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Commonwealth stars to boost Wales

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WALES’ Commonwealth Games stars will get the chance to shine on home soil when they go for glory at the World Bowls Atlantic Championships this week.

A total of 26 nations are gearing up for the global lawn bowls event, which gets underway at four South Wales locations on Friday.

The action Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles triples and fours actions begins at Penylan, Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys and Penarth Windsor Bowling clubs from 8.15am.

Wales’ bid for the title has been boosted by a host of Commonwealth medallists. Dan Salmon of Penylan claimed gold in dramatic fashion on the Gold Coast last year and will attempt to claim even more silverware in the singles at his local club.

Salmon will also compete in the Pairs event alongside Harlequins Aberdare bowler and Welsh Indoor champion Ross Owen.

Glasgow games bronze medallist Jon Tomlinson and his RTB Ebbw Vale colleague Steve Harris will go for gold in the men’s triples with Wales international Ben Thomas of Pontrhydyfen completing the lineup.

Owen will join the triples team for the fours as part of a strong Welsh contingent overseen by manager David Harding of Penylan.

Lampeter’s Anwen Butten will be hoping to more silverware to a glittering lawn bowls career. She has twice claimed the bronze medal in the Commonwealth pairs at Manchester in 2002 and Delhi in 2010. The 46-year-old’s most recent success came in the triples when she won silver in the World Outdoor Bowls Championships in New Zealand.

She will go for glory in the triples and the fours with her Lampeter clubmate Mel Thomas and European mixed fours champion Bethan Russ of Port Talbot.

Sara Marie Nicholls of Llandeilo is tasked with the singles responsibility before she joins former Wales Youth star Ysie White in the doubles. Hazel Wilson of Berriew will manage the team as they get set to impress in-front of their home fans.

A competition schedule with full timings and locations can be found at welshbowls.co.uk/atlantic-rim-2019/tournament-schedule, while tickets can be purchased on the day at any of the four clubs.

Teams:
Men
Singles – Dan Salmon
Pairs – Ross Owen / Dan Salmon
Triples – Ben Thomas / Steve Harris / John Tomlinson
Fours – Ben Thomas / Ross Owen / Steve Harris / John Tomlinson

Ladies
Singles – Sara Marie Nicholls
Pairs – Sara Marie Nicholls / Ysie White
Triples – Melanie Thomas / Bethan Russ / Anwen Butten
Fours – Melanie Thomas / Bethan Russ / Ysie White / Anwen Butten

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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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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