Felinfoel is a small village on the outskirts of the town of Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. The village is also the home of the Felinfoel Brewery Company which produces the "Double Dragon Bitter" one of the first beers in the world to be canned.
The cricket club, which was formed in 1874, are members of the Welsh Cricket Association, the South Wales Cricket Association, and the South Wales Junior Cricket League. They did not enter the S.W.C.A. until 1967 and prior to this they mostly played friendly matches. The current club President is the legendary former Llanelli, Wales and British Lions outside-half Phil Bennett OBE, who was born and bred in the village.
The 2001 season was the worst in the club's long history, with the club being relegated to the fifth division of the South Wales Cricket Association for the first time. The first XI failed to win a league match all season and ended up bottom of the fourth division. Thanks
to the efforts of Len and Mark Thomas on the junior coaching front the club won
the Division Five 2nd XI Championship in 2007 and the 1st XI Championship in
2008 to gain promotion back into division four.
The 2nd XI won the Division Four 2nd XI Championship in 2013 with Steve Johns
taking 46 wickets including hauls of 7-16 v Baglan and 8-5 v Llandeilo in the
first two weeks of August. They repeated the achievement in 2014 too.
Below is list of some of the highs and lows of the last 35 years
|1967 - Joined 4th division of SWCA and finished as runners-up. |
|1968 - Won 4th Division Championship and promoted to 3rd Division. |
|1980 - Relegated to 4th Division. |
|1981 - Won 4th Division Championship and promoted to 3rd Division. |
|1984 - Runners-Up Division 3. |
|1986 - Won 3rd Division Championship and promoted to 2nd Division. |
|1987 - First season of two up and two down promotion & relegation as club finished 9th of 10 clubs and were relegated back to division 3. |
|1995 - Relegated to 4th Division. |
|2001 - Relegated to the 5th Division having failed to win a league match all season.|
|2007 - Won Division Five 2nd XI Championship|
|2008 - Won 5th Division Championship and promoted to 4th Division. |
|2009 - Finished bottom of Division Four but due to the loss of division
5 we were saved from relegation.|
|2013 - Won Division Four 2nd XI Championship|
|2014 - Won Division Four 2nd XI Championship|
|2014 - 1st XI Runners-Up in Division 4 and get promoted to Division 3
for the 1st time since 1995|
|2015 - After a further 5 clubs leave to join Division 2 of the South
Wales Premier Cricket League the South Wales Cricket Association is
re-organised into 7 Divisions with promotion and relegation between all.
This means our 1st XI will play in Division 3 and our 2nd XI will play in
Division 6. Division 4 will be a mixture of 1st XI's from the old
Division 4 and the top five 2nd XI's from the old Division 1 2nd XI
Some of our players have gone on to better themselves with other clubs, and Ryan Willey
made his debut for the Wales Minor Counties after moving to play for Llangennech C.C. in division two of the SWCA. Ryan has also had an impressive trial with Worcestershire County Cricket
Club in August 2002 and was been given an extended trial during 2003. He spent his summer playing for Barnt Green C.C. in the Birmingham Premier League
having been allocated to the club by Worcestershire.
A disappointing feature are the players who began their careers with the club
who left to play for other teams in the same division as us. In one local derby against South Llanelli no fewer than 9 of the opposition had links with our club.
We currently have no junior teams.
To read more about our history visit the following pages:
beginning The early years
The cricket club plays on the Felinfoel Recreation Ground (King George Playing
Field) which is a "charitable trust" controlled by the Llanelli Rural Council and is shared with the local rugby and football teams.
The rugby club,
will play in Division 1 West in the 2013/14 season, having been relegated at the
end of the last season. The rugby club celebrated it's 125th Anniversary
during the 2002/03 season.
The football club play in the Division
Two of the Carmarthenshire County Football League with their reserves
playing in the reserve division.
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