LOCAL CRICKET: Bendle blasts Tower to victory
PHIL Bendle completed an impressive century on his way to helping Tower defeat Dunvant RFC in a thriller in the Vaughan Sound Swansea Central Cricket League.
Lee Tucker (78no) batted brilliantly for the rugby club and had fine support from Rob John (39) and Ralph Richards (27).
Dean Leacher (2-30) and Ceri Durke (2-36) were the pick of the bowlers for Tower as they restricted Dunvant to 202-7 in their 40 overs.
Tower, though, had Bendle (113) in fine fettle with Mike Kennealy (20) offering up some resilient batting. Ceri Durke rounded off an excellent performance with 42 as only Johnny Welch (2-50) was able to create any problems. Tower reached the target in the 36th over to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.
Llandovery continue to struggle, this time suffering defeat to Penlan RFC. Richard Harris (21), John Orr (24no), James Hill (20) and Keith Norwood (35) all battled to get Penlan up to 196-7 — just missing out on the additional batting bonus point.
Josh Archer claimed 2-34 but the target was always a big ask for the home side. D. Thomas (40) and M. Manning (27) provided the bulk of the runs for the Drovers, but Andrew Davis (3-20), Dan Quirolo (4-17) and Dean Norwood (3-12) made sure of victory with Llandovery falling 105 runs short at the close.
Bryn were shocked by early pacesetters Waunarlwydd RFC.
Ashley Richards (2-29), Dave Owen (3-20), Artie Taylor (2-4) and Ian Thomas (3-6) were all in fine form to dismiss Bryn for just 68. Steve Hodges (35no) and Dean Thomas (30no) dominated the reply to confirm a ten-wicket victory.
Grovesend Miners amassed 211-8 against Resolven, only to be thwarted by a brilliant chase. Richard Pass (41), Scott Barlow (48) and Jeremy Prichard (73) all made starts, but David Williams (3-35), Ashleigh Isaac (2-33) and Steve Cooper (2-40) all worked hard to keep the total in sight. The reply saw Mark Evans (42) and Carwyn Ridge (32) get off to a blistering start, with Gareth Lloyd (3-36) and Pass (2-47) looking to restrict the flow of runs.
But a late cameo from David Williams (48no) helped his side home in the final over.
In Sunday's fixture, Penygroes made light work of previously undefeated Waunarlwydd RFC at the Elba.
Some excellent early bowling from Andrew Williams (2-24) and Steve Pugh (3-18) meant Dean Thomas (21) and Dave Owen (29) had to battle hard for runs.
Bobby Blades (2-18) stemmed the flow late on and Waunarlwydd were thankful for 29 extras which helped them reach 119 all out.
Penygroes lost early wickets at the hands of Dave Owen (3-11), but Marc Evans (22) and Kael Ace (57) guided the Carmarthenshire side to a convincing victory.