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Excellent win extends Dafen's lead at top

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 13, 2013

Carmarthen's Owain Binding and Dafen wicket keeper Daniel Vaughan

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DAFEN Welfare extended their lead at the top of the South Wales Cricket Association second XI championship with a ten-wicket win over Carmarthen Wanderers.

They now sit 27 points ahead of Tata Steel, who cut the deficit to just five a week earlier.

Wanderers were bowled out for 109, a target Dafen reached without losing a wicket.

Tata lost ground on the leaders after Neath beat them by five wickets.

The Port Talbot side finished on 105-9 after an innings in which Paul Donovan top-scored and was one of only three to reach double figures.

Struggling Gowerton drew with Clydach after reaching 266 in their innings.

Clydach finished 66 runs short of that, but Gowerton were two wickets away from victory.

Ynystawe beat Llangennech by four wickets.

Robert Draper took five Llangennech wickets, while Rhys Palmer claimed four and Lewis Towell the other as they were all out for 100.

Palmer also impressed with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 21 as his side secured victory.

In the other top-flight clash, bottom side Cowbridge lost by 66 runs to Maesteg Celtic.

Briton Ferry Steel still lead the way in division two following a comprehensive 83-run success against Gorseinon.

Ryan Griffiths reached 60 and Thomas Williams 53 in Ferry's total of 210.

Gorseinon never looked like getting near that total despite the best efforts of Ben Lang (35).

Pontardawe remain rooted to the bottom after losing to Aberdare by nine wickets.

They were all out for a disappointing 34, a target that Aberdare reached comfortably.

Skewen secured a thumping 207-run triumph against Llanelli. Matthew Thomas starred with a colossal 142 not out in their total of 260.

That was more than enough to beat a Llanelli side who scored just 53.

Bronwydd beat Morriston by 60 runs, while Swansea Civil Service drew with Llandysul.

Pontyberem look doomed to relegation from division three after they suffered another defeat, this time to Cimla. All out for 72, Bont took just two wickets as Cimla eased home.

Drefach overcame Briton Ferry Town by 83 runs, Dyffryn finished up five-wicket winners against Porthcawl, Margam drew with Maesteg, while Landore had to concede their match with Merthyr Tydfil.

In division four, Felinfoel remain at the summit after an 88-run win against Llandeilo, who were all out for 26.

Baglan lost to Llandarcy by 26 runs, Kidwelly secured a two-wicket win against Llantwit Major and Pwll drew with Neath.

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