Title hopefuls go down to shock defeat
THE first division of the Vaughan Sound League threw up some shock results, with high-flying Bryn handed an embarrassing defeat against local rivals Cwmavon.
Ian Morris (46) and Dai Edwards (38) did the early damage, with John Gibbs (24) pushing the Cwmavon total up to 138. Rob Thomas took 2-26 and the total looked well within Bryn's sights.
Gibbs then set about tearing through the Bryn batting and finished with 5-10. Ian Morris took 2-4 and Dan Symons 2-27 as Bryn were shot out for just 72.
Swansea Asians also suffered a major blow to their title hopes at the hands of Waunarlwydd RFC — the rugby club bouncing back well after becoming the first team this season to gain no points last week.
Steve Hodges was undefeated on 88 with Adam Bond in great support with 54, and Jonny Lewis hit 39 to help Waun reach a season's best 247-2. The Asians only had Imran A (54) and Adnum (28) in any real form as Neville Thomas took 2-22 to deal the Asians a 124-run defeat.
Games outside the county limits received all the bad weather with Penygroes v Penlan RFC and Maudlam v Dunvant RFC falling foul. Grovesend Miners received this week's bye.
In division two, Tower soared to victory over Rockspur, who were all out for 57.
Ceri Durke was unstoppable, taking 6-22, and received top support from Dean Leacher (3-33). Leacher then went on to score 29 not out in the reply as only Gerald Gambatessa (2-37) caused any problems.
Civil Service moved off the bottom after defeating Manselton Cong by 115 runs. Richard Cleveland (58) batted patiently for the Service as they posted 168-6. Mark Evans chipped in with 43, while Paul Evans (2-27) and John Coady (2-33) were the leading Man Cong bowlers.
John Holding (3-7) then caused havoc with the ball, Cleveland added to his half century with 3-18 and Gary Mitchell took 2-0 as Man Cong were skittled out for 53.
Ystalyfera set Dunvant RFC II 155 to chase after Paul Rowlands hit 52, Rhys Evans 20 and Gareth Stillwell 25.
Adam Gregory (6-22) and Mike Arnold (2-20) were in fine form with the ball for the rugby club.
Arnold (21) then led the chase along with Tim Rees (33). Mike Penhale (2-26), Steven Townsend (2-30) and Alun Evans (3-10) worked hard, but Dunvant crossed the line with only three balls to spare.
Penllergaer batted well to post 164-7 against Resolven thanks to a welcome return to form from Julian Hardwick (77). Gareth Heaven hit 34, but Gavin Thomas (2-41) and David Williams (4-27) made sure the target didn't get too far out of sight. Tony Evans led the Resolven charge with 31 as Paul John hit a classy 72. Chris Hill (2-28) and Hardwick (3-19) did what they could, but it wasn't enough to prevent Resolven winning by two wickets.