Cricket: South Wales Cricket Association

STRUGGLING Maesteg Celtic’s wait for their first win of the season goes on, but they came close to a shock victory at Swansea in South Wales Cricket Association division one.

The visitors only managed 80 batting first and they had Ian Herbert’s 33 not out to thank for getting them there.

Cruising on 69-3 in their reply, it looked a formality for the St Helen’s outfit, but with Lee Hicks (5-40) in inspired form, Swansea lost four wickets for eight runs before edging home.

In Division Two, Aberdare had few problems seeing off Llanelli. The Cynon Valley club posted 160 with Mike Wetherby unbeaten on 55, before the hosts fell short of their target. Mike Roberts took 3-10 as Aberdare won by 79 runs.


Hills Plymouth have made a lightning start in Division Three and the Merthyr-based club won again on Saturday, this time by 40 runs at home against Margam.

Some excellent strokeplay from Chris Shopland (80) gave Hills a healthy total of 225-9.

Luke O’Connor (4-51) was the pick of the Margam attack and he was central to the visitors’ reply, registering 51.

No-one else in the Margam ranks could muster a big score and they were eventually all out for 185. Also in Division Three, Maesteg earned a winning draw against Pontyberem. Nathan Carter top scored for Maesteg with 47 as they made 224-8.

Craig Howells set about chasing down the target for Pontyberem and he careered the ball to all parts before finishing on 76 not out in a total of 186-5.

There was a nail-biting finish at the seaside as Porthcawl narrowly failed to beat Drefach. The visitors posted 162-8 with Nick Lyddon taking 5-28 to give the hosts a chance.

And the chase went down to the wire, but despite the efforts of Chris Richards (34 not out), it wasn’t to be and Porthcawl were left stranded on 161-7.

In Division Four, Llantwit Major Cavaliers, whose first two games were cancelled due to rain, got their campaign underway with victory by 43 runs against Llandarcy. Batting first, they only scored 107, but the visitors fell way short and were out for just 64.


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