BRONWYDD’s Matthew Vaughan took five wickets to help his side to a 38-run victory over Maesteg Celtic on Saturday (May 25).
Bronwydd batted first after winning the toss but they were bowled out for 160. Vaughan was in fine form though and his five wickets helped Bronwydd bowl Celtic out for 122.
The visitors lost opener Stephen Phillips early on as he was out to the bowling of Morgan Griffiths.
James Dickson and Phillip Howell then shared 48 runs for the second wicket. Dickson scored 15 but he was then caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Luke Wilson.
Howell hit four fours and a six as he scored 41 but he was then caught off the bowling of Rhodri Thomas. Thomas then removed Iwan Davies as Bronwydd slipped to 73-4.
Oliver Furneaux was caught and bowled by Phil Poole on a score of 18 and Dafydd Morgan was caught by Jordan Richards, giving Thomas his third wicket.
That left the visitors on 86-6 but Jacob Jenkinson and Callum Collins-Davies set about giving their bowlers a score to defend.
They shared 39 runs before Collins-Davies was bowled by Matthew Davies on a score of 13.
Carwyn Jones added 10 before he fell to the bowling of Wilson and the run outs of Tom Gleeson and Matthew Vaughan brought the innings to a close.
It left Jenkinson not out on a score of 40 that included just two fours.
Vaughan then struck early on as Celtic began their reply when he had Matthew Davies caught by Oliver Furneaux. Soon after Gareth Hopkins was bowled by Tom Gleeson for a duck.
Nick and Phil Poole then shared 36 runs for the third wicket but Dafydd Morgan removed Phil on a score of 14 as he was caught by Gleeson.
Nick Poole and John Evans then shared 64 runs for the fourth wicket partnership and it looked as if they would go on to take the win.
However, Evans, who had made 32, was then caught by Furneaux off the bowling of Phillip Howell and their innings quickly began to fall apart.
104-4 became 104-5 as Nick Poole was bowled by Vaughan on a score of 43 (five fours). That soon became 107-7 as Vaughan also bowled Morgan Griffiths and Lindsay Harris in quick succession.
Vaughan wasn’t done their as he made it 107-8 when he had Jordan Richards caught by Furneaux.
He was then involved again as this time he took the catch to dismiss Rhodri Thomas and give Gleeson his second wicket.
Gleeson then brought the innings to a close as he bowled Adam Lawler as Celtic’s final seven wickets fell for just 18 runs.
It gives Bronwydd an 18-point win and sees them close the gap to Celtic to a point.
On Saturday (Jun 1), Bronwydd are at home as they host Dafen.