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LLANELLI seconds earned a big win on Saturday (Aug 24) as they beat Bronwydd seconds by 141 runs.

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat and that looked to be a good decision as they reached an impressive score of 257-6 from their 50 overs.

Lewis Jones and Robert Bowen got the home side off to an excellent start with an opening partnership of 111 runs.

Bowen hit nine fours in his score of 56 before he was bowled by Carwyn Axford.

Axford then had Owain Baxter caught by Callum Collins-Davies for a duck.

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Jones and Rhys Westcott then shared another good stand worth 87 runs.

Westcott hit eight fours in his score of 52 from 46 balls but he was then caught by Owain Rees off the bowling of Axford.

Morgan Jones made a score of 17 before falling to Matthew Bagshaw and he then also picked up the wicket of Aled Gilley.

Jones hit 11 fours as he reached his century but on a score of 100 he was caught by Trystan Evans off the bowling of Bagshaw.

Bronwydd knew they would need to bat well to knock off the 258 runs needed but after an opening stand of 28 between Steven Phillips and Callum Collins-Davies, things quickly went downhill.

Collins-Davies was bowled on a score of 13 by Aled Gilley and Matthew Bagshaw was then caught off the bowling of Daniel Lewis.

Harri Rees then trapped namesake Owain leg before and Sara Phillips did the same to Carwyn Axford to leave Bronwydd on 62-4.

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Rees then bowled Rhufon Phillips and Phillips then had Trystan Evans caught. Rees then bowled Emma Brazier and Daniel Swift.

Steven Phillips had made his way to a score of 75 as he watched his partners depart cheaply.

He then saw Karl Von Weber bowled by Joshua Phillips and with their last man absent, Bronwydd’s innings was brought to a close on 116-9.

On Saturday (Aug 31), Bronwydd Seconds host Porthcawl while Llanelli seconds are away to Pontyberem.

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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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