Cricket: Porthcawl return to winning ways

TRAILBLAZERS Porthcawl returned to winning ways in Division Three of the Thomas Carroll South Wales Cricket Association with a comprehensive six-wicket win over Cimla at Locks Lane.

The Neath side were skittled for 181, Stuart Hornby (47) and Anward Mohammed (34) their most notable contributors. In attack, Nick Lyddon (3-20) and Tom Davies (4-40) were the pick of the bowlers.

The Seasiders, who lost their undefeated record last week at Merthyr, easily got the runs required carding 183-4, as an unbeaten half-century (60) from Robert Jones guided them home, while Mark Dixon (39) and Josh Lyddon (33) also starred with the willow.

The Seasiders’ advantage at the summit now stands at 22 points, with second-place Maesteg breathing down their necks after the Llynfi Valley side smashed Dyffryn by 128 runs.

Maesteg won the toss and made the decision to bat and struck 272-5 off their allotted 50 overs. Lloyd Wilkshire was once again amongst the runs, top scoring with an unbeaten 88, while Justin Jones (56) and Martin Wilkshire (74) both hit half-centuries.

Strugglers Dyffryn never threatened in reply as they were condemned to their eighth loss of the season having been skittled for just 144. Paul Amphlett produced a dogged half-century, but it was not enough to avoid defeat. In attack, Jonathan Davies racked up his 26th wicket of the season as he captured 6-55, while Martin Hood snapped up 2-45.

In the top flight, Maesteg Celtic moved off the bottom of the table with a 20-run home triumph over third-place Carmarthen Wanderers.

Celtic posted 142 with Phil Poole the star man for the Llynfi Valley side smashing a half century (51no), before they then skittled the Wanderers out for just 122.

Meanwhile, Cowbridge were unable to build on their win at Clydach last weekend as they suffered their sixth loss of the season, going down by 81 runs to Tata Steel.

Aberdare’s promotion push in Division Two is still on track after they saw off a determined Llanelli side by five wickets in a hard-fought encounter at the Ynys Stadium.

Llanelli’s Iwan Rees set the visitors up for a high score, as he thumped an incredible 125no in an innings that included 15 fours, helping his side to a total of 234-6.

However, the Aberdare batting order made light work of the chase posting 237-5 in the 43rd over. Mike Roberts hit 69 before retiring injured, while Steve Manning knocked a high-class half-century (58) and Michael Wethersby finished unbeaten on 32.

The Cynon Valley side, who are unbeaten so far this season, sit second, 31 points behind leaders Skewen, after the Neath side saw off Gorseinon.

But third place Briton Ferry Steel could only manage a draw at home to Morriston.

Finally, Llantwit Major Cavaliers maintained second place in Division Four as they saw off Llandeilo by four wickets, and they will continue to battle it out with leaders Pwll and third place Baglan in the bid for promotion.

Porthcawl continue to reign supreme at the top of the 2nd XI  Division Three table as they notched their sixth win of the campaign, defeating Cimla by six wickets.

Cimla were skittled in the 33rd over for 129 with Ross Parsons, Brad Griffiths, Paul Mason and Brett Davies all bagging a brace of wickets each.

The Seasiders’ Selwyn Jenkins was the star with the willow in reply as he smashed an unbeaten 55 to guide his side to victory.

The leaders sit 27 points clear at the summit with Landore and Merthyr Tydfil in hot pursuit, after Merthyr claimed a clinical nine-wicket triumph at basement boys Briton Ferry Town.

Town batted first but could only muster a measly 85, as Jeremy Crooker (5-14) and Jason Castaldi (3-20) ripped apart their batting. Merthyr then easily chased down the total required for the loss of just one wicket, with Aled Walters finishing unbeaten on 44.

Meanwhile, Maesteg climbed to fourth with an 88-run triumph over Dyffryn.

In Division One, Maesteg Celtic and Cowbridge were once again on the wrong end of results, as Celtic lost out to Carmarthen Wanderers by three wickets, while Cowbridge are still propping up the table, after going down to Tata Steel by five wickets.

Elsewhere, in Division Four, Llantwit Major Cavaliers picked up a winning draw at home against Llandeilo. The Cavaliers batted first and posted 193-4, with Lewis Collins falling just five short of a century, while Tom Gingell smacked 50.

In reply, Llandeilo carded 119-7, and though the Cavaliers were never in danger of defeat, they were unable to break the resolution of the visitors’ batting order, with opener Richard Thomas fending the full 40 overs as he finished unbeaten on 40. In attack, Kerian Davies and Ashley Gifford claimed two wickets apiece.

Finally, Aberdare climbed to fifth in Division Two with a seven wicket success at Llanelli.

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