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LLANELLI CLING ON IN DERBY MATCH

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LLANELLI 100-9 (50) DREW WITH DAFEN WELFARE 188-8 (50)

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

Iwan Rees: Runs and a wicket for Llanelli Captain

AFTER Llanelli had won so well in the previous round of fixtures, chasing down 188 to win by five wickets against Maesteg Celtic, and Dafen Welfare had struggled to a draw against Briton Ferry scoring 130 runs less than their visitors, Llanelli will have been confident heading into the first Llanelli derby of the season.

However it was Dafen who displayed the greater urgency and poise to post a commanding total which allowed the brilliant bowling of Phillip George (5-38) to dismantle a shell-shocked Llanelli batting line up.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on a fine surface at Stradey Park openers Matthew Evans (35) and Nicky Davies (36) got the visitors off to a flying start, racing to 71 before Evans departed. After getting this vital breakthrough Llanelli were buoyed still further when number three Daydd Nicholas was dismissed for a second ball duck.

However this only brought Kelvin Bartle to the crease and he struck a majestic 48 from just 56 balls including three massive sixes to propel his side towards three figures. Matthew Roberts came to the party when called upon to bowl by his skipper Iwan Rees, taking a host of middle order wickets including that of Bartle. Finishing with figures of 3-48 in his nine over spell he also claimed the scalps of Gareth Hughes (0) and Ieaun Rosser (6). Backed up by Vaughan Thomas (2-41) and a wicket apiece for Iwan Rees and Lewis Jones, they restricted Dafen to 188, when it had looked like they may score so much more at one point after such a promising start.

The Llanelli reply got off to a terrible start as both openers nicked behind to the safe hands of Daniel Vaughan, with Marcus Leaf (3) falling to Scott Phillips and Elis Richards (2) being claimed by Matthew Evans.

Despite a 28 ball 30 from number three and skipper Rees, wickets were always tumbling at regular intervals, and it seemed that after Rees and Roberts (4) departed, a decision was taken to play for a draw, as Ryan Nicholas battled to 26 from 67 deliveries and Jatin Verma hit a shot-less 13 not out in 61 balls. Verma was accompanied at the end by the brave number eleven Lewis Jones who hit 2 not out from thirty five balls to frustrate Dafen, whose bowlers deserved so much more for their efforts.

As it was Phillip George ended with the match ball accompanied by Matthew Evans (2-34) and a fine spell of economical bowling by Jonny-on-the-spot Scott Phillips, who took 1-15 in a twelve over spell.

Dafen will be hoping for better next week when they face bottom of the table Skewen who have lost both their opening games, whilst Llanelli host Llandysul.

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Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.

Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.

The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.

The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”

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Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC

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Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club

The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.

The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.

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Lighthouse to Lifeboat station swim a huge success

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A LLANELLI man has completed a grueling swim across the Loughor estuary from Whiteford Lighthouse to Burry Port Harbour to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).

Matthew Jenkins completed the swim on Sunday, July 26.

Speaking on the challenge he set himself, Matthew said he set his sights on the swim to give him something positive to focus on during these unprecedented times and raise vital funds for Burry Port RNLI.

The Swim was a family effort with Matthew’s two daughters also pitching in to sell RNLI cupcakes to supporters and bystanders near the lifeboat house.

The conditions were far from ideal on the day with a 7.2 metre tide accompanied by whitecaps waves and a south to southwesterly wind behind Matthew of approximately 20 mph.

Harsh conditions on the day did not dampen spirits

However there was plenty of support from safety teams in the area to step in if needed with jet skis, kayaks and boats all keeping within safe distance.

Matthew set off on his challenge at approximately 10.45 and shortly afterwards supporters could see he was already past the halfway point.

The support shown from the beach was huge and it was obvious to all that Matthew was able to hear the chants of support and praise from those at the beach.

On completion of the challenge Matthew raised his hands as a thank you gesture for all of his support throughout the journey.

This small event has brought back a familiar feeling without the town of pre-pandemic days where events like these would be hugely supported by the community.

Community support from an array of ages where on hand to applaud the worthy challenge

It was clear to see the support for both Matthew and Burry Port RNLI throughout the day.

A grand total of £822.25 was raised through Matthew’s Just Giving page.

Matthew has praised all of those who have supported him through the journey both in the water and on land and said he feels very ‘thankful’ for the support and the opportunity to complete the challenge.

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