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Cardiff victory ends the Centurions hopes of taking the league crown; SWALEC PREMIER LEAGUE.

CARDIFF made certain the league title will cross Pyle Bridge for a first time after beating Sully Centurions by nine runs at Burnham Avenue, writes Tony Poole.

Last summer Cardiff succeeded Sully as champions, but now either Ammanford or Mumbles will be inscribed on the league trophy.

And, in one of the great vagaries of the fixture list, Mumbles and Ammanford go head-to-head for the championship at The Marespool this Saturday.

Though the title is heading west for a first time, the two most threatened clubs to follow Usk out of the league are the western duo of ninth-placed Pontarddulais and Ynysygerwn.

While Newport still have to look over their shoulders, only one point separates Ynys and Bont ahead of a tense Ffosyrefail shoot-out to avoid relegation.

Cardiff made things safe against Sully after being invited to bat, and running up a score of 116-9 off 30 overs.

Former Sudbrook player Mark O'Leary led the way with a composed 37 with Michael O'Shea taking 3-24 and Tomos Evison 2-25.

O'Shea (28) and Ryan Sylvester (20) moved Sully onto an encouraging 72-2 only to see things fall away for just 107.

Paul Carter kept the ball on the spot in returning 5-36 with Tom Barry capturing 2-8. Bridgend Town saw their title hopes slip away after only managing a losing draw against Mumbles at Newbridge Fields.

Mumbles top bat David Brown cracked 51 and Darren Thomas an unbeaten 43 out of 157-8 off 30 overs - James Steptoe claimed 4-30 and Sam Pearce 2-19.

Alistair Dalton (37), Tom Baker (29) and Dave Goodway (27) then led the run charge only for it to peter out on 145-9. Newport, who visit relegated Usk this Saturday, clung on for a draw on 126-8 in reply to a Port Talbot Town score of 163-6. Only Ian Thomas, who carried his bat for 78, really got going for the Pirates with Harry Powell returning 2-25.

Teenager Jack Thorp-Yon and Nathan Millichip both made 21, as Newport shut up shop in the face of tight bowling from Stuart Phelps, who had remarkable figures of 8-5-9-4. One of Usk's best performances of the season - a winning draw at Ynysygerwn - came too late to save their bacon.

Iain Clayton (56) and Sam Morris (49) were the architects of 173-7 off 30 overs while Glamorgan opener Gareth Rees (30) top scored for Ynys in their run chase.

But with Tom Robinson capturing 3-28 and Huw Wilcox 2-36, the Neath village side were only on 147-9 at stumps.

Ammanford retained leadership on the back of a 30-run home win over Bont, scoring 177-9 and removing the Ffosyrefail side for 147 through Glamorgan spin prospect Andrew Salter (4-28).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 20, 2012
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