Sunday, 7 July 2013

South Wales Cricket Association Round Up

Pacemakers Neath took another stride towards clinching the Division One Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association title with a clinical seven wicket triumph over Clydach.
 The Swansea Valley side posted 146-6 in their allotted overs, with Ieaun Davies their top scorer with the willow (33). Matthew Davies (2-27) and Nathan Aubrey (2-34) were the most potent in attack.
Neath, who are unbeaten so far this term, reached the target in the 41st over carding 149-3, Gareth Davies struck an undefeated half century (59), while Gethin King (30n/o) and Keiran Thomas (30) also contributed notable tallies.
The leaders, who are unbeaten so far, now sit 40 points clear at the summit with eight matches remaining this season.
Second place Ynystawe, however, haven’t given up the ghost yet as they claimed their seventh win of the season, thrashing Gowerton by ten wickets.
Gowerton won the toss and elected to bat but were dismissed for 101, with Andrew Beasley taking 4-9 from seven overs, while Alex Fletcher picked up 3-10. Paul Rees’ 29 was the best with the bat for the visitors, while Callum Eakins hit 23 and Jack Lyle knocked 22.
In reply, Ynystawe, who reached the last 16 of the Village Cup last weekend, easily chased down the target for the loss of no wickets, with Beasley hitting an unbeaten 39 and Brendan McKay top scoring with 49.
At the other end of the table, Maesteg Celtic moved off the bottom of the division with a 20 run triumph over third place Carmarthen Wanderers, while Dafen distanced themselves from the drop zone with a nine wicket victory at local rivals Llangennech.
Celtic posted 142 with Phil Poole the star man for the Llynfi Valley side smashing a half century (51n/o), before they skittled the Wanderers out for just 122.
Llangennech batted first but were dismissed for 96 with Chris Hudson (3-25) and Matthew Evans (4-34) the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Dafen posted 98-1 with Evans knocking 31 while Nicky Davies top scored with 43.  
Elsewhere, Tata Steel moved up to third in the table with an 81 run victory at Cowbridge.
There were once again wins for the top two in Division Two as Skewen saw off Gorseinon by three wickets, while Aberdare bagged a five wicket home triumph over Llanelli.
However, third place Briton Ferry Steel lost ground on the top two as they could only manage a winning draw against struggling Morriston.
Steel elected to bat and it proved a fruitful innings as they carded 293-6 in their allotted overs, with Craig Evans in irresistible form smashing a century (114) that included 15-4’s and two-6’s. Steve Devonald was also in fine fettle as he struck a half century (52).
In reply, Morriston, who are still without a win this season, produced a determined stand, with Daniel Sutton the hero of the hour as he knocked a century (104).
Meanwhile, pacemakers Porthcawl returned to winning ways in Division Three with a comprehensive six wicket home success over Cimla.
The Neath side were dismissed for 181, Stuart Hornby (47) and Anward Mohammed (34) their most notable contributors. In attack, Nick Lyddon (3-20) and Tom Davies (4-40) were the pick of the bunch.
The Seasiders easily got the runs required carding 183-4, as an unbeaten half century (60) from Robert Jones guided them home, while Mark Dixon (39) and Josh Lyddon (33) also starred for the hosts.
Maesteg are Porthcawl’s nearest challengers at the top as the Llynfi Valley side leapt to second with an emphatic 128 run victory over winless Dyffryn.
The Llynfi Valley side outfit elected to bat and smashed 272-5 off their allotted overs, Lloyd Wilkshire was once again amongst the runs, top scoring with an unbeaten 88, while Justin Jones (56) and Martin Wilkshire (74) both knocked half centuries.
Dyffryn never threatened in reply as they were condemned to their eighth loss of the season as they were skittled for just 144. Paul Amphlett produced a dogged half century but it was not enough to avoid defeat. In attack, Jonathan Davies racked up his 26th wicket of the season as he captured 6-55, while Martin Hood snapped up 2-45. 
Finally, Pwll continue to run riot in Division Four, racking up their eighth victory of the season as they dispatched Kidwelly by six wickets. 


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