AMMANFORD put their poor league form behind them as they proceeded to the semi-final of the Welsh Cup after hammering Mumbles at the Park on Sunday.
Winning the toss, Ammanford captain Alun Evans gave his team first knock, but they got off to another poor start as Rhys Davies was out with the score on 1.
Matthew Fisher joined Hedd Jones to steady the situation and these two took the score to 62 before Fisher was out for 27.
Jones (47) was fourth man out with the score on 93 and Matthew Roberts (31), in fine form with the bat, carried on the good work to take Ammanford to 139 for 7 with 9 of the 40 overs to go.
A closing flourish saw Rhodri Davies (18) and Kael Ace (27) put on a valuable 41 before Sam Jones hit a six off the last ball to help Ammanford reach 195 for 9.
Ammanford will have been confident of winning from this position, although they will have been aware that having scored under 200, it would only take one person to score big with sufficient support to take the game away from them.
The home side had an extremely young attack to open the bowling, and they showed no nerves as they performed far beyond their years as they reduced the visitors to 11-4.
Sam Jones and Sean Coaker shared wickets in each of the four opening overs to leave Mumbles reeling having dismissed Tomos Davies, Cameron Protheroe, Max Phillips and Dave Phiilips for a combined 10 between them.
Matthew Fisher then got rid of Mumbles danger man Alex Griffiths (30) to put the match beyond the visitors’ reach.
They were all out for 106 in 28 overs.
Sean Coaker, Sam Jones, Matthew Fisher and Rhys Davies each earned themselves a couple of wickets and the young side will be looking forward to the next round, where they will travel to play Ynysygerwn with a place in the final up for grabs.
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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