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Bulldogs tamed by Hicks’ goals

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THE Bluebirds did the double over Ton Pentre as they ran out 4-2 winners in what was an exciting game on Saturday.

The Blues made the perfect start as the returning Tim Hicks produced a lovely chip just 15 seconds in after latching on to a through ball.

The Bulldogs were rattled by the early goal but after weathering the storm they picked themselves up and got back in the game with twenty minutes on the clock. Ex-Bluebird Adam Raymond evaded a challenge and swung the ball into the box for Rameer Outlaw to head past Chris Curtis. The Bulldogs were not level for long as the Bluebirds restored their advantage. After a neat pass from Hicks, Declan Carroll was on hand to smash an 18-yard shot into the bottom corner. The away side would not go down easily and they again drew level when Leon Young headed home from a corner.

After a frantic first half both sides would have been hoping to calm things down and look to take control of the game.

It was the Blues who had the better of the early exchanges in the second half and they went ahead in the fifty-third minute. Carroll made a superb run down the right and his cut back was turned in by Hicks for his second goal of the game.

The Blues continued to dominate but were frustrated by the woodwork and some good defending from Ton Pentre. The Bulldogs were still in the game with just a one goal margin but the Bluebirds finally made the points safe with a stunning effort. With ten minutes left Richie Lewis drove towards goal and from 35 yards out he unleashed an unstoppable shot which left keeper Gavin Rees no chance as the ball flew into the top corner.

It was one of the best performances of the season from the Bluebirds who stay in second place three points behind the leaders Taffs Well with two games in hand. Next Saturday they are away at Cwmbran Celtic. The programme sponsors on Saturday were AG Edwards & Son, Office Furniture, and the match ball sponsors were Dai and Viv, of County Windows.

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Kidney and Buckle see Lawrenny into final

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LAWRENNY made it through to the final of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday (Jun 25) as they beat Whitland by three wickets in Kilgetty.

Whitland were asked to bat first after Lawrenny won the toss and they made a good start with Dylan Blain and Jack Bowen sharing an opening stand of 48 runs.

Blain made 27 but he couldn’t add to his score as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

Bowen then shared another 39 runs with Geraint Jones, who scored a century earlier in the tournament.

This time though, Jones could only score 17 before he was caught by Cole off the bowling of Harry Thomas.

Bowen then reached his half century and moved on to a score of 76 with four fours and five sixes but he was then bowled by Kurtis Marsh to leave Whitland on 141-3.

Marsh then also bowled Jonathan Thomas on a score of 17 as Whitland’s innings began to fade.

Nathan Evans and Martin Thomas were both run out late on as they looked to put more runs on the board.

That saw them finish on 156-6 and Lawrenny got off to similarly good start in their reply as openers Kurtis Marsh and Brad McDermott-Jenkins shared 59 runs for the first wicket.

McDermott-Jenkins smashed five fours and three sixes as his score of 40 came from only 17 balls but he was then bowled by Wayne Howells.

James Phillips was caught by Nathan Evans off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas and soon after Marsh was caught and bowled by Greg Sleep on a score of 32.

Howells then bowled Harry Thomas for a duck to leave Lawrenny on 92-4.

Steve Lewis and Tom Cole were both run out as Lawrenny slipped further into trouble on 116-6.

Joe Kidney and Ryan Morton shared another 15 runs for the seventh wicket but Matthew Davies then had Morton caught by Bowen.

James Buckle joined Kidney at the crease, and after surviving a few close calls, they saw Lawrenny to their target with three balls to spare.

Buckle finished not out on 18 while Kidney hit three fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 30.

Lawrenny now await the winners of the tie between holders Neyland and Haverfordwest which takes place in St Ishmaels on Thursday (Jun 27).

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Hook close the gap

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HOOK closed the gap to the top two in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Carew seconds by seven wickets.

Carew were restricted to 148-9 in their innings as Hook bowled well with Dai Hopkins and Aled Phelps both claiming two wickets each.

Callum James also bowled well as he finished with figures of 1-12 from his spell.

Haydn Shapcott top scored with 52 for Carew while Rhys Grigg scored 36 and Morgan Grieve added 20 runs to their total.

Carew’s Kerry Waters and Barry Evans each picked up a wicket in Hook’s reply but they were unable to stop the home side reaching their target.

Aled Phelps scored 40 for Hook and Jamie Phelps top scored with 71 to help them to victory.

Brennan Martin also scored 22 as Hook earned 29 points for the win.

They remain third in the table but they now sit just 16 points behind second placed Llechryd with the two teams playing each other in Llechryd on Saturday (Jun 29).

Elsewhere, Carew seconds will look to bounce back when they travel to leaders Narberth.

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Devonald stars as Tish beat Burton

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ST ISHMAELS moved up to fifth place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Burton by four wickets.

Tish won the toss and elected to field and they did well to keep Burton to a score of 143-9 in their 45 overs.

Burton did their best to claim the win but Tish’s Daniel Richards finished unbeaten to see his side over the line.

Burton were in trouble early on as Jonathan Venables was bowled by Brennan Devonald and Jordan Milich then had Toby Hayman caught by Philip Cockburn.

Devonald then also bowled Matthew Webb as Burton were reduced to 11-3.

Morgan Scale and James Davies shared 21 runs for the fourth wicket but Andrew Pawlett then had Davies caught by Andrew Williams.

Scale hit two fours and a six as he made a good score of 25 but he was then bowled by Pawlett as Burton slipped to 48-5.

Pawlett then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Will Ridge and he soon had his fourth as he had James Scale caught by Williams.

Burton were in trouble on 84-7 but Luke Hayman and Dan Llewellyn shared 42 runs for the eighth wicket.

Hayman hit five fours in his score of 55 but he was then stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Iestyn Evans was then bowled by Harry Nicholas but Llewellyn finished not out on 17 to ensure Burton batted out their overs.

Peter Bradshaw and Harry Nicholas got Tish off to a steady start in their reply as they shared 38 runs for the first wicket.

Bradshaw made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of John Scale.

Harry Nicholas made 18 but he was bowled by Morgan Scale. Morgan then claimed his second as he bowled Phil Cockburn.

John Scale then claimed the wicket of Daniel Howells as Tish were reduced to 60-4.

Brennan Devonald and Jack Nicholas then shared 54 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to put their side in a good position.

Devonald hit eight fours and a six in his score of 49 from 41 balls but he was then caught by Luke Hayman off the bowling of James Davies.

Dan Llewellyn then trapped Jack Nicholas leg before on a score of 15 to leave Tish on 136-6.

Daniel Richards then hit four fours as his score of 18 not out came from only eight balls.

That saw Tish to their target and the win sees them move up to fifth place in the table.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Tish are at home to Saundersfoot while Burton travel to Haverfordwest.

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