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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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Neyland Town council to meet cricket clubs’ Village Cup expenses

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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

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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

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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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