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Talybont stun leaders Aberaeron

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HAVING beaten Aberystwyth the previous week, Talybont produced another excellent display as they beat leaders Aberaeron by 24 runs on Sunday (Jul 15).

Talybont won the toss and elected to bat first, making 204-6 from their 30 overs.

They made a steady start with Ben Harper scoring 24 before he was caught by Josh Roper off the bowling of Paul Hughes.

Hughes then trapped Barrow leg before for a duck and he later removed Josheff Joshi who was bowled on a score of 38.

Vinod Matthew added 28 to the score before he was bowled by Sion Lewis and Tibby Joseph scored 20 before being bowled by David Grinszpan.

Philip Abraham was the star of the show for Talybont as he hit 62 before being caught by Fice off the bowling of Lewis.

Sojan Varghese and Matthew Novak then finished unbeaten to take Talybont to their total.

Aberaeron then lost Grinszpan early on in their reply when he was bowled by Abraham on a score of five.

Fice and Chris Strange set Aber on their way with a good stand before Fice was also bowled by Abraham on a score of 26.

Strange hit five fours and two sixes in a score of 38 before he was bowled by Josheff Joshi.

Joshi then had Alexander Pitchford caught for a duck before Barrow bowled Steff Rees for a score of 47 which included two fours and two sixes.

Neil Snowdon hit 32 before he was bowled by Barrow and Josh Roper only scored 7 before being bowled by Tibby Joseph.

Barrow took further wickets of Jenkinson and Paul Hughes while Joseph took the wicket of Louis Fice.

That meant that Aberaeron were all out for 180 and it means Talybont close the gap to leaders to just six points.

Aber Seconds earn first win

Also on Sunday, Aberystwyth Seconds earned their first win of the season as they beat Tywyn and District by six wickets.

Tywyn won the toss and elected to bat but were all out for 126. They lost openers Callum Taylor to the bowling of Emlyn Mainwearing and Richard Rees to the bowling of Jamie Holder as they slipped to 7-2.

James Bradbury-Willis and Jack Morris then added another 25 runs before Morris was bowled by Mainwearing for a score of 25.

Bradbury-Willis then shared another 30 runs with Dave Jenkins before the former was caught by Rob Rudge off the bowling of Holders for a score of 16.

Ed Iffla was bowled by Zaid Khan and Dave Jenkins scored 21 before he was caught by Mainwearing off the bowling of Bryn Morris.

Morris also bowled Matthew Maslin and Zaid Khan also knocked the stumps over to remove Niki Williams.

Ioan Morris took the wicket of Ed Hughes who scored 10 and Titus Mathew bowled Gary Furneaux for a duck to bring the innings to a close.

Sam Williams finished the innings not out on 26 as he ran out of partners.

Aber lost Anthony Burrell early in their reply when he was caught by Niki Williams off the bowling of Richard Rees.

Ioan Morris fell to the same bowler when he was caught by Dave Jenkins for a score of 4, leaving Aber on 26-2.

Robin Varley then shared 45 runs with Iestyn Evans as they edged towards victory. Dave Jenkins broke that partnership when he had Varley caught by Rees on a score of 40.

Jenkins also had Zaid Khan caught by Matthew Maslin but that was as good as it got for Tywyn.

Rob Rudge finished not out on 15 while Iestyn Evans was not out on 48 as Aber reached their target inside 34 overs.

Mathew stars as Aber stun Commoners

On Saturday (Jul 14), 13 Year-old Titus Mathew took the last four Commoners’ wickets in four consecutive deliveries to set Aber on their way to victory.

Mathew’s late show meant the Commoners were all out for 101 and Aber reached that with plenty of time to spare.

Zaid Khan made the breakthrough when he bowled Rakesh Bhatia for a duck and Neil Stent made 11 before he was caught by Ted Trewella off the bowling of Tom Constantine and the Commoners slipped to 32-2.

Ravi Mander then shared 57 runs with Jacob Hughes-Pickering for the third wicket but that was brought to an end when Gareth Lewis had Hughes-Pickering caught by Rob Rudge on a score of 23.

Lewis then bowled Will Copeland and had Richard Lucas caught by Khan for a score of 5 as the Commoners’ innings collapsed.

Mathew then took over as he bowled Jan Ruzicka and Chris Ward and he claimed his hat trick when he had Devon Simmons caught by Rudge.

He wasn’t done there as he took the final wicket to bring the Commoners’ innings to a close.

That left Ravi Mander not out on 53 but it wasn’t enough to stop Aber from taking victory.

Aber did lose Ted Trewella early on when he was caught by Stent off the bowling of Rakesh Bhatia for a duck.

Chris Ward then bowled Dafydd Jones for a score of 5 and Nigel Salmon then hit the ball straight back to Bhatia as the Commoners picked up their third wicket.

However, they were unable to take any more as Zaid Khan finished not out on 40 (7 fours) and Mark Evans finished not out on 45 (6 fours, 1 six) to see Aber over the line.

On Saturday (Jul 21), Talybont are at home to Aberystwyth Seconds while UWA Commoners are at home to Aberaeron.

On Sunday (Jul 22), Aberystwyth are at home as they take on Tywyn and District.

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Three summer tests announced for Wales

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WALES will play three summer tests in Cardiff this July as revised international fixtures have been announced.

Wayne Pivac’s side will face Canada (July 3) and back-to-back games against Argentina (July 10 & 17) at Principality Stadium.

These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions.

The Pumas will now travel to Cardiff for two tests against the Six Nations Champions.

Wales will kick off their summer campaign on July 3 at home to Canada. The Canucks who are coached by former Wales captains Kingsley Jones and Rob Howley will visit Cardiff for the first time since 2008.

“We are looking forward to this summer, the opportunity it presents, and we are delighted to have three tests confirmed,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable.

“What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us.   We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British & Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.

“With those players away we always earmarked this summer as an important development opportunity for us.

“It is an opportunity to bring players into this environment, look at them closely and expose them to test match rugby.  It is also an opportunity for current internationals to step-up into further leadership roles, so on both counts it is an important camp for us looking ahead to RWC2023.”

WRU CEO Steve Phillips added: “It is a huge credit to World Rugby that a full schedule of summer international rugby has been achieved against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

“Whilst it is obviously disappointing not to tour, we are delighted in Wales to be hosting Canada and to be able to honour the 2017 San Francisco agreement by hosting the Pumas for back-to-back matches, which will be hugely important to our international player development.

“Wayne has been adamant that his squad needs matches this summer and World Rugby have certainly delivered on that front.

“We are, of course, acutely aware of current restrictions and the ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture. We will continue to monitor the situation in terms of any potential spectator access, but will remain entirely compliant and vigilant of all restrictions.

“In the current circumstances we are simply delighted to be able to play international rugby and any advance on that will be a bonus.”

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Aber fail to break down ten-man Flint

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ABERYSTWYTH Town and Flint Town United played out a goalless draw on Saturday (May 8).

It could have been much different for Aber, though, as they played against a Flint side who had Ben Amiss sent off in the first half, but they failed to make their advantage count.

With Wales experiencing some unseasonal weather, the Deeside coast was battered by mother-nature in the build-up to the game and full credit must go to the volunteers at the Silkmen for producing an excellent playing surface.

Aber started the game brightly and carved out two great openings in the first five minutes.  Firstly, Louis Bradford volleyed over the bar from close range before some brilliant work down the left from Harry Franklin teed up a cross for Jonathan Evans who’s goal bound header looked to have given the Seasiders the initiative.

However, home stopper Jon Rushton had other ideas, pulling off a sumptuous save down low, pawing the ball away to safety.

After the two quick chances for Aber, Flint settled into the contest and began creating chances of their own.

The home side saw strikes from Alex Jones and Callum Brately fall narrowly wide of the post before creating their best opportunity of the half with 23 minutes having elapsed.

Great play down the right flank saw the ball land to Ross Weaver. His strike, via a deflection from Black and Green defender Ian Kearney forced Connor Roberts into a great stop.

Franklin was causing problems for the Silkmen and Aber’s most likely route towards victory looked to be coming down his wing. He had a glorious opportunity to give Aber the lead but couldn’t keep his effort under the crossbar. He did have the ball in the back of the net but an early flag from the linesman denied him his fourth of the season.

The game’s flashpoint came with just seconds to go until the break. A heavy tackle in midfield from Ben Amiss on Jamie Veale, sparking a 19-man melee in midfield and saw referee Bryn Markham Jones reach for his red card for the Flint Town United striker.

With Aber having a numerical advantage, they enjoyed more of the ball in the second stanza but could only create sporadic chances against a well drilled and organised back line. Mathew Jones saw a strike fall narrowly over the bar whilst Kearney’s header from a corner landed on the roof of the home net.

To their credit, Flint did look to gain a winner of their own and had spells of pressure but like their opponents, they couldn’t break down an organised Seasiders’ defence. The lively Jones for the hosts came closest with his header going wide of the far post.

Gavin Allen introduced Owain Jones and Marc Williams as well as Jamie Reed late on in search of the go ahead goal but despite the addition of additional fire power, there was to be no late drama.

Jon Owen saw a shot well stopped by Rushton whilst Jenkins tried to connect with a Jack Rimmer cross in the final minute but could only make connection with the home keeper, earning himself a yellow card in the process.

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Scarlets convincingly beat Ospreys

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Rainbow Cup • Scarlets 22 – Ospreys 6

SCARLETS delivered a dominant derby performance to claim their first victory of the Rainbow Cup campaign, beating the Ospreys 22-6, at a rain-soaked Parc y Scarlets.

Prop Alex Jeffries scored the only try of the match, with full-back Leigh Halfpenny delivering a typically dead-eyed goal-kicking display in atrocious conditions.

The platform was laid by the Scarlets pack, with skipper Ken Owens, Blade Thomson and Aaron Shingler to the fore; the man of the match Kieran Hardy mixed up his game intelligently, while a much-improved defensive display saw the visitors restricted to just two kicks at goal from fly-half Luke Price.

It was the Ospreys who opened the scoring with a penalty from the boot of Price on two minutes, but the Scarlets responded strongly with Halfpenny levelling on 17 after the visitors were caught offside.

The outstanding Jonathan Davies looked like he made it over the whitewash after bursting through a couple of tackles, but the television match official adjudged the Wales centre had lost the ball as he slid over the whitewash and the score was chalked off.

Nevertheless, the Scarlets continued to boss proceedings.

With the Ospreys falling foul of Scottish referee Ben Blain, Halfpenny added a couple more penalties and an impressive half for the home side was capped when Jeffries crossed two minutes before the interval

A well-worked line-out move saw Davies burst onto a pass from Owens, breaking through a couple of tackles before feeding the tight-head prop on his inside.

Jeffries still had plenty to do but showed a superb turn of pace to race clear 20 metres to the whitewash to touch down against his former side.

That made it 16-3 at half-time with the Scarlets seemingly in firm control.

The visitors, looking for their first PRO14 win at Parc y Scarlets since 2015, did enjoy more of the game in the second period.

Price reduced the arrears with a penalty and it needed some superb defence to keep the Ospreys line-out maul at bay.

Another Halfpenny penalty five minutes from time extended the lead to 22-6 to ensure a comfortable victory and a seasonal double over the Scarlets’ arch-rivals.

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