Cricket: Porthcawl close in on Division Three pacesetters with win at Drefach

PORTHCAWL were one of the big winners at the weekend as not only did they win but most of their rivals were again frustrated by the wet summer weather.

Chasing one of the two promotion places in Division Three this season, the seasiders picked up an impressive seven-wicket victory away at Drefach to move level on points with second-placed Hills Plymouth.

Tom Davies was in top form with ball, his figures of 5-29, coupled with those of 3-32 from Dai Lewis, helped Porthcawl bowl out their hosts for just 83.

That left the visitors with the simple task of knocking off the runs required which they did comfortably thanks to Steve Doherty’s 28 and 20 from Mark Dixon, all of which sets them up nicely for Saturday’s trip to Maesteg.


Hills Plymouth couldn’t have been more thankful for the rain as they were on the brink of defeat at Margam when the weather saved their bacon – the home side were only 18 runs from victory when the match was abandoned.

The Merthyr-based club had been bowled out for a woeful 59 batting first and despite Chris Birch taking 2-13, a loss seemed inevitable. However, the heavens opened and Hills got out of jail.

There was a losing draw for Maesteg against Pontyberem where Craig Howells blasted 90 for the hosts as they scored 213-4. In reply, Jeffrey Watkin (49), Michael Lambert (31) and an unbeaten 32 from Dean Cox took the visitors to 149-7 at the close.

Porthcawl and Hills Plymouth are both chasing Briton Ferry Town for the title – they thrashed Pwll by eight wickets to tighten their grip on top spot.

In Division One, Maesteg were also grateful for a rain interruption as they were set to lose to Swansea after being skittled out for 58 batting first. But, with the St Helen’s club on 27-3, the umpires decided to call it a day.

At the summit, Dafen Welfare beat Llangennech by five wickets to increase their advantage over the rest.

Cowbridge stay second behind Carmarthen Wanderers in Division Two after their trip to Morriston was cancelled due to rain and Aberdare, who have slipped to seventh, saw their encounter with Llanelli finish early with the away side on 62-3.

There was no action at Llandarcy in Division Four where Llantwit Major Cavaliers were looking to increase the pressure on the sides at the top of the table.


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