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South Wales Cricket Association Round up

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DAFEN were big winners in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association League as they scored over 300 runs for the second weekend running.

They finished their innings on a mammoth total of 317-2 in their game with Maesteg Celtic thanks to a score of 117 from Nicky Davies and 116 not out from Matthew Evans.

Between them they hit 33 boundaries while there was also a late cameo from David Dunfee.

Dunfee smashed five sixes and two fours in a knock of 53 that came off only 24 balls.

Maesteg lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply as Morgan Griffiths was out on a score of 10 and Ian Herbert scored 20.

Nick Poole top scored for Celtic with 62 but he was out when he hit his own wicket.

There were two wickets apiece for Matthew Donoghue, Chris Hudson, Gethin Long and Jonathan Randell as Celtic were all out for 135.

Action from the game between Dafen and Maesteg Celtic. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd were beaten Gorseinon on Saturday after they could only reach 137-7 in their fifty overs.

James Cale was top scorer for his side with 55 while Oliver Furneaux finished not out on 29.

Josh Simmons took four wickets for Gorseinon as they restricted Bronwydd well.

Kieran Howells then got his side up and running in their reply with a half century while Jack Donovan and Josh Simmons completed their victory finishing not out on 21 and 31 respectively.

Llandysul also suffered defeat on Saturday as a century from Thomas Merilaht helped Cowbridge post 261-7 in their game.

Merilaht had good support from Ben Wright who scored 35 and Jack Cropper who scored 61 runs.

The pick of the bowlers for Llandysul was Andrew Edwards who finished with figures of 3-48 from his ten overs.

Opener Gary Williams scored 31 runs for Llandysul in their reply but they lost wickets at regular intervals and slipped to 64-4.

Ieuan Paske added 21 while Andrew Edwards hit a score of 70 as he did his best to get his side going. However when he fell Llandysul were left hanging on 162-9 before they were all out for 179.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Dafen travel to Aberdare, Llandysul are at home to the Swansea Civil Service and Bronwydd travel to Merthyr Tydfil.

In Division 2, Drefach earned their second win of the season as they beat Briton Ferry Town by six wickets.

Briton Ferry won the toss and batted first and opener Yakoob Ali played well as he hit twelve fours and three sixes in a knock of 87.

Adrian Mainwaring was his side’s next highest scorer on 19 as Town reached 162-7 from their fifty overs.

James Carter was the pick of the Drefach bowlers as he finished with excellent figures of 5-22 from his eight overs.

Rob Seymour got Drefach off to a good start in their reply as he scored 59 runs and Dafydd Humprheys added 20.

Owen Donovan finished not out on 22 while Tomos Ellis-Williams was unbeaten on a score of 40 as Drefach reached their target with plenty of time to spare.

Felinfoel suffered a narrow defeat in their game with Maesteg as they reached their target with only one wicket in hand off the final ball of the innings.

The visitors batted first after Maesteg elected to field but only Andrew Thomas (67) and Julian Griffiths (87 not out) troubled the scorers as they were the only two to reach double figures.

Craig Richards and Stuart Parmenter took three wickets each for Felinfoel as they did their best to derail Maesteg’s chase.

Ashley Colston top scored for Maesteg with 43 runs while Ewan Lambert scored a late 29 before he was one of Rhys Harries’ two victims.

Lee Morgan then scored the winning runs off the last ball to break Felinfoel’s hearts.

Division 2 leaders Llangennech maintained their place at the top with a six wicket win over Morriston.

Llangennech elected to field first and they did well to restrict Morriston to 180-8 from their fifty overs.

Opener Tom Fenn scored 43 while Ben Haigh made a quickfire 28. Sam Hughes scored 20 while Jay Wittram finished not out on 57.

Jack Williams was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3-21 from his seven overs.

Hedd-Wyn Jones made 40 as Llangennech got their reply off to a good start while James Taube top scored as he hit twelve fours and two sixes in a knock of 86 before he fell to the bowling of Mark Whittaker.

David Williams finished not out on 20 as he eased Llangennech over the line with time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Drefach are away to Baglan, Llangennech make the trip to Briton Ferry Town and Felinfoel are at home to Briton Ferry Steel.

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Old Gold charged by FAW

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CARMARTHEN Town have been charged with allegedly playing an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Llanelli Town on New Years Day.

A statement from the Football Association of Wales states that the charge relates to David Vincent who had been suspended having accumulated five yellow cards.

The statement reads: “The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has charged Carmarthen Town AFC under FAW Rule 38.1.6 and Welsh Premier League Rule 18 with allegedly playing an ineligible player during their 2-0 win over Llanelli Town AFC on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

“The charge relates to the playing of David Vincent, who was suspended as and from December 28, 2018 for one match for the accumulation of five yellow cards.

“Carmarthen have seven business days until January 16, to respond to the charge. The matter will be heard by an FAW Disciplinary Panel at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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Llanelli and Llandovery through in Cup

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LLANELLI and Llandovery are both through to the second round of the WRU National Cup after they secured first round victories on Saturday (Jan 5).

Llandovery eased through to the second round as they scored a century of points against Championship side Beddau.

The Drovers scored 16 tries and 12 conversions with Corey Baldwin scoring four of those tries.

Kristian Jones also scored two tries and had all twelve conversions for a personal points haul of 34.

There were also braces for Joseff Powell and Carwyn Evans. Dino Dallavalle, Lewis Ellis-Jones, Lee Rees, Rhodri Jones and replacement Llew Smith also crossed the whitewash as the home side sealed a 104-0 victory.

Llanelli also went through after also beating Championship side Ystrad Rhondda 18-32.

Taylor Davies was first on the scoresheet for Llanelli and Ashley Sutton then added a penalty. Kalum Evans and Thomas Rogers then scored tries for the visitors while Sutton converted the second of the two.

Gareth George also scored while Rogers grabbed his second try to which Sutton added the extras to seal the win.

Carmarthen Quins were agonisingly knocked out of the first round after a late Rhys Jones penalty gave Ebbw Vale a 19-20 victory.

Aled Thomas scored an early penalty for the Quins to level things up but the Vale took the lead only for Osian Knott to score a try to which Thomas added the extras to level the game at 10-10.

The Vale took the lead again but a Thomas penalty on the stroke of half time kept them in it at 13-17.

Thomas then kicked two second half penalties to put the Quins ahead and it looked as if they would go through but Jones had other ideas as his penalty won it for the Vale.

Newcastle Emlyn bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 21-36 by Premiership strugglers Bargoed.

The Emlyn were very much in the game at half time with the score at 21-22 in favour of Bargoed but they took control in the second half to seal their passage.

The draw for the second round was made on Tuesday (Jan 8) and it saw Llanelli drawn away to fellow Premiership side Pontypridd.

Llandovery were given a home tie against Trebanos who saw off Maesteg Quins in the first round.

Those ties will be played on the weekend of January 26, but before that all sides return to Premiership action on Saturday (Jan 12).

The Quins face Bargoed looking to respond to their Cup defeat while Llandovery are at home to Bedwas and Llanelli are away to Merthyr.

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Blacks hold on to deny Seagulls

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BURRY Port held off a strong second half comeback from Fishguard as they earned victory by a single point in a thrilling game which finished 35-34 in favour of the Blacks on Saturday (Jan 5).

The Blacks were on a five-match losing streak while Fishguard were looking to bounce back after being beaten by Pembroke in their last game.

The game started at a frantic pace with Burry Port’s Luke Ruddal gathering their own kick at kick off and piling on the pressure on the Seagull’s try line, and with quick ruck ball Ruddal darted over for the opening score.

The Blacks definitely had a spring in their step and looked dangerous with ball in hand, a cross field kick looked as if it would bring another score only for winger Tom Davies to just lose control. This didn’t stop the Blacks and from a driving lineout 10m out and the home pack rolling to the try line, the referee awarded a penalty try and yellow card for collapsing the maul.

Burry Port continued to apply the pressure and tried hard to make the extra man count and with Youth winger Tom Davies making up for this early mistake finished a fine try, A penalty soon after by outside half Ceiron Thomas stretched the lead further.

Fishguard however were in no mood to roll over, a rare outing into the Burry Port half saw a lovely cross field kick work perfectly for Ed Bendall to run in unopposed.

This started a period of good play by the visitors and forced Burry Port into some errors and giving Penalties away, and with good field position managed to force another try from close range through Chris Shousha.

Photo by Darren Harries

Burry Port hit straight back with a move on half way slicing the defence apart for winger Tom Davies to race in for this second and the bouns point try.

The game continued to be played at a frantic pace and Burry port were enjoying themseleves, another excellent team try was finished off by that man again Tom Davies who completed his Hat trick and surely left Fishguard to much to do to get back in the game, score 32-10.

The last play of the half from the restart saw Fishguard regain possession and manage to put the Blacks under pressure and after a few advantages from the referee for Burry Port ill-discipline saw a yellow card given to Burry Port.

With Fishguard knowing a penalty wasn’t enough to get back in the game they opted for a scrum and after a few phases a missed tackle allowed Ben John to cross under the posts and give them a lifeline for the second half.

The second half was a totally different affair with Burry Port looking to protect their lead by opting for territory rather than possession and resulted in them kicking far too much ball away.

Fishguard seemed to enjoy having the ball more and with some powerful runners in their ranks started causing Burry Port problems. A few loose kicks were capitalised on by the Fishguard back 3 and after another fine cross field kick saw them get a well-deserved try, scored by Jordan James to make it 32-22 and bring the Seagulls back in the game.

Burry Port failed to convert a few chances and the supporters could sense a bit of uncertainty creeping in. Another yellow card added to the worries of the Burry Port team, and a break by the visitors led to another try from Ed Bendall and the momentum had most definitely shifted to the Seagulls.

The score was now 32-27 and both sides knew the next score would be vital with time running out.

Finally Burry Port stopped kicking the ball away and after a long phase of ball in hand worked their way up field and once in kicking range forced a penalty which fullback Ben Williams put over to put the Blacks a crucial 8 points ahead with only a couple of minutes remaining.

Fishguard had already secured a try bouns point and even though there might not have been enough time to get the two scores needed for victory there was a losing point up for grabs and to their credit they managed just that with the ref calling last play and Fishguard managing to keep the ball alive and James crossed at the death for his second to also get an important score which could prove crucial come the end of season.

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