LLANDYSUL’s Ashleigh Cox and Rhidian Harris each took three wickets to help their side to victory over Llangennech on Saturday (Jun 1).
Llandysul had been bowled out for only 115 but they produced an equally as good bowling performance to bowl their opponents out for 99 and earn the win by 16 runs.
The home side won the toss and elected to field but they saw Llandysul’s openers Rhidian Harris and Bleddyn Morgan share 54 runs for the first wicket.
Harris hit three fours on his way to a score of 24 but he was caught and bowled by Matthew Jones.
Bleddyn Morgan only found the boundary twice in his score of 32 and he was then caught by Bav Patel off the bowling of Matthew Jones.
Ashleigh Cox was then caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones off the bowling of Stuart Goddard as Llangennech began to put the pressure on.
Ben Edkins and Llewellyn Hughes shared another 19 runs but when Edkins was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Jones, wickets began to fall regularly.
That left them on 86-4 and it soon became 90-5 as Steffan Jones was bowled by namesake Matthew.
Carwyn Evans and Hugo Laing were both caught and bowled by Matthew and Michael Jones respectively as they slipped to 108-7.
Matthew Jones then claimed his sixth wicket as he had Llewellyn Hughes caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones on a score of 27 that had included two fours and a six.
Luke Swift was then run out by Stuart Goddard and Michael Jones brought the innings to a close when he bowled Andrew Barrett.
Llangennech got off to a bad start in their reply as openers Scott Lloyd and Stuart Goddard both fell to Ashleigh Cox without scoring.
Cox also had David Williams caught by Andrew Barrett to leave Llangennech reeling on 8-3.
Jonny Taube and Matthew Jones did their best to stop the flow of wickets as they shared 49 runs for the fourth wicket.
Jones was then caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of namesake Steffan.
Taube was next out as he was bowled by Rhidian Harris on a score of 29.
James Taube was then bowled by Hugo Laing who also then trapped Hedd-Wyn Jones leg before on a score of ten.
85-7 then became 85-9 as first Chris Hickey was stumped by Barrett off the bowling of Harris and Michael Jones was then caught by Barrett off the same bowler.
Bav Patel was then caught by Barrett off the bowling of Llewellyn Hughes, bringing the game to an end with Llangennech all out on 99.
Llanelli Warriors RFC Win World Award
THE LLANELLI WARRIORS were named double Ability Rugby International Champions, the results announced with perfect timing just as the Warriors held their presentation evening.
The Ability Rugby International Championship compares the results of all the mixed ability sides across the globe, with an emphasis on games played but with a win element incorporated.
The results for 2018/29 have been much delayed but saw the Warriors regain the title from Scottish National Clan team. They edged out newcomers the Dragon Allstars who were playing their debut season. The 2019/20 season may have been curtailed, but the Warriors still managed more fixtures than any other mixed ability side, this time edging out another new side, the Port Talbot Panthers.
Mixed Ability rugby sees players with and without disabilities play alongside each other and against ‘normal’ rugby clubs. The concept continues to spread rapidly and the days when it was just the Warriors and their Swansea rivals the Gladiators, have long gone. 10 years ago the 1st sides started forming outside of West Wales and there are now over 100 teams and groups world wide.
Captain Richard Evans was very proud. “It takes a lot to organise fixtures regularly so this is a great reward for all our efforts. The boys are very committed and we just love to play. It’s great to see so many sides playing now and it’s great to be at the forefront of the movement”.
The news boosted the Warriors presentation evening where they looked back over their season.
James Anthony was the main beneficiary, playing his 1st full season his pace on the wing and accurate boot helped him lift the Top Points Scorer award and the Player of the Year titles.
Players’ Player went to 2nd row Tom Ashour. Quick enough to have previously played on the wing, he proved a reliable source of lineout ball and was always combative around the field.
Luke Pearse was named Most Improved Player, narrowly beating Will Browne, Lloyd Cawley and Dan Grinter.
The most closely contested was Sportsman where Luke Pearse, Arwel Thomas and Dan John were pipped by Chris Davies. The nominees were described as the glue of the club by Chairman Gwilym Lewis, and vital to the teams success.
The Warriors are especially anxious for Covid regulations to lift as the new season will be their 25th. Planning is difficult at present but they hope to have a number of special fixtures. At the end of the season they are due to head out to Ireland for the 3rd Mixed Ability world tournament which will feature 24 clubs from 8 different countries.
New look Cwm aiming to bounce back
During the lockdown period Ryan Stephens and his Cwmamman United
management team took the opportunity to undertake a major review of the
playing set up at the club and with training now having returned they have
already started implementing their exciting plan.
“ It was extremely disappointing to be moved down from Cymru South league
following the FAW average points formula, particularly when our form since
January suggested we could well stay up” said Ryan “ but these are difficult
times and to be honest we had not been consistent enough over the season”
Ryan continued ” We realised though that this was an opportunity to take a
good look at ourselves and create an identity and foundation where we could
enhance the way we developed our players and improve our professionalism.”
The club has recently introduced a new range of training and fitness
programmes, improved technical data and analysis capabilities as well as
create a players charter enhancing team spirit.
“ We have been busy bringing in a mix of young and experienced players to
join a squad where we have been lucky to keep a large group of key players
from last season” said Ryan. ” Combined with a strong group of existing key
young local talent that we expect to see step up this season and with two
strong reserve sides we feel we are in a really good place team wise. It is great
to see everyone buying in to the new approach”
“ We recognise this will be an extremely difficult league with many strong
sides but we are really excited about the challenge to get back to the Cymru
South. We aim to be a club where our players feel truly valued and our club
members, supporters and the community feel proud. We will continue our
preparations so that once it is safe to resume matches again we will be ready.”
Tomi Lewis the latest to sign
FLYING wing Tomi Lewis has become the latest player to agree a new contract for the 2020-21 season.
The 21-year-old speedster is among a group of exciting young backs coming through the ranks at Parc y Scarlets.
A member of the Wales U20s squad that competed at the Junior World Championships in Argentina last year, Tomi has also shone on the world seven series, scoring seven tries in his debut tournament in Dubai as an 18-year-old.
A former pupil at Llandovery College, he came through the age-grade system at the Scarlets and scored on his senior debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup clash against the Dragons. He impressed for the Scarlets A team during this season’s Celtic Cup and linked up on loan with Ampthill RFC in the English Championship in January.
Scarlets recently announced new deals for 17 members of their squad with Tomi becoming the 15th player who has come through the Scarlets system to have agreed a new contract.
“Tomi is another young player who has an exciting future in the game,” said head coach Glenn Delaney. “He is working hard in the squad and has already shown what he is capable of playing for Wales at U20s and Sevens level. He is one of a number of talented young backs we are looking forward to seeing in Scarlets colours.”
Tomi said: “I am delighted to have signed a new deal with the Scarlets. I have been here since the age of 16 and have been fortunate to have been able to learn from some great players.
“At the moment, it is fantastic being in the squad alongside internationals like Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans and I’m looking forward to competing for the Scarlets jersey over the coming years.”
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