PENARTH made a flying start to their challenge for honours in the Second Division of the South Wales Premier League on a rain- affected opening day of the season.
They overcame Tata Steel at Margam by three wickets by means of the Duckworth Lewis method.
The Steelmen, runners-up in the South Wales Association last summer were dismissed for 142 with Paul Donovan (21) and Nathan Fellows (20) the main contributors.
Tom Sidford took 3-22 and Richard Skone 2-121.
Then the weather deteriorated and the game became a reduced overs affair with Penarth being set a target of 137 to win - and they achieved the runs for the loss of seven wickets in 39.4 overs.
Skone score 41 and Sidford 28. Phil Taylor took 3-22 and Matthew Jones 2-22.
Tondu were not so happy as they crashed to a 73-run defeat by Carmarthen Wanderers.
Batting first the Wanderers scored 202-7 in their 50 overs with Steff James getting 46 and Owain Binding 45.
John Bussey took 3-26.
South Wales Premier Tondu were then dismissed for 129 in the 45th over with Gavin Davies top scoring with 20.
Binding took 3-12 and spinners Gareth Thomas, the Wanderers captain, James Shaw and Ian Marsh each taking two wickets.
Pentyrch drew at Swansea despite the hosts establishing a club record opening partnership of 331 with Jonathan Hubschmid hitting 160 and Dwayne Batchelor 133 Pentyrch battled hard to finish on 242- 8 to earn an unlikely draw.
Miskin Manor were 97-1 at Aberdare when rain halted the proceedings, Huw Beaverstock being unbeaten on 34 and Karl Whitely on 28.
Panteg drew at Ynystawe despite the hosts Andrew Beasley hitting 116 - the 17th century of his career.
Ynystawe were 253-4 after their overs and Panteg reached 226-8 with James Reid undefeated on 73. Rhys Palmer and Carl Roberts each took three wickets. Only one game survived in the First Division and that resulted in a four-run victory for Pontarddulais at Ynysygerwn.
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