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Dramatic run out earns tie




Llandysul (187-9) tied Llanelli (187) 

South Wales Association 

Division One 

Top score: Iwan Rees top scored with 83 runs for Llanelli (Pic. John Davies Photography)

Top score: Iwan Rees top scored with 83 runs for Llanelli (Pic. John Davies Photography)

DEAN JONES was run out on the last ball of the innings as Llanelli ensured their game with Llandysul finished in a tie. 

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat but they were all out for 187 inside 50 overs.

Iwan Rees was the mainstay of the innings, but he received little support as wickets tumbled around him. Andrew Richards was out early on when he was caught by Llewelyn Hughes off the bowling of Arfon Jones for a score of 12. Ioan Phillips was sent back to the pavilion soon after, when he was caught by Rhidian Harris off the bowling of Dean Joens for a score of eight.

Craig Howells made seven before he was out, while the wicket of Rhidian Morgan, LBW to Harris, left Llanelli on 77-4.

Rees and Kyle Griffiths then shared 30 runs for the fifth wicket, before Griffiths was caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of Dean Jones for a score of 15.

Jones also removed Ben Edwards, before Iwan Rees was finally undone by Rhidian Harris.

Rees had scored an excellent 83 runs, in which he hit nine fours, but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Harris to leave Llanelli 149-7.

Lewis Jones was then trapped leg before wicket by Harris before Alex Symmons and Vaughan Thomas shared 31 for the ninth wicket.

Thomas hit a four and a six in a score of 16 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Llewelyn Hughes.

Symmons made 17 but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Iestyn Evans , and Llanelli’s innings came to a close with 187 runs on the scoreboard.

Llandysul got off to a slow start in their reply as they lost their top three batsmen for cheap runs.

Evans was out for a score of three when he was caught off the bowling of Vaughan Thomas, who then had Thomas Harris caught for a score of 11.

Meurig Jones also scored 11 before he was caught by Kyle Griffiths off the bowling of Andrew Dyer.

Rhidian Harris and Carwyn Evans then shared 65 for the fourth wicket as they led Llandysul’s recovery.

Evans was then bowled by Iwan Rees for a score of 22, but another good partnership of 75 was formed between Harris and Darrel Griffiths.

That partnership came to an end when Harris was stumped by Ben Edwards off the bowling of Kyle Griffiths for a score of 84, which included 12 fours.

Griffiths was out soon after when he was bowled by Andrew Dyer for a score of 25.

It looked as if Llandysul would edge over the line as Llewelyn Hughes and Dean Jones brought them to 187, level with Llanelli’s score.

However, Dyer then took the wicket of Hughes and Ieuan Paske in successive balls.

There was still a chance for Llandysul to claim victory but , on the last ball, Dean Jones was run out by Ben Edwards to seal a tied game.

The tie sees Llandysul pick up 17 points while Llanelli pick up 16 points for their efforts.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages




Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.

Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.

More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.

“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.

“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Wales v Scotland postponed




WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended




THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April  4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

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