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Llangennech boost survival hopes




LLANGENNECH boosted their survival hopes on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Llandysul by 26 runs.

The result lifts them to within two points of third from bottom Briton Ferry Steel.

Llandysul won the toss and elected to field but they saw Llangennech post a good total of 244-4 from their 50 overs.

They lost Matthew Jones early on as he was caught by Ben Edkins off the bowling of Joseph Swift.

Scott Lloyd and James Taube then shared 36 runs for the second wicket before Lloyd was caught by Andrew Barrett off the bowling of Arfon Jones for a score of 10.

Taube hit eight fours in his knock of 49 from 44 balls but he was then caught by Rhidian Harris off the bowling of Jones.

Hedd-Wyn Jones and David Williams then shared an excellent fourth wicket stand worth 108 runs.

Jones reaced his half century first before Williams also reached the same milestone.

Williams reached a score of 53 with seven fours and two sixes but he was then caught by Luke Swift off the bowling of Osian Thomas.

Jonny Taube came in and shared another 48 runs with Jones with the former hitting six fours in his knock of 38 from 28 balls.

Jones finished not out on 56 as Llandysul were set 245 to win the game.

Gary Williams and Ieuan Paske got their side off to a steady start as they shared 49 runs for the first wicket.

Williams scored 23 but he was then bowled by Matthew Jones at the end of the fifteenth over.

With the second ball of the sixteenth, Amir Ikram had Paske caught by Matthew Jones on a score of 26.

Ben Edkins and Bleddyn Morgan then shared 31 runs but Morgan was then run out by Owain Phillips.

Edkins and Rhidian Harris then shared another 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Edkins hit four fours and a six in his score of 41 but he was then trapped leg before by Phillips.

James Taube then trapped Carwyn Evans leg before to leave Llandysul on 118-5.

Harris and Luke Swift then shared 56 runs for the sixth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

Harris made his way to a score of 35 but he was then caught and bowled by Simon Clement.

Swift then reached his half century as Llandysul passed 200 runs but Phillips struck again to have Osian Thomas caught by James Taube.

Swift’s score of 72 not out from 64 balls included six fours and two sixes but it was too little too late as Llandysul finished short on 218-7.

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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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