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Llanelli swim into round two

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Lake Tata: A large patch of water engulfed the pitch

LLANELLI ensured they will be in round two of this years Swalec Cup with a hard fought victory against a brutal Tata Steel side in what can only be described as atrocious conditions, in which a large section of the pitch was under an inch of water by the end of the 80 minutes.

The game was moved to the Championship side’s ground to protect the surface at Parc y Scarlets, where the Scarlets met Connacht on Sunday, and the players ended up sloshing about in ankle deep water by the end, in a bruising encounter, in which the Principality Premiership side just about showed their class. Llanelli centre Nathan Edwards got the decisive try as he touched down with twenty minutes to play to add to a previous penalty try to ensure that the side from Parc y Scarlets avoided a potential early banana skin.

There was an early burst from the hosts as winger Kristian Jenkins gave the Championship side a fine start, but eventually the visitors fought their way to an impressive victory. With the rain pelting down at a horizontal angle as the howling wind brought it in, both sides struggled to handle the ball, but the home side will have been pleased with their start, as they got to grips with the wet ball quicker than their visitors. However with every second that passed, the pitch got worse and worse, and it is testament to the referee that the game was able to continue to a result, as he could quite easily have called the tie off and created even more of a fixture backlog. Jenkins’ try came just before the ten minute mark, and Steve Lewis stepped up to knock the hosts into an early 7-0 lead, but this was to prove to be their only points as a frustrating 70 minutes against a resolute Llanelli defence followed.

Llanelli had decided to wear their white kit to attempt to make it easier for the two sides to be told apart, however this proved to be unsuccessful as time wore on and both sides resembled the old grey Wales change kit, which made the breakdown area a nightmare to referee. The visitors began to turn the screw and after a wave of attacks inside the twenty-two were halted illegally, referee Justin Evans had no choice but to award the penalty try, with Billy McBryde knocking over the conversion to level the scores.

The second half began in relatively glorious conditions as the rain eased slightly and Tata almost took the lead after a fine move resulted in Phillips putting fullback Lloyd Rogers into a gap, but the rampaging 15 was stopped just short of the line, as his legs failed to move quick enough in the bog that had assembled under his studs. Despite a brave effort from the Tata steel defence, Edwards eventually found a gap after several probing runs off the shoulder of McBryde and with twenty minutes to play he romped over in the corner to give his side the lead. McBryde missed a difficult conversion, slipping slightly as he struck the ball. With just five minutes to play victory, and a place in the hat for round two was secured as McBryde knocked over a penalty to end what was a real game of attrition.

Llanelli Team: 15. Gareth Walters, 14. Shaun Pearce, 13. Nathan Edwards, 12. Matthew Pearce, 11. Ryan Davies, 10. Billy McBryde, 9. Josh Guy, 8. Elliott Rees, 7. Owain Morgan, 6. Nathan Hart, 5. Liam Puckett, 4. Adam Powell, 3. Tom Kaijaks, 2. Torin Myhill, 1. Rhys Fawcett

Replacements: 16. Sam Martin, 17. Greg George, 18. Jack Payne, 20. Lewis Johnson, 21. Justin James, 22. Josh Lewis, 23. Paul Davies

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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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