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Aberdare blow Felinfoel away




FELINFOEL suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday (Jun 1) as they were beaten by Aberdare by seven wickets.

Felinfoel batted first after Aberdare elected to field on winning the toss but they were bowled out for 111.

Aberdare’s Justin Dsouza then scored a half century to help set up victory for the visitors.

The hosts were in trouble early on as openers Andrew Thomas and Craig Richards both fell without scoring to leave them on 2-2.

Rhys Jones and Julian Griffiths then shared 20 runs for the third wicket but both again fell in quick succession for scores of 12 to the bowling of Nathan Spain.

29-4 became 30-5 as Rhys Harries was caught off the bowling of Spain.

Photo by Darren Harries

Tom Jones and Jonathan Cheal shared another 21 runs but Chris Hughes then bowled Cheal on a score of 15.

Hughes also bowled Tom Jones as the home side slipped further into trouble on 54-7.

Stuart Parmenter and Chris Bowen shared 20 runs for the eighth wicket but Hughes claimed his third wicket when he had Bowen caught by Michael Weathersby on a score of 14.

Weathersby then claimed the wicket of Jonathan Evans while Parmenter was his side’s top scorer as he made 25 with three fours.

He was out to the bowling of Haseem Hameed and Felinfoel were all out for 111.

They knew they would need to bowl well to stand a chance of victory and they took an early wicket as Craig Richards bowled Gareth Wesley for a second-ball duck.

However, Akhilesh Ramesh and Justin Dsouza shared 58 runs for the second wicket to set Aberdare on their way to victory.

Ramesh made 31 but was then caught by Rhys Harries off the bowling of Stuart Parmenter.

Dsouza and Michael Weathersby then shared 53 runs to bring the scores level before Dsouza was run out by Rhys Harries for a score of 57.

Weathersby then hit the winning runs to finish not out on 22 to seal the win.

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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.

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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.”

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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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