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Cricketer Howard Morgan: Passed away on Monday

THE LLANELLI cricket community has been saddened with the news of the sudden passing of Dafen Cricket Club’s Howard Morgan. Howard passed away at his home in Llanelli on Monday, January 16. He was a former captain, committeeman, chairman and life member who was actively involved in the club for more than 40 years.

Howard was captain of Dafen’s 1st X1 for a total of 11 seasons during his playing days. He was captain of championship sides in the 1964, 1967 and 1974 seasons. He was an inspirational leader and was chosen as captain of the South Wales League touring side during the league’s first tour of Australia in 1977-8.

He later became chairman of the club for seven years and was awarded the accolade of life membership of the club. Howard was also an umpire of the South Wales Cricket Association following his playing days.

Howard Thomas Morgan didn’t just play cricket, he lived and breathed cricket. The young boy born at 6 Christopher Street, Tyisha, Llanelli had a fine career ahead of him in football and for that matter any number of sports, such was his natural ability. He started school at St Paul’s Infants School, followed by Bigyn Junior School and then to what is affectionately known locally as ‘The Academy’ – Stebonheath Secondary Modern School for boys. Stebonheath was a place where boys became men quickly. The masters were all male teachers, many of whom were excellent sportsmen in their own right. A cold and bare gymnasium, cross country runs, rugby, football and cricket, played with gusto, were played competitively against the other secondary schools. This is where Howard would have honed his skills and his love of sport.

His daughter, Lisa, gave The Herald some background on Howard’s life. She said: “My father could have had a career in football but he injured his knee. He then opted to play cricket and he was spotted by Glamorgan but he chose to invest his time in his family.

“He was always interested in sport and went to see the Swans from age nine. He was the longest-serving captain of the Dafen first team. He worked at Thomas and Clement and Margam Steelworks. He was an only child but his home was always full of children. He moved to Dafen because his best friend, Peter Davies, was playing there. He met my mother through Peter and they married in the 1950s. Peter went on to play for Arsenal.”

Howard’s first experience of cricket at Dafen was when his father would take him to Dafen Park during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Clearly, watching the likes of Gwyn Treharne, Rhidwyn Daniel and Bernard James left a positive impression on the young man from Tyisha and he set his mind on playing cricket for Dafen.

Lisa said: “Dad was offered a contract with Glamorgan but he didn’t take it up because of having me as a baby and needing to earn a living. They soon had twin boys and his commitment to us outweighed his commitment to sport. As a family man he was kind, generous and would help anyone. He could talk to anyone and charm them. To Neil, David and myself he was our dad and we loved him dearly. He went as he wanted to go: not in any pain and not after a prolonged illness.”

The funeral took place at Llanelli Crematorium on Thursday (Jan 26).

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Williams-duo sink Porthcawl

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LLANELLI Seconds earned victory on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Porthcawl by 42 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Llanelli out for 170.

Rhys Westcott and Lewis Jones got Llanelli off to a steady start before Westcott was caught by Steffan Flood off the bowling of Nicholas Morgan on a score of 19.

Morgan then also caught and bowled Daniel Lewis before Dafydd Daniel supported Jones with a score of 17.

Daniel also fell to the bowling of Morgan who then claimed his second caught and bowled of the match when he caught Jordan Evans.

Morgan wasn’t done there as he had Richard Williams caught by Anthony Dixon.

Jones had made his way to a score of 85 but he was then caught by Isaak Cronje off the bowling of Stephen Richmond.

Spencer Morgan then claimed the final two wickets to leave Llanelli all out on 170 after 43 overs.

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Richard Williams struck early on as he had Nicholas Morgan caught by Dafydd Daniel.

Richard then also had Mark Lewis caught by Harri Rees before Joshua Williams had Steven Doherty stumped by Morgan Jones.

Richard then had Chris Richards caught by Daniel to reduce Porthcawl to 45-4.

Anthony Dixon had made his way to a score of 30 but he was caught by Daniel Lewis off the bowling of Joshua Williams.

That left the visitors on 49-5 and it soon became 60-6 as Joshua had Steffan Flood caught by Harri Rees.

Joshua then also claimed the wicket of Spencer Williams before Isaak Cronje was run out by Daniel.

Joshua then bowled Matthew Pugh as Porthcawl were staring at a heavy defeat on 77-9.

Stephen Richmond and Mark Bevan did their best to keep the score ticking over with Richmond reaching a score of 44.

He was eventually caught by Owain Baxter off the bowling of Lewis Jones and although Llanelli gave away 21 runs in extras, Porthcawl were all out for 128.

It was just a second win of the season for Llanelli seconds who will now look to finish the season on a high.

On Saturday (Aug 17), they travel to Dyffryn.

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Felinfoel see off Drefach

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FELINFOEL earned their eighth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Drefach by four wickets.

The game was reduced to 48 overs-a-side after earlier rain and the toss was won by Felinfoel who elected to field.

Rob Seymour got Drefach going with four fours in his score of 16 from 12 balls but he was then caught by Andrew Thomas off the bowling of Julian Griffiths.

Soon after, Griffiths had Ben Mitchell caught by Rohan Nangalia.

Anthony Mathias then bowled James Carter and trapped Neil Harris leg before as Drefach slipped to 40-4.

Dafydd Humprheys and Billy McBryde then shared 44 runs for the fifth wicket before McBryde, who hit four fours and a six in his score of 29, was caught by Nangalia off the bowling of Matthias.

Humprheys and Ciaran Llewellyn then shared 57 runs for the sixth wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Llewelyn hit six fours in his score of 31 but he was then caught by Rhys Jones off the bowling of Tom Jones.

Humphreys then reached his half century but then saw Leigh Davies caught by Nangalia off the bowling of Craig Richards.

Richards then also Roy Llewelyn before before Chris Bowen bowled Elis Jones.

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That left Humphreys not out on 63 which included four fours and a six.

Set 182 to win, Felinfoel lost Andrew Thomas early on when he was bowled by Ben Mitchell.

Craig Richards and Rhys Jones then shared an excellent second-wicket stand worth 106 runs.

Jones hit five fours on his way to a score of 43 before he was stumped by Neil Harris off the bowling of Leigh Davies.

Three balls later, Roy Llewelyn bowled Richards on a score of 73 that included 11 fours.

Drefach then picked up a third wicket as Davies bowled Julian Griffiths for a duck to reduce Felinfoel to 124-4.

Tom Jones also fell to the bowling of Llewelyn as Drefach looked to keep the pressure on.

Rhys Harries hit three fours in a score of 16 but he was then bowled by James Carter as Felinfoel were further reduced to 155-6.

Chris Bowen and Rohan Nangalia had other ideas though as they guided their side to their target.

Bowen finished not out on 16 while Nangalia was not out on 19 from 12 balls after hitting three fours.

On Saturday (Aug 17), Drefach travel to play fourth placed Aberdare while Felinfoel are away to second placed Skewen.

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Llangennech earn crucial win

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LLANGENNECH moved themselves out of the bottom two of Division 1 on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Llanelli in a rain-affected match.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field and they were able to restrict Llanelli 129 all out in their 33 overs.

Llanelli lost opener Ioan Phillips for a duck early on when he was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Michael Jones.

Iwan Rees and Marcus Leaf then shared 58 runs for the second wicket as they looked to get their side into a good position.

Leaf hit eight fours in his score of 40 but he was then also caught by Williams off the bowling of Aamir Ikram.

Ben Edward was then caught by Michael Jones off the bowling of Owain Phillips.

Robert Bowen hit two fours and a six in his score of 18 but he was then bowled by Jones as Llanelli were reduced to 102-4.

It did not get much better for the visitors from then on as Matthew Jones had Rees caught by Williams on a score of 40.

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He then had Alex Symmons caught by Williams on a duck before also trapping Aled Gilley leg before.

That brought the score to 108-7 and it was soon 109-8 as David Richard was bowled by Simon Clement.

Clement also bowled Vaughan Thomas before Jac Rees and Carwyn Phillips shared 16 runs for the final wicket.

Phillips was then run out as Llangennech were set just 130 to win the game.

Llangennech lost Scott Lloyd early in their reply when he was caught by Iwan Rees off the bowling of Alex Symmons.

However, a stand of 73 between Matthew Jones and James Taube all but secured the win for the home side.

Taube hit seven fours and three sixes in his score of 55 from 32 balls but he was then bowled by Aled Gilley.

Jones had hit three fours in his score of 24 but he was then caught by Vaughan Thomas off the bowling of Rees.

Rees then trapped Hedd-Wyn Jones leg before to leave Llangennech on 107-4 but Llanelli were unable to take any further wickets.

David Williams and Chris Hickey hit three fours each as they finished unbeaten on scores of 20 and 15 respectively to see their side over the line with time to spare.

With other sides seeing their games abandoned, the win lifts Llangennech up to sixth place in the table, 17 points above now second from bottom Briton Ferry Steel.

On Saturday (Aug 17), Llanelli will look to get back to winning ways when they take on second placed Tata Steel while Llangennech travel to bottom of the table Gowerton.

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