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Sporting heroes under spotlight

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SPORTING heroes across Carmarthenshire have been put under the spotlight for their achievements and contribution to sport.

The Actif Carmarthenshire Sports Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution in their field during 2019-2021 and the pandemic.

In a glittering ceremony held at Ffwrnes Theatre last night (Thursday, March 10), winners from 11 categories including Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year were honoured. The 12th category which was The Sporting Hall of Fame welcomed two inductees.

The awards, now in its 22nd year, are organised by Carmarthenshire County Council to highlight the importance of sport in the region and showcase county-wide sporting achievements.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said: “The annual awards recognise and reward those people who have made a positive difference and shown outstanding achievements in their field whether it be as an individual, coach, volunteer or sports team in disabled, non-disabled, professional and amateur sport. It’s been an exceptionally challenging couple of years for everyone with the pandemic and its restrictions but despite these struggles these people have managed to reach audiences in innovative ways and continued to and inspire them to be active during lockdown.”

Former Welsh Rugby Union coach Nigel Owens presented the event and MIND – Llanelli and Carmarthen were the nominated charity.

Categories and Winners

Young Sportsman of the Year

Frank Morgan – Athletics

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Emily Shawyer – Shooting

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year

Josh Edwards – Football

Sports Volunteer of the Year

Geraint Burrows – Football

Community Sport Coach of the Year

Rob Campion – Athletics

High Performance Coach of the Year

David Thomas – Gymnastics

Outstanding Services to Sport Award

Dave Rayson – Football

Young Team of the Year

Carmarthen Wanderers Cricket U17s – Cricket

Team of the Year

Carmarthenshire Karate – Karate

Community Sports Club of the Year

Ammanford AFC – Football

Sports Personality of the Year

Johnny Clayton – Darts

Carmarthenshire Sporting Hall of Fame

Robert Croft MBE – Cricket

Dr Helydd Davies MBE

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Mumbles beat Wanderers with three balls to spare

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MUMBLES picked up victory against Carmarthen Wanderers on Saturday (May 14) as they reached their target with only three balls to spare.

After winning the toss, the Wanderers chose to bat first and they scored 207-5 in their 50 overs.

Robbie Crawford and Owain Davies shared 30 runs for the first wicket but Crawford was bowled by Greg Handley on a score of 11 and soon after he had Davies caught by Sean Davies on a score of 12.

Jack Straw then had Gareth Thomas caught by Aneurin Norman as the Wanderers were reduced to 47-3.

Owain Binding and Tom Davies looked to get the Wanderers going again and they shared 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Binding hit six fours in a score of 39 but he was caught by Richard Gibby off the bowling of Jamie Sheldon.

Tom Davies and Lewis Byng then shared 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Davies reaching his half century.

Davies hit four fours and five sixes as he reached a score of 72 but he was then bowled by Handley.

Byng went on to finish unbeaten on 26 while Owen Bailey hit three late fours to finish not out on 16 from 6 balls.

Owain Binding bowled Joe Phillips early in Mumbles’ reply and he also trapped Richard Gibby leg before on a score of 22 to leave their opponents on 31-2.

Scores of 47 (three fours) from Elliot Oates and 77 (eight fours, two sixes) from Gregory Thomas kept Mumbles in the game but the Wanderers continued to take wickets.

Sean Davies hit a four and three sixes in his score of 28 from 17 balls but he was caught by Iestyn Scourfield off the bowling of Gareth Thomas.

Jamie Sheldon was run out on a score of 10 by Lewis Byng, leaving Mumbles on 206-8.

In the last over, Greg Handley defended the first two balls and then hit a four with the third to win the game for Mumbles.

On Saturday, May 21, Carmarthen Wanderers host Llanelli.

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Ammanford bow out of Welsh Cup

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AMMANFORD made a swift exit from the Welsh Cup as they were beaten by seven wickets by Pontarddulais in a closely contested match at Ffosyrefail.

Ammanford batted first and reached a handsome 217 for 7 in their 40 overs, thanks to Kurtis Marsh (36), Xavier Clarke (30) and Alun Evans (48).

Former Ammanford star Matthew Fisher took four wickets for 37 in his first match against his old club.

Despite losing an early wicket, experienced opener Gary Arrowsmith began a solid Bont response, and a half century from Iestyn Rees put the home side well on the way to victory.

Despite a couple of wickets each from Alun Evans, Saihaj Jaspal and Fin Jeffries, Bont rteached their target with 3 overs and 3 wickets to spare.

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Ammanford lose out as Swansea post mammoth total

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SCORING their highest total for several seasons, Ammanford still managed to lose by 131 runs to a blistering Swansea batting line-up which has now scored over 1200 runs in 3 matches.

Ammanford’s acting captain Dan Roberts must have imagined that lightning couldn’t strike thrice when he invited Swansea to bat on a perfect St Helens track. It could.

And it did. Opening pair Brad Wadlan and Chris Gibson (82) put on 252 for the first wicket before Wadlan fell for 147.

Wadlan is just 14 short of 500 runs for the season and it’s still mid-May!

Swansea’s impressive batting line-up maintained the assault on Ammanford’s bowlers, Jake Roberts scoring 96 from 41 deliveries.

They closed on a gargantuan 425 for 4.

Ammanford’s priority was to secure maximum batting points by reaching 225, and this they did without any difficulty.

An excellent 88-run opening partnership from Rhodri-Huw Davies (51) and Kurtis Marsh (30) gave Xavier Clarke (112no) an excellent platform from which to launch a classy maiden unbeaten ton for Ammanford.

Dan Roberts (30) and Saihaj Jaspal (46no) continued the good work, and Ammanford closed on 294 for 3, a total which on most weekends would guarantee a win.

Whilst there was never any chance of getting near Swansea’s ridiculous target, Ammanford’s batsmen gave a thoroughly creditable account of themselves which looked promising for the rest of the season.

Next week they welcome Newport to the Park.

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