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Four in a row for Wanderers



CARMARTHEN Wanderers won their fourth game in a row on Saturday (May 25) as they beat Malpas by 58 runs.

Malpas won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl the Wanderers out for 183.

However, the Wanderers’ bowlers were in equally good form as they bowled their opponents out for 125 to earn victory and remain top of Division 2.

The home side lost opener Robbie Crawford for a duck early on when he was bowled by James Francis.

Leighton Walters and Stephen Inward shared 29 runs for the second wicket but Walters was then caught off the bowling of David Griffiths on a score of 20 (4 fours).

Inward and Gareth Thomas then shared another 35 runs but Malpas struck again as Ryan Ward had Inward caught on a score of 17.

Thomas made 28 with five fours and a six but Ward then had him caught by Andrew Ross leaving the Wanderers on 92-4.

Owain Binding and Darrell Griffiths then shared the best stand of the match as they shared 46 runs for the fifth wicket.

Both made good starts but Griffiths was out for a score of 19 and soon after Binding was out for a score of 22.

Wickets continued to fall as Daniel Jones was out to the bowling of Francis and Owain Davies to the bowling of Christian Rose.

Steven Mills scored 18 but was also out to Rose and when Ian Hughes fell to Francis, it brought the innings to a close.

Malpas did not help themselves in keeping the score down as they conceded 41 extras.

The Wanderers were hopeful they could put pressure on the Malpas batters and that’s exactly what they did as Owain Binding had Ryan Ward caught by Owain Davies.

31 runs followed between James Francis and Michael Martin but Ian Hughes then had Francis caught by Stephen Inward to leave Malpas on 36-2.

Twenty runs later, Hughes struck again as he had Lewis Morgan caught by Davies.

Martin made 28 but he was then bowled by Steven Mills who then also trapped Steve Provis leg before for a duck, reducing Malpas to 64-5.

That became 76-6 as Mills again caught the pads, this time of Jason Barker.

Gareth Thomas then claimed the wicket of Andrew Ross, with Walters taking the catch and Dan Jones was also caught by Walters, giving Binding his second wicket.

On 90-8 the visitors were facing a losing battle but Ross Ward made 22 before being caught and bowled by Walters.

Robbie Crawford then picked up the final wicket as he had David Griffiths caught by Thomas.

That meant that Malpas were all out for 125 but the Wanderers were also guilty of giving away 27 runs in extras.

On Saturday (Jun 1), Carmarthen Wanderers are away to Newbridge.

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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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