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Carmarthenshire Cricket: Round up



South Wales Premier League Round up

IN Division 1 of the South Wales Premier League last Saturday (May 26), Ammanford earned their first win of the season as they beat Pontarddulais by five wickets.

Pontarddulais were put in to bat and reached 172 for 8 from their 50 overs.

Mel Williams top scored for his side as he hit seven fours and a six in a knock of 58 before he was caught by Jack Murphy off the bowling of Matthew Roberts.

Carl Roberts made 28 while a late score of 36 from Paul Rees (before he was run out by Daniel Roberts) took Pontarddulais to their total.

Matthew Roberts was the pick of the bowlers with his two wickets while Tom Murphy also took two wickets.

In reply, Jack Murphy made a match-winning contribution of 92, with five fours and a six, but he watched as a number of his team mates were sent back to the pavilion.

Rhodri Davies was out for 12 and both Rhys Culley and Daniel Roberts departed for single figure scores.

Craig Maloney scored 19 before Murphy finally received some support as Josef Davies finished not out on 26 to help his side to victory.

On Saturday, June 2, Ammanford are at home as they take on Neath.

In Division 2 of the South Wales Premier, Llanelli and Carmarthen were both beaten last Saturday.

Llanelli were asked to bat first but were all out for 146 in their game with Swansea. Marcus Leaf top scored for Llanelli with 46 and Iwan Rees hit 12 but a number of other batsmen failed to make it into double figures.

Robert Bowen finished not out on 24 but it wasn’t enough to help his side to a sizeable total.

In reply, Ben Stein and Dan Pickard both made twenties before Steven Devonald provided some resistance as he took three wickets.

Gareth Hayden hit 29 before he was out to the bowling of Iwan Rees while Adnan Ghori finished not out on 43 to help Swansea to victory.

Carmarthen Wanderers asked Tata Steel to bat first and they watched as the home side reached 202-6 from their 48 overs.

Rohan Herbert was ever-present for Tata finishing not out on 86 while Matthew Jones was run out for a score of 38 by Nathan Burrell.

Gareth Thomas took two caught and bowled before a late score of 53 from Sam Jardine took Tata past 200 runs.

In reply, all of Carmarthen Wanderers batters made it into double figures but all failed to go on and make a big score with Joshua Thomas top scoring on 38. Owain Davies scored 24 and Steven Mills added 21 but they fell short of their target, finishing on 180-7.

On Saturday, June 2, Carmarthen Wanderers face Swansea and Llanelli host Panteg.

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In Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association, Llandysul earned a six wicket win over Bronwydd.

Felinfoel v Morriston – Photo by Darren Harries

Some excellent bowling restricted Bronwydd to 119 all out as Luke Swift took three wickets while Arfon Jones, Daniel Thomas and Rhidian Harries all took two wickets each.

Bronwydd’s top scorer was Oliver Furneaux who hit 19 runs while Fernando hit 18 and Dafydd Morgan scored 17.

Llandysul’s Ben Edkins top scored in their reply as he hit 45 runs before he was bowled by Matthew Vaughan.

Llewelyn Hughes then finished not out on 34 to guide his side to a comfortable win.

Dafen’s Gethin Long scored a century as he helped his side to a mammoth total against Merthyr Tydfil.

Dafen had been reduced to 89-5 but Long’s score of 120 and scores of 42 from Phillip George and 52 not out from Matthew Donoghue took Dafen to 310-7.

In reply, Merthyr never looked like reaching their target despite scores of 40 from Andrew Murphy and 31 from Liam Davies.

Matthew Evans and Phillip George both took three wickets for Dafen as Merthyr were all out for 125.

On Saturday, June 2, Bronwydd host Gorseinon, Cowbridge welcome Llandysul and Dafen are at home to Maesteg Celtic.

In Division 2, Drefach earned their first win of the season as they beat Llangennech by 63 runs.

Drefach reached 199-8 in their innings thanks to a score of 60 from Rob Seymour while Owen Donovan finished not out on 46.

Llangennech were all out for 136 in reply as only Chris Hickey with 48, Matthew Jones with 20 and two other batsmen made it into double figures.

James Carter was in fine form for Drefach taking four wickets while Leigh Davies also took two wickets.

Felinfoel earned a 56-run victory over Morriston last Saturday as they bowled them out fort 118.

The home side had earlier reached 174 with late scores of 51 from Julian Griffiths and 47 from Tom Jones helped them recover from 21-4.

Felinfoel’s Stuart Parmenter then took four wickets as they looked to claim the win. Julian Griffiths took three wickets and Chris Bowen also struck twice as Morriston failed to get near their target.

On Saturday, June 2, Drefach host Briton Ferry Town, Felinfoel are away to Maesteg and Llangennech are also away as they take on Morriston.

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Primary Schools Cross Country returns after three-year absence



THE 33rd edition of the Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships returned for the first time in three years on Thursday evening, September 29, 2022.

Organised by Carmarthen & District Harriers Athletics Club and supported by Carmarthenshire County Council, the 2022 race moved to a new Carmarthenshire venue at Pembrey Country Park situated between Burry Port and Kidwelly. Prior to 2022, the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen had been the location for three decades.

Several runners have highlighted this event as the start of their running careers that have led to professional contracts and representing Great Britain internationally.

It gave youngsters in four primary school year groups the opportunity to get involved in running and enjoy the race experience alongside their school friends, whether they were experienced club runners or trying out cross country for the very first time.

Approximately 1,200 runners from over forty Carmarthenshire primary schools competed in the evening sunshine.

Watched on by hundreds of parents, family members and teachers, eight races were on offer with the year 3 and year 4’s completing 1km whilst the year 5 and year 6 races were over 1 mile. There were between 100-150 finishers across each year group.

Held on Monks Field within the park next to the National Closed Cycling Circuit and Ski Centre, competitors ran along fast grass and hill sections.

Individual and team awards were presented to the first five in each race and the winning school team in each year group combined – Ysgol Iau Llangennech (Year 3), Ysgol Y Dderwen (Year 4), Ysgol Y Dderwen (Year 5) and Ysgol Y Dderwen (Year 6).

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to pupils from twenty two schools on the podium.

Top 3 positions:

Year 3 Girls: 1 Erin Jones (Carreg Hirfaen), 2 Farah Bowen (Llangynnwr), 3 Evie Issac (Swiss Valley)

Year 3 Boys: 1 Daniel James (Rhys Pritchard), 2 Gruff Davies (Rhys Pritchard), 3 Eligh Youngman (Iau Llangennech)

Year 4 Girls: 1 Zara Phillips (Rhys Pritchard), 2 Erin Bowen (Llangynnwr), 3 Mared Lili Rees (Y Dderwen)

Year 4 Boys: 1 Steffan James (Y Dderwen), 2 Elgan John (Y Bedol), 3 Zyiah Onoh (Mynydd Y Garreg)

Year 5 Girls: 1 Gwenno Jones (Nantgaredig), 2 Emilia Matthews (Pontyberem), 3 Elsie Davies (Saron)

Year 5 Boys: 1 Jasper Davis (Llandovery College), 2 Tai Jones (Y Bedol), 3 Tyler Greggory (Bro Banw)

Year 6 Girls: 1 Manon Phillips (Peniel), 2 Megan Evans (Cynnwyl Elfed), 3 Olwen Williams (Y Dderwen)

Year 6 Boys: 1 Tomos Cai Davies (Y Dderwen), 2 Miles Hayhurst (Ferryside), 3 Jayden Fergus (Saron)

The top 10 individuals in each school year can be viewed here:

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Carmarthenshire man with PTSD to run Cardiff Half for veterans



A VETERAN from Pont-Henri in Carmarthenshire is putting his best foot forward to supporting wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans.

Anthony Spencer, 34 – who suffers with PTSD after serving two tours of Afghanistan – will be on the start-line of the Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon on 2 October.

And while he laughs at his “abysmal” training ahead of the event, he says he will pound the streets of Cardiff in order to raise money for True Heroes Racing – the UK’s only motorcycle race team dedicated to supporting UK Service personnel and veterans who are wounded, injured and sick:

“As a military veteran myself who still suffers with PTSD, I understand the difficulty that face those who leave the military with mental, physical or social difficulties. True Heroes Racing is a family open to anyone with military ties and I’m hoping to raise much-needed funds to continue my support for this great cause.”

Spencer joined the military as a Royal Engineer when he turned 16:

“Over the course of my career in the army, I was involved in many incidents. I was part of a frontline patrol unit working with the Afghanistan National Army.

“Perhaps the most catastrophic event was a roadside IED – an improvised explosive device – in Helmand province. It hit me a year or two later and I started drinking more and I was becoming more distant and reserved.

“Even now, it affects me. It impacts on my sleep – I only get a few hours here and there a night. And it affects my anxiety levels which make tasks such as travelling incredibly stressful. Loud noises and day-to-day stresses can seem unbearable.”

He was discharged in 2016 and since then he has thrown himself into work. Now a Chief Technical Officer for a Global Technology company.

“I managed to get a successful job. After having a rough ride of things myself but coming out the other end, I decided to try and do something good.

“There isn’t much support for veterans – medical or financial – so what this race team does is absolutely astonishing. We currently have two riders who are amputees and they are both racing at incredibly high competitive levels against able-bodied riders.”

The bikes are customised so that riders who have disabilities can race:

“The customisation is ground-breaking. We have a variety of veterans and serving personnel racing including an arm amputee so True Heroes Racing have been able to adapt the bike for him. But it all comes at a cost. Racing is an expensive sport and in many cases it can cost £40,000 or more per year to run a bike.

“We’re one big family and lots of people can get involved whether it’s as a mechanic, a photographer, a rider or helping to sell merchandise. It’s a great thing to throw your energy into after leaving the military.”

You can donate to Anthony’s  Justgiving page here: Crowdfunding to Raise vital money for a great cause A unique team for military veterans and serving personal on JustGiving

The Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon sold out earlier this summer, just three and half months after entries going on sale.

The race is on track to generate its £20 millionth pound in fundraising at the 19th edition of the event this year. Race organisers are urging the public to get behind the event to help it reach this incredible milestone. Over £3 million is raised each year via partnerships with over 90 charities.

A record number of runners from outside Wales (both across the UK and overseas) are registered to take part this year. To celebrate, organisers will be using the event as a platform to celebrate Wales; showcasing everything that is so special and distinct about Cymru and to offer visitors a warm Welsh welcome.

The race is now a part of the SuperHalfs – an international half marathon series including races in Lisbon, Prague, Valencia, Copenhagen and Cardiff. It challengers runners to complete the five race circuit in 36 months in order to earn a ‘SuperMedal’ and other exclusive benefits/prizes.

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Old Gold earn big win over Ynyshir



CARMARTHEN put the disappointment of the defeat against Barry Town in their last Cymru South League match well and truly behind them by inflicting this crushing victory on Ynyshir in this first ever meeting between these clubs.

And the Old Gold put the hosts under pressure from the very start with a series of penetrating attacks. As early as the 1st minute Greg Walters, in his own half, sent a superb pass through to Will Rikard who in turn set Noah Daley racing clear and into the penalty area – however, while his subtle lofted shot defeated goal-keeper Howe the ball flew narrowly over the bar.

Then on 3 minutes Bradley Gibbings sprinted along the right flank and threaded the ball through to Liam Thomas just inside the penalty area but Town’s all-time top scorer saw his crisp drive denied by Howe diving swiftly down to claim the ball.

Town continued to dominate these early stages of the game and, almost predictably, they soon took the lead. In the 13th minute Thomas, from the half-way line, sent a fine pass forward to Rikard who in turn swiftly fed the ball onto Gibbings – the influential midfielder then finished this delightful move by drilling a 15-yard shot beyond Howe’s reach and into the back of the net.

While the Old Gold maintained their hold of the game, for a short spell they seemed unable to test the Ynyshir defence in any meaningful way and with both teams too often guilty of misplacing passes there was little prospect of goalmouth action.

Yet that all changed after 37 minutes. A poor back-pass by an Albions’ defender forced Howe into making a hurried clearance – however Thomas, alert to the situation, blocked the ball at close-range and it rebounded into the net much to his delight.

Encouraged by that success Carmarthen once more began to dominate the play and on 43 minutes they extended their lead. Mathew Delaney embarked on a determined run from the half-way line to reach the by-line before sending a fine cross into the goalmouth where Thomas found space to drive the ball past Howe and into the back of the net.

Then after 45 minutes Gibbings made a strong run into the penalty area and held off two defenders before releasing a fierce shot that Howe, dropping smartly down, managed to turn around the post.

After the interval Ynyshir began positively and were soon rewarded with an early goal. On 48 minutes a smart passing move from the right-wing opened up the Town defence and finished with Cambell, in clear space on the edge of the goal area, firing the ball past goal-keeper Ivan Knott and into the back of the net.

For a spell the Old Gold defence remained under some pressure but it coped capably and no further significant threat to their goal arose.

While the rest of the match was quite evenly-balanced in open play, it was evident that Carmarthen were far more of a threat in sight of goal – and, almost predictably, they extended their lead when on 59 minutes Delaney, from the left flank, sent an inviting free-kick across the face of the goal area and saw Daley, at the far post, tap the ball into the net.

Town went close to scoring again after 71 minutes. Adam John fired a free-kick deep into the goalmouth where Lee Surman saw his close-range header blocked on the goal-line – the ball rebounded to Sam Parsons but his follow-up shot was also cleared.

However, the late frenzy of activity in and around the Albions’ penalty area did have a productive ending for the Old Gold when, deep into added time, another corner-kick reached Scott Tancock beyond the far post – he headed the ball back into the packed goalmouth where Parsons forced it into the net.

This win has consolidated Carmarthen’s position in the top six of the Cymru South League and with just 3 points currently separating those clubs every point from forthcoming matches is clearly vital – the next being against Afan Lido on October 1, at Richmond Park k/o 2.30pm.

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