Cricket: Cowbridge cash in on inactivity of Wanderers

COWBRIDGE took full advantage of Carmarthen Wanderers’ cancelled match to leap to the summit of Division Two of the 2nd XI, with a routine four-wicket victory over Morriston.

The Swansea side’s batting order encountered a potent attack, with the visitors being skittled for 54, with Chris Brace capturing 3-10, A Qasim taking 3-6, and Umar Rafiq picking up 2-17.

In reply, Cowbridge easily chased down the runs carding 59-6. The Vale of Glamorgan outfit now head the table by 19 points.

Meanwhile, Aberdare climbed to fourth after they avoided defeat at Llanelli. The hosts set a target of 126 and Aberdare were on 100-8 in response when the overs ran out.


In Division One, Maesteg Celtic remain rooted to the bottom after their clash against high-flying Swansea fell victim to the rain, with this being the fourth match Celtic have lost to the elements.

No other matches reached completion in the top flight, although leaders Ynystawe extended their advantage to 55 points having garnered some batting bonuses, when their home match against Gowerton was abandoned with the hosts on 71 without loss.

Lower down, Porthcawl narrowed the gap between them and pacemakers Swansea Civil Service with a comfortable seven wicket win over Drefach.

The Seasiders’ skipper Paul Mason won an invaluable toss and put Drefach in on the Locks Common wicket, that was still drying out from early morning rain.

With the conditions against them, Drefach were dismissed for 54, with Tim Richards the star man capturing 5-26, while Blair Driscoll took 3-13.

The hosts then made light work of chasing down the runs with Tom Cogbill top scoring on 23, while Brett Davies contributed a solid 18.

Meanwhile, Swansea Civil Service’s match fell foul of the weather, though despite this, Porthcawl still trail the leaders by 43 points.

Elsewhere, in the battle at the bottom between Hills Plymouth and Margam, the weather was the only winner when the rain halted proceedings.

The Merthyr side posted 86 with Robert Wathen the best with the bat on 29, while Richard Taylor bagged six wickets for the visitors.

But before Margam could set up their target, the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.


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