VIC­TORY EASES DROP WOR­RIES

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

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.

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