AMMANFORD suffered a painful 35 run defeat at the hands of local rivals Pontarddulais in a low scoring match at the Park.
Ammanford looked to have the match in the bag when they gave Bont first knock and had them on the rack at 70 for 7, due to some fine bowling from Billy Root (3-19), Dan Roberts (2-22) and Owen Davies (2-25).
However, a rearguard response from Lewis Edwards (52) and Dafydd Davies (22) coming in at 8 and 9 respectively put on 81 runs and gave Bont a respectable closing total of 165 for 9 after their 50 overs.
The target was modest in comparison to the recent astronomical scores we’ve become accustomed to, but Ammanford’s attempt to surpass it began badly.
Glamorgan’s Lukas Carey got rid of both openers, and when his county colleague Billy Root went for an uncharacteristic duck, the writing seemed to be on the wall.
Xavier Clarke (39) and Josef Davies (24) provided some glimmer of hope, but with their departure the remaining 4 wickets fell for 12 runs, and Ammanford were all out for 130.
For the Bont, Lukas Carey and Matthew Fisher bagged three wickets each.
This most unexpected of victories enabled Bont to leapfrog Ammanford into the top half of Premier 1, Ammanford slipping to 7th.
Next week, Ammanford are away at the Gnoll to face Neath, and will need to develop a far more clinical approach to accompany the talent already there if they are to win the matches they are currently losing.
Seconds suffer heavy defeat
Ammanford seconds suffered a heavy away defeat at the hands of their neighbours Pontarddulais.
Bont’s innings was defined by a 120 run partnership between Alex Thomas (108) and opener Cameron Davey (60). This gave them the platform to reach a formidable total of 242 for 6.
For Ammanford, skipper Jamie Evans bowled very well for his 5 for 46.
Despite a decent opening stand of 41 between Jamie Evans (16) and Matthew Davies (21), Ammanford’s reply never really got off the ground.
They were all out for 94 in the 28th over, thanks to good bowling from Richard Davies (4-15), William Jones (3-31) and Oliver Rogers (2-24).
Ammanford thirds beaten at The Rec
A comprehensive 114-run defeat at the Rec by visitors Pontarddulais thirds gave the Bont a clean sweep against Ammanford on Saturday.
Bont scored a healthy 186 in their 40 overs, Cai Gealy (27), Theo Bowden (27) and Vasanth Sampath (22) being the main contributors.
Dafydd Wyn Jones got three wickets for Ammanford.
Ammanford’s response reached a dismal 72, only Tom Davies (12) and Richie Thomas (14) reaching
double figures. Josh Jewell bagged five wickets for Bont.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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