike Lloyd chipped in with 2-16 and Rhy­dian Soad­yJack­son with 2-14.

With James Cale and Cal­lum Collins-Davies tak­ing a wicket each a mir­a­cle looked pos­si­ble, but David Wil­liams had other ideas as his 58 not out in­cluded 10 bound­aries, three of which were max­i­mums, to steer Llan­gen­nech home by eight wick­ets.

Bronwydd are sixth in the ta­ble, 17 points clear of new bot­tom side Bri­ton Ferry Steel. Ynys­tawe bats­man Carl Roberts on his way to a cen­tury against Car­marthen Wan­der­ers in the South Wales Premier League. The Swansea Val­ley side won by 83 runs. Pic­ture: Phil Davies.

Llan­gen­nech then had Ceiran James in form with the bat, his 61 not out con­tain­ing seven fours and a six as Llan timed their chase to per­fec­tion, reach­ing 147-4 in 38.5 overs.

In the same di­vi­sion, Llan­deilo proved too strong for Kid­welly Town in a nine-wicket vic­tory.

Tight home bowl­ing re­stricted Kid­welly to 116-6 in their 40 overs, Neil Davies top-scor­ing with 33, as­sisted by John Ogilvy (28) and George Elks (26). Nick Har­ries took 2-25.

Llan­deilo skip­per Robert Davies made light work of the chase, hit­ting an un­beaten 60 as the home side eased to 117-1 in the 24th over.

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