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3000 in cross country championship

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Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 14.36.38THE STUNNING weather in the week and on the day attracted over 3,000 people to the 2016 Dyfed Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Thursday, March 17, at Carmarthen United Counties Showground.

A terrific number of 1375 competitors from more than 85 Dyfed primary schools competed and a total of more than 3,000 people & supporters, making all roads around Carmarthen very busy, turned out in the sun for the 29th annual event organised by Hedydd Davies Chairman of Carmarthen Harriers.

The event was being filmed by S4C’s daily Welsh programme “Heno” based in Llanelli and an item was shown on TV on Friday, March 18.

Number of Finishers/Nifer wedi gorffen:

Year 3 Girls 194; Year 3 Boys 203; Year 4 Girls 193; Year 4 Boys 194; Year 5 Girls 166; Year 5 Boys 164; Year 6 Girls 120; Year 6 Boys 141

The first of the eight races started at 4.30pm and the presentation of the 128 medals were made at 5.55pm.

The championships this year was sponsored by the Freemasons of West Wales and McDonalds Carmarthen, organised by Carmarthen Harriers with support from Pembrokeshire Harriers.

Awards to the first ten in each race, first three teams and winning county were presented by the invited guests – Mayor and Mayoress of Carmarthen Cllr and Mrs Barry Williams, Carol Anthony Chair of Welsh Athletics, John Elward Vice President of WA, Cllr Alun Lenny Carmarthenshire County Council, Miss Pippa Mounsey McDonalds and David Harris West Wales Freemasons Provincial Council.

In the team competition there were five different team winners: Roch and Mary Immaculate both had one win each.

Ysgol Y Dderwen, Gymraeg Aberaeron and Tenby Juniors won two team races each, and as a result with no points difference – were the overall joint team winners and will share the trophy. In the inter county competition Carmarthenshire won five races and Pembrokeshire three events.

An event of this magnitude takes a great deal of organisation and preparation and grateful thanks to all for supporting the event and making the championships a successful one:

The final cross country match took place on Wednesday, March 23, at Parc Dinefwr in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, where Dyfed Primary Schools hosted West Glamorgan Primary Schools in the annual match.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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