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Dafen earn crucial win

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DAFEN earned a crucial win on Saturday as they beat Llangennech by 59 runs in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association.

Dafen won the toss and elected to bat but they were bowled out for 171.

Matthew Evans and Nicky Davies shared 25 runs for the first wicket before Evans was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Michael Jones.

Jonathan Randell was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones and George Lavender was caught by Jones off the bowling of Aamir Ikram.

Nicky Davies hit five fours in his score of 43 but he was then trapped leg before by James Taube.

David Dunfee and Matthew Donoghue shared 36 runs for the fifth wicket but Llangennech struck again as Michael Jones bowled Dunfee on a score of 29 that came from 25 balls and included four fours and a six.

Donoghue and Oliver Evans shared another 33 runs but Matthew Jones then had Evans caught by Chris Hickey.

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The same bowler also bowled Philip George and when Daniel Vaughan was run out by Richard Clement, Dafen had slipped to 157-8.

Chris Hudson hit two late fours as Dafen attempted to ramp the score up but he was caught by Clement off the bowling of Matthew Jones.

Rhys Marchant was then caught and bowled by Jones for a golden duck as Dafen’s innings came to a close.

It left Donoghue not out on 33 as Llangennech were set 172 to win. Their target could have been 152 had it not been for the 20 extras they gave away.

Llangennech lost David Williams early in their reply when he was stumped by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Matthew Evans.

David Dunfee bowled Scott Lloyd and then trapped Chris Hickey leg before for a seven-ball duck as Llangennech were reduced to 18-3.

Matthew Jones and Hedd-Wyn Jones then shared 33 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

Matthew had scored 19 with three boundaries but he was then caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Jonathan Randell.

Randell then trapped James Taube leg before for a third-ball duck as the scoreboard read 51-5.

Richard Clement was next to go as he was caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Randell.

Hedd-Wyn Jones and Michael Jones then shared 32 runs as the former reached his half century.

He hit seven fours as he scored 55 but he was then caught by George Lavender off the bowling of Rhys Marchant.

Bav Patel was run out by Nicky Davies and Chris Hudson then bowled Simon Clement.

Marchant brought the game to a close as he bowled Michael Jones to leave Llangennech all out on 112.

On Saturday (Jul 27), Dafen will look for another win as they travel to Tata Steel. Llangennech are at home to the side just two points above them in the table in Briton Ferry Steel.

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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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