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Llanelli earn bragging rights

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LLANELLI won the bragging rights on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Dafen by six wickets at Stradey Park.

Llanelli won the toss and elected to field and their bowlers were in fine form as they bowled Dafen out for 166.

Kurtis Marsh was bowled early on by Steven Devonald and Matthew Evans was caught by Rhidian Morgan off the bowling of Chris Thomas.

Jonathan Randell was trapped leg before by David Richards and Chris Davies was caught by Thomas off the bowling of Richards.

That left Dafen on 65-4 but a stand of 52 from Aman Gandhi and Matthew Donoghue took their side past a century of runs.

Gandhi had batted well as he reached a score of 80 with six fours but he was then run out by Ioan Phillips.

Iwan Rees then had David Dunfee caught by David Richards as Dafen were reduced to 134-6.

Donoghue also batted well for a score of 43 but he was then bowled by Rees and Dafen’s innings was quickly wrapped up.

Donoghue’s wicket left them on 164-7 and Rees then claimed his third wicket as he had Andrew Randell caught by Devonald.

Devonald then had Kai Rees caught by Ryan Nicholas and then also bowled Ioan Roberts on a score of 13 to leave Dafen all out on 166.

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Llanelli made a good start to their reply as openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 53 runs for the first wicket.

Jonathan Randell made the breakthrough for Dafen as he had Rees caught by Chris Davies on a score of 14. Randell then bowled Craig Howells to leave Llanelli on 61-2.

A stand of 78 between Phillips and Steven Devonald then took the home side to within touching distance of their target.

Devonald hit eight fours as he scored 57 but he was then caught by Davies off the bowling of Kai Rees.

Phillips hit seven fours in his knock of 51 before he was caught by Aman Gandhi off the bowling of Andrew Randell.

Marcus Leaf came in and hit six fours as his score of 25 not out from 17 balls saw Llanelli over the line with six overs to spare.

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Felinfoel win comfortably

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FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday (Oct 5) as they beat Gowerton 23-0.

In a game played in difficult conditions both sides contributed to an open match with Felinfoel finally ending up comfortable winners.

Felinfoel took an early lead with a try from left wing Jordan Dunne converted by full back Aled Roberts.

Roberts added a further two penalties before the break making the score at half time 13 – nil.

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The weather conditions deteriorated in the second half and it was not until the 20th minute that Felinfoel increased their lead with a further penalty from Roberts.

As Felinfoel added further pressure, live wire wing Dunne went in for his second try again well converted from wide out by Roberts.

Gowerton came close to scoring at the end, but strong defence by Felinfoel prevented them from scoring.

Felinfoel now look forward to round two of the WRU Plate competition when they entertain Skewen on Saturday (Oct 12).

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Cherries hold off Penygroes

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Furnace United 18-9 Penygroes

FURNACE United welcomed Penygroes to Cae Castell on Saturday (Oct 5) and after two attritional battles last season this game was highly anticipated.

The field conditions were excellent even though there was a little drizzle throughout.

The game started at a frantic pace with Furnace taking the early initiative resulting in a try from second row Andrew Evans after five minutes. Daf Green slotted the conversion from out wide to make it 7-0 to the home side.

Five minutes later, from subsequent Penygroes pressure, they were able to score their first points of the game as the trusted boot of number 10 Christopher Powell slotted a penalty between the sticks.

Straight from the restart Furnace gained good field position and were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Green added the three points to make it 10-3 to the home side.

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The rest of the first half saw Penygroes put pressure on the Furnace line but to no avail.

The first 25 minutes of the second half saw the visitors throw the kitchen sink at the Furnace line.

However, although some stern defence meant they weren’t able to cross the line, they did manage two further penalties from the boot of Powell to bring the score to 10-9.

Having defended for much of the half, Furnace looked to increase their lead and they marched up the field before Daf Green slotted a drop goal to make it 13-9 to the Cherries.

The last ten minutes saw Penygroes pressing again but without reward.

From the last play of the game, Furnace intercepted a loose pass and Centre Scott Davies galloped 60 metres down the paddock to cross and put the game to bed.

The conversion was missed but it mattered little as the Cherries earned an 18-9 victory.

On Saturday (Oct 12), both sides take a break from league action as they take part in the second round of the WRU Bowl.

Furnace are away to Cefn Cribbwr while Penygroes are at home to Abercarn.

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Burry Port stay in touch

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Burry Port Res 3-0 Evans & Williams Res

BURRY Port Reserves kept themselves in touch with the top two as they beat Evans and Williams Reserves 3-0 on Saturday (Oct 5).

A very even first half ended with Jamie Phillips heading home from a corner to make it 1-0 to Burry Port.

In the second half the home side played much better and were on top from the start going 2-0 up through Sam Saer.

They dominated for a spell but Evans and Williams came back strong and looked as if they might get one back.

Eventually the home side got their third through Ryan Owens to seal the win and all but end any hopes Evans and Williams had of getting back into the game.

Burry Port remain level on points with the top two with all three having won four of their five games so far this season.

On Saturday (Oct 12), Evans and Williams will look to bounce back when they take on Gorseinon Reserves.

The reserves do not have a game but Burry Port’s first team are in action in the first round of the West Wales Cup as they host Cwm Albion Colts.

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