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Pembrokeshire miss out at Miskin Manor

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IN THEIR first fixture since a successful tour to the Bromsgrove festival, the Pembrokeshire under 12s were unable to find the winning formula against Mid Glamorgan last Sunday (Aug 6).

Following indifferent weather the wicket at a very picturesque Miskin Manor proved difficult for batting with inconsistent but generally very low bounce.

Pembrokeshire will however reflect on two key aspects of the match. From a strong position the team failed to set a really challenging total and in response struggled to bowl a consistent line, the latter resulting in 44 extras being conceded. But this was by no means a poor performance with as always many positives for the players to take away.

Captain Lewis Miller won the toss and sensibly elected to bat on what looked a very good wicket and with rain showers forecast later in the day. Miller (9) opened up with Owen Phelps (23) putting on 24 in good time. Jacob Owen (11) joined Phelps in taking the score to 46 before being dismissed by the excellent Faulkner (3 for 27).

Phelps looked in excellent touch until playing an uncharacteristic shot to be bowled. Lucas Davies (29) and Rhys Power (10) took their team to a healthy 74 before Power was dismissed just short of the drinks break.

By now the wicket was making for very challenging batting conditions. Davies continued to play a handsome innings, along with Harry Fuller (25) moving the score to 109 for 4. A big score beckoned before Davies was dismissed by the excellent Hameed (2 for 8), who then struck again to remove Seth Willington in the same over.

Shay Norcross and Reuben Whitehead followed quickly. Fuller who played a dogged innings and Joe Phillips (6 not out) scrambled a few late runs before Humphries (3 for 39) rounded off the innings with two wickets in the 40th over. Seven batsmen clean bowled and two out LBW owed much to the pitch but also to the bowlers maintaining a good line throughout.

In response the Mid Glamorgan batsmen initially found the pitch equally as challenging. Progress was slow but that failure to bowl a consistent line despite indifferent bounce saw the batsmen able to leave too many deliveries.

Nevertheless, Jake Thomas (2 for 25) made an early breakthrough before Lewis Miller (1 for 21) reduced the opposition to 35 for 2. But Williamson (45) and Hameed (37 not out) looked composed and happy to settle in for a long innings. At drinks after 20 overs the score standing at 67 for 2, the game looked even.

Thereafter Williamson and Hammed began to get on top of the bowling. These two put together an excellent partnership of 75, gradually wearing down the bowlers with solid defence and an ability to put the loose deliveries to the boundary.

Williamson became Thomas’s second victim thanks to a sharp catch from Willington, falling 5 short of a deserved half century. But Hameed was joined by the aggressive Humphries (13 not out), this pair taking Mid Glamorgan to victory with four overs to spare.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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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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