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South Wales Cricket Association Round up

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DAFEN were big winners in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association League as they scored over 300 runs for the second weekend running.

They finished their innings on a mammoth total of 317-2 in their game with Maesteg Celtic thanks to a score of 117 from Nicky Davies and 116 not out from Matthew Evans.

Between them they hit 33 boundaries while there was also a late cameo from David Dunfee.

Dunfee smashed five sixes and two fours in a knock of 53 that came off only 24 balls.

Maesteg lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply as Morgan Griffiths was out on a score of 10 and Ian Herbert scored 20.

Nick Poole top scored for Celtic with 62 but he was out when he hit his own wicket.

There were two wickets apiece for Matthew Donoghue, Chris Hudson, Gethin Long and Jonathan Randell as Celtic were all out for 135.

Action from the game between Dafen and Maesteg Celtic. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd were beaten Gorseinon on Saturday after they could only reach 137-7 in their fifty overs.

James Cale was top scorer for his side with 55 while Oliver Furneaux finished not out on 29.

Josh Simmons took four wickets for Gorseinon as they restricted Bronwydd well.

Kieran Howells then got his side up and running in their reply with a half century while Jack Donovan and Josh Simmons completed their victory finishing not out on 21 and 31 respectively.

Llandysul also suffered defeat on Saturday as a century from Thomas Merilaht helped Cowbridge post 261-7 in their game.

Merilaht had good support from Ben Wright who scored 35 and Jack Cropper who scored 61 runs.

The pick of the bowlers for Llandysul was Andrew Edwards who finished with figures of 3-48 from his ten overs.

Opener Gary Williams scored 31 runs for Llandysul in their reply but they lost wickets at regular intervals and slipped to 64-4.

Ieuan Paske added 21 while Andrew Edwards hit a score of 70 as he did his best to get his side going. However when he fell Llandysul were left hanging on 162-9 before they were all out for 179.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Dafen travel to Aberdare, Llandysul are at home to the Swansea Civil Service and Bronwydd travel to Merthyr Tydfil.

In Division 2, Drefach earned their second win of the season as they beat Briton Ferry Town by six wickets.

Briton Ferry won the toss and batted first and opener Yakoob Ali played well as he hit twelve fours and three sixes in a knock of 87.

Adrian Mainwaring was his side’s next highest scorer on 19 as Town reached 162-7 from their fifty overs.

James Carter was the pick of the Drefach bowlers as he finished with excellent figures of 5-22 from his eight overs.

Rob Seymour got Drefach off to a good start in their reply as he scored 59 runs and Dafydd Humprheys added 20.

Owen Donovan finished not out on 22 while Tomos Ellis-Williams was unbeaten on a score of 40 as Drefach reached their target with plenty of time to spare.

Felinfoel suffered a narrow defeat in their game with Maesteg as they reached their target with only one wicket in hand off the final ball of the innings.

The visitors batted first after Maesteg elected to field but only Andrew Thomas (67) and Julian Griffiths (87 not out) troubled the scorers as they were the only two to reach double figures.

Craig Richards and Stuart Parmenter took three wickets each for Felinfoel as they did their best to derail Maesteg’s chase.

Ashley Colston top scored for Maesteg with 43 runs while Ewan Lambert scored a late 29 before he was one of Rhys Harries’ two victims.

Lee Morgan then scored the winning runs off the last ball to break Felinfoel’s hearts.

Division 2 leaders Llangennech maintained their place at the top with a six wicket win over Morriston.

Llangennech elected to field first and they did well to restrict Morriston to 180-8 from their fifty overs.

Opener Tom Fenn scored 43 while Ben Haigh made a quickfire 28. Sam Hughes scored 20 while Jay Wittram finished not out on 57.

Jack Williams was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3-21 from his seven overs.

Hedd-Wyn Jones made 40 as Llangennech got their reply off to a good start while James Taube top scored as he hit twelve fours and two sixes in a knock of 86 before he fell to the bowling of Mark Whittaker.

David Williams finished not out on 20 as he eased Llangennech over the line with time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 9), Drefach are away to Baglan, Llangennech make the trip to Briton Ferry Town and Felinfoel are at home to Briton Ferry Steel.

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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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