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South Wales Cricket Association Round up

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DAFEN were big winners in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association League as they scored over 300 runs for the second weekend running.

They finished their innings on a mammoth total of 317-2 in their game with Maesteg Celtic thanks to a score of 117 from Nicky Davies and 116 not out from Matthew Evans.

Between them they hit 33 boundaries while there was also a late cameo from David Dunfee.

Dunfee smashed five sixes and two fours in a knock of 53 that came off only 24 balls.

Maesteg lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply as Morgan Griffiths was out on a score of 10 and Ian Herbert scored 20.

Nick Poole top scored for Celtic with 62 but he was out when he hit his own wicket.

There were two wickets apiece for Matthew Donoghue, Chris Hudson, Gethin Long and Jonathan Randell as Celtic were all out for 135.

Action from the game between Dafen and Maesteg Celtic. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd were beaten Gorseinon on Saturday after they could only reach 137-7 in their fifty overs.

James Cale was top scorer for his side with 55 while Oliver Furneaux finished not out on 29.

Josh Simmons took four wickets for Gorseinon as they restricted Bronwydd well.

Kieran Howells then got his side up and running in their reply with a half century while Jack Donovan and Josh Simmons completed their victory finishing not out on 21 and 31 respectively.

Llandysul also suffered defeat on Saturday as a century from Thomas Merilaht helped Cowbridge post 261-7 in their game.

Merilaht had good support from Ben Wright who scored 35 and Jack Cropper who scored 61 runs.

The pick of the bowlers for Llandysul was Andrew Edwards who finished with figures of 3-48 from his ten overs.

Opener Gary Williams scored 31 runs for Llandysul in their reply but they lost wickets at regular intervals and slipped to 64-4.

Ieuan Paske added 21 while Andrew Edwards hit a score of 70 as he did his best to get his side going. However when he fell Llandysul were left hanging on 162-9 before they were all out for 179.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Dafen travel to Aberdare, Llandysul are at home to the Swansea Civil Service and Bronwydd travel to Merthyr Tydfil.

In Division 2, Drefach earned their second win of the season as they beat Briton Ferry Town by six wickets.

Briton Ferry won the toss and batted first and opener Yakoob Ali played well as he hit twelve fours and three sixes in a knock of 87.

Adrian Mainwaring was his side’s next highest scorer on 19 as Town reached 162-7 from their fifty overs.

James Carter was the pick of the Drefach bowlers as he finished with excellent figures of 5-22 from his eight overs.

Rob Seymour got Drefach off to a good start in their reply as he scored 59 runs and Dafydd Humprheys added 20.

Owen Donovan finished not out on 22 while Tomos Ellis-Williams was unbeaten on a score of 40 as Drefach reached their target with plenty of time to spare.

Felinfoel suffered a narrow defeat in their game with Maesteg as they reached their target with only one wicket in hand off the final ball of the innings.

The visitors batted first after Maesteg elected to field but only Andrew Thomas (67) and Julian Griffiths (87 not out) troubled the scorers as they were the only two to reach double figures.

Craig Richards and Stuart Parmenter took three wickets each for Felinfoel as they did their best to derail Maesteg’s chase.

Ashley Colston top scored for Maesteg with 43 runs while Ewan Lambert scored a late 29 before he was one of Rhys Harries’ two victims.

Lee Morgan then scored the winning runs off the last ball to break Felinfoel’s hearts.

Division 2 leaders Llangennech maintained their place at the top with a six wicket win over Morriston.

Llangennech elected to field first and they did well to restrict Morriston to 180-8 from their fifty overs.

Opener Tom Fenn scored 43 while Ben Haigh made a quickfire 28. Sam Hughes scored 20 while Jay Wittram finished not out on 57.

Jack Williams was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3-21 from his seven overs.

Hedd-Wyn Jones made 40 as Llangennech got their reply off to a good start while James Taube top scored as he hit twelve fours and two sixes in a knock of 86 before he fell to the bowling of Mark Whittaker.

David Williams finished not out on 20 as he eased Llangennech over the line with time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Drefach are away to Baglan, Llangennech make the trip to Briton Ferry Town and Felinfoel are at home to Briton Ferry Steel.

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Llanelli secure Premiership status

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LLANELLI secured their place in the Principality Premiership for next season on Friday night as they beat Championship winners Pontypool 27-16 in the play off at Aberavon.

Pontypool have only lost one game in three seasons but knew they would need to win to go up at the expense of Llanelli.

They started well but saw a couple of opportunities go begging early on and there was still no score with twenty minutes gone.

Six minutes later Pontypool charged down a kick and were given a penalty after Llanelli were deemed guilty of an offside for which saw yellow.

Pooler then sent the resulting kick through the posts to give them the lead.

Soon after, Shaun Evans had a chance for Llanelli when he ran into the Pooler 22 but after he was halted they went right when they perhaps should have gone the other way and the chance soon went.

Pooler then doubled their lead with another penalty as Llanelli were guilty of a number of infringements in the first half.

However, on the stroke of half time, Llanelli took the lead as they initiated a rolling maul and Taylor Davies went over for the try which was converted by Tom Prydie.

That gave the men in red a 7-6 lead at the break but they knew they would face a strong charge from Pooler in the second half.

Early in the second half, Llanelli looked to increase their lead when Ryan Conbeer went on a snaking run but he was halted just before the line by an excellent try-saving tackle from Lloyd Lewis.

Pooler then took the lead again with a penalty but Prydie answered with a penalty of his own to put Llanelli back in front at 10-9.

Soon after, Llanelli began to take control as they pushed a Pooler scrum backwards, earning a penalty, and Prydie kicked them further ahead.

Two minutes later they had another try as Steff Hughes kicked forward and Conbeer kicked on before falling on the ball in the try area. Prydie then added the extras to make it 20-9 with fifteen minutes to go.

They then scored their third try of the game as Lee Rees broke free after an excellent Callum Evans pass and the on-loan Llandovery player ran on to score. Prydie converted again to complete a great man-of-the-match performance.

With three minutes to go Scott Matthews touched the ball down under the posts and after it was confirmed as a try by the TMO it was converted bringing the score to 27-16.

Llanelli continued to play and thought they had scored late on but Callum Evans was called back after referee Nigel Owens, superb in the middle, spotted a forward pass from Prydie.

It left Pooler with little time to respond and Llanelli saw the game out to seal their place in the Premiership for the 2019-20 season.

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Spotlight on superstars in South Wales

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THE next two days around Cardiff will reverberate to the excited strains of a bowls community poised to experience the best of the best, when the first week of a two-week festival of international competition reaches its climax.

Over the five days the 2019 Atlantic Championships – featuring twenty-five bowling nations from the European, African and South American theatres at four host clubs around the Welsh capital – Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys, Penarth Windsor and Penylan – has gone through the qualifying stanza in women’s singles and fours, along with men’s pairs and triples.

In the short term the rewards are medals for excellence at this event, while qualification for next year’s world championships in Australia enjoys equal status.

Tomorrow and Thursday will be the stuff of which adventure heroes are made as many of the game’s greatest players strut their stuff – tomorrow’s elimination finals are at Barry Athletic and Dinas Powys, then the gold medal play-offs at Penylan on Thursday.

Spectators at Penalyn this morning enjoyed a teaser of what to expect when two superstars went at it in the flat green game’s version of a cat fight. It was a women’s singles encounter featuring a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist England’s Natalie Chestney, who won in Dehli in 2010; up against Scotland’s Caroline Brown, who has three world championship gold medals to her credit – the indoor singles at Potters in 2007, World Cup singles at Warilla in 2014 and the 2012 world fours in Adelaide.

The quality of bowls was exceptional as Chestney demonstrated the class that elevated her to the dizziest heights. After scores were level at 9-9 at eleven ends, the England star restricted Brown to just three scoring ends for the rest of the match, winning 21-14.

At major international events sectional top finishers graduate immediately to the semi finals, while the next two best finishers are sent to the elimination rounds.

Tomorrow at Dinas Powys, Scotland takes on England and Kenya plays Zimbabwe in women’s fours at 9.30am, with winners to play South Africa and Wales respectively at Barry Athletic at 2.30. Similarly, Malta plays Ireland along with Jersey against Guernsey in men’s pairs at Dinas Powys at 9.30am, with the winners heading to Barry Athletic in the afternoon to take on the mighty England and Scotland teams in the semi finals at 2.30pm.

Conversely, Barry Athletic will host England against Malta and Jersey versus Namibia in the morning men’s triples, with winners pitted against Scotland and South Africa respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.

The blue ribbon women’s singles at Barry will see Natalie Chestney (England) v Colleen Piketh (South Africa) and Cindy Royet (France) v Ruti Gilor (Israel) at 9.30am – the winners playing Lucy Beere (Guernsey) and Caroline Brown (Scotland) respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.

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Wanderers blow Ynys away

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CARMARTHEN Wanderers earned their second win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Ynystawe by 26 runs.

Ynystawe won the toss and elected to field and they bowled well as they restricted the Wanderers to 142-7.

However, Robbie Crawford took four wickets for the home side to help them to victory.

The Wanderers lost Leighton Walters early on when he was caught off the bowling of Rhys Palmer but Crawford and Stephen Inward then shared 50 runs for the second wicket.

Crawford made a patient 23 with one boundary but he was then trapped leg before by Andrew Beasley.

Inward hit five fours as he scored 34 but he was stumped off the bowling of Tom Morgan and the Wanderers had slipped to 87-3.

Gareth Thomas hit 20 but also fell to the bowling of Morgan while Owain Binding was trapped leg before by Carl Roberts on a score of 14.

Roberts then removed Owain Davies on a score of 12 and Steven Mills was then bowled by Alex Fletcher.

Darrell Griffiths was not out on 12 but it wasn’t enough to help Carmarthen pass 150 runs.

Tom Blake and Morgan Hodges then got the visitors off to a good start in their reply as they shared 30 runs for the opening stand.

Owain Binding made the breakthrough for the Wanderers as he had Blake caught by Ifan Knott on a score of 7.

Andrew Beasley fell for the same score when he was bowled by Gareth Thomas, leaving Ynystawe on 49-2.

Hodges then shared another 37 runs with Carl Roberts and it looked as if they would reach their target but the Wanderers had other ideas.

Steven Mills trapped Roberts leg before on a score of 14 and soon after, Hodges, who hit two fours and two sixes in his knock of 45 from 112 balls, was caught by Darrell Griffiths off the bowling of Thomas.

That left the visitors on 91-4 but they were still in a good position.

Leighton Walters and Robbie Crawford were brought on to bowl and wickets soon started to fall.

Walters had Tom Davies caught by Thomas and Crawford then bowled Dean Price to reduce Ynystawe to 110-6.

Crawford then bowled Alex Fletcher and Rhys Palmer while Walters had Tom Morgan caught by Thomas on a score of 13 and the visitors had collapsed to 112-9.

Crawford then wrapped up the innings with his fourth wicket as Ynystawe were bowled out for 116.

On Saturday (May 18), the Wanderers are away as they take on Panteg.

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