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Aberdare blow Felinfoel away

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FELINFOEL suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday (Jun 1) as they were beaten by Aberdare by seven wickets.

Felinfoel batted first after Aberdare elected to field on winning the toss but they were bowled out for 111.

Aberdare’s Justin Dsouza then scored a half century to help set up victory for the visitors.

The hosts were in trouble early on as openers Andrew Thomas and Craig Richards both fell without scoring to leave them on 2-2.

Rhys Jones and Julian Griffiths then shared 20 runs for the third wicket but both again fell in quick succession for scores of 12 to the bowling of Nathan Spain.

29-4 became 30-5 as Rhys Harries was caught off the bowling of Spain.

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Tom Jones and Jonathan Cheal shared another 21 runs but Chris Hughes then bowled Cheal on a score of 15.

Hughes also bowled Tom Jones as the home side slipped further into trouble on 54-7.

Stuart Parmenter and Chris Bowen shared 20 runs for the eighth wicket but Hughes claimed his third wicket when he had Bowen caught by Michael Weathersby on a score of 14.

Weathersby then claimed the wicket of Jonathan Evans while Parmenter was his side’s top scorer as he made 25 with three fours.

He was out to the bowling of Haseem Hameed and Felinfoel were all out for 111.

They knew they would need to bowl well to stand a chance of victory and they took an early wicket as Craig Richards bowled Gareth Wesley for a second-ball duck.

However, Akhilesh Ramesh and Justin Dsouza shared 58 runs for the second wicket to set Aberdare on their way to victory.

Ramesh made 31 but was then caught by Rhys Harries off the bowling of Stuart Parmenter.

Dsouza and Michael Weathersby then shared 53 runs to bring the scores level before Dsouza was run out by Rhys Harries for a score of 57.

Weathersby then hit the winning runs to finish not out on 22 to seal the win.

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Felinfoel win comfortably

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FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday (Oct 5) as they beat Gowerton 23-0.

In a game played in difficult conditions both sides contributed to an open match with Felinfoel finally ending up comfortable winners.

Felinfoel took an early lead with a try from left wing Jordan Dunne converted by full back Aled Roberts.

Roberts added a further two penalties before the break making the score at half time 13 – nil.

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The weather conditions deteriorated in the second half and it was not until the 20th minute that Felinfoel increased their lead with a further penalty from Roberts.

As Felinfoel added further pressure, live wire wing Dunne went in for his second try again well converted from wide out by Roberts.

Gowerton came close to scoring at the end, but strong defence by Felinfoel prevented them from scoring.

Felinfoel now look forward to round two of the WRU Plate competition when they entertain Skewen on Saturday (Oct 12).

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Cherries hold off Penygroes

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Furnace United 18-9 Penygroes

FURNACE United welcomed Penygroes to Cae Castell on Saturday (Oct 5) and after two attritional battles last season this game was highly anticipated.

The field conditions were excellent even though there was a little drizzle throughout.

The game started at a frantic pace with Furnace taking the early initiative resulting in a try from second row Andrew Evans after five minutes. Daf Green slotted the conversion from out wide to make it 7-0 to the home side.

Five minutes later, from subsequent Penygroes pressure, they were able to score their first points of the game as the trusted boot of number 10 Christopher Powell slotted a penalty between the sticks.

Straight from the restart Furnace gained good field position and were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Green added the three points to make it 10-3 to the home side.

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The rest of the first half saw Penygroes put pressure on the Furnace line but to no avail.

The first 25 minutes of the second half saw the visitors throw the kitchen sink at the Furnace line.

However, although some stern defence meant they weren’t able to cross the line, they did manage two further penalties from the boot of Powell to bring the score to 10-9.

Having defended for much of the half, Furnace looked to increase their lead and they marched up the field before Daf Green slotted a drop goal to make it 13-9 to the Cherries.

The last ten minutes saw Penygroes pressing again but without reward.

From the last play of the game, Furnace intercepted a loose pass and Centre Scott Davies galloped 60 metres down the paddock to cross and put the game to bed.

The conversion was missed but it mattered little as the Cherries earned an 18-9 victory.

On Saturday (Oct 12), both sides take a break from league action as they take part in the second round of the WRU Bowl.

Furnace are away to Cefn Cribbwr while Penygroes are at home to Abercarn.

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Burry Port stay in touch

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Burry Port Res 3-0 Evans & Williams Res

BURRY Port Reserves kept themselves in touch with the top two as they beat Evans and Williams Reserves 3-0 on Saturday (Oct 5).

A very even first half ended with Jamie Phillips heading home from a corner to make it 1-0 to Burry Port.

In the second half the home side played much better and were on top from the start going 2-0 up through Sam Saer.

They dominated for a spell but Evans and Williams came back strong and looked as if they might get one back.

Eventually the home side got their third through Ryan Owens to seal the win and all but end any hopes Evans and Williams had of getting back into the game.

Burry Port remain level on points with the top two with all three having won four of their five games so far this season.

On Saturday (Oct 12), Evans and Williams will look to bounce back when they take on Gorseinon Reserves.

The reserves do not have a game but Burry Port’s first team are in action in the first round of the West Wales Cup as they host Cwm Albion Colts.

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