WRIGHT RU­INS LLANELLI HOPES

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

THERE was dis­ap­point­ment for the three Llanelli teams in di­vi­sion one of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion as all three lost heav­ily.

It was no sur­prise that Llanelli went down at home to run­away lead­ers Cow­bridge, who chalked up their 12th win from 13 matches this sea­son, al­though the fourth-placed hosts would have wanted to give the Vale of Glam­or­gan side a much closer game.

Cow­bridge elected to bat, a de­ci­sion vin­di­cated when for­mer Glam­or­gan bats­man Ben Wright rat­tled up 160 not out off only 144 balls, hit­ting 20 fours and one six as the vis­i­tors raced to 261-7 in their 50 overs.

Steven Devon­ald (2-52) was the only bowler to take more than one wicket.

Llanelli opener Iwan Rees (45) gave the re­ply a solid start, but there­after only Ben Ed­wards (25) was able to get go­ing and the home side were tum­bled out for 141 in 35.4 overs. Tom Williams took 4-17.

Dafen’s bats­men also failed to make much of an im­pres­sion as they were shot out for 125 in re­ply to Tata Steel’s 218-7 in Margam for a 93-run de­feat that leaves them in sixth place.

Tata’s Kelvin Bar­tle (70) and Matthew Jones (54no) pro­vided the foun­da­tion for the hosts’ healthy to­tal de­spite 3-54 from Matthew Donoghue and 2-33 from Matthew Evans.

Skip­per Evans (30), Donoghue (41) and David Dun­fee (26) stuck around for a while but it wasn’t enough to stave off a heavy de­feat. David Jones took 3-24 for Tata.

And Llan­gen­nech re­main in trou­ble at the foot of the ta­ble af­ter go­ing down at home to Bri­ton Ferry Steel by 54 runs.

Steve Mad­dock top-scored for Steel with 38 as the vis­i­tors made 159-9 in their 50 overs. Michael Jones, Si­mon Clement, James Taube and Matthew Jones took two wick­ets each.

But only skip­per Taube (28) and Clement (22no) got past 20 as Llan were knocked over for 105 in 26 overs. Daniel Williams took 4-34.

The de­feat leaves them sec­ond from last and grate­ful that bot­tom side Gow­er­ton lost at home to Llandy­sul.

In di­vi­sion two, Drefach kept in touch with the lead­ing group with a three-wicket win at Swansea Civil Ser­vice, lifting the Gwen­draeth men to fourth in the ta­ble.

The Swansea side made 166-4 in their 50 overs but that to­tal proved just within the reach of Drefach, who reached 167-7 in 48.4 overs.

Owen Dono­van’s pa­tient 70 was the key, al­though he was given valu­able sup­port from Rob Sey­mour (23), skip­per James Carter (21) and Billy Ynys­tawe Sec­onds bats­man Arun Mau­rya makes it back to the crease just be­fore Am­man­ford wick­et­keeper Dafydd Llewellyn can take the ball. Pic­ture: Phil Davies.

McBryde (27no).

Mid-ta­ble Felin­foel didn’t have as much joy on their trav­els, los­ing by four wick­ets at Merthyr Tyd­fil.

Tom Jones (49) was the best Foel bats­men as they were bowled out for 119 in 37.3 overs, and with Merthyr strug­gling on 58-6 in their re­ply it was any­one’s game, but an un­beaten part­ner­ship be­tween Jonathan Baber (41no) and skip­per An­drew Lewis (37no) res­cued the game for the hosts as they reached 120-6 in 39.2 overs.

An­thony Mathias took 2-18 and Jonathan Cheal 2-30.

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