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HARDING INSPIRES HAKIN VICTORY

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Hakin United 4 – Neyland 1

Stunner: Harding opened the scoring with a stunning shot

Stunner: Harding opened the scoring with a stunning shot

HAKIN UNITED’s Justin Harding scored two goals and set up another as he helped his side to a 4-1 victory over Neyland. Both sides came into this game on the back of big wins in their last games which made for an exciting contest at the Observatory on Saturday. The Vikings started brightly and could have gone ahead after three minutes when Harding’s cross was tapped in to the path of Ashley Bevan by Adam Davies but Bevan’s shot was rising all the time and the ball flashed narrowly over.

However, with ten minutes gone Hakin did take the lead. Gareth Fawcett’s cross was headed away but only as far as Justin Harding and his stunning shot from thirty yards out bounced off the left hand post and into the net. Neyland looked to get back in the game but after Leigh Power controlled the ball well his shot was deflected wide of the post. With twenty minutes gone Hakin’s Adam Davies challenged for the ball with the Neyland keeper with the ball falling to Davies but his shot hit the side netting.

The Vikings doubled their lead five minutes later when Ashley Bevan crossed from the left and Harding headed the ball into the path of Adam Davies who slid in to knock the ball into the net. Both sides continued to push forward but neither could find another goal before half time. Joe Charlton had a chance to get Neyland back in the game twenty minutes in to the second half but Hakin keeper James Manson came out well to smother the chance. Three minutes later Hakin all but sealed the win with a third goal. Neyland’s Andrew Kemp was booked for a cynical foul giving Hakin a free kick.

Matthew Broome sent the ball into the box from just inside the Neyland half and as Neyland’s keeper tried to knock the ball away he inadvertently knocked it into his own net. Neyland got themselves a goal four minutes later when Aaron McQuillan crossed to the back post and Nathan Warlow ran in to head the ball home. Just a minute later the Vikings restored their three goal advantage as Ashley Bevan played the ball forward and the Neyland defense stood still which allowed Harding in who shot low into the bottom corner.

Aaron McQuillan had a late chance for the Nomads but keeper James Manson was again out quickly to block his effort. Wayne Parry then saw his shot go just over the bar but he wanted a penalty as he thought he was fouled after he had taken his shot. The referee did not agree and it stayed 4-1. The final whistle went and the win keeps Neyland top of the table, five points clear of second placed Merlins Bridge. Neyland slip down a place to fifth in the table and will play a struggling Monkton Swifts side next Saturday.

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Neyland Town council to meet cricket clubs’ Village Cup expenses

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NEYLAND TOWN COUNCIL has agreed to donate £250 to the town’s cricket club as they continue their National Village Cup campaign.

Neyland beat Cresselly in the Dyfed Area final earlier this month to progress to the last 32 of the competition.

This Sunday (Jun 20), they travel to the West Midlands to take on Milford Hall and the town’s mayor has agreed to meet their expenses.

If Neyland can continue their journey in the Village Cup a final at ‘the home of cricket’, Lords awaits in September.

Mayor Simon Hancock said: “As Mayor, in consultation with the clerk, we have agreed to make a donation of £250 to Neyland Cricket Club to help meet their expenses in travelling to Stafford in the West Midlands on Sunday.

“They are down to the final 32 teams left in the Voneus Village Cup originally drawing 350 teams from England, Scotland and Wales.

“The Neyland Cricket team have achieved astonishing success over recent years and Neyland Town Council want to assist them in reaching Lords, ‘the home of cricket’ in September. Good luck for Sunday’s fixture.”

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Crymych cricket club face folding if players don’t come forward

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CRYMYCH Cricket Club has launched an appeal for new players to join the club as it looks to fulfil its fixtures.

The club, founded 40 years ago, plays in Division 4 of the Pembroke County Cricket Club league but has seen several players unable to commit to playing due to family or other reasons.

They also play games in the Ken Morris Cup and in the Tivy Valley League during weekdays.

On their social media, the club has warned that they face folding if they are unable to find new players.

Crymych’s latest fixture on Saturday, June 12, had to be cancelled because they were unable to raise a team.

It meant that there opponents, Llechryd Seconds, were awarded the 20 points as Crymych were unable to fulfil the fixture.

This Saturday (Jun 19), Crymych are scheduled to visit Whitland seconds and the following week (Jun 26) they are scheduled to face Carew thirds on home soil.

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Cresselly see off Pembroke Dock to reach Alec Colley quarters

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CRESSELLY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup on Wednesday night (Jun 16) as they beat Pembroke Dock.

The Dock won the toss and elected to field but they saw the home side reach 183-5 in their 20 overs.

Scott Arthur and Mike Venables shared 62 runs for the opening wicket as they batted well together.

Bowyn Clark made the breakthrough for the Dock as he bowled Arthur who had hit a four and two sixes in his score of 26.

Soon after, Rhys Daley trapped Julian Arthur leg before wicket and he also bowled Venables on a score of 32 (three fours, one six) to leave the hosts on 72-3.

However, Simon Cole and Damian Arthur shared an excellent fourth wicket stand worth 101 runs.

Arthur his six fours and a six in his score of 43 from 28 balls but he was caught by Chris Owen off the bowling of John Camani.

Simon Cole hit ten fours in a score of 66 from 40 balls as Cresselly set the Dock an imposing target.

Needing 184 to win, the Dock lost Rhys Daley early on when he was bowled by Morgan Lewis.

Archie Hillier-Wood and Anton John shared 30 runs for the second wicket but it was Lewis again who made the breakthrough as he had John caught by Josh Lewis.

Hillier-Wood and Peter Kingdom shared another 30 runs for the third wicket before Josh Lewis had Kingdom caught by Julian Arthur.

Matthew Lewis then trapped Hillier-Wood leg before on a score of 30 to reduce the Dock to 73-4.

Corey Lewis bowled John Camani before Simon Cole bowled Adam Phillips on a score of 18.

The Dock’s score had been helped along by 25 extras but time began to run out for them and Corey Lewis picked up his second wicket late on to reduce the Dock on 116-7.

It meant that Cresselly picked up the win by 67 runs.

Elsewhere, Herbrandston booked their place in the quarter finals as they beat Llechryd.

Llechryd scored 100-9 in their innings before Herbie passed their target with only two wickets down.

The nights’ other match saw Saundersfoot take on Stackpole.

Stackpole reached a score of 85-7 in their innings before Saundersfoot eased to a 10-wicket win.

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