Cricket: Collier digs deep to seel Cowbrudge win

COWBRIDGE claimed their first win in  three starts in the top flight of the  Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket  Association after dispatching strugglers  Llangennech by eight wickets.

Llangennech batted first but could  only muster a measly 107, with the  hosts’ attack in potent form, Harri Collier was the pick of the bunch claiming  4-34, while captain Tom Merilaht and  Will Haines claimed three wickets  apiece.

In reply, the Vale of Glamorgan side  easily chased down the runs required,  carding 111-2, with Jack Harris producing the goods at the crease with a  rock solid half century.

Meanwhile, Maesteg Celtic, who are  locked in a battle for survival, managed  to avoid defeat to claim a draw at  Gowerton.

The Swansea side batted first and  posted 238-4 in their allotted overs, Sam  Lyle top scored with 87 while Jack Lyle  (48) and Ian Capon (43no) also produced useful knocks.

Celtic in response dug in and finished  on 180-6 with Nick Poole contributing a  half century, while Ian Herbert hit 46  and Tom Morgan finished unbeaten on  45. Despite the draw, Celtic still sit in  the danger zone nine points from  safety.

Aberdare opened up a 22 point advantage at the summit of Division Two  with a comprehensive 127-run thumping of strugglers Morriston, as title  rivals Skewen were stuttering against  Llandysul.

The Cynon Valley side posted 245-6 in  their allotted overs, with Michael  Roberts (62) and Steve Manning (86)  the stars with the willow.

The Swansea side in reply never came  close to threatening the visitors total as  they were skittled for 128. Luke Garthwaite produced the goods in attack as  he ripped apart the hosts’ order to  capture 6-24 in 11.2 overs, including  four wickets in just 14 balls, while  Roberts picked up 3-42.

It remains nip and tuck at the top of  Division Three with Porthcawl maintaining their single point advantage  over rivals, Maesteg, after they both  picked up impressive victories.

Maesteg maintained their winning  momentum with a 124 run home victory over Cimla.

The Llynfi Valley side batted first and  smashed 260-5 from 49 overs, with  Gethin Roberts (120) and Justin Williams-Jones (101no) both in scintillating  form at the crease.

The visitors in reply were skittled for  136, Liam Woolfe was their best with  the bat hitting 43. Martin Hood was the  pick in attack capturing a clinical 3-22  from ten overs.

Meanwhile, Porthcawl dispatched  Briton Ferry Town by 129 runs, with  Stephen Doherty’s century (112) helping them to a total of 263-6. Town in  reply were skittled for just 110 with Ian  Jones bagging five wickets, and Tom  Davies and Dai Lewis claiming two  apiece.

Elsewhere, Merthyr Tydfil could only  muster a losing draw at Drefach.

Finally, Llantwit Major Cavaliers kept  up their push for promotion with an  eight wicket win at Neath thirds. Gareth  Hughes was the star for the Cavaliers as  he bagged 7-31, while Neath were  skittled for 67.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/cricket-thomas-carroll-south-wales-5318963