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Glamorgan – Leicestershire preview

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GLAMORGAN coach Robert Croft said after Glamorgan’s second successive defeat ‘that we have got to work our way out of this position’ and they will have that opportunity this weekend when they play Leicestershire – who have also lost their two opening games- at Grace Road .

After batting first in the games at Northampton and Cardiff, Glamorgan’s batsmen failed to combat swing and seam, although captain Jacques Rudolph admitted he should have bowled first at Wantage Road, and” he got it wrong” after electing to bat in cold, cloudy conditions.

With last season’s leading run scorer Will Bragg still absent with a sore back, there is little competition at the top of the order, where the openers Rudolph and Nick Selman are averaging only 15 from four innings. They did however put on 74 in the second innings at Cardiff, and they should benefit from what is usually a good batting pitch at Grace Road. Only David Lloyd – promoted to No. 3 in Bragg’s absence, and Aneurin Donald, have passed fifty, and there is a need for greater consistency from the batsmen.

Glamorgan have also included five seamers in the first two games, but with a favourable weather forecast for the four days, and less moisture in the pitch, they could replace one of the quicker bowlers with a spinner-Andrew Salter is an option-, which would also strengthen the batting.

Leicestershire have also under performed in their opening games, losing by ten wickets to Notts, and by an innings against Gloucestershire. Disciplinary measures were also taken against the club, which resulted in their experienced seamer Charlie Shreck suspended for the first two games, and captain Mark Cosgrove for this game against his former county. Meanwhile, former opener Angus Robson has left the club by mutual consent and is set to join Sussex.

Meanwhile, they will be hoping that their South African batsman Colin Ackerman will be fit to play after breaking his thumb against Gloucestershire. He failed to resume his first innings and was unable to take any further part in the game.

Rudolph has said “the senior players need to stand up after the poor start to the season” and a win is imperative at Grace Road. It will also erase the memories of the final game of last season, when Glamorgan were cruising to victory before losing their last six wickets for just ten runs in 26 balls.

Glamorgan squad: J.Rudolph ,N.Selman, D.Lloyd, C.Ingram, A.Donald, C.Cooke, K.Carlson, H.Podmore ,M.De Lange, M.Hogan, L.Carey, A. Salter.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before

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A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.

NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.

Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.

A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.

There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.

During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

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