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A look at the 1880's

Allrounder J Fisher

A fine allround performance by J Fisher with 7 wickets and 33 runs helped Felinfoel defeat Pembrey by 33 runs in July 1885. Pembrey were all out for 47 and 'Foel replied with 80 all out. He improved on this in the match against Llanelli 2nd XI when he claimed 9 wickets for what the Guardian reported "at a small cost" as the visitors were bowled out for 58, he also contributed 18 to the Felinfoel total of 90 all out. The other wicket was taken by D Reynolds. Fisher also claimed 7 wickets in a match against Burry Port in May 1888, as the visitors were bowled out for 45. A further 7 wicket haul came in 1889 when Pembrey were bowled out for 19, with W D Richards taking the other 3 wickets. In the same year he also took 8 wickets against Pontyberem who were bowled out for 21.


The first match of the 1886 season was a match played between two teams from within the club when the married players took on the single players. The singles batted first and scored 67 all out with M John contributing 28 and J George 12. For the married W Mason took 6 wickets. The married players had no answer to the bowling of J Fisher 4 wickets and D Reynolds 6 wickets and were despatched back to the pavilion for 35.

Double Victory

The first instance of two wins on the same day occurred in May 1886 when the 1st XI defeated Pontyberem away by 26 runs while the 2nd XI defeated Dafen at home by 124 runs.


In May 1887 the 1st XI had a comprehensive 72 run victory over Pontarddulais at home. Felinfoel scored 100 all out, with the visitors bowled out for 28 with J Fisher taking 7 wickets and D Reynolds 3. On the same day the 2nd XI defeated a Dafen XI at Dafen.

In June of the same year there was another double success with the 1st XI defeating the Workingmens C.C. by 12 runs at Peoples Park and the 2nd XI defeating Pontyberem by 69 runs at Pontyberem. After the 2001 season when the 1st and 2nd XI's only won one league match between them wouldn't it be nice to return to those winning days.

In a mid season blip Carmarthen Training College bowled 'Foel out for 14 with Ferguson claiming 6 wickets. In their second innings they did a little better scoring 54 with Hall claiming 6 wickets and Naylor 4. The college scored 54 all out and 48-4 in their 2 innings. In the first innings Fisher took 5 wickets and E James 5 wickets, with Fisher and D Reynolds taking two apiece in the second.

W D Richards took 8 wickets in the 2nd XI match against Pembrey 2nd XI, with 6 in the first innings and 2 in the second innings while Rd Thomas ended the match with 12 wickets, with 4 in the first innings and 8 in the second. 'Foel scored 46 and 59 while Pembrey responded with 35 and 44.

In September Dafen were bowled out for 13 on their home patch, in a match where Felinfoel scored 43. There were further matches against Pontardulais, Carmarthen Training College, Working Mens Club, Pontyberem, YMCA, Bryncaerau. Their highest total to date came in a match against Ferryside in August when after dismissing the visitors for 32 Felinfoel responded with 155 with J Fisher contributing 46.


During the year matches were played against Pontyberem, Burry Port, Llanelli 2nd XI, Carmarthen Training College, Kidwelly, and Pontarddulais.


W D Richards claimed 8 wickets in the win over Kidwelly at Felinfoel as the visitors were bowled out for 21 with Fisher taking the other 2 wickets. There were matches against Pontyberem 1st & 2nd XI, Pontarddulais 1st & 2nd XI, Victoria, Kidwelly, Pembrey, Cambrian, Carmarthen Training College, Llanelli 2nd XI. Against Pontarddulais 1st XI the 'Foel 1st XI were back in the pavilion for 26. The 2nd XI were even worse being skittled for 17 in their first innings and were 20-8 in their second in reply to the Bont score of 56.

A look at the 1890's

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