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Dramatic run out earns tie

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Llandysul (187-9) tied Llanelli (187) 

South Wales Association 

Division One 

Top score: Iwan Rees top scored with 83 runs for Llanelli (Pic. John Davies Photography)

Top score: Iwan Rees top scored with 83 runs for Llanelli (Pic. John Davies Photography)

DEAN JONES was run out on the last ball of the innings as Llanelli ensured their game with Llandysul finished in a tie. 

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat but they were all out for 187 inside 50 overs.

Iwan Rees was the mainstay of the innings, but he received little support as wickets tumbled around him. Andrew Richards was out early on when he was caught by Llewelyn Hughes off the bowling of Arfon Jones for a score of 12. Ioan Phillips was sent back to the pavilion soon after, when he was caught by Rhidian Harris off the bowling of Dean Joens for a score of eight.

Craig Howells made seven before he was out, while the wicket of Rhidian Morgan, LBW to Harris, left Llanelli on 77-4.

Rees and Kyle Griffiths then shared 30 runs for the fifth wicket, before Griffiths was caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of Dean Jones for a score of 15.

Jones also removed Ben Edwards, before Iwan Rees was finally undone by Rhidian Harris.

Rees had scored an excellent 83 runs, in which he hit nine fours, but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Harris to leave Llanelli 149-7.

Lewis Jones was then trapped leg before wicket by Harris before Alex Symmons and Vaughan Thomas shared 31 for the ninth wicket.

Thomas hit a four and a six in a score of 16 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Llewelyn Hughes.

Symmons made 17 but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Iestyn Evans , and Llanelli’s innings came to a close with 187 runs on the scoreboard.

Llandysul got off to a slow start in their reply as they lost their top three batsmen for cheap runs.

Evans was out for a score of three when he was caught off the bowling of Vaughan Thomas, who then had Thomas Harris caught for a score of 11.

Meurig Jones also scored 11 before he was caught by Kyle Griffiths off the bowling of Andrew Dyer.

Rhidian Harris and Carwyn Evans then shared 65 for the fourth wicket as they led Llandysul’s recovery.

Evans was then bowled by Iwan Rees for a score of 22, but another good partnership of 75 was formed between Harris and Darrel Griffiths.

That partnership came to an end when Harris was stumped by Ben Edwards off the bowling of Kyle Griffiths for a score of 84, which included 12 fours.

Griffiths was out soon after when he was bowled by Andrew Dyer for a score of 25.

It looked as if Llandysul would edge over the line as Llewelyn Hughes and Dean Jones brought them to 187, level with Llanelli’s score.

However, Dyer then took the wicket of Hughes and Ieuan Paske in successive balls.

There was still a chance for Llandysul to claim victory but , on the last ball, Dean Jones was run out by Ben Edwards to seal a tied game.

The tie sees Llandysul pick up 17 points while Llanelli pick up 16 points for their efforts.

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Pontarddulais Workmens seal fine victory in Snooker League

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STEVE Dunn’s fine 73 break was the undoubted highlight of Pontarddulais Workmens’ solid 6-1 victory against Burry Port Legion in the Llanelli Snooker first division.

Mike Footman, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths and Kevin Sullivan added winning support while just Rich Nurse averted the whitewash for the Legion, for whom Rob Davies made a 32 break.

Dan Wells also made a 70-plus break, a fine 74 knock as Matchroom Reds also won 6-1, R.Evans, J.Thomas, L.Grey and C.Price also on top against Upper Tumble Blues; only E.Rees won for the visitors.

Similarly, just Nigel Lewis won as his side, Ponthenri crashed 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; D.Williams (47), J.Wilcox, M.Dodd and K.Murrells added wins for the Brighton Road cuemen.

It was closer at Trimsaran, where the home side edged a 4-3 win against Llandybie Social A, courtesy of J.Tudor, C.Thomas (30) and L.Lloyd; Lindsey Pugh, Huw Morgan and Wyn Major hit back for the latter.

Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis were on the ball for Morfa, who went down 5-2 at Snooker World Whites; Andrew Whitfield (51 break), B.Thomas, J.Gimblett and A.Krysa added wins for the Ammanford side ,who, in a busy week, also won 4-3 at Pontyberem, thanks to A.Krysa, C.Jackson and B.Thomas; E.Bowen, S.Caton and A.Harris replied for ‘Berem.

Pontyberem also during the week were beaten 5-2 at Cross Hands B, whose frame winners were A.Phillips, Dai Isaacs, Gary Stead and Paul Martin.

Llanesco enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Llanelli Cons A, following wins from P.Shoulder, L.Lloyd, D.Bohn and M.Stevenson; Cons’ winning duo were Mark Sargent and Gavin Quinnell.

Elsewhere, C.Jones and L.Jones (31) were on top for Reading Room Blues in the Burry Port side’s 5-2 defeat at Matchroom Whites, with C.Davies, D.Roberts, L.Davies and W.Bowen on song for the “Gwyns”.

In Division 2, D.Jones, D.Sigsworth and S.Wright edged an aggregate win by just 12 points for Llandybie RFC in a 4-3 result against Upper Tumble Reds, who hit back via Mike Sainty, S.Marsall and N.Allinson.

T.Rawlings, J.Dean and C.Hurley claimed a similar 4-3 win for Burry Port Reading Room Reds against Snooker World Blues; Chris Waters, Callum Fuge and Steffan Rees were on song for the visitors.

It also needed the aggregate to split the sides as Llandybie Social B saw off Cross Hands A 4-3, Steve Pearson, Ian Matthews and Howard Wood winning; Adam Rees, Scott Bundfuss and Elwyn Williams were on the ball for the latter.

Matchroom Blacks returned from their visit to Upper Tumble Reds clutching a 5-2 success, after Rhys Morgans, Dean Shoulder, Ryan Maides and James Anthony had all won their frames; Steve Marshall and R.Williams replied for the  hosts.

Bern Price, Ray Barney, G.Stollery and K.Gronow gave the Gremlin Club A a 5-2 victory against Bryn A; J.Townsend and J.Jones replying.

In other news, there were Cup wins for Llanesco (4-1 against Cross Hands A), also Llanelli Cons A (5-2 at Matchroom Blacks), and for Llandybie Social B (5-2 over Bryn B).

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Bury Port withstand Tenby fightback

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BURY PORT had to withstand a strong second half comeback from Tenby United on Saturday (Nov 27) as they earned a 27-21 victory.

The Blacks had raced into a 27-0 at half time with tries coming from Lewis Daniel, David Booth, Bradley Crossman and Joshua Evans

Lee Evans added two conversions and a penalty as they built up a commanding lead.

In a game of two halves it was the Seasiders who started well in the second half and their play was soon rewarded.

Luke Dedman, Yannic Parker and Jack Broadhurst all scored tries for Tenby in the second half as they looked to get something from the game.

Gwion Jones converted all three tries from under the posts as the visiting Seasiders at least earned a losing bonus point for their efforts.

They were however left feeling that they could have won the game following their second half display.

They will look to put that right on Saturday, December 4, when they travel to Pontarddulais.

The win for Burry Port puts them top of the League 2 West table with 9 points from their opening two games.

On Saturday they will look for another win as they travel to Pontyberem.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Legg departs Llanelli Town

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MANAGER Andy Legg has left Llanelli Town as the club seeks to make a number of changes.

Lee departed on Thursday evening (Nov 25) while coaches Gary Lloyd and Chris Thomas have also left their roles.

It comes just hours after the club announced that captain Kyle Copp had also left the club.

Kyle made 42 appearances for the Reds scoring 8 goals. He made his debut against Goytre back in August 2019.

The club had also announced on Tuesday that Zac Brown was leaving the club. He had played 41 times for the Reds scoring nine times.

Speaking of Legg’s departure a statement on the club’s social media pages reads: “Although not an easy decision given his club status and what he has achieved over the years here at Stebonheath Park we would all like to wish him the best and he will always receive a warm welcome here.

“With our club vision set out by chairman Wayne Stephens many changes will be made throughout the whole club over the Christmas period.

“We will announce Andy’s successor in due course. Thanks again Leggy.”

Commenting on his departure on Twitter, Andy said: “Just a quick message to say thank you the supporters for you support during my time at the club. We wish the club well.”

Llanelli Town currently sit in sixth place in the JD Cymru South table with six wins, five draws and four defeats in their 15 league games so far this season.

Legg’s last game in charge of the club was a 3-0 loss away at Goytre United.

They are next in action on Friday, December 3, when they face Goytre United in the reverse fixture at Stebonheath Park, kick off 7:30pm.

PHOTO by Llanelli Town

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