Hat-trick for Grant as Wanderers beat Llanelli

CARMARTHEN Wanderers began their South Wales Association programme with a comfortable seven-wicket win against Llanelli at Stradey Park.

Captain Leighton Walters put Llanelli in to bat, and the Wanderers got their first breakthrough when young Dan Jones took two wickets before the introduction of spinners.

Llanelli collapsed from 60-2 to 92 all out as the spinners created havoc. Ian Marsh took 4-27 and bowled well in tandem with new signing Gareth Grant, who took a hat-trick.

Thomas went early in the reply but Dan Jones (25) and Owain Davies (24) steadied the innings before Grant took the Wanderers home with a fluent 21.

Briton Ferry Steel and Bronwydd drew as the visitors were unable to winkle out the last Steel pair at the crease.

The Carmarthenshire side batted first and scored 169 all out thanks to opener Byron Jones’s 88 and George Gleeson’s 32.

Steel wicketkeeper Andrew Barrett took three stumpings and a catch as Rhys Norgrove took 4-47 and Paul Evans 3-11.

But the Ferry batsmen were unable to take advantage and struggled to 153-9, Chris Burgess and Barrett hanging on at the end, both on one not out. Gihan Fernando took 4-35.

In the other games in division two, Aberdare (150-7) drew with Llandysul (132-8), Gorseinon (92 all out) lost to Cowbridge (94-3) by seven wickets, and Morriston (130-9) drew with Skewen (141 all out).

In division three Swansea Civil Service crashed by 71 runs at home to Hills Plymouth.

The Merthyr side made 145-7, Aled Richards (3-40) and Scott Thomas (2-32) among the wickets, but when they came to bat the Service batsmen had no answer to Chris Birch (7-15) and Andrew Lewis (3-20) as they slipped to 74 all out.

Nick Davies and Gruffudd Prydderch made 30 each — Prydderch hit three sixes in a belligerent late knock — but the next highest contribution came from six extras.

Briton Ferry Town (158-8) won by two wickets at Porthcawl (155-7), while the Maesteg v Drefach, Pontyberem v Margam and Pwll v Landore games were all rained off.

Two of the five games survived in division four.

Cimla bowler Arun Rengaswamy had magnificent figures of 8-19 as Felinfoel were bowled out for 83 as the Neath side triumphed by 97 runs.

Cimla betted first and notched up 180-9 thanks to useful contributions from Imran Pervez (45no), Liam Woolfe (36) and Rengaswamy (35).

Craig Richards (4-65) and Anthony Mathias (3-31) were the best of the Felinfoel bowlers.

Felinfoel batsmen Rhys Harris (28) and Clive Harding (25) did their best but with Rengaswamy in devastating form there was only going to be one winner.

Ten-man Kidwelly were thrashed by ten wickets at Dyffryn. They were all out for 47 as Scott Thomas took 6-30, then Richard and Rhys Davies hit 21 and 24 not out respectively in a painless win.

The Baglan v Llantwit Major Cavaliers, Neath III v Llandeilo and Llandarcy v Ystradgynlais matches were all off.

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