Llanelli Warriors 41
THE LLANELLI WARRIORS rounded off a long season with an exciting game at Pontyberem RFC, where a real end of season romp in the beautiful spring sunshine saw them edge out their hosts to end a 5 game losing streak.
With perfect conditions for running rugby, both sides approached the game positively and looked to attack at any opportunity. The Warriors showed their intent early, with good handling skills working centre Ben Win over.
The home team who hit back within their 1st spell of possession matched this and so it was game on.
It was try for try in the 1st half, Adam Fussell and wing Neil Parker crossing for the Warriors but Bont matching them with two long range efforts and so there was nothing in it at the break.
Captain Andrew Davies did well at the lineouts for the Warriors pinching possession, which helped the Warriors edge more of the game in the second half. Neil Parker scored a long-range effort to again put them clear and from a neat break scrum half Gwilym Lewis put Davies in for a captain’s score.
Pontyberem might have been struggling territorially but they were quite able to strike from deep and scored again and superior kicking accuracy meant there was still little in the scores.
Man of the match Simon Day scored the afternoon’s most spectacular try when he sped through a gap and avoided the cover to dive under the posts, a try each for the Warriors three quarters completed a strong period for the visitors. Time was ticking away but Pontyberem again struck from long range to give themselves a chance.
Good forward work from Richard Llewelyn, Darren Pollitt and John Horwood saw the Warriors advance again and they worked Liam Tobias over in the corner to make the score 41-34 with just minutes on the clock.
The chance of the win might have gone but Pontyberem went flat out for the draw.
Ryan Morgan, who had a busy game for the Blues was nearly worked over but in the end it was a flying prop that got the try on the final whistle.
The Warriors hard working defence made sure that it was pushed as wide out as possible and were rewarded when the conversion failed to give them the result.
The fact it ended a losing streak and ensured the club finished with a positive win/lose ratio meant the result was probably more important to the visitors and was enough to edge a fine game played in good spirit throughout.
The icing on the cake for the Warriors was a donation from Pontyberem and both sides will look forward to the fixture next season.
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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