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Evans’ amazing century stuns Dafen

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PONTYBEREM’s opening batsman Rhodri Evans scored an amazing unbeaten 159 to help set up 176-run victory for his side over Dafen seconds on Saturday (Jun 1).

Evans carried his bat and was well supported by his team mates as Pontyberem closed their innings on 325-5.

In reply, Dafen seconds were unable to match the Bont’s score as they were bowled out for 149.

Dafen won the toss and elected to field but they were made to regret that decision after watching Evans pummel 21 boundaries in his knock.

The opening stand lasted for 49 runs before Dafen’s Luke Dunning bowled Jack Rogers on a score of 14.

Dunning bowled Rhys Harris and had Daniel Griffiths caught by Gleb Roberts with the next two balls as he claimed an excellent hat trick, reducing, Pontyberem to 49-3.

Evans was joined at the crease by Emyr Harries and the pair put on 167 runs in an outstanding partnership.

Photos by Darren Harries

Harris hit seven fours as he scored 78 but he was then stumped by Jack Wooller off the bowling of Chris Randell.

Evans continued to bat on while Pontyberem’s score was also helped along by some wasteful Dafen bowling as they gave away 48 runs in extras.

Evans and Dafydd Jones shared another 65 runs together before Jones was caught by Gary Phillips off the bowling of Jonathan Wastell.

That left Pontyberem on 281-5 but there was still time for Evans and Paul Rees to put on another 44 runs.

Rees was not out on 15 with a four and a six but the star of the show was Evans who finished unbeaten on 159 after hitting sixteen fours and five sixes.

Dafen knew they would need someone to replicate Evans’ score if they were to stand a chance of victory and they made a good start to their reply.

Gary Phillips and Chris Randell shared 67 runs for the first wicket. Phillips hit eight fours in his score of 40 but he was caught and bowled by Cadan Lewis.

Kelsey Powell was then run out by Jamie Jones without having faced a ball and Lewis then picked up the wicket of Randell who had scored 30.

That left Dafen on 72-3 but Jonathan Wastell and Jack Wooller shared 41 runs for the fourth wicket.

Wooller was then bowled by Jack Rogers and he then also caught and bowled Wastell on a score of 33 to leave Dafen on 117-5.

Dafen then saw three wickets fall in quick succession as Luke Dunning was bowled by Rhys Harris who then had Gleb Roberts caught by Rhodri Evans. Evans then had namesake Jac caught by Paul Rees as Dafen slipped to 133-8.

Emyr Harris ran out Matthew Thomas and Rhys Harris took the final wicket of Andrew Herbert to seal a big win for Pontyberem.

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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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