Win eases Swansea into top four
THE latest round of Premier League matches in the National Club Bowls Championship saw Swansea move into a comfortable fourth place after defeating Port Talbot by 24 shots at their Beaufort Road Stadium.
Port Talbot, who drop below Swansea in the league standings, had slightly the better of the opening quarter.
But by halfway Swansea had opened up a 12 shots lead, which they doubled in the second half to pick up 19 points from a deserved 130-106 victory.
The Swansea quartet of Ken Pittard, Mike Hartnoll, Denny James and Archie Phillips played well to top score with a 29-14 win against Tony Kenifick and the home side secured three further successes when Andrew Hopkins and Brian Fender comfortably defeated Martin Johnson and Steve Rees respectively. Alun Jones battled to a narrow win against Nicky Collins.
Port Talbot responded with a 22-12 win for the rink of Will Parry, Rhys Tomlinson, Dai Wilkins and Jeffrey Wilkins against Alan Watkins and the game between Billy Potter and Ross Tomlinson finished all square to leave Swansea with 19 points and Port Talbot three.
The top-of-the-table clash at Sophia Gardens went the way of leaders Cardiff who defeated second-placed Islwyn by 32 shots. With only three games left to play it is going to be very difficult for anyone to close the 27-point gap the capital city club has built up.
Llanelli remain in third after picking up 16 points from their 134-100 win against Cynon Valley at the Selwyn Samuel Centre and in the remaining Premier League tie bottom of the table Radnorshire aided their relegation fight with an excellent 11 shots win at second from bottom Rhondda, picking up 16 points in the process.
Results: Cardiff 134 (16) Islwyn 102 (6); Llanelli 134 (16) Cynon Valley 100 (60); Rhondda 108 (6) Radnor 119 (16); Swansea 130 (19) Port Talbot 106 (3).
Standings: Cardiff 168 pts, Islwyn 141, Llanelli 133, Swansea 130, Port Talbot 117, Cynon Valley 104, Rhondda 101, Radnor 74.
SWANSEA increased their lead at the top of the Merit Table Championship after coming away from Port Talbot with a hard-earned 79-70 victory.
The Swansea rink of Arnie James top scored with a 21-13 win against Roger Beavis and the visitors secured two further successes when Steve Norwood won by five shots and Paul Demery three shots.
Port Talbot hit back with a 25-18 win for Ken Williams against Ken Clement, but it was Swansea who returned home with the two points on offer.
Swansea duo Jonathan Williams and Robert Chisholm booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open Pairs competition after two excellent wins at Newport IBC.
The talented international duo comfortably saw off Sully's Richard Janes before clinching a place in the last eight with an 18-4 victory against Ogwr's Paul Taylor.
Llanelli are also well represented in the last eight after Brian Young and Colin Davies beat club-mate Jordan Skinner before ending the hopes of Swansea father and son Alan and Mark Watkins in the last 16.
In the other half of the draw Llanelli's Stuart Turner and Matthew Partridge had to overcome club-mate Mark Davies in the round of 32 before booking a quarter-final berth with a 24-19 win against Port Talbot's Geoff Simon on his home green at the Afan Lido Centre.
Quarter-final line-up (to be played at Rhondda IBC on Tuesday, April 2, commencing at 6-30pm): Damian Doubler & Dan Salmon (Cardiff) v Jonathan Williams & Robert Chisholm (Swansea), Brian Young & Colin Davies (Llanelli) v Nigel Leigh & Mark Harding (Cardiff), Mike Jackson & John Roberts (Heatherton) v Stuart Turner & Matthew Partridge (Llanelli), John Downey & Dai Prosse (Cynon Valley) v Keith Bolton & Mike Dick (Newport).