LLANGENNECH earned a derby win over neighbours Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 8) as they beat them by four wickets.
Llanelli batted first after Llangennech elected to field but they were bowled out for just 112.
Despite the loss of six wickets Llangennech were able to achieve victory thanks to a half century from David Williams.
The hosts were struggling early on as they lost opener Ioan Phillips when he was trapped leg before by Michael Jones and Ryan Nicholas when he was caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones off the bowling of Owain Phillips.
That left them on 3-2 but a stand of 79 between opener Iwan Rees and Craig Howells got Llanelli going.
However, when Howells was caught by Chris Hickey off the bowling of James Taube, Llanelli’s innings began to fall apart.
Steven Devonald fell in similar fashion to Howells and Matthew Jones then caught and bowled Iwan Rees on a score of 46 (five fours).
That saw them reduced to 87-5 and wickets continued to fall as Rhidian Morgan was bowled by Jones.
Taube then bowled Chris Thomas before Jones had Jac Rees caught by Hickey.
Ben Edwards was the only other batsman to reach double figures but he was out on a score of 14 when he was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Jones.
Jones then bowled David Richards to wrap the innings up and claim excellent figures of 5-17.
Llanelli looked to take early wickets to disrupt the Llangennech innings and they did just that when Chris Thomas bowled opener Scott Lloyd.
Steven Devonald then trapped Matthew Jones leg before and also bowled James Taube for a duck as they were reduced to 14-3.
Hedd-Wyn Jones and David Williams steadied the ship with a stand of 36 before Jones was trapped leg before by Iwan Rees on a score of 20.
Rees then also had Chris Hickey caught by Ioan Phillips and bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 81-6.
Williams and Richard Clement then shared the match winning partnership with Clement finishing unbeaten on 10.
Williams hit five fours and a six as he was unbeaten on 59 to help Llangennech to victory with plenty of time to spare.
On Saturday (Jun 15), Llanelli will look to bounce back as they travel to second placed Tata Steel while Llangennech will look for another win at home to bottom of the table Gowerton.
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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