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LLANELLI CLING ON IN DERBY MATCH

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LLANELLI 100-9 (50) DREW WITH DAFEN WELFARE 188-8 (50)

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

AFTER Llanelli had won so well in the previous round of fixtures, chasing down 188 to win by five wickets against Maesteg Celtic, and Dafen Welfare had struggled to a draw against Briton Ferry scoring 130 runs less than their visitors, Llanelli will have been confident heading into the first Llanelli derby of the season.

However it was Dafen who displayed the greater urgency and poise to post a commanding total which allowed the brilliant bowling of Phillip George (5-38) to dismantle a shell-shocked Llanelli batting line up.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on a fine surface at Stradey Park openers Matthew Evans (35) and Nicky Davies (36) got the visitors off to a flying start, racing to 71 before Evans departed. After getting this vital breakthrough Llanelli were buoyed still further when number three Daydd Nicholas was dismissed for a second ball duck.

However this only brought Kelvin Bartle to the crease and he struck a majestic 48 from just 56 balls including three massive sixes to propel his side towards three figures. Matthew Roberts came to the party when called upon to bowl by his skipper Iwan Rees, taking a host of middle order wickets including that of Bartle. Finishing with figures of 3-48 in his nine over spell he also claimed the scalps of Gareth Hughes (0) and Ieaun Rosser (6). Backed up by Vaughan Thomas (2-41) and a wicket apiece for Iwan Rees and Lewis Jones, they restricted Dafen to 188, when it had looked like they may score so much more at one point after such a promising start.

The Llanelli reply got off to a terrible start as both openers nicked behind to the safe hands of Daniel Vaughan, with Marcus Leaf (3) falling to Scott Phillips and Elis Richards (2) being claimed by Matthew Evans.

Despite a 28 ball 30 from number three and skipper Rees, wickets were always tumbling at regular intervals, and it seemed that after Rees and Roberts (4) departed, a decision was taken to play for a draw, as Ryan Nicholas battled to 26 from 67 deliveries and Jatin Verma hit a shot-less 13 not out in 61 balls. Verma was accompanied at the end by the brave number eleven Lewis Jones who hit 2 not out from thirty five balls to frustrate Dafen, whose bowlers deserved so much more for their efforts.

As it was Phillip George ended with the match ball accompanied by Matthew Evans (2-34) and a fine spell of economical bowling by Jonny-on-the-spot Scott Phillips, who took 1-15 in a twelve over spell.

Dafen will be hoping for better next week when they face bottom of the table Skewen who have lost both their opening games, whilst Llanelli host Llandysul.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl

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DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.

Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.

Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.

Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.

Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.

Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.

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That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.

Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.

Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.

Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.

Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.

That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.

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Rees century sees Llanelli to win

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LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.

Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.

Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.

Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.

Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.

That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.

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Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.

Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.

On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.

Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.

That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.

Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.

The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.

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Daly makes special visit to Ashburnham

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TWO time Major Champion John Daly aka the “Wild Thing” paid a visit to Ashburnham Golf Club last weekend as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Daly fresh from a top 5 finish on the USPGA Senior tour entertained the crowds with some extraordinary shot making during an exhibition match involving members and local businesses.

Following golf JD took part in a Q&A and rounded off the night in style by joining in with local band “The Lost Comets”.

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Ian Thomas, Club Captain was thrilled with the day and said that the occasion was truly memorable and a fantastic way to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary.

John Daly himself was full of praise for Ashburnham: “I loved the course, the people and the back 9 layout in particular was just awesome.”

Television highlights of the day were aired on S4C’s Heno programme Monday, July 1.

John Daly won the PGA Championship in 1991 and the Open Championship in 1995.

The 53-year-old also has 18 professional wins to his name.

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