PONTYBEREM’s opening batsman Rhodri Evans scored an amazing unbeaten 159 to help set up 176-run victory for his side over Dafen seconds on Saturday (Jun 1).
Evans carried his bat and was well supported by his team mates as Pontyberem closed their innings on 325-5.
In reply, Dafen seconds were unable to match the Bont’s score as they were bowled out for 149.
Dafen won the toss and elected to field but they were made to regret that decision after watching Evans pummel 21 boundaries in his knock.
The opening stand lasted for 49 runs before Dafen’s Luke Dunning bowled Jack Rogers on a score of 14.
Dunning bowled Rhys Harris and had Daniel Griffiths caught by Gleb Roberts with the next two balls as he claimed an excellent hat trick, reducing, Pontyberem to 49-3.
Evans was joined at the crease by Emyr Harries and the pair put on 167 runs in an outstanding partnership.
Harris hit seven fours as he scored 78 but he was then stumped by Jack Wooller off the bowling of Chris Randell.
Evans continued to bat on while Pontyberem’s score was also helped along by some wasteful Dafen bowling as they gave away 48 runs in extras.
Evans and Dafydd Jones shared another 65 runs together before Jones was caught by Gary Phillips off the bowling of Jonathan Wastell.
That left Pontyberem on 281-5 but there was still time for Evans and Paul Rees to put on another 44 runs.
Rees was not out on 15 with a four and a six but the star of the show was Evans who finished unbeaten on 159 after hitting sixteen fours and five sixes.
Dafen knew they would need someone to replicate Evans’ score if they were to stand a chance of victory and they made a good start to their reply.
Gary Phillips and Chris Randell shared 67 runs for the first wicket. Phillips hit eight fours in his score of 40 but he was caught and bowled by Cadan Lewis.
Kelsey Powell was then run out by Jamie Jones without having faced a ball and Lewis then picked up the wicket of Randell who had scored 30.
That left Dafen on 72-3 but Jonathan Wastell and Jack Wooller shared 41 runs for the fourth wicket.
Wooller was then bowled by Jack Rogers and he then also caught and bowled Wastell on a score of 33 to leave Dafen on 117-5.
Dafen then saw three wickets fall in quick succession as Luke Dunning was bowled by Rhys Harris who then had Gleb Roberts caught by Rhodri Evans. Evans then had namesake Jac caught by Paul Rees as Dafen slipped to 133-8.
Emyr Harris ran out Matthew Thomas and Rhys Harris took the final wicket of Andrew Herbert to seal a big win for Pontyberem.
Behind the Scenes with West Wales Raiders & Llanelli Town AFC CEO Peter Tiffin
EACH week we will take a look at what’s going on at both clubs with an insight from the CEO.
As most in sport know January is a busy time for clubs with the transfer window back open, last week saw both the Raiders and Reds welcome in new players and will be straight in to action for both sides before the end of the month.
It’s been a very difficult period with the spectator’s restrictions and the pausing in season for the Reds especially with the new managers coming in and beginning their time with the club with a win at Stebonheath Park.
Thankfully the restrictions are easing and next weekend both the Raiders and the Reds will be able to welcome back fans to our home of Stebonheath Park with home fixtures on Friday evening (Llanelli Town v Undy) & Sunday afternoon (West Wales Raiders v Swinton Lions).
This week has also seen a few new partnerships and one in particular was a launch to support a community project for lonely people to attend various events, both the Raiders & the Reds have offered tickets to all home games and our home bar will be working with the project on a fortnightly luncheon club.
To continue with new partnerships the Raiders decided this week that we would swap our sponsors logos with charities for a one off jersey which the players will play in against Swinton next week, I will be looking to work a lot closer with all 7 charities throughout the year and including both clubs in any events.
To finish off this week I wanted to add that Ethan George an up and coming local professional boxer who has plenty of talent will now be working a lot closer with myself, as a few of you may be aware that another professional boxer Angelo Dragone has worked very closely with both clubs and myself and we both will be working with Ethan to help him on his development within boxing.
Leaders Trostre held to draw by Killay
CARMARTHENSHIRE Premier Division leaders Trostre were held to an exciting 3-3 draw by Killay on Saturday (Jan 15).
Ben Lynch had put Killay ahead in the tenth minute but two goals in seven minutes from Ashton Jones turned the game around for the league leaders.
However, just four minutes later Liam Bennett equalised for the visitors.
The first half scoring wasnt done as Trostre regained the lead thanks to Rhys Griffiths.
That gave them a 3-2 lead at half time but they were dealt a blow early in the second half when Christopher Price-Williams was sent off for a second bookable offence.
It looked as if they were going to hold to their lead but five minutes from the end Brandon Davies scored to level the game.
The point for Killay moves them to within four points of second placed Pontlliw who were beaten 2-0 by Gorseinon Athletic on Saturday.
Matthew Hurford scored twice in the first half for Gorseinon to all but seal the win for his side.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Loughor Rovers scored two late goals to seal victory against Burry Port.
Josh Element put Burry Port ahead midway through the first half but two minutes later Andrew Burt missed a penalty for Loughor.
The score remained 1-0 to the visitors until eight minutes from time when Michael Grimwade scored.
Burt then made amends for his penalty miss as he scored the winner in the 89th minute.
Seaside earned their third win in a row on Saturday as they beat Pengelli United 7-2 away from home.
Callum Thomas put Seaside ahead on seven minutes but three minutes later Reily Lewis levelled for Pengelli.
Tray Jenkins then put Seaside back in the lead but the home side hit back again as Luke Rees levelled the game at 2-2.
Ben Honeybun then put Seaside back in front and they held on to their 3-2 lead until half time.
Twenty minutes into the second half Ross Jones scored to make it 4-2 before they scored three late goals.
Leon Bonifacio scored twice in three minutes and Jones added his second in injury time to complete the scoring.
On Saturday, January 22, Trostre visit Loughor Rovers and Gorseinon Athletic host Burry Port.
Killay are at home as they take on Bwlch Rangers.
Felinfoel reserves edge seven-goal thriller
FELINFOEL Reserves moved up to sixth place in Carmarthenshire Reserve Division 2 on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Dafen Reserves 4-3.
Felinfoel were forced into a change early on but just a minute after coming Morgan Smith had put the home side ahead.
Nicky Morgan then put Felinfoel in a strong position as he double his side’s lead.
However, Dafen hit back with Rhys Winnett scoring ten minutes before half time and then a minute before the interval to level the game at 2-2.
Just four minutes into the second half Morgan grabbed his second goal of the game to put the home side back in the lead.
With just under 20 minutes to go, Dafen levelled once more as Matthew Davies found the back of the net.
It looked as if the game might finish all square but four minutes from time Morgan Harries scored what would prove to be the winner for Felinfoel.
Elsewhere in the Division, Tumble reserves beat Pontarddulais reserves 3-2 to leapfrog Dafen into second place.
Saturday’s only other game in the division saw Johnstown reserves run out 10-3 winners over Kidwelly reserves, with Jack Kluge scoring five times while Jack Starkey also scored a hat trick.
On Saturday, January 22, Dafen reserves host Johnstown reserves while Felinfoel hosts Loughor Rovers thirds.
Llangennech reserves are also in action as they face Pontarddulais Town reserves.
Photo by Darren Harries
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