Cricket: Aberdare take big step closer to Second Division title

ABERDARE took a gigantic stride towards the Second Division title in the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association despite having their weekend game against Swansea Civil Service seriously affected by the weather.

The Cynon Valley outfit collected nine points from the match – but they were helped significantly by the shock defeat suffered by Skewen at the hands of Bronwydd.

Skewen had started the day in second spot, but were overtaken by Briton Ferry Steel who beat Pontardawe by five wickets.

Aberdare batted first against the Civil Service and declared on 234-6 with Steve Manning outstanding with the bat  hitting 96.

Corey Sewell made 48 and Michael Weatherby was undefeated on 30. Griffith Trydderch took 3-71.

The Civil Service were only able to bat for 10 overs and were 59-1 when the rain halted proceedings.

Phil Owen was at the crease on 32 and David Devonald on 17.

Steve Devonald took five Pontardawe wickets as the Swansea Valley crumbled to 95 all out, Steel getting the runs with just five men down.

Aberdare are now 28 points clear of Steel with Skewen back in third spot.

In the top flight, Maesteg Celtic drew with Clydach in a match also wrecked by the weather.

Clydach posted 218-8 after winning the toss, Steffan Davies top scoring with 51. Lee Hicks took 3-75.

Celtic were 35-4 when the game was called off and declared a draw.

Porthcawl and Maesteg Town are having a real scrap for the Third Division title, with the Seasiders narrowly ahead of the game.

On Saturday, both had serious disruptions to play due to the storms.

Porthcawl batted first against Drefach and totalled 208-8, with Steve Doherty and Steve Richmond each compiling 44.

Drefach were 43-3 when play was halted – but the 11 points secured by the Seasiders   were sufficient to keep them ahead of the pack.

Landore batted first against Maesteg in Swansea and were soon back all out for 154 in 49.2 overs.

Jay Copp contributed 59 and Andrew Mumford 31. Jonathan Davies took 5-34 in 15 overs, six of which were maidens.

Maesteg were 41-0, with Lloyd Wilkshire on 23 and Andrew King 16 when the match was declared a draw.

Merthyr Tydfil’s match against Pontyberem was abandoned with no result as Tydfil were unable to bat at all after the West Walians were 112-9.

Llantwit Major Cavaliers narrowed the gap on Fourth Division leaders Pwll by sweeping to an excellent  seven-wicket triumph at Felinfoel.

Jimbo Thomas took four Felinfoel wickets for 23 as they were dismissed for 121 and then the Cavaliers knocked off the runs for the loss of just three wickets.

Julian Griffiths was unbeaten on 49 and James Snelson contributed 34.

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