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Kilgetty are Under 15s champions

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Kilgetty 97-8 beat Neyland 61 all out 

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-14-14-03NEYLAND won the toss and invited Kilgetty to bat and they could not have wished for a better start, with Harry Nicholas bowling Tom Cole with the first ball of the game on Wednesday, August 17. 

With William Hughes keeping things tight at the other end and Nicholas picking up another wicket in his third over, Kilgetty were 17-2 after 5.

It was then that umpires Ridge and Pawlett had to bring the players off for rain and, although restarting shortly, another shower forced play to stop again.

It was their determination, together with both teams’ and coaches’ enthusiasm to get the game played, that succeeded in getting a result on the night.

Having returned to the field of play for the third occasion, it was now the turn of Kilgetty to fight back with Matthew Lewis (11), Ollie Gamble (26), including one six, and Kairon Allen (15). With Harri Phillips (15) not out at the end, together with 19 extras, Kilgetty finished on 96-8.

For Neyland, Harry Nicholas finished with 2-17, William Hughes 1-10, Ben Fairbairn 3-21, Ieuan Hawkins 1-6 and Jake Booth 1-6.

Opinion was divided at the interval whether this was enough runs against what was a strong Neyland batting line up.

However, Stuart Allen’s half-time team talk did the trick and Kilgetty came out determined and in an inspired spell of bowling of four overs each by paceman Ryan Morton (2-9), who bowled a good length and line. The guile and craft of spinner Ollie Gamble (3-14), together with two wickets from Matthew Lewis’ first over, left Neyland in tatters at (29-8) in nine overs with no batsman in double figures. It was only Ben Mathias and Jay Power who batted resolutely and took the game to Kilgetty, raising the Neyland Hopes.

With time and overs running out, Mathias (17) was bowled by Kairon Allen and with the inevitable run out in the chase for runs, Power was left undefeated on 11. Lewis ended up with 2-15, Allen 1-3 and Tristan Thomas 1-12.

This left Kilgetty as deserved winners for an all-round team performance.

In the presentation after, Martin Jones, Junior Organiser, thanked St Ishmaels for hosting the final. He also thanked the officials, Glyn Pawlett and Robert Ridge, scorers Hazel Poole and John Laugharne, and groundsmen, Mel Williams and Chris Bradshaw. He also thanked Wendy Bradshaw and Pat Williams for laying on a tremendous tea for the players after the game, which was sponsored by Ian Milsom of Haven Fish Restaurant.

He congratulated both sides on getting to the final with both teams being a credit to themselves, their clubs and coaches and the way the game was played in a competitive manner but in an excellent spirit and good sportsmanship.

The plaques and runners up shield were presented by Colin John, League Sponsor, who was thanked for his generous support of Pembrokeshire cricket. The winner’s trophy was donated by the late Stan Richards and John Bowen’s family 42 years ago. Tom Richards also gave a short speech highlighting the fact that both his father and John Bowen were keen sportsmen and supporters of youth cricket. In fact, over the 42 years, over 900 youngsters had played in the final, let alone those who had played in the league itself.

In a unique moment of history, the great grandson of John Bowen, fourth generation Ollie Rees, aged nine, presented the trophy to the winning Captain of Kilgetty – Ollie Gamble. It’s worth noting that nine-year-old Ollie himself a keen sportsman, is following in his grandfathers footsteps and is a member of the successful Hook CC academy.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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