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Two in a row for Ponty

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PONTYBEREM won their second game in a row on Saturday (Jun 29) as they beat Llanelli seconds by six wickets.

Pontyberem won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Llanelli out for 157.

The home side lost Robert Bowen early on as he was bowled by Alun Harris. Ben Edwards also fell victim to Harris as by way of LBW as Llanelli were reduced to 17-2 early on.

Rob Thomas made a score of 15 before he was bowled by Daniel Griffiths. Harris then had opener Lewis Jones caught by Rhodri Evans on a score of 13 to leave Llanelli on 44-4.

Rhys Westcott and Owain Baxter then doubled Llanelli’s total with a good partnership. Griffiths then brought that to an end as he had Westcott caught by Rhys Sewell on a score of 26.

Baxter hit just one four as he made his way to a score of 28 but he was then bowled by Jack Rogers.

Rhys Harris then had Aled Gilley caught by Sewell for a fifth-ball duck as Llanelli slipped to 117-7. Daniel Lewis fell victim to Rhodri Evans as did Joshua Williams.

Photo by Darren Harries

Richard Williams had made his way to a score of 45 from 44 balls after five fours but he was then caught by Evans off the bowling of Rogers.

That meant that Pontyberem would need 158 to win but they lost a wicket early in their reply. Opener Jack Rogers was caught by Rhys Westcott off the bowling of Daniel Lewis for a duck.

However, Rhodri Evans and Rhys Harris shared 81 runs for the second wicket to set their side on their way to victory.

Evans hit four fours and a six in his score of 45 but he was then caught by Westcott off the bowling of Harri Rees.

Harris then reached his maiden half century for Pontyberem as they continued to edge towards their target.

He was then run out on a score of 52 and soon after Daniel Lewis had Scott Davies caught by Ben Edwards.

That was as good as it got for Llanelli as Daniel Griffiths finished not out on 36 with three fours and a six to see Pontyberem to their fourth win of the season.

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

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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

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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

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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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