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Aberaeron on top against Aber

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ABERAERON maintained their place at the top of the West Wales Cricket Conference as they beat Aberystwyth by three wickets on Saturday (Jun 23).

Aberaeron won the toss and elected to field and they restricted their opponents to just 161-6 in their 40 overs.

Ceri John and Zaid Khan made a good start for Aber in their innings as Khan scored 45 before he was caught by Louis Fice off the bowling of Neil Snowdon.

John top scored for the visitors with a score of 61 which included ten fours and a six but he was caught by Hywel Rees off the bowling of Paul Hughes.

Hughes then had Anthony Burrell caught by Dave Floyd for a score of 1 and Ted Trewella departed for the same score when he was caught by Fice off the bowling of Snowdon.

Gareth Lewis scorted 26 to try and improve Aber’s score but he was then stumped by Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees.

Snowdon returned to pick up his third wicket as he had Tom Constantine caught by Chris Strange.

Ioan Morris finished not out on 10 for Aber but they had made a modest total of 161 and knew they would need to bowl well to defend it.

With 23 runs on the board for the first partnership, Aberaeron lost David Grinszpan when he was stumped by Robert Rudge off the bowling of Gareth Lewis.

J Fice and Chris Strange shared 42 runs for the second wicket before Strange was caught off the bowling of Lewis for a score of 32 which included five fours and a six.

Steff and Hywel Rees then both fell victim to the bowling of Constantine with Steff caught by Rudge and Hywel trapped leg before.

Fice and Snowdon then shared 45 runs for the fifth wicket before Snowdon was caught off the bowling of Ted Trewella for a score of 15.

Soon after Fice, who had hit nine fours in a score of 54, was caught off the bowling of Titus Mathew and that left Aberaeron on 138-6.

Sion Lewis then made 12 before he was run out by Zaid Khan leaving Aberaeron on 151-7.

However, Louis Fice finished not out on 10 and Dave Floyd not out on 5 as Aberaeron crept over the line.

On Sunday (June 24), Talybont earned their fourth win of the season as they beat Tywyn and District by one wicket.

Tywyn won the toss and elected to bat first making a good total of 184-5 from their 40 overs.

Callum Taylor made 12 early on before he was caught off the bowling of Josheff Joshi and James Bradbury-Willis only made 9 before he was caught by Dave Shaun.

Richard Rees batted well for his score of 38 before he was bowled by Philip Abraham.

Dave Jenkins and Ed Iffla made an excellent partnership before the latter was caught by Kevin Jenkins off the bowling of Sojan Varghese for a score of 41.

Matthew Maslin also fell victim to Varghese when he was bowled for a duck.

Dave Jenkins was the star of the show for Tywyn as he finished not out on 66.

Talybont knew they would need to bat well in their reply to reach their target but they made a slow start as opener Ben Harper was run out by Morgan York for a score of 5 and Tibby Joseph was run out by Dave Jenkins for a score of 2.

Philip Abraham also made five before he was caught by Dave Jenkins off the bowling of Richard Rees.

Josheff Joshi and Dave Shaun played well together with Joshi making 45 before he was bowled by Callum Taylor.

Ed Hughes then had Sojan Varghese trapped leg before and Graison John bowled.

Dave Shaun top scored with 80 for Talybont but he was then caught by Taylor off the bowling of James Bradbury-Willis.

Hughes also had Vinod Mathew caught by Bradbury-Willis and when Kevin Jenkins was caught by Matthew Maslin off the bowling of Rees it looked as if they have a secured a tied game.

However, Nijo John scored the one run needed to help his side over the line with the last ball of the innings.

Also on Sunday, UWA Commoners earned their fifth win of the season as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by 127 runs.

The Commoners batted well and made an excellent total of 245-5 in their innings before bowling the Seconds out for just 118.

There are no fixtures on Saturday (Jun 30) with teams returning to action the following week.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Aber Seconds are at home to Aberaeron. On Sunday (Jul 8), Talybont face Aberystwyth and Tywyn host UWA Commoners.

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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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