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Llangennech earn derby win

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LLANGENNECH earned a derby win over neighbours Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 8) as they beat them by four wickets.

Llanelli batted first after Llangennech elected to field but they were bowled out for just 112.

Despite the loss of six wickets Llangennech were able to achieve victory thanks to a half century from David Williams.

The hosts were struggling early on as they lost opener Ioan Phillips when he was trapped leg before by Michael Jones and Ryan Nicholas when he was caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones off the bowling of Owain Phillips.

That left them on 3-2 but a stand of 79 between opener Iwan Rees and Craig Howells got Llanelli going.

However, when Howells was caught by Chris Hickey off the bowling of James Taube, Llanelli’s innings began to fall apart.

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Steven Devonald fell in similar fashion to Howells and Matthew Jones then caught and bowled Iwan Rees on a score of 46 (five fours).

That saw them reduced to 87-5 and wickets continued to fall as Rhidian Morgan was bowled by Jones.

Taube then bowled Chris Thomas before Jones had Jac Rees caught by Hickey.

Ben Edwards was the only other batsman to reach double figures but he was out on a score of 14 when he was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Jones.

Jones then bowled David Richards to wrap the innings up and claim excellent figures of 5-17.

Llanelli looked to take early wickets to disrupt the Llangennech innings and they did just that when Chris Thomas bowled opener Scott Lloyd.

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Steven Devonald then trapped Matthew Jones leg before and also bowled James Taube for a duck as they were reduced to 14-3.

Hedd-Wyn Jones and David Williams steadied the ship with a stand of 36 before Jones was trapped leg before by Iwan Rees on a score of 20.

Rees then also had Chris Hickey caught by Ioan Phillips and bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 81-6.

Williams and Richard Clement then shared the match winning partnership with Clement finishing unbeaten on 10.

Williams hit five fours and a six as he was unbeaten on 59 to help Llangennech to victory with plenty of time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 15), Llanelli will look to bounce back as they travel to second placed Tata Steel while Llangennech will look for another win at home to bottom of the table Gowerton.

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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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