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A further look into our long history 

In August 1879 Felinfoel played Pontarddulais in a two innings match at home and came away with a victory by 47 runs on the first innings.
Pontarddulais Innings
Felinfoel Innings
1
D Jones
0
1 no
1
D John
12
 
2
H Lewis
2
2
J Fisher
6
 
3
J Davies
4
 
3
D Thomas
0
 
4
J Roberts
0
 
4
D Mason
15
 
5
G Williams
0
3 no
5
G Lewis
4
 
6
G Griffiths
0
3
6
E James
4
 
7
W Morris
0
7
7
W Y Nevill
0
 
8
D Davies
1
0
8
E Lloyd
3
 
9
E Gape
8
2
9
D Jenkins
6
 
10
D Morris
2
10
10
L I Davies
1
 
11
H Morris
0
 
11
D Conwil
0
 
Extras
1
8
 
Extras
12
 
Totals
16
34
 
Totals
63
 

In the Pontardulais first innings E James took 5 wickets and J Fisher 3 wickets with 2 run outs, while in the 2nd innings D John claimed 3 wickets, Fisher 2 and Mason 1. The following report from the Llanelli & County Guardian dated May 25th 1882 catches the eye. Felinfoel C.C. v Victoria C.C. "On Saturday last these two teams met on the Felinfoel ground to plat off a friendly match. Much interest was taken in this match in as much as both teams were so even last year, and a large number assembled to witness their first game. The day was the most favourable but the wicket was bad, the ground being very hard and dangerous. Both teams were well represented and much excitement prevailed at the commencement as to who would be the winners. The fielding of both teams was fair considering the state of the ground, no doubt an improvement can be expected. For the Felinfoel W Mason played a very good innings and for Victoria Wilkins was steady and neat. Batting was much commended and Stealey's 25 was put together by some splendid hard hitting. Jones, Davies and Caruthers also played well. Victoria proved winners, easily their batting being a great improvement on their last display in the past season. Scores: Felinfoel 59 Victoria 90-7. 

In June 1882 Highfield C.C. appear on the fixture list and it was victory for 'Foel by 38 runs. Also in June 1882 Felinfoel defeated Llangennech in the first round of the Local Challenge Cup in a match played at Stradey Park, Llanelli, but in the second round they lost to True Britons C.C. by 54 runs. The damage being done by F Vaughan with 6 wickets and R Crocker 4 wickets. Matches were also played against Pontyberem, Pembrey, and the Llanelli National School. 

In the first round of the 1883 Local Challenge Cup Felinfoel played Gower Road at Burry Port and won by a massive 96 runs, only to go down by an even bigger margin of 111 runs to Highfield C.C. in a later round played at Pembrey. Part of the report from the Llanelli & County Guardian states "Pembrey was selected as the place to decide the issue between Felinfoel and Highfield on Saturday last July 21st. The continuous wet weather that preceded the match day, could not but have some effect on the ground, but the bright sunshine of Saturday, combined with the sandy nature of the soil, gave the players a pitch they hardly expected. The ball bounded off the flat sterile ground with an elasticity that gave the batsmen every encouragement." The lengthy report further states "The Felinfolians were entirely overmatched and the result was an easy win for Highfield. The game was played in the best of spirits." 

A new team to appear on the fixture list in 1883 was Cambrian C.C. with Felinfoel winning by 39 runs, while a combined Felinfoel and Llannon side took on Highfield. Even having the pick of the best Llannon players could not prevent defeat by 26 runs. In June 1884 Felinfoel travelled to play Llangennech and were bowled out for 16 with H Courtney taking 8-11 and scoring 12 for Llan who totalled 61 in their innings. We thought our batting performances of 2001 were bad, but looking back they were not this bad. Another 8 wicket haul against 'Foel was achieved by T R Tunnicliffe of Pembrey in a match at Burry Port in July 1884, he also chipped in with 21 in his side's total of 121 as we were beaten by 41 runs.

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