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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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Successful weekend for Croft and O’Sullivan

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CARDIGAN ABC’s Garan Croft was team captain as a Wales boxing team made a successful weekend trip to Ireland, picking up a unanimous points victory over Mathew Tyndall, a six-times Irish national champion at New Ross Youth Centre, County Wexford.

The bout began in lively fashion with both boxers trying to hold the centre of the ring, but midway through the opening round the Crymych teenager had taken control.

Croft, who was landing the cleaner and harder shots, gave Tyndall a standing count in the third round en route to a convincing triumph.

Cardigan’s successful weekend continued at Dagenham, Essex, on Sunday where Fishguard schoolboy Mikey O’Sullivan was part of a Wales Select team who took on Repton, the famous East End club.

Pitted against Albie Smith, O’Sullivan came out with all guns blazing matching the Londoner punch for punch in a very even round.

But in the second the Welsh boy’s superior boxing skills saw him get on top with an excellent display of slipping and counter-punching.

The third round was pretty even with both boxers throwing everything they had, yet O’Sullivan was awarded a split decision victory following his mastery during the second round in what was a great result in Repton’s own back yard.

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Pembroke hammer Tumble

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PEMBROKE put in one of their best displays of the season on Saturday (Oct 13) as they beat Tumble 56-8.

Tumble travelled from Carmarthenshire with Storm Callum in full force and there was no let up as they faced a storm of another kind as Pembroke ran riot.

Dan Colley got the home side going early on with the first try of the game before Mitchell Jones replied with a penalty for Tumble.

Dom Colman then went over for Pembroke’s second try but the conversion was missed and the home side held a 12-3 lead.

Tumble came forward again and from a lineout they worked the ball left but were then penalised for holding on. Possession switched hands on a couple of occasions before Pembroke almost scored their third try.

From a Tumble scrum, Pembroke overpowered them, pushing them back and Toby Smith picked the ball up and headed for the line. He passed to Fraser James but he dropped the ball as he was going over and the ball was knocked on.

However, they weren’t to be denied their third try as Sam Smith burst through near the posts to touch down giving Toby Smith an ease conversion.

Pembroke then earned their fourth try and a bonus point after good work from Luke Hartland set the ground running for Colley’s second try of the game. Smith then added the extras in front of the posts for a 26-3 lead.

Tumble looked to respond towards the end of the first half when Pembroke were penalised for a tackle off the ball but they were unable to take advantage as the home side kept them out.

At the start of the second half Pembroke came forward and an advantage was played for a high tackle. When it seemed there was no way through the ball was dropped back for Smith who sent a drop goal through the posts.

Colman then went over for his second try before Tom Lewis went over for another two tries.

Fraser James then did get his try and Smith again added the extra two points.

Steffan Price pulled a late try back for Tumble but it did little to affect the final score as Pembroke held on for an emphatic win with Smith claiming a deserved try at the end.

Pembroke now sit fourth in the table and on Saturday (Oct 20) they travel to sixth placed Tycroes.

Tumble have just one win to their name so far this season and on Saturday they are at home to Pontarddulais.

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Robins breeze past Lawrenny

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PENNAR Robins proved too strong for Lawrenny on Saturday (Oct 13) as they scored ten times to book their place in the third round of the Senior Cup.

Despite the weather conditions the Bush Camp pitch was in excellent condition and the home side dominated for large parts of the game.

Jason Donohoe had an early chance for the Robins but he sent his free kick over the bar.

Josh Clark went on a good run and burst through the challenge of a Lawrenny attacker and although the ball found the back of the net, the ball was deemed to have gone out of play before Clark put his cross in.

With nine minutes gone Donohoe found Sam Southcott but his effort was saved.

Lawrenny won a free kick and Ryan Morton sent the ball into the box which Patrick Elliot headed towards goal but Stuart James was able to make the save.

Connor Roberts then came close to scoring in spectacular fashion but his curling effort was tipped over by Lawrenny keeper Danny Harries.

Nick Willis then saw a shot saved at the front post and he then also saw an acrobatic effort saved as the Robins continued to look for the opening goal.

Harries had to be alert as Donohoe’s cross looked to be going in with the wind but on 22 minutes the Robins finally made the breakthrough.

Southcott played the ball through for Ben Adams on the left and he shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Mikey Powell crossed into the box and Southcott was in the right place at the back post to tap the ball home.

Roberts and Willis combined with a neat one-two but the former sent his effort wide of the post.

The Robins added a third on the half hour mark and they continued to show their dominance with a further seven goals.

Adams and Southcott both completed their hat tricks while Tom Grimwood, Connor Roberts, Scott Trayhern and Luke Phillips all got on the scoresheet.

It was an excellent win for Pennar who must wait and see who they will play in the third round after other games were called off.

On Saturday (Oct 20), Lawrenny are again in cup action as they take on Hundleton in the first round of the Second Division Cup.

Pennar will return to league action as they take on local rivals Lamphey.

Pennar: Stuart James, Josh Clark, Luke Phillips, Ross Lascelles, Mikey Powell, Tom Grimwood, Connor Roberts, Ben Adams, Sam Southcott, Jason Donohoe, Nick Willis. Subs: Jack Phillips, Rhys Lucas, Scott Trayhern.

Lawrenny: Danny Harries, Edward Merriman, James Durbridge, Adam Jenkins, Ryan Morton, Tom Lewis, Patrick Elliot, Matt Lewis, Harry Thomas, Owen James, Tom Cole. Subs: Kieron Johnson, Phil Cole, Sam Davies.

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