Sunday, 21 July 2013

South Wales Cricket Association Round Up

Pacemakers Neath maintained their formidable assault at the summit of Division One of the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association with a five wicket victory over relegation threatened Dafen.
 Dafen won the toss and elected to bat but were skittled for just 135, as spinner Joe Parkhouse weaved his magic to claim 5-21, while Nathan Aubrey took 3-34. Matthew Evans was the pick with the willow for the hosts knocking a half century (54), with Chris Rowlands contributing a solid 31.
Neath looked to be in trouble at one stage in reply as they found themselves on 44-4, but Parkhouse led the batting revival to finish unbeaten on 41 and help the leaders chase down the runs for the loss of five wickets. Keiran Bull (28n/o) and Gethin King (32) both produced at the crease as the Gnoll side notched up their tenth win in twelve starts.
Neath’s win sees them sit 39 points clear over their nearest rivals, Ynystawe, despite the high-fliers' five wicket win over Clydach with only a ball to spare.
 Clydach won the toss and elected to bat, and they posted 249-7 in the allotted overs. Jason Davies (60) and Nicky Fisher (65) both knocked half centuries while James Garland chipped in with 37. In attack, Alex Fletcher was once again amongst the wickets claiming 4-57, while captain Andrew Beasley picked up two wickets.
In reply, an excellent 94 from Brendan McKay helped Ynystawe on their way, with Beasley (32) and Rowan Evans (34) both contributing useful knocks, but it was Shaun Jenkins (26n/o) and 15 year old Tom Davies (15 n/o) that held their nerve to ensure Ynystawe came away with the victory.
Meanwhile, third placed Tata Steel bagged their seventh win of the season as they dismantled Carmarthen Wanderers by 60 runs at their Margam base.
The Port Talbot side won the toss and made 213-5, with Kelvin Bartle smashing a quick-fire unbeaten 118, in an innings that included nine-4’s and seven-6’s, while Rhys Owen chipped in with 38.
The Wanderers in reply were dismissed for 153, despite the best efforts of captain Leighton Walters who struck 40, and Rhys Thomas, who hit 37. Bartle rounded off a fine day’s work taking 2-28, while Mike and Matthew Jones snared three wickets apiece.
At the top of Division Two, Aberdare moved clear of long time leaders Skewen with a 127 run victory at Morriston, while Skewen went down to a five wicket defeat against Llandysul.
 The Cynon Valley side posted 245-6 in their allotted overs, with Michael Roberts (62) and Steve Manning (86) the stars with the willow.
The Swansea side in reply never came close to threatening the visitors' total as they were skittled for 128. Luke Garthwaite produced the goods in attack as he ripped apart the hosts' order to capture 6-24 in 11.2 overs, including four wickets in just 14 balls, while Roberts picked up 3-42.
Meanwhile, Skewen, who lost for the first time last week, looked out of sorts and could only muster 130, with Dean Kriescher (35) and Daniel Rees (33) the top scorers for the hosts. Ieaun Paske was destroyer in chief for the visitors claiming 4-30, while Rhodri Jones picked up 3-26.
Llandysul in reply reached the target in the 41st over, carding 131-5, with Llewellyn Hughes their star at the crease smashing 60 from 81 balls, including nine-4’s.
It remains nip and tuck at the summit of Division Three, with Porthcawl maintaining their single point advantage over rivals Maesteg after they both picked up impressive victories.
The Seasiders dispatched Briton Ferry Town by 147 runs, while Maesteg thumped Cimla by 124 runs.
Elsewhere, winless Dyffryn look doomed to relegation after they lost for the tenth time in twelve starts, going down to Landore by two wickets.
Finally, leaders Pwll continue to reign supreme at the top of Division Four after they bagged a seven wicket win over Llandeilo to open up a 33 point gap at the summit, while second place Llantwit Major Cavaliers kept up their push for promotion with an eight wicket win at Neath 3rds. Gareth Hughes was the star for the Cavaliers as he bagged 7-31, while Neath were skittled for 67.


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