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Llangennech boost survival hopes

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LLANGENNECH boosted their survival hopes on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Llandysul by 26 runs.

The result lifts them to within two points of third from bottom Briton Ferry Steel.

Llandysul won the toss and elected to field but they saw Llangennech post a good total of 244-4 from their 50 overs.

They lost Matthew Jones early on as he was caught by Ben Edkins off the bowling of Joseph Swift.

Scott Lloyd and James Taube then shared 36 runs for the second wicket before Lloyd was caught by Andrew Barrett off the bowling of Arfon Jones for a score of 10.

Taube hit eight fours in his knock of 49 from 44 balls but he was then caught by Rhidian Harris off the bowling of Jones.

Hedd-Wyn Jones and David Williams then shared an excellent fourth wicket stand worth 108 runs.

Jones reaced his half century first before Williams also reached the same milestone.

Williams reached a score of 53 with seven fours and two sixes but he was then caught by Luke Swift off the bowling of Osian Thomas.

Jonny Taube came in and shared another 48 runs with Jones with the former hitting six fours in his knock of 38 from 28 balls.

Jones finished not out on 56 as Llandysul were set 245 to win the game.

Gary Williams and Ieuan Paske got their side off to a steady start as they shared 49 runs for the first wicket.

Williams scored 23 but he was then bowled by Matthew Jones at the end of the fifteenth over.

With the second ball of the sixteenth, Amir Ikram had Paske caught by Matthew Jones on a score of 26.

Ben Edkins and Bleddyn Morgan then shared 31 runs but Morgan was then run out by Owain Phillips.

Edkins and Rhidian Harris then shared another 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Edkins hit four fours and a six in his score of 41 but he was then trapped leg before by Phillips.

James Taube then trapped Carwyn Evans leg before to leave Llandysul on 118-5.

Harris and Luke Swift then shared 56 runs for the sixth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

Harris made his way to a score of 35 but he was then caught and bowled by Simon Clement.

Swift then reached his half century as Llandysul passed 200 runs but Phillips struck again to have Osian Thomas caught by James Taube.

Swift’s score of 72 not out from 64 balls included six fours and two sixes but it was too little too late as Llandysul finished short on 218-7.

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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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