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Lawrenny seal emotional Alec Colley win

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LAWRENNY were crowned Alec Colley Cup winners last Sunday (Aug 13), as they beat Whitland in the final at Pembroke.

Afterwards, captain Huw Griffiths dedicated the win to Lance Osborn, who was on the books with Lawrenny and who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The win for Lawrenny was also their first Alec Colley success and they were backed by a good number of supporters.

It was an excellent final played in great spirits and the music added to the great atmosphere inside the ground.

Whitland batted first and made 125-8 from their first 20 overs.

Opener Paul Oeppen departed early when he was bowled by Harry Thomas for a score of seven while Ed John was caught by Chris Buckle off the bowling of Thomas for a score of three.

Fellow opener Gregg Sleep batted well as he made a score of 29 but he was then bowled by Steve Lewis.

Jack Bowen also looked in good form as he made his way to a score of 25 but he was then stumped by Huw Griffiths off the bowling of Steve Cole.

Adam Davies made the same score as Bowen before being caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Steve Lewis.

Geraint Phillips scored 13 but Lawrenny’s bowlers took control in the closing stages of the first innings as Lewis bowled Phillips and Gethin Scourfield.

That meant that Whitland finished on a total of 125 and Lawrenny would have been confident of getting a lead going into the second innings.

Lawrenny began their reply in fine style as Harry Thomas and Steve Lewis shared a good opening stand.

Thomas made a score of 26 but was then caught by Jack Bowen off the bowling of Geraint Phillips.

Lewis and Arthur then shared another excellent partnership as they both reached their half centuries.

Lewis top scored in the innings with 58 but he was then caught by Phillips off the bowling of Gethin Scourfield.

Arthur had also batted well to reach a score of 57 but was stumped by Adam Davies off the bowling of Gregg Sleep.

Sleep and Scourfield then began to hold up the Lawrenny reply as Scourfield had James Phillips caught by Bowen.

Sleep had Steve Campbell caught by James Thomas for a duck and Tom Cole was caught by Paul Oeppen for a score of one.

Phillips also trapped Matt Lewis leg before wicket for another duck but thanks to the hitting of Lewis and Arthur, Lawrenny reached an excellent total of 173-7, giving them a lead of 48.

Whitland knew they would need to do well to stand a chance of victory but they lost opener Sleep early on in their second innings when he was bowled for a duck by Thomas.

Paul Oeppen only scored 8 before he was caught by Steve Lewis off the bowling of Alistair Edwards and he also bowled Jack Bowen for a score of six.

Ed John and Adam Davies looked to get Whitland back on track with some good shots but Davies was caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Lewis for a score of 14.

John and Geraint Phillips then shared another good partnership as they scored over 60 runs between them.

John was eventually caught by Lewis off the bowling of Thomas for a score of 31 while Phillips was bowled by Steve Cole for a score of 32.

Lewis also had James Thomas stumped by Griffiths for a score of 9 and Gethin Scourfield caught by Matthew Lewis for a score of five.

Whitland were thankful to Steff Lee who finished not out on 16 to guide Whitland to a second innings total of 138-9.

However, it meant that Lawrenny would need just 92 to secure the Alec Colley Cup.

They lost opener Steve Lewis for a duck when he was caught by Oeppen off the bowling of Lee for a duck.

Julian Arthur couldn’t repeat his first innings score but made 13 before he was stumped by Adam Davies off the bowling of Scourfield.

Geraint Phillips was convinced he had an LBW but his appeals were turned down by umpire Allan Hansen.

Harry Thomas played well again and along with James Phillips they took their side to within touching distance of victory.

Thomas made 25 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Sleep to make the score 67-3.

Steve Campbell was looking for runs and that cost him as he was run out for a score of three and Lawrenny were now 77-4 at the start of the fourteenth over.

Lawrenny were helped along at the start of the next over as Jack Bowen bowled four wides but it was James Phillips who eventually won the game for Lawrenny with a big six to take them to their target.

The man of the match award was given to Harry Thomas for his excellent batting and bowling display.

Speaking after the match, Lawrenny captain Huw Griffiths paid tribute to Whitland for the part they played in the final and said they would have a big future ahead of them.

He also thanked everyone who had come to support the team and to his fellow players for their efforts.

“On the shirts, it says in memory of Mr Lance Osborn, who was a second team player, and sadly passed away, but I know he is up there looking down on us. So, this win is for you, mate,” he said.

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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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