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Bronwydd’s Lords dream ends in Pelsall

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Gihan Fernando: Two wickets in disappointing quarter final loss. (Pic. John Davies)

Gihan Fernando: Two wickets in disappointing quarter final loss. (Pic.
John Davies)

BRONWYDD’s remarkable run in this seasons Davidstow Village Cup was finally halted when the rearranged quarterfinal was played in Pelsall on Sunday.

The large travelling group of Bronwydd supporters were able to watch two good cricketing teams and not be distracted by the mindless behaviour of some of the home supporters who sought to sour what was a piece of history for the team from west Wales after an alleged attack on a Bronwydd player and official, and a burning of a Welsh flag.

The home team won the toss and elected to bat and were never able to get on top of the Bronwydd bowlers who stuck to their plans and with the ground fielding again at a high standard the only Pelsall batsmen to impose himself was Todd Henderson who finished with 73 out of a final total of 205 for 8.

Tom Gleeson and Gihan Fernando took two wickets and there was one each for Colin Tucker and Dafydd Morgan were the wicket takers.

Bronwydd had successfully chased down scores in excess of 200 in the two previous rounds and needed a good start to secure a home semi final. James Cale continued his good form but when others around him fell, Bronwydd found themselves at 33 for 3.

Byron Jones and Meirion Davies who took the score to 139 after 28 overs repairing the early damage and the dream at this stage was still very much alive.

However when they both fell in quick succession, jones for 34 and Davies for 60 off only 64 balls, the tail was unable to push for victory as the last wicket fell with Bronwydd 57 runs short.

The club has enjoyed its best run in this popular village competition and have been greatly helped by the large group of travelling supporters who have followed the team during this campaign.

Although the dream of playing at the home of cricket has ended for this year, Bronwydd can take heart into next years competition where they will be hoping to go one better.

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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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