Evans and Devonald cause a Llangennech collapse

THIRD-PLACED Dafen had an easy win in the Llanelli derby at Llangennech in division one of the Thomas Carroll Insurance South Wales Cricket Association.

Dafen scored 154 in their 50 overs, Nicky Davies (40) and Steven Devonald (34) the visitors’ leading batsmen. Atif Hameed took 5-37, Rhodri Lewis 2-44 and Gethin Long 2-25.

But when Llangennech took the crease they had only No. 9 Stuart Davies (13no) in double figures as Matthew Evans (6-22) and Devonald (4-17) cleaned up as they were dismissed for 47 in 21.5 overs.

Ynystawe thrashed Gowerton by nine wickets, overhauling the visitors’ 110-7 in the 26th over.

Steve Inward (39) and Ian Capon (25no) were the only contributors of note as Gowerton struggled against the bowling of Paul Discombe (15-8-20-2).

Then Gareth Bishop (29) and Andrew Beasley (63no) had few problems knocking off the runs on 112-1.

In division two, 16-year-old Carmarthen Wanderers opener Daniel Jones made a superb 115 not out as the home side rattled up 227-3 against Gorseinon. It was his first century for the first team and contained 14 fours.

Gareth Grant chipped in with 43 not out as Gafyn Donald took 1-22 in a seven-over spell that included four maidens.

Chris Morgan made 79 and Jamie Williams 32 not out as Gorseinon batted out the overs for a draw on 136-4. Andrew Edwards took 3-27.

Prop

Llanelli prop the table up after losing at home to Aberdare by 79 runs. The home side made just 82 in response to Aberdare’s 161 all out.

Mike Wethersby hit 55 not out for the visitors as Gareth James took 5-55 and Rob Hughes 3-32.

But then Iwan Rees (32) was the only Llanelli batsman to stick around as Mike Roberts (3-13) and Luke Garthwaite (3-28) wrapped up the win.

Division three leaders Briton Ferry Town beat Pwll by five wickets. The Llanelli side were skittled out for 95, Dean Thomas top-scoring with 31 as Daryl Phillips took 3-23 and Yakoob Ali 5-19.

Then Ali was to the fore with 40 as Town made 96-5. Carl Bibby took 4-27.

Pontyberem drew at Maesteg after making 186-5 in reply to the Llynfi Valley side’s 224-8.

Maesteg were in trouble at 112-6, Craig Howells taking 3-66, but Nathan Carter (47) and Gareth Bailey (39) helped them past 200.

Then Malcolm Lewis hit 26 for Bont, but with the reply teetering on 107-5, Howells (76no) and Paul Rees (23no) saw the game out safely for a draw.

There was a thriller at Porthcawl, where the home side were one run short of a tie against Drefach.

The match was drawn after Drefach batted first and scored 162-8, recovering from 80-6 thanks to 64 from No. 7 Leigh Davies, who hit six fours and two sixes. Nick Lyddon took 5-28.

Then Lyddon (34) and Chris Richards (34no) rescued Porthcawl after they were 74-5 but they were just unable to score the two runs needed for victory.

Drefach’s Rob Seymour made up for a rare duck with figures of 14-5-12-4. Davies also took 2-49.

Ystradgynlais head division four after beating visitors Felinfoel by five wickets.

Clive Harding top-scored for Felinfoel with 25 as they were bowled out for just 90.

Emyr Lawrence took 4-24 and Iwan Evans had superb figures of 6-4-3-2.

Opener Jason Lewis (30) then set Ystrad on their way, aided by Tom Jones (26) and Martin Griffiths (19), against the bowling of Anthony Mathias (3-49) and Clive Harding (2-9). The home side reached their target for the loss of five wickets after 22 overs.

Baglan were all out for just 119 at Kidwelly but still enjoyed a comfortable win.

Andrew Roach top-scored with 33 for the visitors, the total was boosted by 25 extras. Dean Hollands and Naz Shaikh took three wickets apiece.

But the total proved more than enough as Kidwelly were 68 all out. Hollands top-scored with 17 as Michael Broad (5-25) caused havoc. Roach took 2-18.

Play in the Vaughan Sound Central League in Swansea, meanwhile, was able to get under way after the weather disruptions of recent weeks.

But one game was unable to go ahead, that at the Elba in Gowerton where Grovesend Miners were unable to start their match against Dunvant RFC.

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