BRONWYDD earned a crucial win on Saturday (Jun 30) as they beat Swansea Civil Service by 17 runs in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association.
James Cales and George Gleeson both scored 17 while Oliver Furneaux scored 34 and Meirion Davies scored 38 as Bronwydd made 189-9.
Dylan Bebb was the pick of the Swansea bowlers as he took five wickets for the loss of 29 runs.
Damian Devonald then scored 19 in Swansea’s reply while there were scores of 39 from Ben Novis and 41 from Thomas Milford.
However, some excellent bowling, including three wickets from Matthew Vaughan and three from Meirion Davies helped bowl Swansea out for 172.
Also in Division 1, Dafen were bowled out for 136 in their game against Cowbridge.
Tom Williams took six wickets for Cowbridge as he reduced Dafen single-handedly to 52-7.
Nicky Davies scored 22 for Dafen and Jonathan Randell scored 33 before a late score of 43 helped his side to a total they could try and defend.
Philip George had Ben Wright caught by David Dunfee for a score of 37 but unbeaten scores of 42 from Tatenda Chiradza and 58 from Thomas Merilaht saw Cowbridge to victory.
Llandysul were also beaten as they lost to Gorseinon by three wickets at Tir Dref.
Ieuan Paske and Rhidian Harris had got Llandysul off to a good start with an opening stand of 64 but wickets began to fall regularly.
Paske made 32 before falling to the bowling of Joe Baker and Rhidian Harris scored 39.
Andrew Edwards scored 41 but he quickly began to run out of partners as Llandysul slipped from 101-4 to 155 all out.
Arfon Jones took three wickets for Llandysul as they did their best to stop Gorseinon but it wasn’t quite enough.
Connor Barry made 15 and Chris Morgan made 17 but the star of the show for the visitors was Josh Simmons who finished unbeaten on 83.
On Saturday (Jul 7), Bronwydd are at home to Cowbridge while Dafen take on Llandysul.
In Division 2, Llangennech earned another win as they bowled Maesteg out for just 94.
Simon Clement took six wickets as Maesteg were reduced to 31-6. Scores of 24 from Ashley Colston and 22 from Andrew Whelan prevented Maesteg being bowled out sooner.
Openers Hedd-Wyn Jones and Scott Lloyd then took Llangennech to within touching distance of their target before Jones was caught and bowled for a score of 49.
It was left to Lloyd to hit the winning runs as he finished not out on 34 to see his side over the line with plenty of time to spare.
Felinfoel were also victorious as they restricted Briton Ferry Town to 161 all out in reply to their earlier score of 188 all out.
Andrew Thomas scored 35 and Rhys Harries scored 28 as Felinfoel made a good start to their innings. Rhys Jones made 48 and Jonathan Cheal scored 47 and they looked well set on 167-4 to go on and make a big total.
However, a late collapse saw them limp to 188 all out as Adeel Khan and Yakoob Ali both took three wickets.
Ali then scored 50 in Briton Ferry’s reply but no other batsmen made more than 20 as four wickets from Tom Jones derailed their chances of victory.
Rohan Nangalia and Jonathan Cheal also took two wickets apiece as they bowled them out 27 runs short of their target.
On Saturday (Jul 7), Felinfoel are at home to Llangennech in a clash of third versus second and Drefach are away as they take on Maesteg.
Clayton comeback stuns Van Gerwen
PONTYBEREM darts ace Jonny Clayton pulled off one of the shocks of the Grand Slam of Darts as he came from three legs behind to beat world number one Michael Van Gerwen 5-4 on Sunday (Nov 11).
The 44 year old Welshman looked to be down and out with the score at 4-2 but he never gave up and went on to claim one of the biggest victories of his career.
Van Gerwen has won the last three Grand Slam tournaments and was firm favourite to pick up another win going into the second of their three game group.
Clayton threw first in the first to five legs match but it was the Dutchman who hit the first 180 before going on to break with a 94 checkout.
The world number 17 hit back though and after Van Gerwen missed the bull for a 128 checkout he took out 64 to level the game up.
However, Clayton could not back that up opening up with just 26 in the third leg before Van Gerwen hit 180 and 171 to leave just 16 which he checked out at the second attempt.
The Welshman had an excellent average of 115 at this stage but that was trumped by his opponent, averaging 122.
Van Gerwen then increased his lead with a 16-dart leg but Clayton seemed unfazed.
He hit his second 180 in the fifth leg and checked out on 80 to pull a leg back but a bounce out at the start of the next leg set him back again.
MVG hit another 180 and although he missed a 64 finish he took out double ten to make the score 4-2.
Clayton only opened the seventh leg with a ton followed by a 60 but Van Gerwen did take full advantage hitting a 140 before responding to Clayton’s 60 with a score of 58.
The Welshman then hit 168 to leave himself with just 16 and after Van Gerwen missed on 114 he closed the leg out to make it 4-3.
More low scores in the eighth leg from Clayton looked to put MVG in control but he then missed check outs of 76 and 16 to allow Clayton in to check out with 58 to level the game at 4-4.
Clayton had the throw in the final leg and hit 140 with his second throw before Van Gerwen hit just 97.
The Pontyberem-born Clayton then hit 137 to leave himself with 40 but MVG put the pressure on leaving himself with 74 if Clayton slipped up.
Clayton needed just two darts as he hit double top to secure a memorable comeback victory.
The Welshman said he was ‘Over the moon’ following the win and took to Twitter to thank those who had sent him messages adding: “Made up with that! Incredible to be part of a match like that and then to win it against a class act (Michael Van Gerwen) playing like that is absolutely brilliant.”
Clayton now plays the BDO’s Gary Robson in his last match of the group tomorrow (Nov 13) with qualification for the next round not yet secure.
Trallwm, Trostre and Bwlch through to round three
TRALLWM went through to the third round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they beat Pwll Athletic 5-2.
Kris Brown scored a hat trick for the Tigers while other goals came from Rhys Watson and Luke Nicholas.
Carmarthen Stars were knocked out of the Cup as they were beaten 3-1 by Giants Grave. Richard Barnes, Dean Evans and Ross Hudson all scored for the Neath Premier League leaders.
C K Swiss Valley were also knocked out beaten 3-1 at home by Sandfields.
Pontlliw earned their place in the third round with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Pontarddulais Town after their game had finished 1-1 after extra time.
Trostre Sports also eased through to the next round as they thrashed West End United 9-1.
Johnstown also earned their place in the next round of the tournament with a 6-2 win at home to Wern.
Bwlch Rangers came from behind twice to book their place in the third round of the West Wales Cup.
Opponents Penclawdd, who play in Division 1 of the Swansea League, took a two goal lead before Blwch pulled a goal back before half time.
In the second half the Rangers levelled matters only for Penclawdd to retake the lead at 3-2.
However, Bwlch showed their class to score twice more to see themselves into the next round.
Matthew Hughes scored twice for Bwlch while Mathew Williams and Jason Morris were also on target for the victors.
FC Carmarthen bowed out of the competition, beaten 3-1 by Loughor Rovers despite taking the lead in that game.
Seaside’s run in the competition also came to an end as they were beaten 7-3 by last year’s champions Goodwick United.
Dafen bow out to Maltsters
DAFEN Welfare bowed out of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they were beaten 3-0 by Maltsters Sports.
The Swansea League Division 1 side have won five, lost five and drawn one of their 11 games so far this season and they came up against a Dafen side who have just two wins and three draws from their nine games.
Kyle Morgan, Sam Keefe and Chris Hughes all scored for the visitors while they also did well to keep a clean sheet.
Maltsters’ Gareth Morrell was named as the man of the match for his side following an excellent display.
Dafen will now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and on Saturday (Nov 10) they are away to Evans and Williams.
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