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A look into our long history 

The early years

Much of the work on club records was done by Andrew Harry and Steve Wilkins and in their endeavours many hours were spent in Llanelli library reading copies of the Llanelli Guardian, Llanelli Mercury and the Llanelli Star. They were unable to find copies of the Guardian newspaper for 1880, 1893, 1894, 1896, and 1912 or of the Mercury for 1910, 1914, 1927 and 1959. There were no records of any matches being played in 1875, 1876, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1929, 1930. 

One of the first recorded matches involving Felinfoel Cricket Club was played on the 11th July 1874 when they took on the Brynhyfryd Cricket Club at Westfa Park. In a 2 innings match Felinfoel lost by 23 runs. In a report printed in the Llanelli Guardian on the 23rd July 1874 it states: "A match was played on the 11th inst between Felinfoel and Brynhyfryd Cricket Clubs on Westfa Park. The Brynhyfryd team went in first to the bowling of Messrs John Hughes and Mason. The batting of G Jenkins for Brynhyfryd was excellent, and W May for the Felinfoel was also admirable, and the bowling of J Griffiths proved very destructive to the opponents. The following is the score:"

Brynhyfryd Innings
Felinfoel Innings
1
D Theodore
4
5
1
J Hughes
10
11
2
G Jones
1
17
2
W Davies
5
1
3
F Lewis
7
5
3
W Beynon
0
10
4
G Jenkins
47
11
4
H Nevill
5
0
5
D I Williams
0
0
5
E N Phillips
6
1
6
D Griffiths
5
15
6
J Davies
3
5
7
J Thomas
3
1
7
W Hay
10
26
8
J Griffiths
4
2
8
W Y Nevill
0
11
9
H Phillips
4
9
9
J Evans
0
4
10
J Bowen
2
3
10
J Adams
4
0
11
J Williams
0
13
11
W Mason
12
6
Extras
11
10
 
Extras
18
8
Totals
88
91
 
Totals
73
83

On May 17th 1877 the Llanelli Guardian carried the following report: 

Pontarddulais v Felinfoel

"A match was played between the above clubs on Saturday the 12th inst, resulting in a victory for the Pontardulais team by 33 runs. The chief feature of the game was the excellent bowling of messrs Gape and Morris. Pontarddulais 57 Felinfoel 24."

The first recorded local derby between Felinfoel and Dafen was played on Saturday 19th May 1877 and a report appeared in the Llanelli Guardian on the 31st May which stated "A match between the above clubs was played on Saturday week on ground of former, victory resting with the home team. No time allowed for playing out the match and it was decided by the first innings. The following are the scores:"

Felinfoel Innings
Dafen Innings
1
D John
1
1
1
J Hughes
5
 
2
D Jenkins
0
2
2
W Davies
7
4
3
W Davies
5
21
3
W Beynon
11
9
4
J Hugh
0
15
4
H Nevill
0
 
5
W Bowen
8
22
5
E N Phillips
0
 
6
H John
14
16
6
J Davies
0
 
7
D Williams
0
3
7
W Hay
4
 
8
W Y Nevill
8
7
8
W Y Nevill
0
 
9
D Thomas
0
4
9
J Evans
1
 
10
J Davies
1
2
10
J Adams
4
 
11
W Mitchell
1
0
11
W Mason
0
 
Extras
4
12
 
Extras
6
5
Totals
42
104
 
Totals
38
18

The two clubs played each other a further 3 times that season with Dafen the victors on each occasion. Records show that matches were also played against a Llanelli 2nd XI, Loughor, Kidwelly and a Church Choristers team. The Choristers were beaten by 2 runs, and Loughor by 54 runs while there were defeats by 6 runs at the hands of Llanelli and 23 runs by Kidwelly.

Over the next few years fixtures were held against Llanelli Assistants, Swansea Workingmen, Llanelli 2nd XI, Llanelli Scratch XI, the Choristers, Dafen, Victoria C.C., Pontarddulais, Llanelli Workingmens Club, United Templates, Star, Pembrey, Llangennech and Penclawdd while the Felinfoel Juniors are recorded as playing a match against Lily of the Vale in August 1881. In the match against Pembrey in August 1881 J Howell had a good match for 'Foel top scoring with 30 out of a total of 88 which he followed up by taking 4 wickets in the Pembrey total of 68 to give his side a 20 run victory. Could he be a relative of current chairman Vernon Howell whose family have a long association with the club.

There were not many high scores in these matches with innings scores of over 80 at a premium. Many of the reports mention early morning rain, which shows that the wet Welsh weather has affected cricket in the village for years.

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