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Carew sanctions confirmed



PEMBROKE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB has confirmed the sanctions it has handed out to Carew Cricket Club.

The club have been allowed to keep the Division 1 trophy but have been relegated for the way in which they achieved that title.

The final day of the Pembrokeshire cricket season was set for an exciting game between Carew and Cresselly.

However, Cresselly asked Carew to bat first and wouldn’t change their mind despite being asked if they wanted to.

Carew batted first but declared on 18-1, meaning that Cresselly would not be able to gain the necessary amount of points for them to overtake Carew and win the league title.

That decision caused uproar and the story was picked up by national press and the County Cricket Club received many complaints from a number of local clubs.

A sub-committee was set up and Carew were subsequently charged with acting in a manner calculated to prejudice the good name and interests of Pembroke County Cricket Club

They also charged Carew’s captain, Brian Hall, with a failure in his duties as a captain to ensure that the game was played within the spirit of cricket.

A hearing was held on Tuesday (Sept 26) and decided that Carew would be allowed to keep the title but would be relegated to Division 2 for the 2018 season.

Carew captain Brian Hall was also banned from all cricket for next season, with half of that suspended, and the club were fined £300.

Pembroke County Cricket Club President: “Carew Cricket Club were charged with bringing Pembroke County Cricket Club into disrepute, and the captain of Carew, Mr Brian Hall, was charged with breaking the code of conduct and spirit of cricket.

“At a meeting held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club on Tuesday, September 26, both Carew and Brian Hall were found guilty of the offences, and the following penalties were imposed.

“Brian Hall was reprimanded and banned from playing cricket from April 22 to August 31, 2018.

“The months of July and August of that ban are suspended until August 31, 2019.

“Carew Cricket Club were reprimanded and their first team relegated to Division Two, and their second team relegated to Division Three.”

If the decision of the County Club is upheld it could mean a reprieve for Kilgetty Cricket Club who finished second from bottom in Division 1 last season.

Carew’s second team would also have to be relegated to the third division as County rules state that no first and second teams of the same club can compete in the same division.

Carew have indicated that they are considering appealing the decision made by PCCC.

Carew Cricket Club President Gethin Evans told the Herald that they will be meeting soon to discuss whether or not they will appeal the decision made by the County Cricket Club.

As a result of receiving the communication outlining the decision of the Disciplinary committee and the sanctions imposed, both Carew Cricket Club and Brian Hall would be able to execute their right to appeal [4 days]. If either or both parties do wish to appeal their sanctions, then a date for a new hearing, under the County Club rules, will be set with a new panel hearing the case once again.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands both parties had legal representation at the hearing on Tuesday and if there is an appeal hearing, that committee has the remit to uphold, reduce or even inflict a higher sanction than what was determined by the original committee, Chairman John Harries, Nick Evans, Peter Betteley and Wil Newell


Masks now advised in all secondary schools



PUPILS across Wales are now being advised to wear facemasks in all communal areas of secondary schools (including playgrounds), colleges and on transport to and from places of learning by the Welsh Government.

Although not compulsory, the new recommendations have been made by ministers to ensure a consistent approach in tackling COVID-19 across Wales.

People picking up and dropping off children are also advised to wear face coverings too to minimise the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19.

The new guidance, aimed mainly at secondary schools, which the Education Minister has described as ‘easy to follow’ was announced today and now means that the only spaces where staff and pupils can safely remove their facemasks is in the classroom.

The majority of councils already require secondary pupils and staff to wear masks in corridors and on most school transport with those rules extended to primary pupils too in some areas.

Education minister Kirsty Williams said: “It is vital that young people, parents, adults and the workforce feel confident that all measures are being taken to ensure the educational environments are as safe as possible.

“We have been clear that we will keep every policy under review and will continue to follow scientific advice. The policy we are announcing today does just that”.

The new advice has been recommended by the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group (Tag), which has been looking at the “possibility of wearing face coverings for older age groups in more circumstances, including on public and dedicated transport” and could “even include in the classroom on a risk assessed basis…. balancing benefits with harms to overall wellbeing of students.”

Tag is also looking at how feasible a mass asymptomatic testing programme in schools and colleges could be, the Welsh Government has said it is considering that approach.

Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy at the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru, said: “Face masks and coverings in communal areas could have serious consequences for Wales’ 2,500 deaf children, almost all of whom rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate.
“Socialising in corridors, break time chats and playground games are all rites of passage, but deaf young people now risk missing out because they can’t understand what others are saying. They’re also more likely to experience loneliness, isolation and bullying.
“Public health is the priority, but schools and colleges must move quickly to introduce reasonable adjustments to help deaf young people during this difficult time.”

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Two day centres to close temporarily as a precaution



TWO north Pembrokeshire Day facilities for older people and people with learning disabilities are to close temporarily as a precaution following the rise in coronavirus cases in Ceredigion.

Bro Preseli Day Centre in Crymych and Wintern Day Centre, Goodwick, are to close temporarily from tomorrow (Tuesday, November 24).

The decision to close each site will be reviewed regularly.

It is emphasised that there have been no positive cases of Covid-19 detected at either site and the temporary closures have been put in place as a precaution.


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North Pembrokeshire schools remain closed



THE SIX North Pembrokeshire schools which were closed today (Monday, November 23) as a precaution following the increased spread of coronavirus in South Ceredigion, will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23).

The Pembrokeshire schools are:

• Ysgol Preseli
• Ysgol y Frenni
• Ysgol Llandudoch
• Ysgol Eglwyswrw
• Ysgol Cilgerran
• Ysgol Clydau.

The Pembrokeshire schools are closed as a precaution as they share services – such as transport – with the Ceredigion schools.

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