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Llandysul finish fourth after beating Dafen



LLANDYSUL finished fourth in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association after they beat Dafen on Saturday (Aug 28).

Llandysul won the toss and chose to bat first and they amassed a total of 206-8 from their 50 overs.

They lost Rhys Jones early on when he was bowled by Matthew Evans for a sixth-ball duck before Bleddyn Morgan and Ben Edkins shared 36 runs for the second wicket.

Morgan hit two fours on his way to a score of 20 but he was then caught and bowled by Andrew Dyer.

Edkins and Gary Williams shared another 30 runs for the third wicket but after Williams had hit a four and a six in his score of 17 he was caught by Dyer off the bowling of Chris Hudson.

Strange was also caught by Dyer off the bowling of Hudson as Llandysul were reduced to 72-4.

Edkins and Steffan Jones then shared 80 runs for the fifth wicket to put their side in a good position.

Jones hit three fours and a six in his score of 40 but he was then trapped leg before by Matthew Donoghue.

Carwyn Morgan was then run out by Simon Holliday as Llandysul were reduced to 154-6.

Iestyn Evans and Edkins shared 41 runs for the seventh wicket as they edged their side towards 200 runs.

Edkins reached his half century in that partnership but he then saw Evans caught by Scott Phillips off the bowling of Donoghue.

On the penultimate ball of the innings, Edkins was stumped by Jac Morgan off the bowling of Holliday on a score of 77 that had included five fours and two sixes.

It meant that Dafen would need 207 to win the game but they lost opener Simon Holliday early when he was bowled by Steffan Jones for a second-ball duck.

Matthew Evans and Matthew Jones shared 70 runs for the second wicket as they looked to lead their side towards victory.

However, when Jones was caught by Andrew Barrett off the bowling of Iestyn Evans on a score of 24, it sparked a mini-collapse.

Arfon Jones bowled Josh Simmons and Evans had Matthew Donoghue caught by Ben Edkins for a duck.

Evans had hit five fours in his score of 44 but he was also caught by Edkins off the bowling of Evans as Dafen were reduced to 88-5.

That was soon 100-6 as Ioan Roberts was caught by Chris Strange off the bowling of Arfon Jones.

Jac Morgan did not last long at the crease either as he was caught by Edkins off the bowling of Rhys Jones as Dafen slipped to 116-7.

Andrew Dyer and Scott Phillips offered some late resistance with a stand of 33 runs for the eighth wicket but it wasn’t enough to stop Llandysul on their way to victory.

Dyer was caught by Gary Williams off the bowling of Jones on a score of 11 and he then bowled Chris Hudson for a duck.

Scott Phillips hit two fours and a six in his late score of 32 but he was then caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of Rhys Jones as the innings came to a close.

Dafen were bowled out for 156 inside 37 overs, giving Llandysul victory by 50 runs.

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FC Carmarthen earn a point against Felinfoel



TWO late goals for FC Carmarthen earned them a point against Felinfoel on Saturday (Dec 4) as their game finished 2-2.

Felinfoel are yet to lose a game this season and it looked like they were on course for another win but goals in the 74th and 85th minutes of the game earned a point for the visitors.

Chris James had put the Division 1 leaders ahead in the first half as he scored from the penalty spot.

He then doubled Felinfoel’s lead on 58 minutes and they looked set to go on and earn their thirteenth win of the season.

FC Carmarthen had other ideas though and they pulled a goal back through Osian Thomas.

Thomas then completed the comeback five minutes from the end.

Both sides looked for a winner but were forced to settle for a point apiece.

On Saturday, December 11, Felinfoel are at home to Camford Sports while FC Carmarthen travel to Kidwelly Town.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Amman United earn first win



AMMAN United claimed their first Division 3 West victory of the season with a hard-fought success on a bitingly cold afternoon at Penygroes.

Very little of note happened during the opening quarter as errors and knock-ons spoiled the flow.

Then, the visitors drew first blood on 20 minutes when, out of the blue, a well-worked move from a midfield break saw centre Steff Davies cut in to score under the posts, outside half Tom Caddell converting.

Amman had a strong wind at their backs in the first half, and with lock Jason Knell making some good yardage, they shaded the territory.

Penygroes were winning in the lineouts, but were squandering some good possession.

Try-scorer Davies limped off, to be replaced by Liam Poole, and, a wind-assisted Caddell long range penalty before halftime gave the Reds a 10-0 interval lead.

The boot of Tom Caddell stretched the lead after the restart to 13-0, but the home side were starting to get more joy in attack, prop Ben Jackson impressing with his workrate, and, after he was tackled short of the line, lock Dan Rees gathered and went over for the try, full back Nicholas Morris adding the conversion.

Caddell kept Amman’s score ticking along with another penalty, and, in the final quarter, the visitors brought on their very own “bomb squad” as Rhys Phillips, Harley Davies and Rhydian Jones entered the fray, with great effect.

With much more cohesion in attack, Jones impressed around the pitch particularly, and with some ten minutes left, full-back Joel Foster’s excellent work put the try on a plate for backrow man Jac Isaac to cross the line for a converted score.

George Clarke also featured with some telling Amman runs as they continued to press, Penygroes only threatening sporadically, full back Nicholas Morris the pick of their backs; but they lacked a real cutting edge to finish off their good work.

United’s win was rubber-stamped when scrum half Alex Williams gleefully divebombed over for a third Amman try with minutes left.

To their credit, the home side battled manfully to the end, and were rewarded with a try with the final move of the game as Rhys Gealey scored as the final whistle was blown.

Amman will be at Cwmamman Park on Saturday, December 11, when they entertain New Dock Stars.

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Risca earn win over Ammanford



AMMANFORD travelled to Ystrad Mynach on Friday night (Dec 3) to face Risca United on their artificial pitch.

The Valley mist was slowly rolling across the sky and hovering just above the pitch. A healthy crowd sat in the large stand waited for the teams’ arrival.

Ammanford were in their green kit whilst Risca were in their usual black and white striped shirts.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with only ten minutes played when Ammanford captain Lee Trundle skilfully turned on the edge of the Risca penalty area and slotted the ball into the corner of the Risca net.

Both sides pressed each other but Ammanford’s lead lasted until minutes before half time when the home side were awarded a penalty.

Risca’s Leon Thomas duly despatched the spot kick into the Ammanford net to level it up at 1-1.

The second half saw both sides pressing for that second goal with no quarter given by either side which kept the referee busy in the production of several yellow cards.

It was Risca that made the breakthrough in the 68th minute of the game when their substitute Harvey Selway assisted team mate Leon Thomas to get his second goal of the game as he broke through the middle of the Ammanford defence and placed his shot past Ammanford keeper Craig Morris to give his side the lead.

Ammanford did their best to respond and Brett Enoch came the closest with a couple of attempts in the last ten minutes of the game.

It wasn’t enough for Ammanford as final whistle blew and it was Risca who celebrated the victory.

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