CARMARTHEN Wanderers won their fourth game in a row on Saturday (May 25) as they beat Malpas by 58 runs.
Malpas won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl the Wanderers out for 183.
However, the Wanderers’ bowlers were in equally good form as they bowled their opponents out for 125 to earn victory and remain top of Division 2.
The home side lost opener Robbie Crawford for a duck early on when he was bowled by James Francis.
Leighton Walters and Stephen Inward shared 29 runs for the second wicket but Walters was then caught off the bowling of David Griffiths on a score of 20 (4 fours).
Inward and Gareth Thomas then shared another 35 runs but Malpas struck again as Ryan Ward had Inward caught on a score of 17.
Thomas made 28 with five fours and a six but Ward then had him caught by Andrew Ross leaving the Wanderers on 92-4.
Owain Binding and Darrell Griffiths then shared the best stand of the match as they shared 46 runs for the fifth wicket.
Both made good starts but Griffiths was out for a score of 19 and soon after Binding was out for a score of 22.
Wickets continued to fall as Daniel Jones was out to the bowling of Francis and Owain Davies to the bowling of Christian Rose.
Steven Mills scored 18 but was also out to Rose and when Ian Hughes fell to Francis, it brought the innings to a close.
Malpas did not help themselves in keeping the score down as they conceded 41 extras.
The Wanderers were hopeful they could put pressure on the Malpas batters and that’s exactly what they did as Owain Binding had Ryan Ward caught by Owain Davies.
31 runs followed between James Francis and Michael Martin but Ian Hughes then had Francis caught by Stephen Inward to leave Malpas on 36-2.
Twenty runs later, Hughes struck again as he had Lewis Morgan caught by Davies.
Martin made 28 but he was then bowled by Steven Mills who then also trapped Steve Provis leg before for a duck, reducing Malpas to 64-5.
That became 76-6 as Mills again caught the pads, this time of Jason Barker.
Gareth Thomas then claimed the wicket of Andrew Ross, with Walters taking the catch and Dan Jones was also caught by Walters, giving Binding his second wicket.
On 90-8 the visitors were facing a losing battle but Ross Ward made 22 before being caught and bowled by Walters.
Robbie Crawford then picked up the final wicket as he had David Griffiths caught by Thomas.
That meant that Malpas were all out for 125 but the Wanderers were also guilty of giving away 27 runs in extras.
On Saturday (Jun 1), Carmarthen Wanderers are away to Newbridge.
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.
Static Bike Challenge
Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.
Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.
On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.
Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:
“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”
Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.
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