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Aberaeron remain top with victory over Commoners

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ABERAERON remain top of the West Wales Cricket Conference as they beat UWA Commoners by 88 runs on Saturday (Jul 21).

The Commoners won the toss and elected to field and they were able to keep Aberaeron’s score down to 183-7 from their 40 overs.

Openers Fice and David Grinszpan shared 56 runs for the first wicket before the breakthrough was made by James Bryan as he had Fice caught by Guy Baron on a score of 29.

Alexander Pitchford scored 10 before being caught by Neil Stent off the bowling of Bryan.

Grinszpan and Steff Rees then added another 40 runs between them before Grinszpan was caught by Ian Lawton off the bowling of Rakesh Bhatia on a score of 47.

Steff Rees was then bowled by Umar Aslam on a score of 21 and Hywel Rees scored 15 before being caught by Baron off the bowling of Aslam.

Ian Lawton had Neil Snowdon caught by Bill Somerfield and Dave Floyd was run out on a score of 17.

That left Simon Mitchell not out on 9 as Aberaeron posted a modest total.

Mitchell then took four wickets as helped bowl the Commoners out for just 95.

Mitchell struck first when he bowled Neil Stent and James Bryan had to retire hurt on a score of 9.

Rakesh Bhatia scored 4 before he was caught by Neil Snowdon off the bowling of Mitchell and he then bowled Ian Lawton and Umar Aslam to finish with excellent figures of 4-9 from his six overs.

Will Copeland scored 15 before being caught by Dave Floyd off the bowling of Steff Rees and Bill Somerfield fell in similar fashion.

Jan Ruzicka scored 13 before he was caught and bowled by Sion Lewis and Chris Ward was caught by Dave Floyd off the bowling of Rees for a duck as the innings came to a close.

Guy Baron finished not out on 24 but it wasn’t enough to prevent a fifth defeat of the season for the Commoners.

TALYBONT kept the pressure on leaders Aberaeron as they beat Aberystwyth Seconds by 129 runs on Saturday (Jul 21).

Talybont won the toss and elected to bat and they posted a good total of 235-6 from their 40 overs. They were then able to bowl Aber Seconds out for just 106 to earn a comfortable win.

Aber edge past Tywyn

ABERYSTWYTH edged to victory over Tywyn and District on Sunday (Jul 22), as they beat them by one wicket.

Tywyn batted first and posted 187-6 from their 40 overs as Ed Iffla top scored with a knock of 60.

Openers Callum Taylor and Richard Rees got Tywyn off to a good start with scores of 24 and 29 respectively before both fell to the bowling of Nigel Salmon.

Salmon also bowled James Bradbury-Willis on a score of 3 before Mark Evans also bowled Matthew Maslin.

Dave Jenkins made a late score of 26 before he was bowled by Sion Meredith and Dylan Williams finished not out on 24 to guide Tywyn to their total.

Aberystwyth lost Robin Varley early on in their reply when he was caught by Ed Iffla off the bowling of Richard Rees for a score of 6.

Dafydd Jones and Sion Meredith kept the score ticking over but Tywyn struck again as Jones was caught and bowled by Jack Mynard on a score of 25.

Mynard also bowled Mark Evans on a score of 5 before Meredith and Sion James shared another good stand.

Meredith scored 55 before he was caught by Callum Taylor off the bowling of Bradbury-Willis and James scored 52 before he was trapped leg before by Ed Hughes.

Tywyn again hit back as Bradbury-Willis had Mel Jones caught by Dave Jenkins on a score of 7 and Jenkins then had Rob Rudge caught by Richard Rees on a score of 1.

Nigel Salmon was run out by Bradbury-Willis for a duck and Antonio Corbiniero also fell without scoring when he was bowled by Jenkins.

That left Aber reeling with nine wickets down but Joel Dixon finished not out on 14 to see Aberystwyth to victory.

On Saturday (Jul 28), UWA Commoners are at home to Talybont.

On Sunday (Jul 29), Aberystwyth play Abersytwyth Seconds while leaders Aberaeron travel to Tywyn and District.

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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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