LLANELLI won their derby game with Carmarthen Wanderers on Saturday (Jun 30) to move themselves out of the bottom two.
The game was played at Trinity Fields and it was Llanelli who won the toss and elected to bat first.
They lost Marcus Leaf early on when he was caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Joseph Jones and when Craig Howells was trapped leg before by Jones, Llanelli had slipped to 26-2.
Iwan Rees and Steven Devonald then shared 110 runs for the third wicket as they looked to help teir side to a decent total.
That partnership came to an end when Devonald was caught by Nathan Burrell, also off the bowling of Jones, for a score of 42 (3 fours).
Rees then shared another 32 runs with Ryan Nicholas before he was caught and bowled by Gareth Thomas for a score of 75 which included ten fours.
Nicholas then shared another 29 runs with Rhidian Morgan who made 18 before he was caught by Stephen Inward off the bowling of Robbie Crawford.
Robert Bowen made a score of 8 before he was caught off the bowling of Thomas and Alex Symmons scored seven before he was caught and bowled by Crawford.
Crawford struck again to bowl Morgan Jones for a duck as he finished with figures of 3-58.
Nicholas finished the inning not out on 49 with three fours and a six as he helped his side to a total of 239-8.
Carmarthen knew they would need to make a good start in their reply but they soon found themselves on the back foot as Owain Davies was caught by Iwan Rees off the bowling of Steven Devonald for a golden duck.
Gareth Thomas fell soon after when he was caught by Morgan Jones off the bowling of Vaughan Thomas.
Joshua Thomas and Stephen Inward then shared 39 runs for the third wicket but Thomas was caught by Rhidian Morgan off the bowling of Alex Symmons for a score of 13 and the Wanderers were struggling on 41-3.
Inward shared another 33 runs with Inward but he was caught and bowled by Rees for a score of 22.
Robbie Crawford joined Inward at the crease and the pair put on 55 runs for the fifth wicket which also saw Inward reach his half century.
Crawford scored just ten runs before he was stumped by Morgan Jones off the bowling of David Richards and his wicket left the Wanderers on 132-5.
Captain Leighton Walters joined Inward at the crease and the pair shared another 39 runs before Inward was eventually out, caught by Robert Bowen off the bowling of Symmons for an excellent score of 87 which included nine fours and three sixes.
Walters scored 31 but was also caught by Morgan off the bowling of Symmons and soon after, Ian Hughes was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Devonald for another golden duck.
Joesph Jones made a late score of 15 before he was bowled by Symmons who picked up his fourth wicket and although Nathan Burrell finished not out on 15 it wasn’t enough for the Wanderers.
They finished on a total of 220-9 giving victory to their opponents.
On Saturday (Jul 7), Llanelli will look to pick up another win when they host Malpas. The Wanderers will look to bounce back as they travel to Panteg.
Under strength Raiders beaten
By Sian Golden at Stebonheath Park
IF anything showed up the farcical registration rules inflicted by the RFL, it was Keighley’s club record win on Saturday (Sept 15).
Ordinarily a 112-6 rout would be celebrated, but West Wales were only able to field 12 fit players and after frustrating red and yellow cards, were down to 10 by the end of the game.
There are Welsh players who would have turned out, and perhaps the RFL should allow clubs to register community lads, who have never played professionally, to make up the numbers?
New Raiders coach Kim Williams arrives this week and his presence is much needed. It’s been a long season in Llanelli and, as plenty of arguing showed during the game, it’s a camp which needs a boost and fast.
Raiders held out for three minutes before Andy Gabriel caught Benn Hardcastle’s kick to score in the corner. Hardcastle converted.
Cameron Leeming tore through the defence to ground the second try with another expert Hardcastle sideline kick.
A short kick-off led to the third as Dan Parker raced down the wing, the fourth came from a catch by Emmerson Whittell from a high kick by Hardcastle, who converted, before another short kick-off led to the fifth, this one scored by Ritchie Hawkyard and converted by Hardcastle.
Jose Kenga was next over, Leeming got his second, and James Feather scored a length of the field try. Three more Hardcastle goals made the score 46-0 on 25 minutes.
The biggest round of applause came on 33 minutes when Raiders finally broke their duck with an Alan Pope scramble to the line. Harrison Elliot converted.
There was still time for two more first half Cougars tries. Andy Gabriel was too fast for the Raiders defence, and Parker also raced over for his second. Hardcastle converted both. 58-6 at the interval.
Alfie Seeley scored the first try of the second half with Hardcastle converting, but that was before the game turned into more of a charade when Craig Lewis saw red for alleged backchat, this surely prompting Raiders’ chairman Andrew Thorne to tweet “As a chairman of a club of a club losing is hard to take but when you have 14 men on a pitch it’s an impossible task.”
Hawkyard scored in the corner four minutes later with Hardcastle converting, and former South Wales Scorpion Billy Gaylor was next. Hardcastle missed the kick but got the next try, which he improved, before Chris Cullimore scored under the sticks, Hardcastle’s goal making it 86-6.
It was good work by Seeley, who weaved his way through the defence for his second, Hardcastle’s conversion bouncing in off the posts, but the game was to finish on 12 v 10 as the referee, who was evidently finding it tough to control the game, showed Hardcastle and Dalton Desmond-Walker yellow after a lengthy fight.
Gabriel claimed his hat-trick with Gaylor slicing the ball low under the sticks. Seeley sealed his hat-trick to take Cougars to 100 with Leeming also claiming his third. Gaylor, who was closer with his second conversion attempt, got this one over.
A length of the field Hawkyard try in the final minute gave him a triple and Gaylor’s goal brought down the curtain on the farce that Oscar Wilde would have been proud of writing.
Draw made for Bowl second round
THE draw for the second round of the WRU National Bowl has been made with a number of exciting ties to look forward to.
New Dock Stars’ reward for knocking out League 3 West A opponents Llangwm is another home tie against fellow League 3 West A side Llanybydder.
Former WRU Bowl Champions Amman United were given a walkover in the first round and they will be at home in the second round having been drawn to play South Gower.
Haverfordwest, who beat Pantyffynnon 69-5 on Saturday (Sept 15) have been rewarded with another home tie against Llangadog who won 50-14 away to Pontyates in their first round game.
Aberaeron, who beat Milford Haven in the first round, face a local derby with Lampeter Town who had a walkover against Pembroke Dock Quins in the first round.
Neyland, who had also had a walkover in the first round, have been given a home tie against Carmarthenshire side Cefneithin.
The two sides met in the same stage of last season’s competition and it was Cefneithin who came out on top on that occasion winning 25-3.
Laugharne have been drawn away to Trimsaran while Betws have also been drawn away to Cwmgors.
All matches will be played on Saturday, October 6.
Selected WRU Bowl second round fixtures:
Amman Utd v South Gower
Cardigan v Nantgaredig
Cwmgors v Betws (Ammanford)
Haverfordwest v Llangadog
Lampeter Town v Aberaeron
New Dock Stars v Llanybydder
Neyland v Cefneithin
Trimsaran v Laugharne
Wanderers snatch late victory
LLANELLI Wanderers earned their second win of the season on Saturday (Sept 15) as they beat Dunvant 22-19 thanks to a late try.
The powerful Dunvant pack helped their side to a 16-12 lead at half time but the Wanderers were still very much in the game.
Josh Leeds and Jordan Evans scored the tries for Llanelli while Rhydian Morgan added the rest of their first half points with the boot.
Dunvant held on to their lead in the second half as they defended well whenever the Wanderers came forward.
However, with ten minutes to go the tables turned as the Wanderers cranked up the pressure even more.
Gruff Mathias, making his debut for the senior side having played in the youth team last season, went up for a Dunvant lineout and he knocked the ball down for Ryan Tovey who went on to score what would prove to be the winning try.
Morgan then added the extra two points and they were able to see the game out for an excellent win.
On Saturday (Sept 22), Llanelli Wanderers will look for another win when they take on Gorseinon away from home.
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