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Rees and Thomas star for Llanelli

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South Wales Association Division One
Llanelli (145) beat Bronwydd (72)
by 73 runs

VAUGHAN Thomas and Iwan Rees took four wickets each as they bowled Bronwydd out for 72 on Saturday (Jul 2) .

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat first but they struggled to find runs and were bowled out for 145.

Iwan Rees got off to a good start but after hitting four fours to reach 20 off 17 balls before he was caught by Bleddyn Morgan off the bowling of David Dunfee.

Star: Iwan Rees took four wickets to help give Llanelli victory (Pic. John Davies Photography)

Star: Iwan Rees took four
wickets to help give Llanelli
victory (Pic. John Davies
Photography)

Marcus Leaf was then bowled by Tom Gleeson to reduce Llanelli to 31- 2.

Gleeson then removed Kyle Griffiths and Rhidian Morgan for low scores before Robert Bowen was bowled by David Dunfee.

That left Llanelli 66-5 but Matthew Roberts and Ben Edwards shared 32 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken when Roberts was bowled by Colin Tucker for a score of 31.

Tucker then had Sam Weeds caught by Meirion Davies before George Gleeson got rid of Vaughan Thomas.

Gleeson also had Ben Edwards caught by Byron Jones for a score of 19 and his wicket left Llanelli on 136- 9.

Andrew Dyer’s late score of 14 was ended again by Gleeson who had Dyer caught by Colin Tucker and Llanelli were all out for 145.

In reply, Bronwydd made a slow start as Byron Jones was trapped leg before wicket by Vaughan Thomas before Dafydd Morgan was caught by Ben Edwards off Thomas’ bowling.

That left the visitors on 11- 2, but a score of 21 from George Gleeson kept them in the game.

However, Thomas continued to take wickets as he bowled Gareth John and Bleddyb Morgan for low scores.

When Gleeson was trapped leg before wicket by Iwan Rees , it left Bronwydd struggling on 45-5.

Rees then took the wickets of Kevin Morgan and David Dunfee as they continued to torment the Bronwydd batsmen.

Benjamin James Ledger was then excellently run out by Sam Weeds, before Rees returned to remove Tom Gleeson for a duck when he was caught by Robert Brown.

Kyle Griffiths wrapped up the innings when he had Colin Tucker caught by Iwan Rees.

That left Meirion Davies not out on a score of 17, but Bronwydd were all out for 72, a losing margin of 73 runs.

The win gives Llanelli 26 points and keeps them fifth in the table.

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Gascoigne entertains Llanelli

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OVER 400 people were at attendance in the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 18) to see former England legend Paul Gascoigne talk about his life and footballing career.

Gazza had the crowd in stitches with his stories from his past and was visibly emotional with the crowd’s warm reaction to him being there.

At one point a member of the crowd asked him if he could play one last game for one team who would it be… his answer was Swansea City to the crowds delight.

His next event will be in Tenby on September 17. The event was kindly sponsored by RDH Contractors and Sylan Lakes holiday cottages in five roads.

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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Llanelli edged out as Ynystawe pull off mammoth chase

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A SCORE of 331-4 would normally be enough for a team to pick up victory, but South Wales Premier Division 2 leaders Ynystawe had other ideas as they pulled off a remarkable chase on Saturday (Jun 4).

Llanelli had been asked to bat first after Ynystawe had won the toss and their total was underpinned by a brilliant unbeaten century from Iwan Rees.

The opener hit sixteen fours and four sixes in his knock of 153 which came off 146 balls.

He had good support from Steven Devonald who scored 29 and Rhydian Morgan who scored 20 (2 fours, 1 six).

Rees and Rhys Harris shared the best stand of the match as they put on 157 runs for the fourth wicket.

Harris hit 12 fours in his score of 87 from 74 balls but he was out to the bowling of Rhys Palmer.

Rhys Westcott also finished unbeaten on 18 from 11 balls as Ynystawe were set 332 to win the game.

In reply, opener Nathan Lee scored 20 before falling to Jac Rees who also then took the wicket of Morgan Hodges on a score of 23.

Carl Roberts played well for his half century, hitting eight fours in his score of 56 before being trapped leg before by Aled Gilley.

Andrew Beasley was run out on a score of 15 and that left Ynystawe on 140-4.

Thomas Morgan and Luke Garthwaite shared 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Both reached their half centuries but Morgan was out to Iwan Rees on a score of 50.

Rees also bowled Ceri Durke and Rhys Palmer was run out by Rhydian Morgan having hit a four and a six in a quickfire score of 15.

That left Ynystawe 275-7 and they only had six overs left to get their target.

Garthwaite was on a score of 75 when Palmer fell and he took control as he smashed his way to a century.

He finished unbeaten on 118 from 67 balls after hitting 20 fours and two sixes. The last of his fours won the game for the home side as they ended up winning with two overs to spare.

On Saturday, June 11, Llanelli host Cowbridge while Ynynstawe travel to Penarth.

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