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MERLINS BRIDGE and Angle were forced to settle for a point on Saturday as their game finished 2-2.

All the goals came in a frantic first half which saw Merlins Bridge take the lead with only two minutes gone before Angle hit back to take the lead.

Scott Crawford equalised for the Wizards ten minutes before half time but neither side could find a winner in the second half.

Merlins Bridge needed a win to keep up their faint hopes of winning the league but the draw means they can no longer catch the leaders with only two games to go giving Hakin the league title.

The Wizards made a flying start to the match as they took the lead after just two minutes. Peter Thomas sent the ball into the box and after Angle failed to clear the ball fell to Scott Crawford who tapped into the net.

Angle hit back and had a chance of their own with ten minutes gone but Lee Brockway’s from the edge of the box was well tipped round the post by the Bridge keeper.

However, five minutes later they were level with a well-taken goal. Ben Adams won the ball wide on the right before crossing into the box and after Lee Brockway laid the ball off, Craig Brockway smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Both sides had further chances to take the lead but it was Angle who did so after half an hour.

A corner came in from Chris Richards but the referee had spotted a push an awarded a penalty. Craig Brockway stepped up and fired the ball into the top right corner to give his side the lead.

Then with ten minutes to go until half-time Merlins Bridge equalised when Scott Crawford headed in for his second goal of the game from Luke Hayward’s cross.

The game was evenly poised at 2-2 going into the second half and was anybody’s for the taking.

Angle were nearly ahead seven minutes into the second period as Chris Richards’ cross-come-shot was parried onto the bar by the Bridge keeper.

Merlins Bridge were then forced to change their keeper due to an injury but with no subs the injured Dan Birch had to go in goal with Chris Thomas going up front.

A nasty collision between Crawford and the Angle keeper saw Crawford come off worse with a split lip but whilst the Bridge were down to ten men, Angle could not capitalise on their man advantage.

Crawford came back on and nearly completed his hat-trick when he tricked his way round three players before shooting inches wide.

Angle’s Chris Richards was then played in by Lee Brockway but Richards saw his shot saved by the make-shift keeper.

Peter Thomas went close for the Wizards with four minutes to go but his stinging effort was well saved. The Bridge appealed for a penalty in the aftermath but the appeals were waved away by the referee.

Angle thought they had snatched a late winner as substitute Jake Seaton tapped in at the far post but the goal was ruled out for offside.

That was the end of the action and both sides would have to settle for a point.

Merlins Bridge will be doing all they can to secure second spot in the league and next Saturday they are away to St Clears.

Angle welcome Tenby in their next game (Mar 21).

Merlins Bridge: Chris Thomas, Chris Ormond, Andrew John, Peter Thomas, Paul Thomas, Scott Crawford, Henry James, Nathan Thomas, Dan Birch, Luke Hayward, Simon Thomas. Sub: Gethin Roberts.

Angle: Luke Lawerence, Lee Duignan, Gareth Richards, Scott Richards, Craig Brockway, Darren Mason, Connor Willis, Ben Adams, Chris Richards, Lee Brockway, Joshua Clark. Subs: Jake Seaton, Thomas Grimwood, Jonathan Badrock.

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Neyland Town council to meet cricket clubs’ Village Cup expenses



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



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



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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