Cricket: Cowbridge appeal in bid to beat the drop

COWBRIDGE have lodged an appeal with the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association over their 208-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

The player, who is not being named while the appeal is ongoing, is alleged to have taken the field illegally eight times while registered with another club in a different league.

“I can confirm that we have lodged an appeal. We will take this matter as far as we can,” said club president Jeff Bird.

Association chairman Neil Hobbs explained that if a player turns out for another club he must be transferred. The penalty for fielding an illegible player is 26 points deduction for each game played wrongfully and a £60 fine for each game.

This deduction has plunged the Vale of Glamorgan team to the bottom of the table with a minus points total and from mid-table security to relegation.

The association management committee will now make arrangements for the appeal and they next meet in mid-September.

Cowbridge were naturally in downbeat mood when they took on Gowerton on Saturday, but they still showed some of their prowess scoring 145-9 on electing to bat.

But Gowerton managed 147-5 to win by five wickets in 35 overs. Jack Lyle scored a useful 45 and Rhys Thomas 42.

Cowbridge captain Tom Merilaht, who says he is “bemused” by the whole points deduction saga, took 3 for 3 in an amazing four overs.

Neath wrapped up their first title for seven years when they overcame Maesteg Celtic by five wickets.

Celtic, who may escape relegation due to Cowbridge’s plight, were put into bat and scored 150-9 with Phil Poole starring with an unbeaten 57. Joe Parkhouse took 3-39 in 10 overs.

Neath passed the target for the loss of five wickets. Keiron Thomas scored 48 and Adrian Shaw an unbeaten 39.

Aberdare are still on top of division two, but only by the skin of their teeth, three points clear after being  held to a winning draw by Llandyssul.

The Cynon Valley side totalled 253-4 with Geraint Cutlan hitting a fine unbeaten 92 and John Derrick weighing in with 46 before being run out.

Llandyssul held on for the draw at 203-8 with Glen Edkins scoring 60

Briton Ferry Steel and Skewen are both breathing down Aberdare’s neck and they play one another next Saturday on the final afternoon of the season.

Aberdare close at home to Bronwydd next weekend.

Maesteg and Porthcawl are neck and neck at the top of division three but both will be promoted whatever happens next Saturday.

Porthcawl beat Margam by three wickets largely thanks to figures of 4-54 by Tom Davies.

Margam batted first and were dismissed for 175 with Rob Davies top scoring on 43 and the Seasiders reached their target with three wickets left. Rob Jones hit a splendid 65.

Maesteg powered to a 139-run success over Merthyr Tydfil, who managed only 99 with Wayne Davies scoring 20 all in fours.That was in reply to Maesteg’s 238 all out.

Nathan Carter had brilliant figures of 8-54 in 14.3 overs.

For the Llynfi Valley men Andrew King hit 75 including five fours and one six and there were useful contributions too from Lloyd Wilkshire (37) and Jeffrey Watkin (44).

In the fourth Division, Llantwit Major suffered a surprise nine-wicket defeat at Baglan and face a difficult final against leaders Pwll, whom they will need to beat to be certain of promotion.

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