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Wales Over 50’s heading for India

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A WALES Over 50’s team head off for India today (Wednesday, Jan 31) for a cricket tour of the Asian country, taking in five games during the 14 day visit.

Captained by John Jones of Skewen, the touring party includes well known Pembrokeshire players Paul Webb (Cresselly), Richard Harries (Cresselly), Steve Jones (Burton) and Lyn Rees (Neyland) alongside Tour Manager, Nick Evans (Narberth).

Llangennech are represented by opening bowler Mike Lloyd, with the touring party’s scorer being Llanelli’s Alan Richards.

There is very little time for the players to acclimatise to conditions in India as they play their first game against Parsee Gymkhana in Mumbai on Friday morning (9am), with a second early morning fixture the following day against CCI at the Brabourne Stadium.

The tourists, including wives Janice Webb, Jean Jones and Richard Harris partner Louis Dunlop, will have the opportunity on day four to take in the beauty of the city and surrounding area, including a ferry trip to see the Elephanta caves.

They have a third encounter scheduled into their sub-continent itinerary playing once more in Mumbai against MIG, before heading to the island of Goa, to enjoy a three day break from the rigours of cricket.

There is an opportunity to visit the 17th Century built Portuguese Fort, at Aguada, undertake some traditional shopping, including a night time ‘flea market’ and participate in the variety of water sports prior to donning their cricket whites once more for back to back fixtures.

Having completed their sightseeing with a trip to a Spice Plantation and a walk around ‘Old Goa’ and its ancient temples, the penultimate tour game sees them encounter a MCC side at Margo Cricket Club and the final game will take place on the same ground against a Goa Seniors side.

The tour is concluded with a final two days of rest and recuperation on the beaches of the beautiful Indian resort beaches prior to a farewell dinner before heading back to Heathrow Airport.

They have been practising hard for the tour with nest organised by Richard Harris throughout December and January and had a pre tour get together with a curry evening at Tafarn Morlais which Paul Webb described as ‘the start point for what is going to be a great experience’.

Webb added: “Richard Harris has done a tremendous amount of work to ensure this trip goes ahead and I speak for everyone in the tour party in thanking him. The opportunity to visit a country like India, with good friends and play cricket is an experience of a lifetime. We are so looking forward to touching down in Mumbai and then playing cricket in a different environment.”

Wales Over 50’s Tour Party:

Nick Evans – Narberth CC (Tour Manager)

John Jones – Skewen CC (Captain) & Tracey Jones

Richard Harris – Cresselly CC & Louise Dunlop

Peter Docherty – Penarth CC & Sally Docherty

Paul Donovan – Tata Steel CC & Lisa Donovan

Paul Webb – Cresselly CC & Janice Webb

Steve Jones – Burton CC & Jean Jones

Lyn Rees – Neyland CC

Mike Lloyd – Llangennech CC & Shirley Williams

Steve Richmond – Porthcawl CC & Cath Richmond

Neil Williams – Pwllheli CC

John Lewis – Croesyceiliog CC & Nicole Lewis

Adrian Webber – Croesyceiliog CC

Nigel Clayton – Bridgend CC & Eleanor Clayton

Alan Richards – Llanelli CC (Scorer)

Richard Ashling (Umpire) & Sandy Ashling

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Millers hold their nerve to send Neyland through

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HARRISON ALLEN Bowl Champions Neyland made it through to the quarter finals of the competition after they beat Haverfordwest with only two balls to spare on Thursday night (May 24).

Haverfordwest batted first but they were restricted to a total of 100-8 on an overcast evening.

Karl Rhead and Lee Summons both scored 1 before they departed early; Rhead caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Nathan Banner and Summons stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of brother Patrick.

That left Town on 9-2 but Simon Holliday and Danny Potter shared 27 runs for the third wicket partnership.

Holliday made 14 before he was superbly run out by Patrick Hannon and soon after Ben Field departed when he was caught by Gregg Miller off Patrick’s bowling.

Potter had made a score of 31 with four fours and a six but he was also run out, this time by Ashley Sutton, and Town had slipped to 56-5.

Jake Merry was then caught by Banner off the bowling of Henry Durrant for a score of 5 while Adam James smashed a six in his score of 11 before he was caught by Durrant off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Archie Thomas did likewise in his score of 11 from eight balls but he was then bowled by Durrant.

That saw Town fall to 80-8 but Kieran O’Connor and Huw Scriven shared 20 runs to take Town to their total.

O’Connor finished unbeaten on 9 while Scriven smashed a six off the last ball to finish not out on 11 and take Town to three figures.

Neyland lost Paul Murray early in their reply when he was caught by Merry off the bowling of Adam James for a score of 6.

Nick Koomen and Ashley Sutton then shared a partnership of 20 before Sutton was bowled by James.

Koomen and Banner then shared 19 runs but that partnership came to an end when Banner was stumped by Scriven off the bowling of O’Connor for a score of 8.

Soon after Koomen, who had hit three fours and a six in a knock of 31, fell in the same manner as Banner and Neyland were left on 60-4.

Henry Durrant and Patrick Bellerby then swung the game back in Neyland’s favour with a good partnership of 25.

That came to an end when Bellerby was caught by Rhead off the bowling of Holliday for a score of 21 from 12 balls which included a four and two sixes.

Scriven then picked up his third stumping as he removed Durrant for a score of 11 to the bowling of Holliday.

That was the end of the wickets however as Gregg and Andrew Miller saw Neyland home, finishing not out on 6 and 7 respectively, with only two balls to spare.

The draw for the quarter finals will be made on Wednesday, May 30, at the next meeting of the County Cricket Club.

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Grandstand finish sees Croft take Silver

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A GRANDSTAND finish by Cardigan boxer Ioan Croft came just too late to capture the gold medal at the Three Nations tournament at Motherwell’s huge Ravenscraig Sports Centre at the weekend.

The 16-year-old from Crymych had been bidding to secure a second Three Nations crown to emulate his success of 2015.

And the fact that Croft beat Scotsman Nicholas Devlin in the semi-finals – the opponent he had defeated en route to Three Nations glory three years previously – appeared to be a good omen.

However, pitted against England’s Joe Tyres in the final, southpaw Croft appeared to pay the price for an over-cautious start.

With the English boy seemingly taking the first round, Croft started getting into his stride in the second.

The Welsh teenager appeared to gain the upper hand in the third and final session, catching Tyres with a variety of good clean shots.

Yet it was not quite enough to make up for his slow start and a crestfallen Croft dropped a 4-1 split decision.

“It was very disappointing,” the boxer’s dad, Cardigan ABC head coach Guy Croft, said afterwards. “I thought he’d just done enough to win.”

Although Croft had struggled to make the 56kg limit, his father refused to cite that as an excuse. “I’m not sure weight is all to blame,” he said.

“Ioan’s been finishing strong at the end of every round and his third round is always his best.

“He just takes a little while to get the measure of his opponent, which isn’t such a bad thing, although on this occasion it probably cost him the fight.

“Joe has had something like 75 bouts, only lost 12, and was 13 months older. Ioan’s had 62 and lost 10 so it was a good match.”

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Young Otters secure Griffiths Cup win

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NARBERTH were victorious in the Griffiths Cup on Tuesday night (May 22), as they beat Crymych 26-24 in a thrilling game that neither side deserved to lose.

The game was played at Neyland’s Athletic Ground and a good crowd was in attendance to watch rugby’s future stars.

The young Otters took the lead early on in the first half as Dylan Walsh went over for the opening try of the game and Lewis Hough’s conversion was successful.

Crymych then levelled matters as Rhodri George went over for the try before Harri Williams added the extra two points.

Kieran Allen then put Narberth back ahead with another try but the conversion was missed and the Otters held a 12-7 lead.

Shortly before half time, Crymych took the lead for the first time as Dafydd Griffiths went over for the try and Harri Williams added the extras.

It meant Crymych held a 14-12 lead at the break but the game was still there for the taking.

In the second half, Narberth re-took the lead as Kieran Allen scored his second try of the game and Llew Jones added the conversion.

Crymych came back to within two points of their opponents as Harri Williams landed a penalty to make it 19-17.

The Otters then extended their lead as they came forward and the ball was offloaded for Griff Evans who dived in under the posts for an excellent try. Llew Jones then added the conversion to make it 26-17 to the Otters.

Crymych responded well and put pressure on the Otters. That pressure eventually told as they worked the ball out to the right for Illan Phillips who burst through the tackles to touch the ball down. Harri Williams added the extras from just inside the half to make it 26-24.

It was Narberth who finished strongly but a penalty went wide and they then came close to scoring a try which would have sealed the game but a knock on 5 metres out halted their attack.

Crymych looked for a late score but Narberth kept them out well and when they turned the ball over with the eighty minutes up, they kicked the ball out to spark wild celebrations amongst the players and coaches.

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