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Podium finishes in Welsh Road Relays



Bargoed: An extensive turnout for the road relays

Bargoed: An extensive turnout for the road relays

CARMARTHEN Harriers performed well at the 2016 Welsh Road Relay Championships, which were held at Parc Cwm Darran in Bargoed on Sunday (Apr 10).

On a beautiful sunny but breezy day, 32 athletes made the journey east to Bargoed, hoping to produce more good results for the club after their recent achievements at the Gwent League, and school competitions – despite not having the strongest teams available.

In total there were 13 medals won, and the club won 1 team event, and 2 third. It was another exciting battle between the top clubs in Wales. The course was flat, which was a lap around the perimeter of the Park path with an extension loop for some.

The best team results of the day came from the Under 13 and Under 15 Boys age groups, who all finished on the podium in the top three. Ben also won the fastest leg medal in the U15B. Daisy second.

Harriers Results:

Primary Schools Boys (5th):

9 Ifan Bowen; 15 Rhufon Phillips; 18 Steffan Davies; 20 Iwan Thomas; 26 Brynmor Peters.

Primary Schools Girls (5th):

9 Emma Brazier; 17 Seren Davies; 18 Milly John; 30 Cordeila Walker.

Under 13 Boys (BRONZE):

6.51 Liam Edwards, 7.30 Morgan Batten; 7.40 Dafydd Jones; 7.23 Joshua Tarling

Under 13 Girls (BRONZE):

7.19 Phoebe Davis; 8.03 Clara James; 7.30 Siwan Jones-Evans; 6.47 Daisy Thompson

Under 15 Boys (GOLD):

A: 9.23 Tomos Rees; 9.46 Iestyn Williams; 9.10 Ben Thomas

B: 10.30 Archi Morgan; (NT) Callum Lovatt; 10.38 Trystan Leech

C: 11.09 William Thompson

Under 15 Girls (8th):

7.46 Non Morgan, 8.23 Eva Edwards, 8.21 Cerys Davies, 8.37 Elen Hawkins

Senior Men (14th):

19.49 Sion Lewis, 20.42 Dwayne Griffiths, 24.45 Gordon Orme, 23.25 Huw Davies

Elsewhere, in Swansea at the Swansea Harriers Open Meeting on the same day, two of the Harriers’ throwers were in action.

U17 Danielle Jones – Shot Putt 11.06m, DT 30.93m

U20 Sam Bleach – Javelin Throw 40.01m

After success in the winter months, athletes can now look forward to the track and field season, which starts in a week’s time.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds



AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets



A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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