Cricket: Porthcawl are in top form as they see off Margam

MAGNIFICENT Porthcawl reeled off another victory as they saw off Margam by three wickets at the top of the Thomas Carroll South Wales Association Division Three.

Hosts Margam were put in to bat and made a respectable 148-9 off their 50 overs, with Luke O’Connor’s 46 a big contribution and Elwyn Pugh and John Wellington both contributing 24.

Nick Lyddon took 2-32 for the league leaders, with Tom Davies collecting 3-33.

It took Porthcawl until the 49th over to surpass Margam’s total with 149-7, as Lyddon matched O’Connor with a 46 of his own and Steve Doherty added 34.

Margam’s Pugh had done his best to dent the batting order, taking 4-59, but it was not enough as Porthcawl made it seven wins from eight in an impressive start to the season.

Equally in good form are the Llantwit Major Cavaliers in Division Four, who kept up the heat on leaders Pwll with a four-wicket victory over Baglan.

They elected to bowl after winning the toss and it proved the correct decision as Baglan were skittled for 95.

Their bowling attack was in imperious form. James Snelson took 4-36 in eight overs, with Adrian Ashton taking 2-19 in 11 and Gareth Hughes 2-3 from five. Ben Jenkins finished Baglan off by felling 2-17 in his eight overs.

In reply they passed the total in the 34th over, with little of note in the batting figures other than a 15 for Sam Pickford.

In Division One, Maesteg Celtic continued their sorry start to the season as high-flying leaders Neath hammered them by 115 runs.

In a rain-delayed match, Neath were put in and scored 255-5 with Adrian Shaw amassing an impressive 99 and Keiron Thomas 96 before being run out. Lee Hicks was the best bowler with figures of 2-50.

Celtic were dismissed for 140 in the 40th over despite a 60 by Tom Morgan off 64 balls. Kieron Bull took 5-46 off 15 overs and Matthew Pearce 3-27.

Things weren’t much better for Cowbridge, who were overwhelmed by Gowerton on their own patch in a 95-run loss.

Choosing to bat first, Gowerton scored 200-5 in their 50 overs with Paul Rees hitting a fine 101. Will Hughes was undefeated on 28 and Rhys Thomas produced a useful 27 to push them along. Only Tom Merilaht achieved much with the ball, taking 2-49 as Cowbridge’s bowling attack proved fairly futile.

Cowbridge were never in contention and were dismissed for just 105 in the 40th over with Sam Wood top-scoring on 31. Gowerton’s hot prospect Will Jenkins, just 15 years of age, did most of the damage taking 6-23 in 10 overs of which two were maidens.

In the second Division the Aberdare-Llandysul game was abandoned after having been reduced to 30 overs a side. Llandysul had scored 102-4 off 22.3 overs when the rain came and prevented any further play.

They at least got further than Maesteg in Division Three. Their home fixture with Merthyr Tydfil had to be called off without any play.

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