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Bronwydd edge out Dafen

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BRONWYDD earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Dafen to move above them in the table.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to bat and they reached a good total of 210-6 in their 50 overs.

However, they lost Mike Jones early on when he was run out by Gethin Long and when James Cale fell to the bowling of Andrew Randell, the visitors were left on 31-2.

Josh Rencken and Oliver Furneaux then shared 93 runs for the third wicket to put their side in a good position.

Rencken reached his half century but then saw Furneaux trapped leg before by Mattew Donoghue on a score of 43 that included four fours and two sixes.

Carwyn Jones was then run out by Matthew Evans on a score of 10 as Bronwydd slipped to 148-4.

Rencken and George Gleeson then shared another 35 runs before Gleeson was bowled by Long on a score of 18 (three fours) from 15 balls.

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Donoghue then had Meirion Davies caught by Daniel Vaughan to leave the visitors on 192-6.

Rencken had reached a score of 86 at that stage and he went on to finish unbeaten on 98 with ten fours.

Dafen’s reply did not get off to the best of starts as Tom Gleeson had Matthew Evans caught by George Gleeson and Tom then bowled Chris Randell.

Matthew Bagshaw then bowled Nicky Davies as Dafen were left reeling on 6-3.

Matthew Donoghue and Gethin Long then shared 49 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

James Cale brought that partnership to an end as he had Long caught by Meirion Davies on a score of 43 from 38 balls.

Cale then also trapped Phillip George leg before as the home side fell to 75-5.

Donoghue and Simon Davies then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket before Cale trapped Donoghue leg before on a score of 33.

Davies and George Lavender then shared another 47 runs for the seventh wicket as they continued to edge toward their target.

Davies hit seven fours in his score of 43 but he was then trapped leg before by Josh Rencken.

Lavender made a score of 19 before he was bowled by Tom Gleeson who then bowled Chris Hudson for a duck to leave Dafen nine-down needing 21 to win.

Andrew Randell made his way to a score of 23 as he looked to earn the win for his side but George Gleeson then bowled him to bring Dafen’s innings to a close on 196 all out.

On Saturday (Aug 10), Bronwydd host Briton Ferry Steel while Dafen will look to bounce back when they take on Maesteg Celtic.

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

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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

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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

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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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