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Dafen and Drefach earn victories



A SCORE of 60 from David Dunfee helped Dafen to victory against Bronwydd in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association on Saturday (Jun 23).

That helped the visitors post 179 all out in their 50 overs which also saw Jeremy Dawes scoring 33.

Dafen made a steady start to their innings after winning the toss at Cnwc-y-Deri and electing to bat.

Matthew Evans was run out by George Gleeson with the score on 21 before Dawes and Jonathan Randell shared 43 runs for the second wicket.

Randell made 24 before he was caught and bowled by Gleeson and Dawes departed soon after when he was trapped leg before by Dafydd Morgan.

Chris Randell made 10 before he was bowled by Dafydd Morgan and Simon Davies also scored 10 before he was caught by Oliver Furneaux off the bowling of James Cale.

Dunfee did not get much support from his fellow batsmen as Jamie Mansel was caught by Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 8 and Matthew Donoghue was out for a duck when he was also caught by Gleeson off the bowling of James Dickson.

Dunfee took matters into his own hands as he smashed four fours and four sixes and after Chris Hudson was trapped leg before by Dickson he was then run out by Furneaux.

Dunfee looked for another big shot but he missed and with Daniel Vaughan halfway down the track he was forced to run but the wicketkeeper hit the stumps at the far end.

Matthew Vaughan then bowled Rhys Marchant with the last ball of the innings meaning Bronwydd would need 180 to win.

They made an excellent start to their innings as James Cale and Jacob Jenkinson shared 76 runs for the first wicket.

Dafen eventually broke that partnership when Jenkinson was stumped by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Chris Hudson for a score of 23.

Cale then shared 35 runs with George Gleeson before Cale was caught and bowled by Chris Hudson for a score of 71 which included nine fours.

Matthew Evans then trapped Furneaux leg before for a duck and he also had Bleddyn Morgan caught by Chris Hudson as Bronwydd slipped to 125-4.

George Gleeson had made a score of 40 (seven fours) but he was then bowled by Matthew Donoghue and soon after Jonathan Randell had Meirion Davies caught by Daniel Vaughan.

James Dickson was then bowled by Randell and Dafydd Morgan made 10 before he was caught by Chris Hudson off the bowling of Randell.

Morgan’s wicket left the home side on 164-8 and that soon became nine as Pauluge Gihan Secstus Fernando was bowled by Randell.

Randell then brought the innings to a close as he bowled Matthew Vaughan and Bronwydd were all out for 172, seven runs short of their target.

It meant that Randell finished with excellent figures of 5-33 and the win sees Dafen take home 19 points.

Llandysul fall short

Elsewhere in Division 1, Llandysul fell just five runs short of victory in their game with Gowerton.

Matthew Mason scored 133 in his side’s total of 270-6 in which James Gardiner also scored 44.

Rhidian Harris scored 40 and Ben Edkins top scored with 78 for Llandysul in their reply but both were victims to the bowling of Marvel Biju who took three wickets.

Carwyn Evans finished the innings not out on 42 but it wasn’t enough as Rhodri Phillips also took three wickets to dismiss the home side for 265.

On Saturday (June 30), Dafen are away to Cowbridge, Bronwydd travel to Swansea Civil Service and Llandysul are at home to Gorseinon.

Drefach topple Felinfoel

In Division 2, Drefach earned a 67-run victory over Felinfoel. Drefach posted 228-9 from their 50 overs with Tomos Ellis-Williams scoring 37 (four fours, two sixes) in a knock of 37 and Owen Donovan top scoring on 67.

Both were trapped leg before by Andrew Thomas who claimed three wickets.

Rohan Nangalia and Stuart Parmenter eached picked up two wickets for Felinfoel.

In reply, Andrew Thomas and Scott Davies made a good start but Leigh Davies and Owen Donovan ripped through the top order to leave Felinfoel struggling on 89-5.

Donovan struck twice and removed top scorer Davies who had made 39.

Leigh Davies also had Thomas stumped on a score of 15 and he went on to claim five wickets for the loss of only 11 runs from his ten overs.

Rohan Nangalia finished not out on 36 as he looked to provide some late resistance but it wasn’t enough as James Carter struck twice late on to bowl Felinfoel out for 161.

Llangennech also suffered defeat as they were beaten by five wickets by Cimla.

They had Scott Lloyd scoring 19 and David Williams added 21. Martin Gregory scored 27 and Richard Clement top scored with 34 as Llangennech were all out for 162.

Philip Knight finished not out on 74 as he guided Cimla to victory despite two wickets from Matthew Jones.

On Saturday (Jun 30), Drefach are at home to Briton Ferry Steel, Felinfoel are away to Briton Ferry Town and Llangennech are at home to Maesteg.

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



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



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



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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