Sunday, 29 July 2012

Pacemakers maintain slender advantage

Thomas Carroll Division One pacemakers Dafen maintained their slender advantage at the top when they saw off Clydach by four wickets, as they look to secure back to back titles.
Clydach were all out in the 38th over posting 142 after meeting a Dafen attack in potent mood, with both Steven Devonald and Chris Hudson claiming three wickets, and Andrew Rowlands and Matthew Evans bagging a brace apiece. Cameron Protheroe’s 47 made him the best with the bat for Clydach.
Dafen, who lost for the first time last weekend at Swansea, made light work of the chase making 144-6, Nicky Davies top scored with 39 while Johnny Griffiths struck 30 and Dafydd Nicholas chipped in with 23.
Meanwhile, Swansea remain hot on their heels after they all but ended Ynystawe’s title bid at the weekend with a four wicket victory.
Ynystawe batted first and posted 190-8, with the prolific Andrew Beasley once again producing a fine display with the bat knocking 69. The hosts were faltering at one stage, however, having been on 141-7, but a solid hit by Alex Fletcher (28n/o) led them to a respectable target. Gareth Hayden was once again amongst the wickets capturing 5-37, while Johnny Hubschmid took 3-54.
Swansea in reply chased down the runs in the 46th over carding 191-6, with Ashley Pass shining at the crease smashing an undefeated 77, while Hubschmid was also on form striking 42. The four wicket win sees second placed Swansea move 31 points clear of Ynystawe as we come to the sharp end of the season.
Maesteg Celtic gave themselves some breathing space at the bottom of the league with an invaluable 43 run victory over Neath.
Celtic batted first and, inspired by a scintillating performance from Phil Poole at the crease, carded 199-9 with Poole finishing unbeaten on 101, while Lyndsey Harris contributed a solid 35. Tom Jones was the pick of the bowlers from Neath, taking 4-54.
Neath in reply fell well short of their target despite a determined undefeated 43 from Huw Davies. Poole was one again amongst the action picking up 2-27, while Lee Hicks captured three wickets.
The win sees Celtic move 58 points clear of the drop zone, with their victory augmented by the fact that their relegation rivals Pontardawe and Llangennech both lost.
Basement boys Pontardawe were on the wrong end of a 211 run hammering at Gowerton.
The hosts batted first and posted 300-5d off 47 overs with veteran Sam Lyle smashing 120 while his son Jack struck a half century (51) and Steve Inwood knocked 65.
Ponty in reply never looked likely of coming close to Gowertons total and they were skittled for just 89 with Inwood capping a good day’s worl claiming 4-5 off just 2.5 overs while Ian Capon picked up 3-22.
In the day’s other fixture, Tata Steel defeated Llangennech by 8 runs.


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