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Quins book semi-final spot

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Swalec Cup

RGC 1404 19

Carmarthen Quins 25

Tiaan Loots: crossed for RGC’s first try

Tiaan Loots: crossed for RGC’s first try

A BRACE of tries by Lee Williams ensured Carmarthen Quins booked a place in the semi-finals of the Swalec Cup after making the long journey north to face RGC 1404 of the Championship.

Saturday’s quarter-final tie at Brookfield Drive saw the Championship hosts push their opponents all the way only to fall just short at the final hurdle.

RGC had caused a sensation by knocking out Premiership outfit Aberavon in the previous round, but there was to be no double giant killing for the Gogs.

The visitors ran in three tries with fly-half Craig Evans kicking two conversions and two penalties to put away their Championship opposition.

Most of the game went by with barely a score between the two sides as the lead exchanged hands several times before Williams’ late try settled things before Evans made sure by nestling a late penalty.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring when Tiaan Loots crossed the whitewash after an opportunistic turnover found itself in his arms. He picked up the ball and evaded a tackler before barging over another three to crash over in the corner. Unfortunately for the hosts James Lang’s conversion was pushed wide of the upright.

The visitors were undeterred by RGC’s fast start and replied with a long spell of pressure, which reaped a reward when Iolo Evans rifled over from the centre. This was followed soon after by Williams’ first try, as he went over out wide after some quick hands in midfield, sending the west Wales side in at the break with the lead.

The hosts came out after the break determined to get back in the game, and it took only minutes for them to cross the line as Evan Yardley took advantage of slack defence to cross, with Lang this time nailing his conversion.

When handed a penalty to take the lead Lang was again off target as his effort rebounded off the post.

This proved costly when moments later Evans showed him how it was done to edge his side back into a three point lead, but this proved to be short lived when RGC fullback Bagshaw went over to put the hosts on the cusp of victory, after some sharp passing by his fellow backs inside the Quins twenty-two.

With twenty minutes still to go, Lang’s conversion made it 19-15.

The Quins have shown good form in the cup competitions this year and they were determined not to lose this one, and following the pattern of the day, they hit back immediately as Williams stormed over for his second of the day, leaving Evans with a simple conversion.

The game ebbed and flowed from end to end in a thrilling final 10 minutes, but when the Quins were awarded a kickable penalty Craig Evans notched another three points and ended the tie and the Quins marched into the hat for the semi-finals.

Carmarthen Quins: 1 Gethin Robinson, 2 Rhodri Clancy, 3 Ian Jones, 4 Haydn Pugh, 5 Josh Helps, 6 Lee Taylor, 7 Ellis Lloyd, 8 Josh Middleton, 9 Connor Lloyd, 10 Craig Evans, 11 Lee Williams, 12 Iolo Evans, 13 Dylan Morgans, 14 Gavin Thomas, 15 Dale Ford

Replacements: 16 Nathan Williams, 17 Rhydian Jenkins, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Ben Thompson, 20 Andrew Green, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Keiran Jones, 23 Gwion Jones

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Rees stars as Llanelli beat Bronwydd

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LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees took three wickets and then top scored with the bat to help his side to victory over Bronwydd on Satuday (Jun 22).

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to bat but they were all out for 144.

They lost James Dickson early when he was trapped leg before by Steven Devonald for a duck and Gareth John was also out cheaply as he was caught by Rhidian Morgan off the bowling of Devonald.

Iwan Davies and Jacob Jenkinson then shared 33 runs for the third wicket but it was Rees who struck as he had Jenkinson caught by Craig Howells.

Davies hit seven fours as he scored a half century but he was then out on a score of 58 to the bowling of David Richards.

Rees then trapped Philip Howell leg before and Aled Gilley then bowled Oliver Furneaux on a score of 22.

Rees then bowled Callum Collins-Davies to leave Bronwydd on 110-7.

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Carwyn Jones and Tom Gleeson took over in the middle and they shared 21 runs for the eighth wicket.

Jones scored 17 before he was bowled by Gilley and Gleeson scored 15 before he was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Alex Symmons.

Steven Devonald then claimed his third wicket as he trapped Matthew Vaughan leg before to bring the innings to a close.

Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips then shared 40 runs for the first wicket as Llanelli got off to a good start in their reply.

Tom Gleeson picked up the first wicket as he bowled Phillips but Rees and Craig Howells batted on. They shared 97 runs for the second wicket to all but seal the victory.

Rees had hit 12 fours in his score of 75 but he was then caught by Matthew Vaughan off the bowling of Callum Collins-Davies.

Howells and Steven Devonald then saw Llanelli to their target with Howells hitting five fours and a six as he finished not out on 37.

That saw Llanelli achieve victory by eight wickets and on Saturday (Jun 29), they will look for another win when they travel to Maesteg Celtic.

Bronwydd will aim to bounce back in their next game at home to bottom of the table Gowerton.

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Dafen too good for Steel

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DAFEN proved too strong for Briton Ferry Steel on Saturday (Jun 22) as they earned a five-wicket win.

Dafen won the toss and elected to field which proved to be a good decision as they bowled Steel out for just 93.

Openers Evan Hynes and Lloyd Clement had shared 19 runs for the first wicket but Chris Hudson brought that to and end as he bowled Hynes.

Clement had scored 13 but he was then also bowled by Matthew Evans. Hudson then had Gavin Pugh caught by David Dunfee for a duck and Dunfee then had a hand in the next wicket as he ran out Jason Hughes for another duck.

That left the home side struggling on 31-4 and it soon became 44-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Jonathan Randell.

Rhys Norgrove offered some resistance with a score of 16 but he was then bowled by Randell. Dunfee then removed Tom Williams in similar fashion to leave the Steel on 67-7.

Rhys Maddock made a score of 10 before he was caught by Chris Hudson off the bowling Randell.

Andrew Herbert then had Daryl Phillips caught on a score of 13 by Vaughan and Herbert then brought the innings to a close when he trapped Leigh Williams LBW.

Dafen made a slow start to their reply and they lost early wickets as opener Chris Davies was caught off the bowling of Daryl Phillips.

Simon Davies was also bowled by Phillips as Dafen slipped to 14-2.

Opener Matthew Evans had scored 19 but he was then caught and bowled by Phillips leaving them on 32-3.

George Lavender and Jonathan Randell shared 18 runs for the fourth wicket before Randell was also caught and bowled by Phillips.

Lavender then shared 27 runs with David Dunfee for the fifth wicket as they edged towards their target.

Dunfee was bowled on a score of 14 by Rhys Norgrove but that would be the last wicket to fall.

Matthew Donoghue finished not out on 14 while Lavender was unbeaten on 25 as Dafen reached their target inside 22 overs.

The Steel were also guilty of giving away 17 runs in extras.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Dafen are at home to Llandysul.

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Felinfoel edged out

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FELINFOEL just missed out on victory on Saturday (Jun 15) as opponents Skewen edged to a three-wicket win.

Skewen won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they were able to bowl Felinfoel out for 155.

Felinfoel lost Andrew Thomas early on when he was trapped leg before by Steve James.

Craig Richards and Rhys Jones shared 55 runs for the second wicket before James struck again as he bowled Richards on a score of 34.

Rhys Jones scored 32 before he was bowled by Luke Martin and Julian Griffiths scored 25 before he suffered the same fate as Jones.

Martin also bowled Ian Meredith and he then trapped Rober Nangalia leg before.

When Dean Kriescher trapped Rohan Nangalia leg before it left Felinfoel on 128-7, having seemingly been in a good position at 118-3.

Stuart Parmenter was then bowled by Kriescher and he then took the catch to dismiss Stephen Jones.

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Rhys Harries batted on while he watched his team mates fall but he was eventually out for a score of 26 to the bowling of Kriescher.

That meant that Skewen would need 156 to win but Felinfoel did their best to derail their run chase.

Anthony Matthias bowled David Jenkins and Craig Richards had Callum Davies caught by Andrew Thomas as Skewen slipped to 17-2.

Richards then claimed his second wicket as he had Daniel Rees caught by Ian Meredith and Johnny Morris was bowled by Julian Griffiths.

That left Skewen on 49-4 but Dean Kriescher and John Jones swung the game in their favour with a stand of 57 for the fifth wicket.

Rhys Harries then bowled Jones on a score of 25 and he also had Jordan Jones caught by Stuart Parmenter.

Julian Griffiths then bowled Andrew Rogers but Kriescher was the hero for Skewen as he finished unbeaten on 76 with nine fours and a six to see his side over the line.

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