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Wanderers edged out by Llanelli

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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.

Photos by Darren Harries

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.

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Clayton comeback stuns Van Gerwen

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PONTYBEREM darts ace Jonny Clayton pulled off one of the shocks of the Grand Slam of Darts as he came from three legs behind to beat world number one Michael Van Gerwen 5-4 on Sunday (Nov 11).

The 44 year old Welshman looked to be down and out with the score at 4-2 but he never gave up and went on to claim one of the biggest victories of his career.

Van Gerwen has won the last three Grand Slam tournaments and was firm favourite to pick up another win going into the second of their three game group.

Clayton threw first in the first to five legs match but it was the Dutchman who hit the first 180 before going on to break with a 94 checkout.

The world number 17 hit back though and after Van Gerwen missed the bull for a 128 checkout he took out 64 to level the game up.

However, Clayton could not back that up opening up with just 26 in the third leg before Van Gerwen hit 180 and 171 to leave just 16 which he checked out at the second attempt.

The Welshman had an excellent average of 115 at this stage but that was trumped by his opponent, averaging 122.

Van Gerwen then increased his lead with a 16-dart leg but Clayton seemed unfazed.

He hit his second 180 in the fifth leg and checked out on 80 to pull a leg back but a bounce out at the start of the next leg set him back again.

MVG hit another 180 and although he missed a 64 finish he took out double ten to make the score 4-2.

Clayton only opened the seventh leg with a ton followed by a 60 but Van Gerwen did take full advantage hitting a 140 before responding to Clayton’s 60 with a score of 58.

The Welshman then hit 168 to leave himself with just 16 and after Van Gerwen missed on 114 he closed the leg out to make it 4-3.

More low scores in the eighth leg from Clayton looked to put MVG in control but he then missed check outs of 76 and 16 to allow Clayton in to check out with 58 to level the game at 4-4.

Clayton had the throw in the final leg and hit 140 with his second throw before Van Gerwen hit just 97.

The Pontyberem-born Clayton then hit 137 to leave himself with 40 but MVG put the pressure on leaving himself with 74 if Clayton slipped up.

Clayton needed just two darts as he hit double top to secure a memorable comeback victory.

The Welshman said he was ‘Over the moon’ following the win and took to Twitter to thank those who had sent him messages adding: “Made up with that! Incredible to be part of a match like that and then to win it against a class act (Michael Van Gerwen) playing like that is absolutely brilliant.”

Clayton now plays the BDO’s Gary Robson in his last match of the group tomorrow (Nov 13) with qualification for the next round not yet secure.

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Trallwm, Trostre and Bwlch through to round three

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TRALLWM went through to the third round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they beat Pwll Athletic 5-2.

Kris Brown scored a hat trick for the Tigers while other goals came from Rhys Watson and Luke Nicholas.

Carmarthen Stars were knocked out of the Cup as they were beaten 3-1 by Giants Grave. Richard Barnes, Dean Evans and Ross Hudson all scored for the Neath Premier League leaders.

C K Swiss Valley were also knocked out beaten 3-1 at home by Sandfields.

Pontlliw earned their place in the third round with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Pontarddulais Town after their game had finished 1-1 after extra time.

Trostre Sports also eased through to the next round as they thrashed West End United 9-1.

Johnstown also earned their place in the next round of the tournament with a 6-2 win at home to Wern.

Bwlch Rangers came from behind twice to book their place in the third round of the West Wales Cup.

Opponents Penclawdd, who play in Division 1 of the Swansea League, took a two goal lead before Blwch pulled a goal back before half time.

In the second half the Rangers levelled matters only for Penclawdd to retake the lead at 3-2.

However, Bwlch showed their class to score twice more to see themselves into the next round.

Matthew Hughes scored twice for Bwlch while Mathew Williams and Jason Morris were also on target for the victors.

FC Carmarthen bowed out of the competition, beaten 3-1 by Loughor Rovers despite taking the lead in that game.

Seaside’s run in the competition also came to an end as they were beaten 7-3 by last year’s champions Goodwick United.

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Dafen bow out to Maltsters

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DAFEN Welfare bowed out of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they were beaten 3-0 by Maltsters Sports.

The Swansea League Division 1 side have won five, lost five and drawn one of their 11 games so far this season and they came up against a Dafen side who have just two wins and three draws from their nine games.

Kyle Morgan, Sam Keefe and Chris Hughes all scored for the visitors while they also did well to keep a clean sheet.

Maltsters’ Gareth Morrell was named as the man of the match for his side following an excellent display.

Dafen will now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and on Saturday (Nov 10) they are away to Evans and Williams.

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