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Bronwydd and Llangennech earn wins

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BRONWYDD earned a crucial win on Saturday (Jun 30) as they beat Swansea Civil Service by 17 runs in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association.

James Cales and George Gleeson both scored 17 while Oliver Furneaux scored 34 and Meirion Davies scored 38 as Bronwydd made 189-9.

Dylan Bebb was the pick of the Swansea bowlers as he took five wickets for the loss of 29 runs.

Damian Devonald then scored 19 in Swansea’s reply while there were scores of 39 from Ben Novis and 41 from Thomas Milford.

However, some excellent bowling, including three wickets from Matthew Vaughan and three from Meirion Davies helped bowl Swansea out for 172.

Also in Division 1, Dafen were bowled out for 136 in their game against Cowbridge.

Tom Williams took six wickets for Cowbridge as he reduced Dafen single-handedly to 52-7.

Nicky Davies scored 22 for Dafen and Jonathan Randell scored 33 before a late score of 43 helped his side to a total they could try and defend.

Philip George had Ben Wright caught by David Dunfee for a score of 37 but unbeaten scores of 42 from Tatenda Chiradza and 58 from Thomas Merilaht saw Cowbridge to victory.

Llandysul were also beaten as they lost to Gorseinon by three wickets at Tir Dref.

Ieuan Paske and Rhidian Harris had got Llandysul off to a good start with an opening stand of 64 but wickets began to fall regularly.

Paske made 32 before falling to the bowling of Joe Baker and Rhidian Harris scored 39.

Andrew Edwards scored 41 but he quickly began to run out of partners as Llandysul slipped from 101-4 to 155 all out.

Arfon Jones took three wickets for Llandysul as they did their best to stop Gorseinon but it wasn’t quite enough.

Connor Barry made 15 and Chris Morgan made 17 but the star of the show for the visitors was Josh Simmons who finished unbeaten on 83.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Bronwydd are at home to Cowbridge while Dafen take on Llandysul.

In Division 2, Llangennech earned another win as they bowled Maesteg out for just 94.

Simon Clement took six wickets as Maesteg were reduced to 31-6. Scores of 24 from Ashley Colston and 22 from Andrew Whelan prevented Maesteg being bowled out sooner.

Openers Hedd-Wyn Jones and Scott Lloyd then took Llangennech to within touching distance of their target before Jones was caught and bowled for a score of 49.

It was left to Lloyd to hit the winning runs as he finished not out on 34 to see his side over the line with plenty of time to spare.

Felinfoel were also victorious as they restricted Briton Ferry Town to 161 all out in reply to their earlier score of 188 all out.

Andrew Thomas scored 35 and Rhys Harries scored 28 as Felinfoel made a good start to their innings. Rhys Jones made 48 and Jonathan Cheal scored 47 and they looked well set on 167-4 to go on and make a big total.

However, a late collapse saw them limp to 188 all out as Adeel Khan and Yakoob Ali both took three wickets.

Ali then scored 50 in Briton Ferry’s reply but no other batsmen made more than 20 as four wickets from Tom Jones derailed their chances of victory.

Rohan Nangalia and Jonathan Cheal also took two wickets apiece as they bowled them out 27 runs short of their target.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Felinfoel are at home to Llangennech in a clash of third versus second and Drefach are away as they take on Maesteg.

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Wanderers edged out by Gowerton

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LLANELLI Wanderers came close to victory against Gowerton on Saturday (Feb 16) but were unable to find a winning score as they were beaten 14-18.

Gowerton had taken the lead early on with a penalty and an unconverted try gave them an 8-0 lead at half time.

The Wanderers hit back in the second half with Sianco Morgan going over for the try and the conversion from Lewis Jones brought them to within a point of their opponents.

They then took the lead as Lloyd Thomas went over and Jones again added the extras to make it 14-8.

Gowerton hit back with a converted try of their own and they were back in the lead by a single point.

They then scored a penalty to make it 14-18 with six minutes to play. Try as they might the Wanderers could not find a way through and they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

The Wanderers are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they travel to Crymych.

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Nant hold off Trimsaran

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NANTGAREDIG remain unbeaten in League 3 West B after they sealed a narrow 17-18 win away to promotion rivals Trimsaran on Saturday (Feb 16).

The visitors took the lead with an early penalty scored but Trimsaran responded well with a try to take the lead but the conversion was missed and the home side led 5-3.

Nant hit back and got their first try of the game thanks to and the extras were added for a 3-10 lead.

They then extended their lead to 5-15 with an unconverted try and with half time looming, the lead was extended further with another penalty.

Lloyd Williams kicked one conversion and two penalties. Ben Nichols scored a try and Rhydian Evans scored the other.

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With the score 18-5 at the break Trimsaran knew they would need to play well in the second half and they very nearly pulled off an excellent comeback.

Trimsaran scored two good tries with the latter try bringing the score to 17-18 setting up a nervy finish for both sides.

However, it was Nantgaredig who showed why they have not lost a game this season as they held on for the win.

They have now won 24 games on the bounce and look favourites for the title and promotion this season.

On Friday (Feb 22), Trimsaran are at home as they take on Penybanc with the game kicking off at 7:15pm.

Nantgaredig are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they host CR Cymry Caerdydd in the quarter final of the WRU Bowl.

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Kidwelly come from behind to win thriller

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WITH both sides residing in a similar league position in Division 1 and a spot in the Senior Cup Quarter finals up for grabs, all was set for a close encounter between Kidwelly and Felinfoel on Saturday (Feb 16).

Felinfoel had home advantage and, having already beaten their opponents 3-1 earlier in the season, they were favourites to advance to the next round, but nothing is ever that simple in football.

During the first fifteen minutes Felinfoel dominated possession with much of the play happening in and around the Kidwelly box.

Felinfoel took the lead with twenty minutes gone when a dangerous cross was delivered towards the back post which resulted in a well-taken goal.

After the restart Kidwelly showed signs of resurgence with brothers Connor and Jordan Howells linking up well in midfield and creating problems for Felinfoel.

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The fightback, however, was short lived as Felinfoel sent a wide free kick into the box and the ball was headed into the back of the net.

There was not much Kidwelly could have done about either goal as the deliveries for each were superb.

With five minutes left of the first half and Kidwelly not threatening much, they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Winger Rob Hammond sent a superb high ball into the box and Kyle Griffiths, former centre-back turned midfielder, flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net to give Kidwelly a glimmer of hope.

The half time whistle went and even though Felinfoel had the better of the half Kidwelly had shown good resilience and were pleased to be only 2-1 down at the break.

The second half started with both sides playing at a high tempo with Kidwelly in a confident mood having scored before the break and having come from behind to win in other games this season.

As the game continued both teams were battling hard with some big tackle flying in. Kidwelly had far more possession in the second half and created numerous good chances.

Kidwelly were playing some good stuff but it wasn’t until the hour mark when Rob Hammond, Kidwelly’s top goal scorer, latched on to a huge goal kick and delivered a clinical finish to make it 2-2.

Not long after that, Hammond again latched on to a forward pass and with a bit of creativity managed to turn the defender and find the bottom corner with a quality finish to put his side into the lead.

Felinfoel looked to get back in the game and Kidwelly manager Gareth Evans introduced fresh legs replacing hardworking Liam Jones with club captain Luc Fitzpatrick who was returning from injury.

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This was an attempt to keep Felinfoel at bay but they threw everything they could at the makeshift Kidwelly keeper Danny Coleman, normally a number ten. However, Coleman made some tremendous saves and put his body on the line on numerous occasions.

Kidwelly survived three goal-mouth scrambles and on one occasion had ten players behind the ball trying to keep it out.

Unfortunately for Kidwelly, during one of those scrambles, veteran Chris Cray volleyed his goal keepers arm meaning Coleman would have to go off injured. He was replaced by striker Aled Giley with Daniel Griffiths, who was having an excellent game, having to go between the sticks for the rest of the game.

Both sides battled until the end with more strong tackles flying in but Kidwelly full backs Tom Hughes and Daniel Fitzpatrick had faced quality opposition wingers and came out on top.

Felinfoel played their part in an excellent cup game but Kidwelly, who have recently won five games on the bounce in Division 1, showed great resilience and team spirit to earn a thrilling win.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Kidwelly are at home as they play Pontlliw in the quarter final of the same competition, kick off 1:45pm.

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