Dominant Dafen make it four with resounding win

FIRST division leaders and defending champions Dafen made it four wins from their four games played in the Thomas Carroll Insurance South Wales Cricket Association with a big win at Clydach.

Steven Devonald (66) and Jamie Mansel (38) helped the Llanelli side reach 203-9 against the bowling of Jo Farthing (4-27) and Steven Reeve (4-56).

But in reply Clydach had only Jason Davies (42) and Sion Jenkins (51 with two fours and five sixes) in form as Andrew Rowlands dismissed all five top batsmen and ended with 6-51. Philip George chipped in with 3-51.

Gowerton had a comfortable eight-wicket win at bottom side Pontardawe.

Ponty made 184-6 in their 50 overs, Sean Harris (42no) and teenager Owain Binding (38) their top scorers. Callum Eakins took 3-43.

Then Sam Lyle (30), Eakins (58) and Steve Inward (72no) guided the visitors to 185-2 in the 28th over.

Tata Steel managed to hang on for a draw at Llangennech, the last batsmen in, Nathan Ferrell (18no) and Michael Jones (21no), defying the Llan attack to finish on 160-9. Kelvin Bartle had earlier hit 35.

Llangennech had made 178-9 in their innings thanks to contributions of 43 from Gethin Long, 44 from Huw Williams and 34 from Atif Hameed. Philip Taylor took 3-29 and Bartle 4-35.

Llanelli and Morriston drew at Stradey Park in division two.

The visitors batted first and reached 208-8 with good contributions from Dan Sutton (45), Sam Richards (43) and Dan Lovelock (32).

Morriston bowler Stuart Johnson then had the upper hand when Llanelli batted, only Iwan Rees (64) at ease as Llanelli ended on 160-8.

Gorseinon suffered a nine-wicket defeat at home to Aberdare.

Jamie Williams (44no), Gafyn Donald (21) and Kerry Williams (29) made the bulk of the runs as Gorseinon were dismissed for 128. Mike Roberts took 5-28.

The Cynon Valley side were then untroubled as Corie Sewell (40no) and Roberts (73no) guided them to 130-1.

Division three bottom side Pwll suffered another defeat, going down by 124 runs at Maesteg.

Andrew King (88) and Gareth Bailey (51) put on 151 for the first wicket for the Llynfi Valley side and Steffan Roberts added 52 not out. David Richards (3-71) was the only Pwll bowler to enjoy success. But apart from Marcus Leaf (32) and Chris Rowlands (59), Pwll’s batsmen struggled against Michael Bailey (4-56) and Roberts (3-31) and were all out for 124.

In a low-scoring game in the Gwendraeth Valley, Drefach lost to second-placed Swansea Civil Service by 47 runs.

The Swansea side made only 125, Steve Porter (32) and Roger Williams (26) making the only contributions of note as Greg Owens and Leigh Davies ended with the identical figures of 3-26.

But Drefach’s batsmen had no answer to Gruffudd Prydderch and Aled Richards, who took 6-34 and 3-18 respectively.

Rob Seymour did make 43, but no other batsman reached double figures — six of them failed to get off the mark — as they were all out for 78.

Fellow Gwendraeth side Pontyberem also lost, going down by six wickets at Porthcawl. Bont made 213-9 in their 50 overs, opener Martin Lewis hitting 12 fours in his 90. Emyr Lewis added 29 and bowler Anthony Dixon took 5-45.

But Porthcawl’s Steven Doherty was in tremendous form, blasting 11 fours and nine sixes in his unbeaten 135 to seal victory in the 41st over.

Rhodri Evans claimed 2-59 for the visitors.

Kidwelly (179-7) lost to Felinfoel (183-2) by eight wickets.

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