Cricket: Porthcawl continue to set the pace with another win

Porthcawl claimed their ninth win of the season in Division Three of the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association with a routine six-wicket home triumph over Dyffryn to maintain their narrow lead over Maesteg at the summit.

The visitors were put in and were dismissed for 149, despite a dogged unbeaten 46 from Rhys Davies, while John Lewis contributed 36.

In attack, 14-year-old debutant Brad Griffiths was the star of the innings capturing 3-22, while Nick Lyddon took 2-10.

The Seasiders made light work of the chase, reaching their target in the 28th over as they posted 151-4.

Brett Davies was the best with the bat smashing a half century (50), with Mark Dixon (40) and Nathan Keylock (31no) also producing solid knocks at the crease.

Maesteg are just three points behind the leaders after they bagged a hard-fought victory over Margam.

Margam posted 152 with Luke O’Connor the only contributor of note with a dogged half century (62).

Martin Wilkshire (three for 24) and Jonathan Davies (three for 35) were the pick of the bowlers.

The Llynfi Valley side in reply carded 156 for seven, Jeffrey Watkin’s unbeaten half century (63) was the stand-out performance at the crease while Nathan Carter (24 not out) and Steffan Roberts (24) also produced good displays.

Meanwhile, Merthyr Tydfil leapt up to third in the table with a five-wicket triumph over Landore.

Cowbridge dented Maesteg Celtic’s hopes of avoiding the drop from the top flight as the Vale of Glamorgan side claimed a winning draw over their hosts.

The visitors batted first and carded 174, with Phil Harris the star of the innings smacking a high-class century (108), while Rob Carney contributed 21.

Phil Poole was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four for 43 from seven overs which included a hat-trick.

Celtic in reply ended on 162 for nine when the overs ran out, Gareth Hopkins top scored on 29 with Nick Poole chipping in with 25.

Will Haines was the best with the ball snaring four for 37, while Harri Collier claimed three from 39.

The result sees Celtic 29 points adrift of safety with just three matches remaining.

In Division Two, pacemakers Aberdare returned to winning ways with a 132-run success over Pontardawe as they maintained their slender advantage over rivals Briton Ferry Steel.

The Cynon Valley outfit were put in to bat and posted 232 for seven from their allotted overs.

 Steve Martin top scored with a half century (63), while Geraint Cutlan struck 47 before being run out.

Relegation-threatened Pontardawe were dismissed for 100 with Geoff Derrick picking up eight for 51 while Ben Sydney-Jones claimed two for 23 on his debut.   

Finally, Llantwit Major Cavaliers racked up another impressive victory in Division Four as they trounced Kidwelly by 193 runs as the race for promotion hots up.

The Cavaliers knocked 255-1 after just 35 overs.

Julian Griffiths was the star man for the visitors as he smacked an unbeaten century (123), while captain James Snelson hit 44 not out and Lewis Collins bagged a half century (52).

In response, Kidwelly could only muster a meagre 62 as they were skittled in the 19th over, with Gareth Hughes the stand-out player in attack as he claimed five for 21.

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