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Wanderers too good for Gorseinon

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CARMARTHEN Wanderers earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jun 29) as they beat Gorseinon by 55 runs.

Gorseinon won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision early on as they removed both Wanderers openers.

Andrew Dyer claimed both Robbie Crawford and Leighton Walters to leave them reeling on 5-2.

However, Stephen Inward and Gareth Thomas took control of the game and shared 136 runs for the third wicket.

Thomas hit thirteen fours and a six as he made an excellent score of 86 but he was then caught by Scott Thomas off the bowling of Nishaanth Dalavaye.

Inward then reached his half century and moved on to a score of 68 after seven fours and a six. He was then bowled by Kieran O’Connor but the Wanderers had moved the score on to 187-4.

Steven Mills made a late score of 21 before falling to the bowling of O’Connor as the Wanderers reached 193-6 from their 50 overs.

The Wanderers picked up an early wicket as Gorseinon began their reply when Nishaanth Dalavaye fell for a duck. He was caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Iestyn Scourfield.

Kieran Howells and Scott Thomas then shared 49 runs for the second wicket as they looked to get their side going.

Howells had scored 29 but he was then bowled by Ian Hughes and soon after, Thomas was caught by namesake Gareth off the bowling of Steven Mills on a score of 34.

Mills claimed his second wicket as he had Chris Morgan caught by Owain Davies and he then had a third as he trapped Greg Fisher leg before for a golden duck.

That left Gorseinon on 77-5 but Kieran O’Connor and Abdullah Rahimi shared 49 runs for the sixth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Gareth Thomas had been brought on to bowl and he made the crucial breakthrough as he had O’Connor caught by Giles Thomas on a score of 21.

Thomas then also bowled Jack Donovan for a duck as Gorseinon slipped to 128-7.

Rahimi had hit three fours and three sixes as he scored 44 but he was then caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Owain Binding.

Binding then claimed his second wicket as he trapped Connor Barry leg before and Mills rounded off the innings with his fourth as he bowled Tom Clarke.

Mills finished with excellent figures of 4-32 as the Wanderers bowled Gorseinon out for 138 to earn victory.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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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

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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

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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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