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Snooker World Whites see off Ponthenri

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AMMANFORD side Snooker World Whites were in good potting form in the Llanelli Snooker First division as they overcame visiting Ponthenri 5-2.

Ben Thomas’ top break of 63, added to ‘leftie’ Anthony Krysa’s swift 40 knock, and winning support from John Meadows and Sam Hinton proved enough; Jeff Howells and Nigel Lewis replied.

At the top of the table, Matchroom Reds and Trimsaran are tied on 53 points.

Dan Wells’ 68 break in his frame-win was the only highlight for Matchroom Reds as they lost 5-2 to Morfa Social, for whom Nigel Rees, Andrew Hatto, Nicky Hughes and Barry Follows struck.

Dean Thomas, Rich Nurse and Garnet Lane gave Burry Port Legion a great start, but hosts Matchroom Whites came from behind to win 4-3, courtesy of D.Roberts, C.Davies and L.Davies.

Jeff Jones and Paul Martin helped secure the aggregate point for Cross Hands B, who went down 4-3 to Llanesco; for the visitors, Peter Shoulder, L.Lloyd, C.Rees and C.Lloyd were on the ball.

Some tasty breaks at Brighton Road, where Gorseinon Workmens’ hammered Llandybie Social 7-0, Mike Dodd (57 break), Jon Wilcox (35 & 27), Keith Murrells, Mike Davies and C.Bolton completing the rout.

Kevin Selwood provided Pontyberem Workmens’ only frame-win in a 6-1 reversal at Pontarddulais Workmens’, whose winning-quintet were Kevin Sullivan, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths, Stee Davies and Steve Dunn.

Trimsaran went one better, thrashing Llanelli Cons 7-0 as Jamie Tudor, Colin Foreman, L.Holland, Kieran Proctor, M.Foreman and W.Thomas all won.

Meanwhile, E.Rees and M.Hughes were on top for Upper Tumble Blues in a 5-2 loss against Reading Room Blues; for the Burry Port potters, Neil Roberts (35), C.Howells, Peter Kelly and Adrian Gower all won.

In Division 2, Geraint Thomas, Keith Williams, Gethin Daniel and Rob Davey gave Pont Cons B a 5-2 victory at New Lodge B, who hit back through Phil Thickett and Andrew John.

C.Barrett, E.Anderson, K.Myhill and Aaron Cruickshank steered Bryn & Trallwm B to a 5-2 win at the expense of Upper Tumble Reds, whose winning duo were K.Evans and R.Williams.

Only Joshua Jordan’s frame win avoided the dreaded brush for Llandybie RFC, beaten 6-1 at Burry Port Reading Room Reds; Phil Payne, T.Rawlings, J.Dean, S.Gower and C.Evans all won for the home side.

Snooker World Blues shocked leaders Gremlins by winning 5-2 and inflicting their first defeat as Callum Fuge, S.Rees, Linden Cox and Alan Jones (27 clearance) struck; R.Barney and B.Price replied; Gremlins remain top by a point though.

Elsewhere, a man-short Bryn A, for whom J.Jones and C.Richards won, went down 5-2 on their trip to Llandybie Social B; S.Pearson, J.Poole and P.Watkins were on the ball for the Social.

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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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