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7 in a row for the mighty Mariners

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St Clears 3

Milford Haven 43

Dean: A welcome return to the pack

Dean: A welcome return to the pack

SATURDAY, January 10 saw Mark Wonnacott and his Milford team travel to St Clears, looking to claim their 7th victory in a row this season. The Mariners were without a few regular players due to injuries and work commitments; this did not, however, affect the team’s barnstorming approach. The blistering pace of Craig ‘Yoda’ Thomas was on display for all to see, as the impressive player kicked off the scoring with a well worked try from the centre berth.

Further tries followed for fellow backs, new recruit Kern Cunningham and the ever present and strong running and physical centre Dean Matthews. Before Thomas latched onto the ball from some sloppy play and put his foot on the gas to gallop over the try line from virtual the other end of the field. All St Clears could muster in return was a penalty from Chris Rodenhurst making the score at the interval 22-3 to the Mariners.

The Mariners pack have shown other teams in the league their sheer power and determination this season and these were ever-present again, with strong performances from the unsung heroes of the front row Adam Rees, Nathan Rees and Skipper Craig Smith. The forwards were everywhere on the field and their play was deserving of a further try when, unfortunately for Jonathan Coe, he fumbled the ball within inches of the try line. The Milford pack also dominated in the line outs with player-coach Mark Wonnacott and flanker Dom Todaro both stealing important lineout balls.

There was also a welcome return to the pack and field for Flanker Dean Aldred The Mariners showed more top class finishing and well drilled moves and handling in the second half which led to further tries for veteran winger Lee Riley and flyhalf Leigh Broome. The final try of the afternoon went to the Man of the Match scrum half Dean McSparron, who showed how he has become a vital cog in the Mariners’ machinery this season, with a display of powerful sniping runs, hard hitting tackles and perfect communication skills between forwards and backs.

Further points also came from the boot of Leigh Broome. The Mariners have now sailed into second place in the league with a rest next week for Wonnacott’s men before the Mariners entertain tabletopping Fishguard and Pembroke at the Observatory, which has become a fortress this season.

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Lawrenny end Neyland’s Duggie dominance with quarter final win

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LAWRENNY are through to the semi-finals of the Duggie Morris Cup after beating Neyland by seven wickets on Friday night (Jun 11).

It means there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time since 2017 after Neyland won the 2018 and 2019 tournaments. The Duggie Morris was not played in 2020.

Rain had caused the game to be postponed on Thursday and it was no surprise when Lawrenny elected to field on winning the toss on Friday.

Jamie Lewis had Nick Koomen caught early on and Rob Williams bowled Ashley Sutton on an unlucky 13.

It left the holders on 18-2 but Gregg Miller and Nathan Banner rebuilt the innings with a fine stand of 72 for the third wicket.

Miller hit four fours and a six in a score of 40 from 32 balls but he was then caught by Joe Kidney off the bowling of Kurtis Marsh.

That sparked a mini-collapse as Neyland soon found themselves on 93-5.

Banner had hit two fours and a six in his score of 30 but he was caught off the bowling of Ryan Morton and soon after, Ross Hardy fell in similar fashion.

The runs seemed to dry up for Neyland and Morton soon claimed the wickets of Brad McDermott-Jenkins and Sean Hannon to take the score to 110-7. Morton’s excellent bowling saw him claim figures of 4-31.

Patrick Hannon and George Evans finished not out on scores of 5 and 8 respectively as they helped Neyland to 123-7 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Harry Thomas and Kurtis Marsh shared an opening stand of 50 runs to put the home side in a strong position.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins made the breakthrough for Neyland as he had Thomas caught by Nathan Banner on a score of 24.

Ross Hardy then trapped James Phillips leg before for a second ball duck to take the score to 51-2.

Marsh and Steve Lewis then shared another 43 runs as they edged Lawrenny towards their target.

Marsh reached his half century but then saw Lewis caught by Banner off the bowling of Jack John on a score of 11.

That was as good as it got for Neyland as Marsh and Ryan Morton took Lawrenny to victory.

Morton hit two fours and a six in a score of 20 from 18 balls but Marsh was the star of the innings with nine fours and a six in a score of 65 from 45 balls.

Lawrenny will now play Llangwm in the semi-final at Pembroke Dock in the week commencing June 28.

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Pembroke ease past Penygroes in Welsh Cup

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PEMBROKE are through to the next round of the Welsh Cup after they beat Penygroes by 10 wickets on Sunday (Jun 6).

Penygroes batted first but were all out for 66 as Charlie Perkins took four wickets for the home side.

Perkins made the breakthrough early on as he had Rhodri Morgans caught by Paul White.

Andy Megrath and Rudi Botes did share 28 runs for the second wicket but the wickets began to tumble.

Perkins bowled Botes and William Welsh before having McGrath caught by Jack Davies to leave the visitors on 29-4.

Lloyd Boddington added 10 before he was caught and bowled by Paul White who then also claimed the wicket of Sion Thomas who had also scored 10.

Jamie Kaijaks, Sam Davies and Will Randell all picked up wickets as they bowled Penygroes out inside 22 overs.

Pembroke took just nine overs to reach their target with openers Luke Butler and Will Davies untroubled by the Penygroes bowlers.

Butler hit five fours in his score of 32 from 20 balls while Davies hit four fours in a score of 27.

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Carew bowl Narberth out to reach Duggie Morris semis

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CAREW are through to the last four of the Duggie Morris Cup after they beat Narberth on Tuesday night (Jun 8).

Carew batted first after winning the toss and they amassed a total of 146-8 from their 20 overs.

Luke Hicks scored 25 for Carew and captain Shaun Whitfield scored 24. Gareth Lewis also scored 17 for the visitors.

Lewis Hough was the pick of the bowlers for Narberth has he finished with excellent figures of 4-15 from his three overs.

Captain Ben Hughes also claimed 2-18 from his four overs.

In reply, Narberth opener Richie Adams made a good score of 45 and Jordan Howell added 38 but Carew’s bowlers were on top form.

Sam Harts finished with figures of 4-25 while Shaun Whitfield also claimed 3-20. Rhys Davies also took three wickets for the loss of 23 runs.

Carew now await the winners of the tie between Whitland and Kilgetty, who play tonight, in the semi-finals.

That game is scheduled to take place the week commencing June 28 and will be played at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

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