DAFEN proved too strong for Briton Ferry Steel on Saturday (Jun 22) as they earned a five-wicket win.
Dafen won the toss and elected to field which proved to be a good decision as they bowled Steel out for just 93.
Openers Evan Hynes and Lloyd Clement had shared 19 runs for the first wicket but Chris Hudson brought that to and end as he bowled Hynes.
Clement had scored 13 but he was then also bowled by Matthew Evans. Hudson then had Gavin Pugh caught by David Dunfee for a duck and Dunfee then had a hand in the next wicket as he ran out Jason Hughes for another duck.
That left the home side struggling on 31-4 and it soon became 44-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Jonathan Randell.
Rhys Norgrove offered some resistance with a score of 16 but he was then bowled by Randell. Dunfee then removed Tom Williams in similar fashion to leave the Steel on 67-7.
Rhys Maddock made a score of 10 before he was caught by Chris Hudson off the bowling Randell.
Andrew Herbert then had Daryl Phillips caught on a score of 13 by Vaughan and Herbert then brought the innings to a close when he trapped Leigh Williams LBW.
Dafen made a slow start to their reply and they lost early wickets as opener Chris Davies was caught off the bowling of Daryl Phillips.
Simon Davies was also bowled by Phillips as Dafen slipped to 14-2.
Opener Matthew Evans had scored 19 but he was then caught and bowled by Phillips leaving them on 32-3.
George Lavender and Jonathan Randell shared 18 runs for the fourth wicket before Randell was also caught and bowled by Phillips.
Lavender then shared 27 runs with David Dunfee for the fifth wicket as they edged towards their target.
Dunfee was bowled on a score of 14 by Rhys Norgrove but that would be the last wicket to fall.
Matthew Donoghue finished not out on 14 while Lavender was unbeaten on 25 as Dafen reached their target inside 22 overs.
The Steel were also guilty of giving away 17 runs in extras.
On Saturday (Jun 29), Dafen are at home to Llandysul.
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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