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Dramatic run out earns tie

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Llandysul (187-9) tied Llanelli (187) 

South Wales Association 

Division One 

Top score: Iwan Rees top scored with 83 runs for Llanelli (Pic. John Davies Photography)

DEAN JONES was run out on the last ball of the innings as Llanelli ensured their game with Llandysul finished in a tie. 

Llanelli won the toss and elected to bat but they were all out for 187 inside 50 overs.

Iwan Rees was the mainstay of the innings, but he received little support as wickets tumbled around him.

Andrew Richards was out early on when he was caught by Llewelyn Hughes off the bowling of Arfon Jones for a score of 12.

Ioan Phillips was sent back to the pavilion soon after, when he was caught by Rhidian Harris off the bowling of Dean Joens for a score of eight.

Craig Howells made seven before he was out, while the wicket of Rhidian Morgan, LBW to Harris, left Llanelli on 77-4.

Rees and Kyle Griffiths then shared 30 runs for the fifth wicket, before Griffiths was caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of Dean Jones for a score of 15.

Jones also removed Ben Edwards, before Iwan Rees was finally undone by Rhidian Harris.

Rees had scored an excellent 83 runs, in which he hit nine fours, but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Harris to leave Llanelli 149-7.

Lewis Jones was then trapped leg before wicket by Harris before Alex Symmons and Vaughan Thomas shared 31 for the ninth wicket.

Thomas hit a four and a six in a score of 16 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Llewelyn Hughes.

Symmons made 17 but he was caught by Jordan Jones off the bowling of Iestyn Evans, and Llanelli’s innings came to a close with 187 runs on the scoreboard.

Llandysul got off to a slow start in their reply as they lost their top three batsmen for cheap runs.

Evans was out for a score of three when he was caught off the bowling of Vaughan Thomas, who then had Thomas Harris caught for a score of 11.

Meurig Jones also scored 11 before he was caught by Kyle Griffiths off the bowling of Andrew Dyer.

Rhidian Harris and Carwyn Evans then shared 65 for the fourth wicket as they led Llandysul’s recovery.

Evans was then bowled by Iwan Rees for a score of 22, but another good partnership of 75 was formed between Harris and Darrel Griffiths.

That partnership came to an end when Harris was stumped by Ben Edwards off the bowling of Kyle Griffiths for a score of 84, which included 12 fours.

Griffiths was out soon after when he was bowled by Andrew Dyer for a score of 25.

It looked as if Llandysul would edge over the line as Llewelyn Hughes and Dean Jones brought them to 187, level with Llanelli’s score.

However, Dyer then took the wicket of Hughes and Ieuan Paske in successive balls.

There was still a chance for Llandysul to claim victory but, on the last ball, Dean Jones was run out by Ben Edwards to seal a tied game.

The tie sees Llandysul pick up 17 points while Llanelli pick up 16 points for their efforts.

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups

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A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee

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Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd

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LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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