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Dafen earn big win over Steel

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DAFEN’s Nicky Davies scored an unbeaten century as he helped his side to a seven-wicket win over Tata Steel on Saturday (May 25).

The Steel were earlier bowled out for 215 with Matthew Evans and David Dunfee amongst the wickets.

Matthew Evans and Davies then shared an excellent opening stand of 153 to set up the victory.

Evans claimed the first wicket of the game as he had Rohan Herbert caught by Daniel Vaughan.

Martin Lewis and Matthew Jones shared a good stand but Evans then trapped Lewis leg before on a score of 25.

Evans then also had Kelvin Bartle caught by Vaughan on a duck and soon after Jones was bowled by Phillip George on a score of 22.

That left Tata on 73-4 but Rhys Owen and Daniel Melindo batted well to take their side towards 200 runs.

Owen made 72 before he was caught by Gethin Long off the bowling of David Dunfee.

Scott Jones was ran out by Aman Gandhi before Dunfee had Matthew Saker caught by Jonathan Randell.

Dunfee then bowled Nathan Ferrell before also taking the wicket of Melindo who had scored 47.

Phillip George wrapped the innings up as he ran out David Jones and it meant Dafen would need 216 to win.

Matthew Evans and Nicky Davies were in no mood to hang about as they put on an excellent opening stand.

Evans hit ten fours as he scored 76 but Nathan Ferrell finally brought their partnership to an end when he had Evans caught by Richard Jones.

Davies had also reached his half century but then saw new partner Aman Gandhi head back to the pavilion after he was bowled by Ferrell.

Chris Davies was also run out by Rhys Owen as the Steel did their best to hit back but it wasn’t enough.

That wicket left Dafen on 193-3 with Davies on 96. He soon reached his century and went on to finish not out on 102 after hitting nine fours and two sixes.

Gethin Long was also not out on 15 as Dafen earned twenty points for the win which sees them move up to sixth place in Division 1.

On Saturday (Jun 1), they are away to Bronwydd.

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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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