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Welsh football to honour the 1914 Christmas Truce

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FAWWELSH football teams, fans and schools are being asked to remember the First World War during ‘Football Remembers Week’ and to help create a unique photographic record of football a century on from the Christmas Truce. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is joining with British Council Wales to help players and fans commemorate what took place on Christmas Day 1914 in Flanders, Belgium, when soldiers from both sides of the conflict laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas – with some even coming together to play games of football.

The FAW’s campaign will be led by the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League sides and the invitation to participate will also be extended to all of the association’s affiliated leagues. During Football Remembers week, December 6 -14 , players are asked to pose together in a group photograph as a mark of respect to those that played in the 1914 Christmas Truce match. Teams can then post their photographs on social media using the hashtag #FootballRemembers and the pictures will be automatically uploaded to a dedicated website via social media.

Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, said: “Photos from any football match of any size can be uploaded, from school to Sunday league fixtures, five-a-side matches to kickabouts in the back garden. The website will act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.

We hope to see many photographs from Wales uploaded on the site as commemoration of World War 1. The Christmas Truce is a poignant story that reminds us of the power of sport to cross boundaries and to make international friendships.” Gwyn Derfel, Corbett Sports WPL Secretary, said: “On November 17 the Wales international squad visited Artillery Wood Cemetery in the village of Boezinge near Ypres to pay their respects.

1307 soldiers are buried there, many of them are Welshmen. “The FAW is pleased to participate in the Football Remembers project and it is believed that a number of Welshmen were involved in the historic football match. “Local reports in Ypres suggest that the 1914 Christmas truce was started by a Welshman; William ‘Blackwood’ Jones who held up a copy of the local Pontypool newspaper as a white flag to start it all and that a Welsh regiment played in the match.”

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Carew too strong for Kilgetty in Harrison Allen quarter final

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CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Kilgetty.

For Carew it will mean a first appearance in the semi-finals since 2012 (when they went on to reach the final).

Carew batted first against Kilgetty and they made an impressive total of 236-3 from their 22 overs.

Nick Davies scored 55 and Lewis Hicks made 65 as the visitors began well.

There were two wickets for Matthew Lewis (2-63) but he was expensive, while the only other wicket to fall went to Levi Hughes (1-42).

Tim Hicks finished unbeaten on 38 for Carew and Rhys Davies was not out on 40 as Kilgetty were set a target of 237 to win the game.

Richard Cope scored 39 for Kilgetty in their reply but he was his side’s top scorer.

Jordan Gorman added 24 and Tom Lewis scored 20 while there were scores of 10 from Max James and Sam Rossiter.

Shaun Whitfield did the damage for Carew with figures of 4-38.

Sam Harts (3-28) also claimed three wickets while Iori Hicks took two for 38.

There was also a wicket for Rhys Davies as Carew bowled Kilgetty out for 137 to seal victory by 99 runs.

It will mean a first semi-final for nine years and they will be keen to make sure that run won’t be repeated.

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Cresselly hold off Llangwm to reach Harrison Allen semis

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CRESSELLY made it through to the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Llangwm by three runs.

The visitors batted first and made a good score of 165-5 from their 22 overs.

Llangwm won the toss and elected to field but they saw Cresselly openers Dan Sutton and Alex Bayley share 43 runs for the first wicket.

Bayley departed as he was caught by Phil Llewellyn off the bowling of Noah Davies on a score of 17.

Sutton was joined by Iwan Izzard and the pair shared an excellent second-wicket stand worth 96 runs.

Both reached their half centuries in that stand but it was eventually broken by Chris Inward who had Izzard caught by Richard Brock.

Izzard had thumped four fours and five sixes in his score of 59 from just 37 balls.

Llangwm began to hit back as Joe Phillips had Ryan Lewis caught by Joe Kiff and Sutton was then run out.

Sutton hit five fours and two sixes in his score of 57 and his wicket left the score on 158-4.

Dan Sutton is run out by Ollie Davies

Matthew Morgan made a late score of 15 but he was bowled by Phillips as Llangwm gave themselves a target of 166 to win the game.

Their reply did not get off to the best of starts though as Joe Kiff was caught by Matthew Morgan off the bowling of Tom Murphy.

Phil Llewellyn and Steven Mills shared 24 runs for the second wicket but Ryan Lewis had Llewellyn stumped by Neilson Cole on a score of 20.

Mills made a score of 18 but he was bowled by Charlie Arthur as Llangwm slipped to 67-3.

Luke Brock and Matthew Kiff then shared 68 runs for the fourth wicket to keep Llangwm very much in the game.

Brock smashed his way to a score of 59 from 27 balls with three fours and five sixes but he was caught by Tom Arthur off the bowling of Lewis.

There was some big hitting in the Llangwm innings but they fell just short

Kiff hit six fours and two sixes in a score of 41 from 24 balls as the home side looked to bring the required run rate down.

However, Kiff was then bowled by Tom Arthur to reduce Llangwm to 148-5.

Chris Inward took the score to 155 with a maximum but he was bowled on the next ball by Charlie Arthur.

He did the same to Richard Brock soon after and when Tom Murphy had Noah Davies caught by Tom  Arthur, Llangwm’s chances of victory had all but gone.

With the score on 158-8, Ollie Davies could only add four more to the total meaning Cresselly were victorious by just three runs.

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Herbie see off Kilgetty

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HERBRANDSTON moved up to fourth place in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 19) as they beat Kilgetty by ten wickets.

Kilgetty batted first after Herbie won the toss but they were bowled out for only 74.

Paul Nicholas was the pick of the bowlers for the home side as he finished with figures of 4-19.

Charlie Malloy also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-7.

Ollie Gamble scored 15 and Martin Lewis added 14 for Kilgetty but they were unable to cope with Herbie’s bowling.

In reply, Harry Nicholas finished not out on 28 while Jonty Bennet finished unbeaten on 36 as they cruised to victory.

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