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Cricketer Howard Morgan: Passed away on Monday

THE LLANELLI cricket community has been saddened with the news of the sudden passing of Dafen Cricket Club’s Howard Morgan. Howard passed away at his home in Llanelli on Monday, January 16. He was a former captain, committeeman, chairman and life member who was actively involved in the club for more than 40 years.

Howard was captain of Dafen’s 1st X1 for a total of 11 seasons during his playing days. He was captain of championship sides in the 1964, 1967 and 1974 seasons. He was an inspirational leader and was chosen as captain of the South Wales League touring side during the league’s first tour of Australia in 1977-8.

He later became chairman of the club for seven years and was awarded the accolade of life membership of the club. Howard was also an umpire of the South Wales Cricket Association following his playing days.

Howard Thomas Morgan didn’t just play cricket, he lived and breathed cricket. The young boy born at 6 Christopher Street, Tyisha, Llanelli had a fine career ahead of him in football and for that matter any number of sports, such was his natural ability. He started school at St Paul’s Infants School, followed by Bigyn Junior School and then to what is affectionately known locally as ‘The Academy’ – Stebonheath Secondary Modern School for boys. Stebonheath was a place where boys became men quickly. The masters were all male teachers, many of whom were excellent sportsmen in their own right. A cold and bare gymnasium, cross country runs, rugby, football and cricket, played with gusto, were played competitively against the other secondary schools. This is where Howard would have honed his skills and his love of sport.

His daughter, Lisa, gave The Herald some background on Howard’s life. She said: “My father could have had a career in football but he injured his knee. He then opted to play cricket and he was spotted by Glamorgan but he chose to invest his time in his family.

“He was always interested in sport and went to see the Swans from age nine. He was the longest-serving captain of the Dafen first team. He worked at Thomas and Clement and Margam Steelworks. He was an only child but his home was always full of children. He moved to Dafen because his best friend, Peter Davies, was playing there. He met my mother through Peter and they married in the 1950s. Peter went on to play for Arsenal.”

Howard’s first experience of cricket at Dafen was when his father would take him to Dafen Park during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Clearly, watching the likes of Gwyn Treharne, Rhidwyn Daniel and Bernard James left a positive impression on the young man from Tyisha and he set his mind on playing cricket for Dafen.

Lisa said: “Dad was offered a contract with Glamorgan but he didn’t take it up because of having me as a baby and needing to earn a living. They soon had twin boys and his commitment to us outweighed his commitment to sport. As a family man he was kind, generous and would help anyone. He could talk to anyone and charm them. To Neil, David and myself he was our dad and we loved him dearly. He went as he wanted to go: not in any pain and not after a prolonged illness.”

The funeral took place at Llanelli Crematorium on Thursday (Jan 26).

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Dafen seal dramatic win over Evans and Williams

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DAFEN picked up only their third win in the West Wales Premier League on Saturday (Jan 22) as a 102nd minute goal from Joe Bowen gave them a 3-2 victory.

After an even start it was Dafen who broke the deadlock as Lennon Evans scored shortly before the half hour mark.

It remained 1-0 to the visitors until the 73rd minute when Alex Goddard scored to double Dafen’s lead.

With seven minutes to go the hosts were awarded a penalty and Mark Howells made no mistake to bring his side back in the game.

On 90 minutes Dafen manager Richard Stephens was sent off by the referee and just four minutes later Bruno Forkuoh scored to level the game for the home side.

The drama wasn’t over there though as in the eleventh minute of injury time, Evans and Williams’ Phillip Tinnuche was also sent off.

And there was still time for Bowen to score the winning goal, in the 12th minute of time added on, sparking joyous scenes amongst the players.

Dafen remain second bottom but they now sit two points behind ninth placed Morriston Town.

Defeat for Evans and Williams sees them slip behind West Wales Premier League leaders Penlan, who won again on Saturday.

On Saturday, January 29, Dafen host Giants Grave while Evans and Williams travel to Seven Sisters Onllwyn.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Burry Port hold off Milford to maintain unbeaten record

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BURRY PORT secured their fourth win in as many games on Saturday (Jan 22) as they beat Milford Haven 24-17 at The Observatory.

It was a frantic first half which saw Burry Port take a 24-12 lead into the break and despite a second half try from the home side, the Blacks were able to hang on for the win.

Tries for the Blacks came from Rich Parker, Josh Evans, Dylan Evans and Tom Rees.

Steff Powell was successful with two of four conversion attempts.

Milford had one try from Jamie Lewis and Dan McClelland with one conversion giving the hosts some hope of a second half comeback.

Zac France-Miller pulled an unconverted try back for the Mariners but they were unable to find another score despite their efforts.

The Blacks held on and their bonus-point win moves them up to fifth place in the League 2 West table and maintains their 100% record.

The Mariners earned a bonus point for their efforts which moves them up to third from bottom in the table.

On Saturday, January 29, Burry Port host Loughor while Milford Haven are away to Kidwelly.

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Llanelli Snooker League: Convincing win for Burry Port Legion

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BURRY PORT Legion notched a convincing 6-1 victory in the Llanelli Snooker first division against visiting Pontyberem Workmens.

Following frame wins from Rob Davies, Richard Nurse, Garnet Lane, Keri Phillips and James White (40 break); just Emyr Bowen’s frame averted the whitewash.

Snooker World Whites were 5-2 winners against Llanelli Cons, after Jamie Gimblett, Callum Jackson, Sam Hinton and Ben Thomas had won.

Dai Roberts and Ashley Edwards claimed frames for Matchroom Whites in a 5-2 reversal against Llanesco, for whom Luke Lloyd, Peter Shoulder, Dale Bohn and Chris Lloyd were on song.

Nicky Walters, Mark Hughes and J.Shields were on top for Upper Tumble Blues who saw off a man-short Ponthenri Social 5-2; Nigel Lewis and Mark Regola replied.

Burry Port Reading Room Blues, for whom Adrian Gower, Steve Greaney and Neil Roberts (25) won, needed the aggregate to edge a 4-3 victory at Morfa, whose winning trio were Rob Hughes, Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis.

Elsewhere, Pontyberem Workmens’ also required the extra point to nick a 4-3 success against Trimsaran, after Keri Davies (35 clearance break), Kevin Sullivan and Mike Footman had won; Lewis Lloyd, Jamie Tudor and Wayne Thomas won for Trim.

Cross Hands B overcame Gorseinon Workmens’ 4-3, following wins from Adrian Phillips, Mal Jones and Paul Martin; for the Brighton Road side, Mike Davies, Johnny Wilcox and Jordan Davies were on the ball.

In Division 2, Jeff Howells, Scott Bunford, Elwyn Williams and Adam Rees gave Cross Hands A a 5-2 win at Pontarddulais Cons B; Bont’s frame winners were Mark Aberstraw (40 break) and Rob Davey.

Huw Morgan, Howard Wood, Steve Pearson and Brian Jenn earned the bragging rights for Llandybie Social B in the village derby against Llandybie RFC, whose winning duo were Shane Wright (22 clearance) and Joshua Jordan.

Upper Tumble Reds suffered a 7-0 thumping away at the Gremlin Club; for the latter, Ray Barney (33 clearance), Alex Jenson (25), Ryan Burt, Kevin Gronow, Lee Collins and Gavin Stollery were all on top.

Meanwhile, J.Townsend’s frame win avoided the dreaded brush as Bryn & Trallwm crashed 6-1 at the hands of Snooker World Blues; for the Ammanford cuemen, Linden Cox, C.Waters, A.Jones, Callum Fuge and S.Rees all won.

New Lodge edged home 4-3 against Matchroom Blacks, courtesy of Roy Morgan, Andrew John and Gary Williams; Thomas Williams, James Anthony and Adrian Davies hit back for the visitors.

Paul Landek and James Varney were CGMD ‘s winning pair as the Fishermens’ went down 5-2 on their trip to Tycroes RFC; for the rugby club, Marc Walters, Steve Ruck, Arwyn Rees and Ffion Jones claimed the points.

In Cup news, Gremlins defeated New Lodge 4-3, while Reading Room Reds knocked out Bryn. Matchroom Reds beat Burry Port Legion 4-3, whereas Upper Tumble Social went out 4-1 at the hands of Matchroom Whites.

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