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LLANELLI CLING ON IN DERBY MATCH

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LLANELLI 100-9 (50) DREW WITH DAFEN WELFARE 188-8 (50)

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

AFTER Llanelli had won so well in the previous round of fixtures, chasing down 188 to win by five wickets against Maesteg Celtic, and Dafen Welfare had struggled to a draw against Briton Ferry scoring 130 runs less than their visitors, Llanelli will have been confident heading into the first Llanelli derby of the season.

However it was Dafen who displayed the greater urgency and poise to post a commanding total which allowed the brilliant bowling of Phillip George (5-38) to dismantle a shell-shocked Llanelli batting line up.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on a fine surface at Stradey Park openers Matthew Evans (35) and Nicky Davies (36) got the visitors off to a flying start, racing to 71 before Evans departed. After getting this vital breakthrough Llanelli were buoyed still further when number three Daydd Nicholas was dismissed for a second ball duck.

However this only brought Kelvin Bartle to the crease and he struck a majestic 48 from just 56 balls including three massive sixes to propel his side towards three figures. Matthew Roberts came to the party when called upon to bowl by his skipper Iwan Rees, taking a host of middle order wickets including that of Bartle. Finishing with figures of 3-48 in his nine over spell he also claimed the scalps of Gareth Hughes (0) and Ieaun Rosser (6). Backed up by Vaughan Thomas (2-41) and a wicket apiece for Iwan Rees and Lewis Jones, they restricted Dafen to 188, when it had looked like they may score so much more at one point after such a promising start.

The Llanelli reply got off to a terrible start as both openers nicked behind to the safe hands of Daniel Vaughan, with Marcus Leaf (3) falling to Scott Phillips and Elis Richards (2) being claimed by Matthew Evans.

Despite a 28 ball 30 from number three and skipper Rees, wickets were always tumbling at regular intervals, and it seemed that after Rees and Roberts (4) departed, a decision was taken to play for a draw, as Ryan Nicholas battled to 26 from 67 deliveries and Jatin Verma hit a shot-less 13 not out in 61 balls. Verma was accompanied at the end by the brave number eleven Lewis Jones who hit 2 not out from thirty five balls to frustrate Dafen, whose bowlers deserved so much more for their efforts.

As it was Phillip George ended with the match ball accompanied by Matthew Evans (2-34) and a fine spell of economical bowling by Jonny-on-the-spot Scott Phillips, who took 1-15 in a twelve over spell.

Dafen will be hoping for better next week when they face bottom of the table Skewen who have lost both their opening games, whilst Llanelli host Llandysul.

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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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