Warming up for a crunch South Wales Cricket Association Division One clash with relegation rivals Merthyr Tydfil this weekend, Llandysul notched a third success in springing a six-wicket win over sixth-placed Gowerton at Tir-Dref.

As the Teifisiders did the business Merthyr drew with bottom-of-the-pile Briton Ferry Steel leaving the fight for survival in the balance with Merthyr 15 points ahead of Llandysul and three fixtures outstanding.

Gowerton skipper Mathew Mason opted to have first use of a flat strip and things looked rosy early on as Joshua Mathews hit 33 which included five boundaries in an opening stand of 33 with Adam Wright (11).

But as wickets fell at regular intervals the visitors were dismissed for 123 in 41.4 overs despite an unbeaten 42 by wicketkeeper Josh Bradshaw.

Medium-pacer Ian Marsh returned figures of 4-19 in ten overs, two of which were maidens and Mike Turner picked up two wickets.

In the Llandysul reply opener Gary Williams was again the mainstay as he scored all round the wicket in an unbeaten innings of 71 which included six fours and three towering sixes.

It was just as well that Williams wielded the willow to great effect as four wickets fell cheaply before Tom Harris at number six joined the on-song opener and the pair saw their side to victory – Harris was unbeaten on 25.

Llandysul 2nds emulated the seniors and strengthened their promotion chance in Division Six West with an 85-run away win over Kidwelly 2nds.

Having been put in Llandysul went along merrily with opener Dafydd Jones leading the way with a fine innings of 52 while Hugh Evans contributed 16 and Luke Swift made 25 as the visitors posted 148-6 in 40 overs.

Kidwelly were never up with the required rate and were bowled out for 63 in 24 overs as Steffan Jones snapped three wickets and there were two apiece for Dafydd Hatley, Aled Jones and Tony Swift.