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Felinfoel lose two on the bounce

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felinfoelcricketFelinfoel (150-9) lost to Landore (152-6) by 5 wkts

LANDORE climbed towards the league’s summit at the expense of a Felinfoel outfit that have now lost two on the bounce after an encouraging start to 2015.

Batting first Felinfoel laboured to 150 from their 50 overs as accurate bowling kept the run rate slow. Stuart Parmenter hit a very patient 19 from 64 deliveries alongside Rhys Harries who was marginally quicker with a comparatively brisk 26 off 54 balls.

With barely 50 runs on the board after 25 overs, the middle order were left with the task of injecting some life to the innings, but they failed miserably as Nicholas Jones, Nikk Joshi and Andrew Thomas fell for a combined score of 10 from 42 deliveries faced. Gareth Smith hit 30 and ‘it was not unusual’ to see Tom Jones (28) get some runs lower down the order.

Bowlers Andrew Mumford (2-29 from 14) and Ahmad Rahimi (2-23 from 11) were the most economic but Phil Barber (3-40) claimed the most wickets for the visitors.

In reply the Landore top order made the below par score of 150 look a reasonable total as the top four fell for 28 between them, with Jay Copp (27) scoring all but one of these runs. Scoring was difficult, but a composed innings of 39 from Carl Lawrence saw the visitors home, alongside 29 from Andrew Mumford and 31 from Robert Charles Tipton.

Nick Joshi helped himself to 3 wickets and Anthony Matthias bagged two as the visitors strolled home with 4 wickets intact and 3 overs remaining.

Felinfoel face a tough ask if they are to avoid losing their third game on the bounce as they travel to table topping Cimla, who are unbeaten this term.

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Llanelli Town appoint Lee John as new manager

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LLANELLI Town has appointed Lee John as the club’s new manager and Dylan Blain as his assistant.

They replace Andy Legg who departed the club on November 25.

The new management team joins the club from fellow JD Cymru South side Goytre United.

Lee John’s first game in charge of the Reds will be against former side Goytre on Friday, December 3.

On joining Llanelli, Lee thanked players, officials and supporters at Goytre adding that it wasn’t easy to leave a close group of friends.

He added: “This opportunity to manage such a huge club in south Wales like Llanelli was far too good an offer to turn down.

“The ambition of the board is exciting, realistic and long term, which is what really attracted us to accept the challenge. We are ambitious managers who want to work at the highest level and that’s where this club deserves to be.

“What we will promise the club and its supporters is we will create and drive a committed group of players on to be successful and deliver the best standards possible for Llanelli Town AFC.

“We want people here who are fully committed to the cause and take pride in wearing the red shirt.”

Llanelli added their thanks to Goytre for allowing them permission to speak with Lee.

Goytre United said in a statement: “It is with deep regret that our manager Lee John and assistant manager Dylan Blain have made the decision to leave the club and join Llanelli Town.

“This decision has been made with our club challenging for the league title and with fifteen games to play.

“We wish them both the best for the future. Our club remains fully focussed and will continue to challenge for honours.”

On Wednesday, December 1, Goytre announced Mark Pike as their interim manager.

Llanelli’s game with Goytre United on Friday (Dec 3) at Stebonheath Park kicks off at 7:30pm.

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Wanderers run in six tries against Gowerton

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LLANELLI Wanderers earned their first win of the League 1 West season on Saturday (Nov 27) as they beat Gowerton 34-10.

The Wanderers scored six tries in total, five of them coming in the first half while both sides managed a try each in a less frantic second half.

Gowerton’s Josh Hamer scored a penalty in the first half but Llanelli held a 29-3 lead at the break.

Bleddyn James scored a try for Gowerton in the second half and Hamer added the extras but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Jac Hart scored two tries for the Wanderers and others came from Ellis Dickerson, Callum Harris, Sianco Morgan and Rhydian Morgan.

Rhydian also added two conversions for the home side.

On Saturday, December 4, the Wanderers travel to Felinfoel while Gowerton host Gorseinon.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Pontarddulais Workmens seal fine victory in Snooker League

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STEVE Dunn’s fine 73 break was the undoubted highlight of Pontarddulais Workmens’ solid 6-1 victory against Burry Port Legion in the Llanelli Snooker first division.

Mike Footman, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths and Kevin Sullivan added winning support while just Rich Nurse averted the whitewash for the Legion, for whom Rob Davies made a 32 break.

Dan Wells also made a 70-plus break, a fine 74 knock as Matchroom Reds also won 6-1, R.Evans, J.Thomas, L.Grey and C.Price also on top against Upper Tumble Blues; only E.Rees won for the visitors.

Similarly, just Nigel Lewis won as his side, Ponthenri crashed 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; D.Williams (47), J.Wilcox, M.Dodd and K.Murrells added wins for the Brighton Road cuemen.

It was closer at Trimsaran, where the home side edged a 4-3 win against Llandybie Social A, courtesy of J.Tudor, C.Thomas (30) and L.Lloyd; Lindsey Pugh, Huw Morgan and Wyn Major hit back for the latter.

Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis were on the ball for Morfa, who went down 5-2 at Snooker World Whites; Andrew Whitfield (51 break), B.Thomas, J.Gimblett and A.Krysa added wins for the Ammanford side ,who, in a busy week, also won 4-3 at Pontyberem, thanks to A.Krysa, C.Jackson and B.Thomas; E.Bowen, S.Caton and A.Harris replied for ‘Berem.

Pontyberem also during the week were beaten 5-2 at Cross Hands B, whose frame winners were A.Phillips, Dai Isaacs, Gary Stead and Paul Martin.

Llanesco enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Llanelli Cons A, following wins from P.Shoulder, L.Lloyd, D.Bohn and M.Stevenson; Cons’ winning duo were Mark Sargent and Gavin Quinnell.

Elsewhere, C.Jones and L.Jones (31) were on top for Reading Room Blues in the Burry Port side’s 5-2 defeat at Matchroom Whites, with C.Davies, D.Roberts, L.Davies and W.Bowen on song for the “Gwyns”.

In Division 2, D.Jones, D.Sigsworth and S.Wright edged an aggregate win by just 12 points for Llandybie RFC in a 4-3 result against Upper Tumble Reds, who hit back via Mike Sainty, S.Marsall and N.Allinson.

T.Rawlings, J.Dean and C.Hurley claimed a similar 4-3 win for Burry Port Reading Room Reds against Snooker World Blues; Chris Waters, Callum Fuge and Steffan Rees were on song for the visitors.

It also needed the aggregate to split the sides as Llandybie Social B saw off Cross Hands A 4-3, Steve Pearson, Ian Matthews and Howard Wood winning; Adam Rees, Scott Bundfuss and Elwyn Williams were on the ball for the latter.

Matchroom Blacks returned from their visit to Upper Tumble Reds clutching a 5-2 success, after Rhys Morgans, Dean Shoulder, Ryan Maides and James Anthony had all won their frames; Steve Marshall and R.Williams replied for the  hosts.

Bern Price, Ray Barney, G.Stollery and K.Gronow gave the Gremlin Club A a 5-2 victory against Bryn A; J.Townsend and J.Jones replying.

In other news, there were Cup wins for Llanesco (4-1 against Cross Hands A), also Llanelli Cons A (5-2 at Matchroom Blacks), and for Llandybie Social B (5-2 over Bryn B).

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