AFTER last week’s inspiring performance at league leaders Bridgend, Ammanford were looking to gather some momentum as the South Wales Premier League draws towards its final stages. Neath were this week’s visitors to the Park and Ammanford fielded what looked to be their strongest possible eleven, welcoming back into the side batsmen Rhys-Huw Davies and Craig Maloney as well as Glamorgan all-rounder Jack Murphy. After an impressive display with the ball from Ammanford’s bowlers they managed to restrict Neath to what looked to be a total that was below par on a flat wicket at the Park, Ammanford however failed miserably with the bat in their pursuit of Neath’s lowly score of 126.
Former Glamorgan wicketkeeper, and now Neath captain Adrian Shaw won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on another glorious Saturday afternoon at Ammanford Park. Neath openers, former and current Glamorgan players, Gareth Rees and Kieran Bull managed to put on just 21 before Rees was dismissed by Tom Maynard. Rees failed to take advantage of his chance, having been dropped first ball of the day off the bowling of Ammanford’s Glamorgan allocated player Jack Murphy. This seemed to be the theme for the day with several other catching opportunities being put down by Ammanford’s fielders during Neath’s innings. However, Ammanford continued to take wickets on a regular basis throughout the Neath innings with Maynard and Murphy returning more than respectable figures of 2-25 and 3-41 respectively.
Ammanford’s spinners did the rest of the damage, Mathew Fisher picked up 1-15 from his permitted 10 overs and Matthew Roberts produced impressive figures of 4-22 as Neath were bowled out for just 126 on a track which looked like a score of 230 would be par. Ammanford’s response with the bat got off to a disastrous start with openers Hedd-Wyn Jones and Rhys- Huw Davies back in the pavilion, both with just 1 to their name. Captain and vice-captain Alun Evans and Mathew Fisher came together with the score on 8-2 and managed to provide a brief period of respite as they took the total on to 58-3 before Evans (19) was dismissed by a fine catch from Neath’s Kieran Bull. The dismissal of Evans sent the Ammanford dressing room into panic mode as wickets continued to fall and Ammanford slumped to 75- 7.
The damage was done by another spinner, this time it was Neath’s Kieran Bull who all but won the game himself finishing with notable figures of 5-28 from his 10 overs. Despite the tumbling of wickets Ammanford were still managing a healthy run rate, mainly thanks to Fisher who scored 47 off just 42 balls. Fisher departed with the score on 103-8 and the game was set for a nailbiting finish. With Matthew Roberts still at the crease Ammanford were still in with a fighting chance to win the game despite the dismal batting display. Roberts managed to hit a couple of boundaries late on but all came to no avail as he was caught on the boundary attempting another. Ammanford were eventually allout for 108 on a day of cricket to forget for the Carmarthenshire outfit.
As a result Ammanford dropped to fifth place in the South Wales Premier League table, and next week will see them make the short trip to local rivals Pontarddulais for their second derby match-up of the season. On a slightly more positive note for Ammanford, Pontarddulais travelled to league leaders Bridgend and were beaten comprehensively by 222 runs. The derby promises to be fiercely contested with both teams looking to bounce back after disappointing results this past weekend.
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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