Cricket: Aberdare and Maesteg seal South Wales Cricket Association titles

Aberdare and Maesteg both captured their respective crowns as the curtain came down on a dramatic final weekend of the season.

The Cynon Valley side wrapped up the Second Division title with an emphatic 78-run victory over Bronwydd in front of their home faithful. Aberdare knew a victory would be enough to claim the championship as they led proceedings by three points going into the final round of matches.

Batting first, the hosts posted 189-5, Michael Roberts (47), Geraint Cutlan (49) and Corey Sewell (33no) all shining for the high-fliers at the crease.

Bronwydd in response were dismissed for 111 in the 35th over. Luke Garthwaite was the star with the ball in hand, capturing 5-36 from 15 overs that included six maidens, while Geoffrey Derrick claimed 3-39 and Michael Roberts picked up 2-33.

Joining Aberdare in Division One next season will be Skewen, who sealed promotion with a victory over fellow promotion-chasing rivals Briton Ferry Steel by 26 runs.

Meanwhile, Maesteg bagged the Division Three crown with a nine-wicket trouncing of Pontyberem, while their title rivals Porthcawl lost out by five wickets to Merthyr Tydfil.

Pontyberem elected to bat but were quickly knocked off for a meagre 43, with Nathan Carter the destroyer in chief as he snared 6-25, while Jonny Davies snapped up 4-9.

The Llynfi Valley side easily wrapped up the victory carding 44-1, with Lloyd Wilkshire’s unbeaten 19 the best showing with the willow.

Porthcawl, who were level on points with Maesteg at the start of the day (but second in the table on the number of wins), needed to better Maesteg’s points total but it was not to be for the Seasiders, who will have to console themselves with promotion after losing out by five wickets to Merthyr Tydfil.

The Seasiders carded 174 with captain Steve Doherty hitting 43, Rob Jones contributing 36 and Josh Lyddon chipping in with 27. Matt Davies was the best in attack for Merthyr picking up 4-46, while Ron Walton claimed 3-42.

Merthyr, who ended the season in fourth position, chased down the target for the loss of just five wickets as they broke their visitors’ dreams of claiming the title. Chris Shopland top scored for the hosts with 47, while Graham Rhodes’ unbeaten 37 saw Merthyr home.

In the top flight, Maesteg Celtic ended their season on a high as they notched up a surprise four wicket win over runners-up Ynystawe.

Batting first, Celtic posted 138. Lindsay Harris smacked 43, supported by Ian Herbert’s 25 and Lee Hicks’ unbeaten 22. Ynystawe in reply were skittled for 134 with Hicks rounding off a fine all round display, taking 4-33.

Elsewhere, Cowbridge finished their campaign with a seven wicket loss at Clydach and will now look to appeal their heavy points reduction that has seen them finish bottom of the pile.

Finally, two defeats in a row ended Llantwit Major Cavaliers’ chances of promotion from Division Four as they narrowly went down by two wickets to eventual champions Pwll, while Baglan pipped them to the second promotion spot with a win over Neath thirds.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/cricket-aberdare-maesteg-seal-south-5835297