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Dafen earn crucial win

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DAFEN earned a crucial win on Saturday as they beat Llangennech by 59 runs in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association.

Dafen won the toss and elected to bat but they were bowled out for 171.

Matthew Evans and Nicky Davies shared 25 runs for the first wicket before Evans was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Michael Jones.

Jonathan Randell was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones and George Lavender was caught by Jones off the bowling of Aamir Ikram.

Nicky Davies hit five fours in his score of 43 but he was then trapped leg before by James Taube.

David Dunfee and Matthew Donoghue shared 36 runs for the fifth wicket but Llangennech struck again as Michael Jones bowled Dunfee on a score of 29 that came from 25 balls and included four fours and a six.

Donoghue and Oliver Evans shared another 33 runs but Matthew Jones then had Evans caught by Chris Hickey.

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The same bowler also bowled Philip George and when Daniel Vaughan was run out by Richard Clement, Dafen had slipped to 157-8.

Chris Hudson hit two late fours as Dafen attempted to ramp the score up but he was caught by Clement off the bowling of Matthew Jones.

Rhys Marchant was then caught and bowled by Jones for a golden duck as Dafen’s innings came to a close.

It left Donoghue not out on 33 as Llangennech were set 172 to win. Their target could have been 152 had it not been for the 20 extras they gave away.

Llangennech lost David Williams early in their reply when he was stumped by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Matthew Evans.

David Dunfee bowled Scott Lloyd and then trapped Chris Hickey leg before for a seven-ball duck as Llangennech were reduced to 18-3.

Matthew Jones and Hedd-Wyn Jones then shared 33 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

Matthew had scored 19 with three boundaries but he was then caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Jonathan Randell.

Randell then trapped James Taube leg before for a third-ball duck as the scoreboard read 51-5.

Richard Clement was next to go as he was caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Randell.

Hedd-Wyn Jones and Michael Jones then shared 32 runs as the former reached his half century.

He hit seven fours as he scored 55 but he was then caught by George Lavender off the bowling of Rhys Marchant.

Bav Patel was run out by Nicky Davies and Chris Hudson then bowled Simon Clement.

Marchant brought the game to a close as he bowled Michael Jones to leave Llangennech all out on 112.

On Saturday (Jul 27), Dafen will look for another win as they travel to Tata Steel. Llangennech are at home to the side just two points above them in the table in Briton Ferry Steel.

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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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