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Rees and Thomas star for Llanelli

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Llanelli (145) beat Bronwydd (72) by 73 runs

VAUGHAN Thomas and Iwan Rees took four wickets each as they bowled Bronwydd out for 72 on Saturday (Jul 2) .

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat first but they struggled to find runs and were bowled out for 145.

Iwan Rees got off to a good start but after hitting four fours to reach 20 off 17 balls before he was caught by Bleddyn Morgan off the bowling of David Dunfee.

Star: Iwan Rees took four wickets to help give Llanelli victory (Pic. John Davies Photography)

Star: Iwan Rees took four
wickets to help give Llanelli
victory (Pic. John Davies
Photography)

Marcus Leaf was then bowled by Tom Gleeson to reduce Llanelli to 31- 2.

Gleeson then removed Kyle Griffiths and Rhidian Morgan for low scores before Robert Bowen was bowled by David Dunfee.

That left Llanelli 66-5 but Matthew Roberts and Ben Edwards shared 32 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken when Roberts was bowled by Colin Tucker for a score of 31.

Tucker then had Sam Weeds caught by Meirion Davies before George Gleeson got rid of Vaughan Thomas.

Gleeson also had Ben Edwards caught by Byron Jones for a score of 19 and his wicket left Llanelli on 136- 9.

Andrew Dyer’s late score of 14 was ended again by Gleeson who had Dyer caught by Colin Tucker and Llanelli were all out for 145.

In reply, Bronwydd made a slow start as Byron Jones was trapped leg before wicket by Vaughan Thomas before Dafydd Morgan was caught by Ben Edwards off Thomas’ bowling.

That left the visitors on 11- 2, but a score of 21 from George Gleeson kept them in the game.

However, Thomas continued to take wickets as he bowled Gareth John and Bleddyb Morgan for low scores.

When Gleeson was trapped leg before wicket by Iwan Rees , it left Bronwydd struggling on 45-5.

Rees then took the wickets of Kevin Morgan and David Dunfee as they continued to torment the Bronwydd batsmen.

Benjamin James Ledger was then excellently run out by Sam Weeds, before Rees returned to remove Tom Gleeson for a duck when he was caught by Robert Brown.

Kyle Griffiths wrapped up the innings when he had Colin Tucker caught by Iwan Rees.

That left Meirion Davies not out on a score of 17, but Bronwydd were all out for 72, a losing margin of 73 runs.

The win gives Llanelli 26 points and keeps them fifth in the table.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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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

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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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire

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JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

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