VICTORY EASES DROP WORRIES
DAFEN put a bit of daylight between themselves and the division one relegation zone with a comfortable home win against Llangennech in the Peter Lynn & Partners Solicitors South Wales Cricket Association.
Dafen skipper Matthew Evans won the toss and chose to bat, and though he was out for 11, fellow opener Nicky Davies hit 43, and with an unbeaten 33 from Matthew Donoghue and 29 from David Dunfee, Dafen made 171 before being bowled out in the 49th over.
Matthew Jones took 5-40 and Michael Jones 2-30.
But Llangennech’s reply was soon in trouble and only 55 from Hedd Wyn Jones at No. 5 took them to respectability as they were all out for 112 in 44.3 overs.
The wickets were shared between Jonathan Randell (3-17), Dunfee (226) and Rhys Marchant (2-12).
Gowerton remain bottom of the top flight, one place below Llangennech, after losing at Briton Ferry Steel.
The North Gower side were all out for 134 in 43.5 overs and then Steel eased to 137-3 in the 31st over thanks to 66 not out from skipper Jason Hughes.
In division two, there were wins for both Drefach and Felinfoel.
Drefach, who are now up to fourth, put visitors Landore in to bat, a decision that proved fruitful as the Swansea side were shot out for 108 in 49.4 overs. Harry McBryde (3-23), Rob Seymour (3-16) and John Cartwright (2-6) were the chief wicket-takers.
Drefach didn’t have things all their own way in their reply but did enough to reach 110-5 in 34.1 overs. Skipper Dafydd Humphreys led the way with 30, helped by Owen Donovan (19no) and Neil Harris (15no).
Felinfoel also had visitors from Swansea, and after winning the toss they put Civil Service in to bat.
The visitors were all out for 141 in 46.5 overs, Julian Griffiths taking 3-37, Anthony Mathias 2-16 and Rhys Harries 2-19.
Foel then eased to 145-2, although it took them 40 overs to do so.
Opener Andrew Thomas made 65, fellow opener Craig Richards 34 and No. 3 Stuart Parmenter 25 not out.
In division three, Pontyberem are up to third after a big win at Bronwydd Seconds.
A partnership of 152 for the third wicket between Daniel Griffiths (87) and Rhodri Evans (83) was the backbone of the visitors’ impressive 256-7 in their 50 overs, aided by Jack Rogers’s 34. Carwyn Axford took 3-52 for Bronwydd and Colin Tucker 2-18.
Opener Mike Jones then dominated the hosts’ reply as he hit an unbeaten 100 out of their 182-7, which resulted in a 74-run victory for Pontyberem. Rhodri Evans took 3-22 and Dafydd Davies 2-31.
Dafen Seconds went down by 102 runs at Dyffryn. The Neath village side notched up 258-7, Paul Rowland making 92 and Jon Lewis 72. Andrew Randell took 3-24.
Dafen opener Shaun Evans hit 37 to give them a decent start, and skipPontyberem’s Rhodri Evans on his way to 83 in his side’s victory over Bronwydd Seconds.
Picture: Phil Davies
per Randell added an unbeaten 43 batting at No. 6, but that wasn’t enough to save the hosts as they faded to 156-7 in their 50 overs.
Llanelli Seconds also had an unsuccessful day, losing by eight wickets at home to Neath Thirds.
Llanelli were all out for 153 in 37.1 overs, Kyle Britz taking 4-29, and Neath then eased to 154-2 in 38.1 overs, Tom George leading the way with 53 not out.