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FELINFOEL suffered defeat on Saturday (Jun 29) as they were beaten by six wickets by second placed Maesteg.

Maesteg won the toss and elected to field and that looked that to be a good decision as they were able to bowl Felinfoel out for 128.

Openers Stuart Parmenter and Andrew Thomas had made a good start for the home side as they shared an opening stand of 56 runs.

Parmenter hit five fours in a score of 32 but he was then stumped off the bowling of Martin Wilkshire.

Thomas hit four fours in a score of 31 but he was then caught by Luke Whelan off the bowling of Ewan Lambert.

Lambert then bowled Julian Griffiths and Rhys Jones in quick succession before Tom Jones was caught off the bowling of Chris Hicks.

That left Felinfoel on 85-5 and it soon became 94-6 as Jonathan Cheal was trapped leg before by Jeffrey Watkin.

Rohan Nangalia made a score of 18 but he was also out to the bowling of Watkin as wickets continued to fall.

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Josh Powell was next to fall when he was also caught off the bowling of Watkin and Wilkshire then bowled Johnathan Evans.

Anthony Mathias finished not out on 11 after Lambert claimed his fourth wicket when he had Stephen Jones caught.

That meant that Maesteg would need 129 to win but Felinfoel did their best to try and defend their total.

Anthony Mathias bowled Jonathan Hood for a duck and Stuart Parmenter then had Andrew Whelan caught by Andrew Thomas on a score of 26.

That made the score 43-2 but Ashley Colston and Michael Lambert shared 48 runs for the third wicket.

Lambert made 22 but he was then caught by Jonathan Evans off the bowling of Rohan Nangalia.

Colston hit seven fours in a score of 44 but he was caught by Jonathan Cheal off the bowling of Tom Jones. That made the score 95-4 but Felinfoel were unable to take any further wickets.

Kurt Vincent and Martin Wilkshire finished unbeaten on scores of 18 and 14 respectively as they guided Maesteg home with plenty of time to spare.

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Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final

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Johnny Williams and Sione Kalamafoni have been handed their Scarlets’ European debuts for Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (8.15pm UK time).

Both summer signings are included in a side showing five changes to the line-up that took the field against the Dragons in the Scarlets last match of the Guinness PRO14 season.

Wales and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to face his former side, linking up with Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans in an all-international back three.

Williams and Steff Hughes continue their midfield combination, while Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has recovered from injury to partner Dan Jones at half-back.

Skipper Ken Owens, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee pack down in the front row and behind them Tongan international Sam Lousi starts at lock alongside Jake Ball.

In a reshuffled back-row, the PRO14’s turnover king Josh Macleod gets the nod at openside;  Kalamafoni, who featured for Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of the tournament, wears the No. 8 jersey and Scotland international Blade Thomson has recovered from an Achilles issue to start at blindside.

On the bench, Ryan Elias, Phil Price and Javan Sebastian provide front-row cover with Lewis Rawlins and James Davies the other forward replacements. Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien and Tyler Morgan cover the backs. Morgan is set to make his first Scarlets appearance since joining from the Dragons.

The Scarlets and Toulon faced each other twice during the pool stages. A last-gasp converted try grabbed a 17-16 victory for the French side in November. The three-times European champions then claimed a crucial 27-15 win at Parc y Scarlets in January to ensure they topped the group. 

Head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is a final for us. If you win three finals in a row you win a trophy. We are that far away from achieving the objective we all set out upon 12 to 13 months ago. It would be lovely to finish it off the right way. Whenever you get the opportunity to play for a trophy you have got to be very respectful and take it deadly serious, which is exactly what our boys have been doing.”

Scarlets team v RC Toulon (Saturday, September 19, 2020; kick-off 8.15pm UK)

15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

Reps: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Tyler Morgan.

Unavailable because of injury

Rob Evans (neck), Rhys Patchell (calf), Liam Williams (foot), Daf Hughes (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Aaron Shingler.

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Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.

Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.

The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.

The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”

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Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC

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Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club

The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.

The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.

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