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Pembrokeshire team to enter British Rally



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The team: With their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

THE PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED Hyundai Genpower Rally Team are taking a step up to the British Rally Championship BRC2 class in 2016, with driver Roland Llewellin taking the wheel of a newly built Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. 

Having spent the last few years successfully campaigning an Evo IX in the BTRDA and Welsh National Rally Championships, Llewellin and the team are keen to take that experience and pace into the new season.

Roland Llewellin, Managing Director of Genpower Ltd in Pembroke Dock, is optimistic: “We are looking forward to the new challenge and a new car too. SW Motorsport are putting together a great machine and we can’t wait to get out on the stages.”

Sitting alongside Llewellin for 2016 will be Manxman Mark Perryman, who himself is excited at the prospect of a busy year: “Doing the British Rally Championship is always something you aspire too, and being able to sit with someone with experience and pace like Roland will be great.”

The brand new car was unveiled last week in Birmingham at the Autosport International Show, with a livery that features the new Hyundai Power Equipment power tool range. Other sponsors include Morris Lubricants, Hall and Roche Logistics, Pureroom, Evans Waterless Coolant, BE Honda Powered Equipment and ThePowerSite.

The team’s first rally of the year will be at the Cambrian Rally in Llandudno on February 13, followed by the Red Kite rally in Llandovery on February 21, before tackling the first BRC round, the Mid Wales Rally in Newtown on March 5 – 6.

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Crymych creep past Cresselly



Cresselly 100-9 lost to Crymych 101-5 by five wickets

IF EVER a final score didn’t tell the whole story, it’s through Crymych’s margin of victory over Cresselly 3rds in their first round fixture in the Ken Morris Trophy.

Tomos Lewis struck the final ball of the match to the boundary for a four to get Crymych over the line, after the visitors recovered from a disastrous start to their innings to inch over the finishing line and clinch a win.

Cresselly batted first and found it tough going against Crymych’s bowlers and some fine fielding.
While off-spinner Alistair Davies wheeled away to great effect and claimed 3-22, Crymych’s other bowlers bowled economically. Ioan Davies took 3-32, Rhodri Lewis 2-23 and Hedd Nicholas a miserly 1-16.

The homesters were indebted to a battling unbeaten knock of 37 by Cory Hill for getting them up to the ton mark, with Steff Jenkins chipping in with 16.

Crymych got off to an absolute shocker in reply, as Phil Cole dismissed Richard Thorne, Sam Kurtz and Rhodri Lewis in short order to leave the visitors gasping at 15-3

Dan Jones (13) and Ioan Davies (18) added 38 before Goldsworthy snared Davies and Jones followed the over after bowled by Hill.

While Alistair Davies and Tomos Lewis chipped and chased their way towards the home side’s total, what kept Crymych in the hunt was a major contribution by Mr Extras, who top-scored for the Preseli Cowbois with 29.

Even so, Crymych needed 14 off the last over, which looked a forlorn hope.

Enter Mr Extras, whose contribution left the visitors needing a boundary from the last ball to claw a win from nowhere.

Tomos Lewis crunched the ball to the legside boundary off a short one to seal a last-gasp win and a first victory for the visitors in the Ken Morris Trophy.

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Tish hit out to seal semi-final spot



St Ishmaels 156-6 beat Lawrenny 155-5

ST ISHMAELS overhauled a competitive Lawrenny total with two overs to go to secure a semi-final fixture against Neyland, who won a tight game against Carew to seal their own spot in the Harrison-Allen Bowl semis.

A solid start from Lawrenny saw their openers put on 34 before a freakish run out. Kurtis Marsh (15) mistimed a drive straight to Andrew Pawlett, only for the fielder to drop the catch. However, Pawlett had the presence of mind the batsmen lacked.

Having set off for the run following the mishit, both batsmen were guilty of ball-watching and found themselves playing a game of ‘will-you/won’t you’ in the middle of the pitch.

Despite downing his chance, Pawlett’s throw was gathered and Marsh was on his way for a long walk back to the pitch side.

Fellow opener Henry Thomas kept the score ticking over with Kyle Marsh and brought the score into the sixties before Marsh, on 10, sliced Andrew Pawlett into the deep and into the hands of Jonathan Pawlett, who made no mistake with the chance.

With Pawlett bowling tidily, pressure grew on the Lawrenny batsmen and he removed the visitors’ key man, Thomas, clean-bowled for 33 well-made runs.

Next man in, Ryan Morton departed for two and Lawrenny were well and truly on the rack at 73-4 and in danger of subsiding to a well-below-par total.

However, Jamie Phillips and Joe Kidney dug deep and put on a rollicking stand of 62 which included plenty of big hits, particularly from Kidney who blasted his way to 40 before departing to Sean Williams with an over to go. Phillips kept up the momentum on his way to a fine undefeated 36 as Lawrenny closed their innings on 155-5.

Opening bowler Rob Williams then gave Lawrenny precisely the start they needed in the field, claiming the wickets of Bradshaw and Devonald before a spanking boundary catch by Henry Thomas off Steff Lewis left the hosts struggling at 22-3.

With Tish in all sorts of trouble and staring right down the barrel of a rare towsing, someone needed to take the game by the scruff of the neck for the home team and rebuild.

Home skipper Phil Cockburn showed he was the man for the job. Alongside Jonathan Pawlett (41) he added 87 to get Tish within striking distance of the Lawrenny total.

After Pawlett departed caught behind, Cockburn was joined by Jack Nicholas who blasted a fine six before departing run out for 15.

With three overs left in the game and the home team nineteen runs short of victory with four wickets in hand, it looked as though the game could end towards a testing finish.

The momentum remained with Phil Cockburn, however; the Tish skipper powered away a six off Kurtis Marsh in the twentieth over to bring up a real captain’s half-century and then pinched a single to put Andrew Pawlett on strike.

Pawlett proceeded to belt the only two balls he faced for a brace of sixes to end the game and seal a great comeback win for Tish.

Alec Colley Cup – Quarter Finals
St Ishmaels 77-2 beat Saundersfoot 74-6

A BLISTERING 54 not out from Karl Rhead led St Ishmael’s Second XI to the semi-finals of the Alec Colley Cup.

While each of the visitors’ top order showed attacking intent and hit some sparkling boundaries, none of them hung around long enough to build an innings of the sort of substance which would set the home side any sort of competitive target. Big sixes were not enough on their own to construct a team total as Saundersfoot’s innings stuttered to a below-par 74-6 at the end of their innings.

Tish’s bowlers, Kevin Bowen, Danny Flynn, Stuart Carpenter and Steve Williams bowled with good control and Saundersfoot’s final total owed a lot to the grit of veteran bat Paul Mansbridge who scored an undefeated 19 in the visitors’ cause.

A target of 75 to win didn’t look anywhere near enough to challenge the home team. However, Nav Kawale bagged Bowen and Flynn to give Saundersfoot early hope of an upset win.

Rhead soon set about his task, smashing 46 of his 54 not out in boundaries (including three sixes) while Carpenter chipped in with his own maximum to see Tish home in the 13th over.

The homesters’ reward is a semi final this Sunday against a strong Haverfordwest outfit, who brushed aside a game challenge by massive underdogs Pembroke Dock in the last round,

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Rugby pays tribute to Tommo



TRIBUTES have poured in following the news that popular Scarlets match-day announcer Andrew ‘Tommo’ Thomas has passed away at the age of 53.
Tommo was a huge character at Parc y Scarlets on match-day, bringing his infectious personality to the mic.
An official statement from the Scarlets said: “We are devastated to hear that the voice of Parc y Scarlets, Andrew ‘Tommo’ Thomas, has passed away suddenly.
“Tommo was a hugely popular figure as the Parc y Scarlets match-day announcer, a passionate Scarlets fan who brought his character and energy to every match.”
Scarlets chaplain Reverend Eldon Phillips said: “We are devastated to hear this tragic news. Tommo loved the Scarlets and put his heart and soul into his role as our match-day announcer.
“A huge character, he was much loved by supporters, players and staff.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Donna and son Cian at this sad time.”
Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney said: “This is desperately sad news. Tommo will be greatly missed by us all. I’ll miss his smile, energy and passion. Gone too soon, much love to his family at this terrible time.”
Attack coach Richard Whiffin tweeted: “Incredibly sad news. Tommo will be greatly missed by us all. Will miss his match day hugs! Love to his friends & family at this terrible time.”
Referee Nigel Owens took to social media to say: “Rwy methu credu y peth. Well I am devastated. A great man and a true friend. I Cant beleive it. Cydymdeimlad dwys iw wraig ar mab ac ir teulu I gyd. Bydd colled enfawr ar ei ol. Always had a smile on his face. RIP Tommo
Tommo was hugely popular with Scarlets players who posted tributes on their own personal social media pages.
Springbok Uzair Cassiem said: “Devastated by the news of your passing! Always got the biggest smile, big handshake before and after games! To the family and friends of Andrew Tommo Thomas, condolences from my family and myself.
Wales prop Rob Evans said: “Really sad to hear the news about Tommo tonight. Thoughts are with his family, a great man full of laughs.”
Former Scarlets captain Rupert Moon said: “Lost a great friend @TOMMORADIO …… my brother by another mother. Thoughts with his family & all his many friends. Sleep well buddy. Big boys do cry.”
Another ex-Scarlets skipper Matthew Rees said: “Can’t believe the news coming from west tonight. Tommo you were a true gent. PYS will never be the same!!”
Former Scarlets full-back Morgan Stoddart said: “Hearing of the passing of @TOMMORADIO, dreadful news. What a great man. He brought laughter to any room he entered. Will be remembered and missed. #TrueScarlet
Title-winning Ireland lock Tadhg Beirne, now with Munster, said: “Very sad news to hear of the passing of Tommo. An absolute gentleman, a passionate Welshman, and a true Scarlet.”
Among the other former players to pay their tributes were Kieron Fonotia, Michael Tagicakibau, Ryan Lamb, Rhys Thomas and Gareth Maule, while messages of condolence came from Cardiff Blues, Dragons and Ospreys,
Dragons hooker Richard Hibbard said: “Really sad news, RIP Tommo. What a great bloke.”
Tommo was also a popular radio presenter. He had been with BBC Radio Cymru between 2014 and 2018. He then left to present a daily program on Nation Broadcasting station. In 2011 he won the Radio Presenter of the Year award for his work on Nation stations in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Rhuanedd Richards, Editor of BBC Radio Cymru, said: “Tommo was proud of his roots and a unique broadcaster who loved to entertain his audience on Radio Cymru. With his powerful voice and larger than life personality, his love for his family, west Wales and of course the Scarlets were a great influence on his broadcasting.”

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