More play possible further west

THE weather in the Gwendraeth Valley was drier than further east and allowed both Pontyberem and Drefach to complete their fixtures in division three of the South Wales Cricket Association.

Pontyberem got in a full 50 overs against Maesteg in reaching 213-4. They were given an excellent start by Craig Howells (90) and Martin Lewis (70), who put on 117 for the first wicket. Jeffrey Watkin took 2-19.

Craig Evans (3-21) and Alun Harris (2-33) then caused Maesteg’s batsmen plenty of problems as the visitors held on for a draw on 149-7 in their 50 overs. Watkin made 49 and Dean Cox 32 not out.

Drefach lost at home to Porthcawl by seven wickets. The Gwendraeth side were skittled out for 83 in 26 overs and then Porthcawl eased to 89-3 in the 33rd over.

The win puts Porthcawl joint second with Hills Plymouth, whose game at Margam was abandoned with the home side having victory in their sights.

The Merthyr side were tumbled out for 59 in just 23.2 overs thanks to Anish Patel (7-40) and Rhodri Reynolds (3-17).

Margam in turn also struggled on the damp wicket and were on 42-5 when the rain came, Ian Jempson unbeaten on 22.

Briton Ferry Town increased their lead at the top to 37 points with an eight-wicket win at bottom club Pwll, who were bowled out for 79 before Town eased to 80-2.

Landore were on 73-5 in the Swansea derby at Swansea Civil Service when the heavens opened. Gruffudd Prydderch took 2-14 and Ben Novis 2-19.

The only game to go the distance in division four was at Felinfoel where the home side drew with Ystradgynlais.

Felinfoel were bowled out for 174 in 44.1 overs, despite having been given a flying start by openers Rhys Jones (29) and Rhys Harries (48). Andrew Thomas added 33 as Alex Malgat took 4-38 and Darren Hodge 3-18.

Ystrad were then 44-4 at one stage before Huw Lewis (21no) and Martin Donnelly (23no) saw out the game for a draw on 91-4 after 47 overs. Gareth Smith had the superb figures of 11-9-5-2.

No play at all was possible in the Baglan v Kidwelly, Dyffryn v Llandeilo and Llandarcy v Llantwit Major Cavaliers fixtures, while there was only limited play at leaders Cimla in their derby with Neath III, who were on 67-0 after 16 overs when the game was brought to a premature conclusion.

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