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Narrow defeat for Felinfoel

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FELINFOEL suffered a narrow defeat on Saturday (Aug 24) as they were bowled out on the last ball of the innings by Margam who earned a two-run win.

Margam batted first after Felinfoel elected to field on winning the toss and they were bowled out in 49 overs for 193.

Elwyn Pugh made a score of 10 early on before he fell to the bowling of Craig Richards and Anthony Mathias had Luke O’Connor caught.

Liam Lewis made a score of 25 but he was then bowled by Julian Griffiths.

Dhaval Patel and Gareth Baker then shared 46 runs for the fourth wicket as they reached three figures.

Patel was trapped leg before by Rohan Nangalia and he then had Rob Saunders caught by Andrew Thomas to leave Margam on 129-5.

Baker had reached his half century with six fours and two sixes but was then out on a score of 58 when he was bowled by Tom Jones.

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Julian Griffiths then trapped Richard Gullam leg before and Jonathan Cheal then claimed two more wickets as Margam slipped to 155-9.

Margam’s tail began to wag however, as John Wellington and Rhodri Mann shared 38 runs for the last wicket.

Wellington was out for a score of 22 to Griffiths to leave Mann not out on 15.

Felinfoel then made a good start to their reply as Andrew Thomas and Craig Richards shared 71 runs for the first wicket.

However, Margam hit back taking four wickets to leave their hosts on 89-4.

Thomas made a good score of 48 with four boundaries and Craig Richards scored 19 but both fell to the bowling of Rhodri Mann.

Luke O’Connor then trapped Rhys Jones leg before and Mann then bowled Tom Jones.

Jonathan Cheal then made a score of 15 as they made it into three figures but he was then bowled by John Wellington.

Rohan Nangalia and Anthony Matthias then both fell to the bowling of Michael Bond in quick succession as Felinfoel were reduced to 140-7.

Julian Griffiths remained at the crease as he reached his half century. He hit nine fours to reach a score of 72 which left Felinfoel needing only nine runs to win.

Griffiths was then bowled by Liam Lewis and with the last ball of the game, with Felinfoel needing three to win, Clive Harding was stumped by Gareth Baker off the bowling of Lewis.

That left Felinfoel two runs short of victory and left them to ponder what could have been had they bowled Margam out quicker.

On Saturday (Aug 31), Felinfoel finish the season away to leaders Maesteg.

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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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