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South Wales Premier League

DEFENDING champions Cardiff strolled to a comfortable nine-wicket South Wales Premier League victory at Mumbles.

The hosts batted first and were reduced to 125 all out as leg spinner Kieron Carlson wreaked havoc, taking 3-26 during an impressive spell with only Aneurin Donald (32) and Chris Nelson offering any notable resistance.

In reply, Cardiff took less than 25 overs to knock off the runs with Alex Milton hitting 11 fours in a swashbuckling 64 not out and Greg Holmes striking six boundaries in an unbeaten 47 to take the rampant visitors to 127-1 and an emphatic triumph.

There was a tense finish at Port Talbot as the Steelmen edged out visitors St Fagans by 6 runs after posting a total of 126 in just over 42 overs.

Sean Griffiths top scored on 23, while Stuart Phelps came in at number 10 and was unbeaten on 18. Owain Hopkins picked up 3-21, Mike O’Shea 2-27 and Ben Fullard 2-28.

St Fagans were 99-3 after 27 overs but collapsed to 120 all out as Phelps (4-12) and Josh Tobin (3-17) ripped through the order, despite the best efforts of Chris Lawler who scored 38, O’Shea with 33 and Andrew Leering who was out for 26.

It was also close at Pontarddulais as they saw off the challenge of Newport by 9 runs. Batting first, Bont were sent back for 131, Owen Morgan top scoring with 30 as Darnell Taylor-wood returned the figures of 4-12.

Lucas Carey (4-36) and Morgan (3-30) then led the Bont victory charge as the visitors were skittled out for 122.

It was even tighter at Neath after visitors Ynysygerwn batted first and made 198-6 during their 50 over spell at the crease. Sam Davies hit 62 not out, Will Owen 52 and Ryan Sylvester 29 as Scott Thomas took 3-31 from his 10 overs.

Gareth Rees (59) led the Neath reply but they fell agonisingly short as they finished on 197-8 to give the visitors a winning draw.

Ammanford crashed to a 7 wicket home defeat to Bridgend, who chased a home total of 176-6, Alan Evans the best of the home batsmen with 76 and Matthew Fisher contributing 48.

In reply, Bridgend reached 177-3 with six overs to spare, Bradley Wadlan the visitors hero with a stylish undefeated 72.

In division two, Swansea beat Penarth by 27 runs, having batted first and posted 170, Kieran Howells hitting 41 with Mark Thomas taking 3-25 and Jamie Hitchin 3-20. Penarth were then reduced to 143 all out as Gareth Hayden impressed with 3-17 and Hamir Ikram took 3-36.

Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League

NEWBRIDGE maintained their splendid start to the season in Division One of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League when they overcame Chepstow in a tight battle.

They followed up their convincing opening day success against Usk with a one –wicket win at home to Chepstow.

Batting first Chepstow totalled 141-9 with Carwyn James hitting 52 and David Teague 23 while the pick of the bowlers was Cael Jones who took 3-16. Thomas Kinsey weighed in with 2-13.

Newbridge had to work hard for their runs but useful contributions from Tom Watkins (38), Elliot Jenkins (23) and Jones (23) helped edge Newbridge to victory as they got home with one wicket remaining.

In another Gwent derby Croesyceiliog triumphed by 68 runs against Abergavenny. Put into bat Croesyceiliog scored 226-9 with Connor Miles unbeaten on 99 and Tom Kear scoring a handy 49.

Abergavenny managed only 158 off 37 overs despite a good knock of 46 by Andy Clark. Medium Pacer Lewis Pheasant did much of the damage as he took six wickets for just 30 runs.

Sudbrook were also in fine form in the top flight as they overcame Malpas by 82 runs.

Sudbrook were put into bat and scored 264-7 with Ross Lewis hitting an unbeaten 145 and Matthew Kinchin knocking 45.

Dave Griffiths was the best bowler taking 3-55.

Malpas managed 182-8 with only Haroom Ali making any significant contribution 35. There were two wickets apiece for James Hussey, Rob Thorn and Rhys Prescott.

Pontypridd’s match with Usk and Blackwood’s with Radyr were called off because of waterlogged grounds. Elsewhere Rogerstone beat Sully Centurions in Division Two and Monmouth won by nine wickets at Vale.

South Wales Cricket Association

SWANSEA CIVIL SERVICE secured a routine win over Llandysul to maintain their winning start to the season.

The visitors batted first but were all out for 55 after 38.1 overs, with Gus Prydderch taking 3-18.

Phillip Owen notched 23 runs while Damian Devonald scored 18 not out as the hosts reached 56-2 to secure a comfortable win by eight wickets.

Clydach secured their second win from as many matches with a six wicket triumph over Gowerton.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first, with David Roberts scoring 42 to help his side to 207 runs.

But Clydach responded in style, reaching 208-6 thanks to 64 runs from Jason Davies to seal the win.

Dafen were held to a draw in their away match against Llanelli.

Kelvin Bartle notched 48 runs for the visitors who batted first after winning the toss but the hosts replied with 98-9 as the spoils were shared.

Maesteg Celtic registered their first win of the new campaign, beating Llangennech by seven wickets.

The home side batted first but were all out for 100, despite an impressive 66 runs from top scorer Gethin Long.

Lee Hicks took four wickets for 40 runs for Maesteg Celtic, who scored 112-3 to claim a seven wicket victory.

Elsewhere, Porthcawl beat Briton Ferry Town to secure their first win of the season in Division Two.

The away side took to the bat first, with Steve Doherty scoring 96 runs as Porthcawl reached 285-5.

Briton Ferry Town struggled in their reply and were all out for 100 runs after Josh Lyddon took four wickets for only 11 runs as Porthcawl secured a convincing 185 run victory.

Drefach secured their second win on the bounce with a seven run triumph at Pontyberem.

The away side were all out for 114, with Alan Carter scoring 26, but the hosts only managed to reach 107 runs despite Paul Rees top scoring with 36.

Bronwydd made it two wins from two after beating Gorseinon while there were wins for Morriston and Dyffryn in Divisions Three and Four respectively.

Pembrokeshire Cricket League

DEFENDING champions Neyland slumped to a shock six-wicket defeat at home against newly-promoted Johnston.

The hosts were skittled out for just 105 after Johnston won the toss and elected to bowl. Andrew Miller (30) top scored for Neyland with Steve Mills and Kevin Roberts both bagging three wickets apiece.

In reply, Dan Sutton struck 38 with Lee Summers finishing unbeaten on 30 as the visitors reached their target with six wickets still intact.

Cresselly picked up their first win of the campaign as they recorded a thumping 10-wicket victory against Lawrenny.

Having won the toss and batted, Lawrenny made just 130, although Steve Lewis did top scored with 50, with Ryan Lewis collecting five wickets for the hosts.

Adam Chandler (71no) and Matthew Morgan (52no) then guided Cresselly home at a canter.

Last season’s runners-up Haverfordwest recorded a 64-run victory at St Ishmaels.

Nigel Delaney (37) top scored for the visitors as they finished their allotted 45 overs on 190-9 before Simon Holliday and Adam Jenkins both took three wickets to help bowl St Ishmaels out for 126 in reply.

Elsewhere, fast bowler Rhys Davies (5-23) took his first five-wicket haul to set Carew on their way to a seven-wicket win home over Llanrhian.

Llanrhian were bowled out for 150 before an unbeaten 61 from Tom Davies saw Carew home.

North Wales Cricket League

LLANDUDNO chasing their sixth title in eight seasons were in dominant mood against Pwllheli in the North Wales cricket league as they swept to a nine-wicket victory.

In a reduced overs match on a day when the weather played havoc with the programme Pwllheli were put into bat and scored 155-7 with Nadim Rehman and Michael Hughes each contributing 32.

Sam Rimmington took 4-30 off seven overs and Brian Evans captured 2-38.

Llandudno knocked off the required runs for the loss of just one wicket with Dan Evans unbeaten on 68 and Rimmington on 36.

Connahs Quay overcame Pontblyddyn by five wickets .Pont were put into bat and managed just 109 with Alistair Roberts and Julian Roberts hitting 30 each.

Martin Burger took 3-35 and there were two wickets each for Ryan Holloway, Dave Fox and Tyler Argoon.

Connahs Quay reached their target with five wickets down.

Defending champions Menai Bridge overwhelmed Mochdre by nine wickets.

Mochdre elected to bat and were dismissed for 100 in 34.5 overs with only Matthew Humphreys (25) and Joe Chaplin (23) making notable contributions. Ashley Wood took 4-12 in 10.5 overs.

Menai Bridge reached 101 for 1 in 25.5 overs. Dion Holden was unbeaten on 58 and Luke Jones on 40.

West Wales Conference

LLANWRDA made a sensational start to life in the West Wales Conference as they put Talybont Villagers to the sword sweeping to a 171-run victory.

In their first-ever game in the Conference they were put into the bat and knocked up 245-2 with Adrian Davies in sparkling form with the bat contributing a brilliant 127. Nigel Clarke weighed in with an impressive 76.

The Villagers never looked as though they would get anywhere near their hosts and were skittled out for just 74 in 28 overs.

Clarke completed a man of the match display by taking 3-5 while Sean Nichols captured 2-18 and Ceithio Williams 2-12.

Defending champions Aberystwyth followed up their opening day victory over Aberaeron with a tense five-run win over UWA Commoners.

Put into bat Aber scored 177-6 with Andy Price blasting 109 which included 13 fours and two sixes. Beast bowling performance was by Aiden Reveley who took 3-40.

The Commoners battled hard but fell just five runs short reaching 172-9 in their 40 overs.

Rakesh Bhatia top scored with 84 while Nick Bolam took 3-20 and Sam Boynes 3-23.

Elsewhere Talybont beat Towyn and District by 80 runs.

Two games are scheduled for today- Aberaeron against Dolgellau and Aberystwyth seconds against Tregaron.

Welsh Club Cricket Conference

A MAGNIFICENT spell of bowling from Johnny Hill inspired Barry Wanderers to a six-wicket home win over Brynmawr in Division One of the Welsh Club Cricket Conference.

After they lost the toss and were put into bat, Brynmawr were bowled out for 118 with slow left-arm spinner Hill ripping through the order as he took 7-25 – his first-ever five-wicket haul.

Dan Hartland top scored for the visitors with 35 while Chris Hartland scored 29.

In reply, Barry reached their target in 18.2 overs with Lawrence Hanniford scoring 29 while Nathan Davies took 2-9 for Brynmawr.

In Division Five, Crumlin seconds romped to a crushing 132-run win at Cardiff seconds.

Although the visitors, batting first, didn’t have it all their own way early on and were 30-5 at one stage.

But an unbeaten 97 from Chris Hopkins and a knock of 72 from Rob Joliffe helped them put 230-9 on the board, with John Berry (3-44) and James Meggitt (3-30) among the wickets for Cardiff.

But, in truth, the hosts never looked like reaching their target and were bowled out for just 98 in reply with Andrew Williams (3-15) and Luke Evans (3-16) doing the damage, while David Ricketts top scored with 32.

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