DAFEN Welfare entertained Llandysul at Dafen Park on Saturday in what was the first time the teams have met in the league. With currently just the one point separating them in the league table, Dafen were also seeking to secure their first win of the season, after previously being held to three draws.
Despite recent weather the pitch was dry and well grassed and looked to be a ‘bat first’ wicket, as it proved when Dan Vaughan won the toss for Dafen and opted to stick his side in first.
The wicket was never perfect but had some pace and bounce to encourage bowler and batsman alike. Matthew Evans and Nicky Davies fell early, but Jon Randell looked good for his 26 before driving to mid off. Dafen were creaking on 50-3 and needed Kelvin Bartle and Ieuan Rosser to rebuild.
Bartle fell for 25 but Rosser moved on until he too was dismissed for 42. This left Dafydd Nicholas (48no) and Gareth Hughes (38no) to finish the pursuit of 200 and the fifth batting point, which they achieved, with Dafen closing on 206-5.
This usually proves too much to chase in Dafen, and so it proved, when from the first over Scott Phillips’ pace yorked Llew Hughes. From here on in it was a battle for survival for Llandysul.
The next few wickets produced some questionable catches, but not before Ben Edkins traded punches with Matthew Evans, hitting 4 boundaries in 7 balls. The diving keeper Vaughan then caught him at the second attempt, after he had spilled his original effort. Then Edkins edged, caught Vaughan’s gloves and was taken by Nicholas at first slip. Finally Llyr Morris edged to Davies at second slip, but off an Evans no ball, only to repeat the edge two balls later when Davies parried and caught at the second attempt. In amongst this Andrew Edwards was bowled to give Evans four wickets and leave Llandysul wobbling on 29-5.
From then it was attrition to claim the final five wickets; Chris Hudson replaced Evans and picked up two, Bartle one from the other end before Evans returned to finish things off and have outstanding figures of 6-39. Llandysul closed on 68 all out.
So Dafen moved from one to 26 points ahead of Llandysul and into fourth place, next week brings a visit to Gowerton for the Llanelli side.
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.
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.”
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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