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Swansea cannot maintain record

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

By our bowls correspondent

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THE latest round of matches in the Premier League of the National Club Bowls Championship saw Port Talbot see off bottom of the table Radnorshire at their Afan Lido headquarters.

There was no joy for Llanelli and Swansea, however, as they were beaten by the top two teams Cardiff and Islwyn.

A depleted Port Talbot side started slowly with the visitors leading by 18 shots at halfway. But a solid second-half performance saw the home side win by 31 shots at the close.

The Port Talbot quartet of Tony Evans, Cary Jones, Keith Davies and Nicky Collins produced an excellent second-half display to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 34-17 victory against Lee Howard and they returned three further successes when Martin Johnson, Neil Taylor and Dale McCarthy all won by double-figure margins against Clive Martin, David Weale and Gareth Lloyd respectively to earn their side 18 points.

Radnorshire picked up four consolation points when Viv Price beat Tony Kenifick 28-16 and Gareth Sims defeated Lee Daniels 26-15, but the Mid Wales outfit now look relegation certainties with only four games remaining of their first season in the top flight.

Swansea had hoped to maintain an impressive home record that has seen them lose just twice in three years as leaders Cardiff arrived at their Beaufort Road Stadium.

But despite an even opening five ends it was the visitors who took control to lead by 23 shots.

Swansea rallied late on to get back to single figures only to see Cardiff hold on for a 134-125 victory.

Swansea picked up six points with the rink of Peter Bolch, Arnie James, Tom Snellgrove and Billy Potter top scoring with a 30-16 win against Neil Collett, while Alun Jones finished with a flourish to beat Phil Rowlands 21-12 and Archie Phillips defeated Damian Doubler 29-21 despite dropping his second full house count of eight shots against the title favourites.

Cardiff also returned three winning rinks with David Harding and Nigel Leigh beating Jonathan Williams and Stephen Rees, while Daniel Salmon scored a last-gasp victory against Andrew Hopkins to give Cardiff 16 points and a 17-point cushion over Islwyn, who beat third-placed Llanell 153-88 at home. In the remaining Premier League tie Cynon Valley eased their relegation worries with a 20 shots home win against Rhondda.

Results — Cynon Valley 128 (16) Rhondda 108 (6), Islwyn 153 (20) Llanelli 88 (2), Port Talbot 148 (18) Radnorshire 117 (4), Swansea 125 (6), Cardiff 134 (16).

Standings — Cardiff 152, Islwyn 135, Llanelli 116, Port Talbot 114, Swansea 107, Rhondda 77, Cynon Valley, Radnorshire 58.

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