Cricket: Ynystawe keep up the pressure in their hunt for glory

YNYSTAWE kept their South Wales Cricket Association title dreams alive with a crushing 156-run victory over basement boys Llangennech.

The Division One high-fliers batted first and smashed 249-5 declared with Andrew Beasley producing another captain fantastic performance from the crease, whacking 131, while Brendan McKay also starred with 63.

Llangennech in response were dispatched for just 93, with Sion Jones the destroyer in chief for the visitors as he captured a sensational 8-51 from 12 overs, including three maidens.

The win sees the Swansea Valley side remain 46 points behind leaders Neath with the top two clashing at Ynystawe on Saturday.

Neath, who remain unbeaten so for this season, all but ended Tata Steel’s title prospects with a home seven-wicket victory.

The Port Talbot outfit elected to bat but could only muster 114-9. Keiran Bull was the most potent claiming 3-29, while Nathan Aubrey picked up 2-23. Kelvin Bartle was the top scorer for the visitors knocking 30, while Matthew Saker finished unbeaten on 29.

The pacemakers in reply cantered to victory in the 37th over with Ashley Colston the best with bat (43), while Gethin King (28) and Adrian Shaw (20) both posted unbeaten tallies.

Meanwhile, Dafen pulled well clear of the drop zone thanks to a four-wicket win over West Wales rivals Carmarthen Wanderers.

The Wanderers, who have had a solid first season back in the top flight, were restricted to 118 with Phil George tearing the hosts’ batting order apart as he snared 6-29, while Chris Hudson picked up 2-29.

Dafen looked to be stuttering at one stage on 69-6, but unbeaten totals from Jamie Mansel (38) and Andrew Herbert (29) saw the visitors home to victory.

Elsewhere, Cowbridge claimed a winning draw against Maesteg Celtic, while Gowerton beat Clydach by 133 runs.

There were wins for leaders Aberdare and title rivals Briton Ferry Steel at the summit of Division Two as they dispatched Pontardawe and Gorseinon, respectively.

The Cynon Valley outfit were put in to bat and carded 232-7 from their allotted overs, Steve Martin top scored with 63.

Relegation-threatened Pontardawe were out for 100.

 with Geoff Derrick picking up 8-51, while Ben Sydney-Jones claimed 2-23 on his debut to wrap up a 132 run victory.

Meanwhile, Ferry Steel comfortably dispatched Gorseinon by seven wickets.

Maesteg kept up the pressure at the top of Division Three with 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 (3-24) and Jonathan Davies (3-35) were the pick of the bowlers.

The Llynfi Valley side in reply carded 156-7, Jeffrey Watkin’s unbeaten half century (63) was the stand-out performance at the crease, while Nathan Carter (24n/o) and Steffan Roberts (24) also produced good displays.

The victory sees Maesteg remain three points behind leaders Porthcawl, after the Seasiders claimed a routine six wicket home win over Dyffryn.

Finally, it remains tight at the top of Division Four with Pwll, Llantwit Major Cavaliers and Baglan all vying for the title. Leaders Pwll claimed a winning draw at Neath, while the Cavaliers and Baglan both notched up big victories as the fight for the crown looks likely to go down to the wire.

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