Clydach look to Davies to topple leaders

CLYDACH will hope new signing Jason Davies can continue his prolific start to the summer when defending champions and first division leaders Dafen arrive in the Swansea Valley in the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association tomorrow.

Davies, one of the few players to have clocked up 1,000 runs in a season, has joined Clydach after more than a decade at neighbours Pontardawe and has started with a bang, scoring 233 runs in four league innings and following that up with a stunning century in the Welsh Cup win over Port Talbot on Sunday.

After the opening four rounds, Clydach sit in fourth spot in the table, eight points behind Dafen.

In the absence of skipper Dean Kriescher, Jamie Garland takes over the captaincy, while Dafen are also without their captain Matthew Evans. The armband is handed to Jamie Mansel, while Lewis Brown is promoted to the starting XI.

The only batsman with more runs to his name than Davies so far this season is Neath opener Kieran Thomas. He will look to maintain that position when struggling Maesteg Celtic pitch up at The Gnoll. In the other matches, Llangennech are at home to Tata Steel, while it’s second versus third as Swansea host Ynystawe with all-rounder Jonathan Hubschmid coming up against his former club.

In the second division, two of the clubs relegated from the top flight last season, Carmarthen Wanderers and Briton Ferry Steel, do battle in Johnstown.

Both clubs, though, have experienced contrasting fortunes in the opening weeks. The Wanderers, with their talented young international batsman Daniel Jones in outstanding form, are nestled in second spot in the table, just behind Cowbridge, while only Llanelli sit below Steel.

Wanderers are without Gareth Grant so the experienced Simon Rogers steps in.

Llanelli go in search of a much-needed win at home to Morriston tomorrow, while Gorseinon will look to build on last weekend’s victory over the Stradey Park side when they host Aberdare.

In the other matches in the division, Skewen take on Bronwydd, while Llandysul visit leaders Cowbridge.

It’s third versus second in division three with Drefach welcoming Swansea Civil Service, while leaders Hills Plymouth are at Landore. Pontyberem are at Porthcawl, Briton Ferry Town will look to keep pace with the leaders when they host Margam, while basement boys Pwll travel to the Llynfi Valley to take on Maesteg.

The match of the day in division four is between second-placed Dyffryn and leaders Cimla in Bryncoch.

Only two points currently separate the clubs. Elsewhere, third-placed Felinfoel are at home to Kidwelly, Llandarcy head to Llandeilo, Ystradgynlais travel east to newcomers Llantwit Major Cavaliers, while Neath IIIs take the short trip to Baglan.

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