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Llandysul up to third



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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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.”

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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).

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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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