Sunday, 4 August 2013

Neath take another step towards SWCA title

Pacemakers Neath took another step towards the Thomas Carroll Division One South Wales Cricket Association crown, with a clinical eight wicket win over strugglers Llangennech.

The basement boys lost the toss and were put in, but could only muster 78 as they were skittled by the trailblazers in the 46th over. Keiron Bull was once again destroyer in chief claiming 4-27, while Joe Parkhouse captured 3-12 and Tom Jones snared 2-5.
Neath needed just 19 overs to chase down the target as they posted 79-2, with Keiran Thomas hitting an unbeaten 36, while Ashley Colston knocked 33.
With just four weeks of the cricket season left, the Gnoll side remain in a commanding position of 46 points clear of second place, but with matches against Tata Steel and Ynystawe still to come, the leaders would be foolish to think the title race is over.
Meanwhile, there were convincing wins for both Tata Steel and Ynystawe. The Port Talbot side saw off Gowerton by 53 runs, while Ynystawe dispatched Cowbridge by ten wickets.
At the other end of the table, Maesteg Celtic have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are to avoid the drop after losing out to relegation rivals Dafen by seven wickets.
Celtic were put in and carded 143-8 in their allotted overs, Phil Poole was the best with the bat knocking a half century (59). Phil George 3-37 and Chris Hudson 4-50 were the most potent with the ball in hand.
The Llanelli outfit in reply chased down the runs required for the loss of just three wickets, smacking 144-3. Dafydd Nicholas was their star with the willow smashing an unbeaten 67, while Nicky Davies chipped in with a solid 39.
Elsewhere, Clydach bagged a winning draw at home to Carmarthen Wanderers.
Just eight points now separates the top three teams in Division Two, after leaders Aberdare succumbed to their first defeat of the season as they were thumped by title rivals Briton Ferry Steel by 174 runs.
Steel batted first and posted a thumping 269-8, Craig Evans causing most of the damage at the crease smashing a century (125), while Jason Hughes knocked 35 and Steve Devonald chipped in with 29. In reply, the Cynon Valley side had no answers and were dismissed for just 95.
Meanwhile, third placed Skewen returned to winning ways after losing three matches on the bounce as they narrowly saw off Pontardawe by 11 runs.
It remains excruciatingly close at the top of Division Three, with leaders Porthcawl maintaining their slender advantage over title rivals Maesteg thanks to a 25 run win at Pontyberem.
The Seasiders batted first and posted 120, Brett Davies (33) and Nick Lyddon (28) were the best with the bat for the visitors.
In reply, Pontyberem fell short on 95 as Tom Davies ripped apart the hosts' batting order, taking 6-27.
Meanwhile, Maesteg remain within touching distance of the leaders after they dispatched Briton Ferry Town by seven wickets.
Finally, Pwll maintained their sizeable advantage at the summit of Division Four with a comfortable nine wicket victory over strugglers Llandarcy.
The only fixture in Pembroke saw Division One leaders Neyland secure the second part of the coveted treble, as they dispatched Llangwm by six wickets to take home the Harrison Allen Bowl.
Neyland, who have already notched up the DR Morris Cup, were too strong for the league strugglers, with Ashley Sutton starring with the willow for the in-form side.


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