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Tasker could get Bronze medal after Russians disqualified

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PEMBROKESHIRE-born Bruce Tasker could soon be an Olympic Bronze Medallist after two Russian teams were disqualified from the 2014 Olympics.

Tasker and his GB Team-mates finished fifth in the Bobsleigh competition but athletes from the two Russian teams who finished ahead of them have been found guilty of doping.

An International Olympic Committee statement reads: “Aleksandr Kas’yanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and IIvir Khuzin are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated.

“In addition, the three athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.”

The Russians could appeal the decision but if the sanctions are upheld, the GB team are likely to be promoted to third place.

If they are promoted, it would make Sochi 2014, Britain’s most successful Winter Olympics.

The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) also released a statement which reads: “The BBSA welcomes the IOC’s recent decisions and the impact it could have on the results of Great Britain’s 4-man Bobsleigh team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

“We fully support clean sport and have always wanted our athletes to compete on an equal footing. Learning that this does not appear to have been the case during the last Olympic Winter Games is extremely disheartening and we are pleased that steps are being taken to address the situation.

“Stu Benson, Joel Fearon, John Jackson and Bruce Tasker, and the entire GB Bobsleigh team and staff, worked incredibly hard in the lead up to the 2014 Games, with John battling back from a serious Achilles injury just in time for Sochi. If they were to be awarded a retrospective medal, it would be a just reward for their dedication and commitment.

“This news comes on the back of an outstanding few weeks for GB Bobsleigh, with medal success and personal bests in Park City and in Whistler, and the team will continue to give their all as they work towards the next Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in February.”

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Newtown hold on to beat Haverfordwest

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NEWTOWN secured seventh place in the JD Cymru Premier Play-off conference as they beat Haverfordwest County 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow.

The Robins had beaten the Bluebirds 6-1 at Latham Park a few weeks ago but it was much different this time around.

Newtown took the lead as early as the second minute as they won a corner which was sent into the box for Tyrone Ofori who flicked the ball in.

The Bluebirds battled for a way back into the game and came close when the ball was played over the top for Jack Wilson but it just ran away and the Newtown keeper Dave Jones was able to gather the ball.

On 17 minutes, the Bluebirds won a corner which Elliot Scotcher sent into the box and Danny Williams headed in to the far corner to make it 1-1.

Newtown were then given a free kick in a dangerous position which captain Craig Williams sent into the box. Kieran Mills-Evans chested the ball down at the back post and Bluebirds keeper Wojciech Gajda made a good save to push the ball away.

There was another chance for Newtown soon after as Tyrone Ofori saw his header pushed wide by Gajda.

From the resulting corner, Shane Sutton headed home to put Newtown back in front.

The Bluebirds then had a chance to get level but Dan Summerfield sent a rasping drive just over the bar.

With half an hour gone, Alaric Jones sent a ball into the box but Corey Shephard saw his header saved by Dave Jones.

Both sides battled away with Scotcher sending a drive over from the edge of the box.

However it remained 2-1 to the visitors as the half time whistle went.

Newtown had a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half as Williams sent a corner into the box but Mills-Evans headed just wide.

The Bluebirds looked to get back in the game but despite getting into some promising positions, they were unable to test the Newtown keeper.

With twenty minutes to go a Bluebirds throw was headed on to the back post. Danny Williams headed towards goal and thought it had gone over the line but Dave Jones made a fantastic save to keep Newtown ahead.

Sub Cameron Keetch then had a great chance to level for the home side but he headed wide.

As the game entered the final stages, rain became harder making things difficult for both sides. Newtown were still searching for a third and nearly had it when the ball was played in to Breese into the box but he shot wide.

The Bluebirds were also looking for a late equaliser but as time ran out they resorted to long balls which Newtown were able to deal with.

The visitors kept the ball in the corner late on but the Bluebirds were able to get the ball out as they looked for one last chance.

It never came and the visitors held on to secure seventh place in the table.

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Neyland through in Village Cup after beating Bronwydd

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NEYLAND made it through to the next round of the Village Cup as they beat Bronwydd by 98 runs on Sunday (May 9).

No cricket had been possible in Pembrokeshire on Saturday because of heavy and persistent rain but some great work meant that their cup game could go ahead.

Before the game got underway, a minutes silence was held in respect of former Bronwydd CC player Aled John, who recently passed away.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to field first which came as no surprise and they were able to restrict Neylad to a score of 160-9 in their 40 overs.

After losing Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton early on, to the bowling of Clive Tucker, Neyland were sitting on a score of 23-2.

However, a stand of 54 between Nick Koomen and Brad McDermott-Jenkins put the hosts in a good position.

Koomen had reached 38 with six fours but he was then bowled by Josh Rencken and wickets continued to fall.

Nathan Banner departed for a second ball duck when he was bowled by Matthew Bagshaw and the same bowler then did the same to Ross Hardy.

McDermott-Jenkins had hit six fours in his score of 40 but he then fell to the bowling of Rencken and Neyand had slipped to 99-6.

Andrew Millers (1), George Evans (11) and Lewis Page all fell to the bowling of James Dickson as Neyland were in danger of being bowled out.

It was left to brothers Sean and Patrick Hannon to steady the ship as they shared 29 runs for the final wicket.

Both finished on scores of 15 not out with Sean hitting a six while Patrick’s score came from only 14 balls.

It meant that Bronwydd would need 161 to progress to the next round.

They made a steady start to their reply but when Josh Rencken was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Nathan Banner on a score of 19, wickets began to tumble.

Jacob Jenkinson made a score of 15 but he was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Miller also picked up the wicket of Oliver Furneaux before Ross Hardy trapped James Dickson leg before to leave the visitors on 51-5.

Hardy then did the same to Carwyn Jones and he also bowled Iwan Davies as the game started slipping away for Bronwydd.

Miller then picked up his third to finish with figures of 3-11 from his eight overs while Hardy returned to pick up his fourth to finish with impressive figures of 4-5 from seven overs, five of which were maidens.

McDermott-Jenkins wrapped the game up with the wicket of Colin Tucker as the hosts secured an excellent win.

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Sutton steers Cresselly into second round

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CRESSELLY set up a Harrison Allen second round clash with Hundleton as they beat Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (May 12).

It was a clash between the 2019 winners (Haverfordwest) and the 2018 winners (Cresselly) with both harbouring hopes of again reaching the final.

Cresselly won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they restricted Town to 124-7 from their 22 overs.

Tom Murphy and Mike Shaw each picked up two wickets while Ryan Lewis and Tom Arthur also took a wicket each.

In reply, Cresselly lost Ryan Lewis and Iwan Izzard for single figure scores but Dan Sutton and Alex Bayley got the visitors going again.

Bayley hit five fours in a knock of 42 while Sutton top scored for his team, hitting nine fours in a score of 64.

That saw Cresselly over the line in the final over as they booked their place in the next round of the Bowl.

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