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Callum Croft gets Bont off to great start with 88-run victory

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

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PONTARDDULAIS made the perfect start to the defence of their South Wales Junior Cricket League Under-16s title as they cruised to an 88-run victory over Gorseinon.

The Bont star was Callum Croft, son of former England and Glamorgan legend Robert, who took an impressive five-wicket haul, conceding just one run in the process to underline his growing reputation.

Gorseinon were skittled out for 48.

That was in reply to a formidable Bont score of 136-2, which featured outstanding knocks from both Alex Thomas (59no) and Storm Davies, who was unbeaten on 57.

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Also in the under-16 section, Felinfoel were sent back for just 14 as Adam Williams wreaked havoc to take 4-4 before Swansea Civil Service quickly knocked off the runs to reach 18-2 and secure an easy victory.

Luke Wilson top-scored for Maesteg Celtic with 26 out of a total of 72, but he more than doubled the Port Talbot reply as they were dismissed for just 11. Wilson took 3-2 to earn the man-of-the-match accolade, while Adam Lawler claimed 4-2.

In the under-14 section, there were undefeated half-centuries for Ynysygerwn batsmen Daniel Davies (53no) and Mish Govamaye (50no) in a crushing 166-run defeat of Morriston.

Steff Davies returned the superb figures of 4-3, while Amy Collins also shone, taking three Morriston wickets for just eight as they were reduced to 12 all out.

Clydach's McKenzie Squires was the star performer in his side's seven-wicket defeat of Mumbles Greens, picking up 3-5 as Greens were reduced to 73-6.

Tom Gravenor offered stubborn resistance with an impressive 29.

Squires hit a majestic 30 in reply to lead Clydach to 75-3.

Tian Thomas Wheeler struck a magnificent unbeaten 57 for Neath Golds to lead them to 121-4 and a comprehensive win over Neath Blues, who were sent back for just 64 in reply.

Robert Davies did most of the damage, taking 3-10.

Only two matches were played in the under-12 section, Swansea posting 261 to win by six runs as Pontarddulais made 255 in reply.

Dafen beat Drefach by 54 runs. Chasing a Dafen total of 291, Drefach struggled against Tom Davies who took three wickets for six runs as the visitors were reduced to 237.

But there was plenty of action in the under-11s age group, the pick being Neath's victory over Gorseinon Raiders by 114 runs following a superb performance from Josh Hughes. He was unbeaten on 12 as Neath posted 298 and then took three Raiders wickets without conceding as the visitors were reduced to 184 in reply.

Rhys Piper and Steff Richards both took 3-7 for Gorseinon Unicorns in a 62-run triumph over Morriston, while Luc Rees (13no) top-scored for Pontarddulais in a 26-run win over Briton Ferry Steel.

The showdown between Mumbles Blacks and Mumbles Greens went the way of the Greens, who had the match-winner in Tom Protheroe- Banks.

He top-scored with 11 not out as the Greens posted 288 and then picked up 3-3 as the Blacks were sent back for 209.

Jack Parkin also made an impact, taking 3-5 in the Blacks response.

Swansea beat Llangennech by 13 runs, Osian Webber undefeated on 15 out of a Swansea total of 248. Webber then took 2-14 as Llangennech were restricted to 235.

Meanwhile, Rhys Harris steered Pontyberem to a tense three-run win over Ammanford, taking a crucial 3-5 while Rhodri Jones was 13 not out in Llandysul's 65-run defeat of Carmarthen B.

Dafydd Jones struck an unbeaten 12 as Kidwelly Maroons beat Kidwelly Golds by 55 runs and Llanelli were victors over Carmarthen A by 18 runs.

Porthcawl pair Joe Markey (21no) and Mackenzie Randall (14no) shone in their side's 278 and in reply Port Talbot were 254, thanks to an undefeated 14 from Jay Thomas.

But 3-19 from Luke Warren saw Porthcawl to victory by 24 runs.

In the other games, Bridgend beat Ynysygerwn by 18 runs. Clydach defeated Pontardawe by 26 runs and Swansea Civil Service Reds were conquerors of Gowerton by 46 runs.

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