Cricket: Cowbridge fate hangs in balance after appeal

COWBRIDGE will be relegated from the First Division of the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association unless their appeal against a 208-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player is successful.

The Vale of Glamorgan outfit have been punished for allegedly eight times fielding a player who was also registered with another club in a separate league.

Association chairman Neil Hobbs explained “Our rules clearly state that no player may play for more than one club. The penalty for doing so is a 26 points deduction for every game played in illegally and a £60 fine for every game. The player in question had played for another club before our season started and should have then been transferred.”

Cowbridge are appealing against the decision and the matter will be dealt with by the association management committee which next meets in mid-September.

This deduction has plunged Cowbridge from a secure position just below halfway with around 200 points to certain relegation.

Cowbridge slipped to a five-wicket defeat by Gowerton despite a fine performance by captain Tom Merilaht who took 3-3 in just four overs.

Cowbridge won the toss, chose to bat and scored 145-9 but Gowerton knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets with Jack Lyle hitting 45 and Rhys Thomas 42.

While Cowbridge were understandably feeling sorry for themselves Neath were able to take the champagne off ice after being crowned champions for the first time for seven years.

The triumphed by five wickets at Maesteg Celtic. Put into bat Celtic totalled 150-9 with Phil Poole starring with an unbeaten 57.

Neath swept to the title securing the runs with five wickets intact.Keiron Thomas top-scored with 48 and former Glamorgan star was unbeaten on 39.

Second-placed Ynystawe managed only a winning draw against Tata Steel although Steve Beasley was again in dynamic form hitting 87 and taking 3-40.

Clydach who have not enjoyed a very good season slipped to their ninth defeat going down by four wickets to Dafen for whom Phil George took 7-43.

Llangennech are definitely relegated after crashing to a nine-wicket defeat by Carmarthen Wanderers. They were tumbled out for 74 with brilliant spinner Ian Marsh taking 6-14 in an amazing nine over spell during which he bowled seven maidens.

The title race in Division Two will go all the way to the wire as Aberdare lead Briton Ferry Steel by only  three points with Skewen still in the hunt aswell- but Steel play Skewen next Saturday.

Aberdare were held to a winning draw by Llandyssul while both Steel and Skewen won to live up the race for honours.

And it is neck and neck in the third division between Maesteg and Porthcawl while Pwll are 18 points clear at the top of the fourth after Llantwit Major Cavaliers went down to a shock nine-wicket defeat by Baglan.

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