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SWCA see off Pembrokeshire



A TEAM from the South Wales Cricket Association (SWCA) earned victory over a Pembrokeshire XI on Sunday (Jun 9) at Pembroke Dock.

The Pembrokeshire side batted first with Toby Hayman and Patrick Bellerby opening and the pair shared 27 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby was then bowled by Felinfoel’s Julian Griffiths on a score of 19 and soon after Hayman was run out to leave the hosts on 28-2.

Harry Thomas and Tom Davies took over and they shared another 22 runs between them.

Again both fell in quick succession as Davies was caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Scott Thomas on 15 and Thomas was bowled by namesake Scott.

Geraint Jones was then caught by Kieran O’Connor off the bowling of Gowerton’s Harry Bolland and Pembrokeshire had slumped to 65-5.

Ross Hardy and Brad McDermott-Jenkins then shared 35 runs for the sixth wicket as they looked to get their side towards three figures.

Hardy made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Greg Fisher off the bowling of Bolland.

Bolland then had McDermott-Jenkins caught on a score of 12 and when Luke O’Connor trapped Henry Durrant leg before, Pembrokeshire were looking at a low total.

However, Matthew Davies and Sean Hannon had other ideas as they shared a stand of 60 for the ninth wicket.

Hannon hit two fours and a six as he scored 30 but he was eventually caught by O’Connor off the bowling of Griffiths.

That left Davies not out on 31 (five fours) as Pembrokeshire finished on 161-9.

Yakoob Ali and Scott Lloyd got the South Wales team off to a good start in their reply as they shared 35 runs for the first wicket.

Henry Durrant made the breakthrough when he had Ali caught by Toby Hayman on a score of 20.

Lloyd was joined in the middle by Scott Thomas and they shared another good partnership worth 45 runs.

Thomas hit four fours and a six as he scored 26 but he was then caught and bowled by Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

He then also bowled Lloyd who had hit five fours in his score of 34 to leave the SWCA on 91-3.

Pembrokeshire were unable to take any further wickets as Llandysul’s Ben Edkins and Margam’s Luke O’Connor shared 71 runs to take their side to victory.

O’Connor was not out on 28 while Edkins hit seven fours and two sixes to finish with the day’s highest score, not out on 48.

That saw the South Wales Cricket Association side to a seven wicket win.

The teams will play the reverse fixture on Sunday, June 30.

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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.”

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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.

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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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