Reigning champions Dafen extended their lead at the top of Division One of the South Wales Cricket Association to 15 points after they saw off Clydach by 62 runs.
In scorching conditions, Dafen were put in and set a target of 203-9. The always dependable Steven Devonald top scored striking a sizzling 66 that included ten 4’s and two 6’s, while Jamie Mansel knocked a useful 38. Joe Farthing was the pick in attack claiming 4-27 from ten overs, with Steve Reeve also bagging four wickets.
The story of Clydach’s innings was Andrew Rowlands' scintillating six wicket haul, as he destroyed the hosts' batting order to take 6-51, while Phil George also carded impressive figures of 3-51 as Clydach were dismissed for 141. Top scorer for the Tawe Valley side was Sion Jenkins who cracked 51, including five 6’s and two 4’s.
Former Premier League outfit Swansea lost ground on the leaders after they could only record a winning draw over Ynystawe at St Helens.
The hosts notched up 222-6, Gareth Hayden top scored with 57, while Mark Payne (38) and Shasika Rodrigo (36) also produced notable performances. Alex Fletcher was the best with the ball, taking 2-42.
Ynystawe in reply got off to a great start, with opener Andrew Beasly smashing 84, while Rowan Evans hit 44 as they put on 109 for the second wicket. As the wickets began to tumble, however, a solid display by Sion Jones (32) prevented his team from crumbling. The hosts did have two balls for the chance to claim the win but Ynystawe held on for the draw. In attack, Adam Wright was the pick collecting 3-22, while Ed Smith took 3-52.
Meanwhile, Neath leapt to second with a dominant eight wicket victory over Maesteg Celtic.
Celtic, who are still searching for their maiden win, won the toss and elected to bat posting 184-9. Mark Davies was the pick at the crease blasting 65, while Ian Herbert knocked an unbeaten 16 and Tom Morgan chipped in with 15. Neath’s attack were in unforgiving form with Matthew Davies claiming 4-31 and Nathan Aubrey picking up 4-49.
The hosts comfortably reached their goal in the 44th over carding 188-2, Keiron Thomas (77), Jason Arnold (66) and Gareth Davies' 30no did the damage with the bat. There was also reason to celebrate for Celtic’s 15 year old debutant Matthew Griffiths, who captured 2-34.
Elsewhere, Llangennech clinched a winning draw at home against Tata Steel.
The Carmarthenshire side batted first and posted 178-9, Huw Williams was the best with the bat striking 44, while opener Gethin Long knocked 43 and Atif Hameed contributed a solid 34. Kelvin Bartle was once again in fine form with the ball for the visitors claiming 4-35, while Phillip Taylor captured 3-29.
The Port Talbot outfit in reply did look like they were headed for a loss at 124-9, but a determined last stand from Michael Jones, 21n/o, and Nathan Ferrell, 18n/o, meant they avoided defeat. Rhodri Lewis was the pick with the ball carding excellent figures of 5-47, while Hameed and Williams picked up 2-13 and 2-16 respectively.
Finally, Gowerton thumped basement boys Pontardawe by eight wickets.