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.
More signings as Cwm build squad
FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.
Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.
They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.
“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”
Ammanford romp to friendly win
AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).
Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.
There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.
Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.
After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).
Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc
WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.
The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.
The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.
Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.
Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.
With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.
The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.
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