Llanelli Warriors 24
THE LLANELLI WARRIORS almost gained a first victory over the ‘Bog Wanderers’ of Croeserw RFC on Saturday (Jan 17), in an exciting game that came down to the final moments as the visitors scored with the last move of the game.
Having shipped over 100 points in the two legs last season the Warriors improvements were evident even though Croeserw weren’t at full strength. Despite some withdrawals the visitors still had a good mix of physical forwards and sharp backs and scored early on through a fine sweeping effort. After this set back the Warriors settled down and gave as good as they got in what was an even contest.
It was the visitors though who scored again, with Rhodri Thomas prominent as they put the ball through the hands. It wasn’t long before the Warriors hit back though with good work from the forwards paving the way for Gwilym Lewis to burrow over and further pressure resulted in a penalty, which Simon Jenkins had no issue in slotting. Despite plenty of intent from both sides there were no further scores and Croeserw took a narrow 10-8 lead into half time.
The Warriors started the 2nd half strongly but conceded two tries that ultimately cost them the game. Twice they broke into the visitors 22 and looked odds on to score, twice Croeserw intercepted and streaked away to score at the other end. In a tight match it was a credit to the Warriors that they got themselves back into the lead.
Croeserw certainly didn’t lie down with Ray Buckpitt, and Lee Phillips going well and Gavin Thomas going close to scoring. However forwards Tom Hall, Rhydian Williams and Dai Carpenter gave the team momentum and continuity.
The resulting space was well exploited up front where Gareth Ladd and Mark Lewis crossed and further out Harri Aston getting a deserved try which combined with a Williams conversion saw the Warriors finally edge ahead.
With time ticking, Croeserw redoubled their efforts and although they thwarted several attacks the Llanelli side were now hanging on. Croeserw forced a series of scrums and lineouts in one corner which the Warriors managed to defend and so with time up the visitors went wide, good hands saw the ball across the field and despite the close attention of the Warriors cover defence, Mathew Williams was able to slide over and clinch the game.
A remarkable game then and a good effort from the Warriors but Croeserw remain unbeaten in the fixture.
Dafen see off Porthcawl
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.
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.
Rees century sees Llanelli to win
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.
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.
Daly makes special visit to Ashburnham
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”.
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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