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Llandysul up to third

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LLANDYSUL moved up to third place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 29) as they earned a narrow three wicket win over Dafen.

Llandysul won the toss and elected to field and they were able to keep Dafen to 190-9 in their 50 overs.

Dafen lost opener Nicky Davies early on when he was run out on a score of 11 by Joe Swift.

Scott Phillips made the same score before being bowled by Swift who then had Simon Davies caught by Ieuan Paske to leave Dafen on 49-3.

Matthew Evans had hit four fours and a six in his score of 29 but he was trapped leg before by Llewelyn Hughes.

George Lavender made a score of 18 but he was then caught and bowled by Hughes. He then claimed his third wicket as he bowled David Dunfee on a score of 17.

That left Dafen on 105-6 but Matthew Donoghue and Jonathan Randell shared 38 runs for the seventh wicket.

Randell made a score of 19 before he was caught by Hughes off the bowling of Steffan Jones.

Donoghue was joined by Philip George and the pair shared another 47 runs for the eighth wicket.

Photos by Darren Harries

George also made a score of 19 but he was then caught by Ben Edkins off the bowling of Arfon Jones.

Donoghue had hit five fours in a score of 42 but he was then caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of Arfon Jones as Dafen finished on 190-9.

Llandysul’s reply got off to a bad start as they lost both openers cheaply. Meurig Jones was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of David Dunfee and Gary Williams was caught by Jonathan Randell off the bowling of Matthew Evans as Llandysul were reduced to 9-2.

Ben Edkins hit three fours and a six in his score of 20 but he was then stumped by Vaughan off the bowling of Phillip George.

That left them on 39-3 but Bleddyn Morgan and Llewelyn Hughes shared 79 runs for the fourth wicket to put their side in a good position.

Morgan hit seven fours in a score of 44 but he was then caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Chris Hudson.

Matthew Donoghue then bowled Steffan Jones before Hughes, who hit seven fours and a six in his score of 54, was caught by Simon Davies off the bowling of Hudson to leave Llandysul on 135-6.

Carwyn Evans and Ieuan Paske then shared 29 runs for the seventh wicket to edge their side closer to their target.

Evans was trapped leg before by Randell but Dafen were unable to take any further wickets.

Paske and Joe Swift finished unbeaten with Paske hitting four fours and a six in his score of 37 while Swift scored 14.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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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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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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