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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club have issued their agenda to Clubs, Vice Presidents and members for the sixtieth AGM, to be held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club on Wednesday (Feb 28).

As part of the AGM the County Club will also make the draws for the first two rounds of the Harrison Allen Bowl, DR Morris Cup, Ormond Youth Cup and Alec Colley Cup under the guidance of Cup organiser, Robert Ridge (Burton).

Nick Evans (Narberth) will begin his second season as President and twenty seventh season on the County Executive, alongside Paul Webb (Cresselly) as Chairman and Richard Merriman (Whitland) as Vice Chairman.

Steve Blowes (Secretary; unattached), Andrew Scott Davies (Treasurer; Pembroke Dock), John Harris (League Secretary; Stackpole), Martin Jones (Junior League organiser; Neyland), William Newall (Grounds Advisor; Llechryd) and Dave Loosmore (Child Welfare & Player Registration; Haverfordwest) are nominated for a return to position unopposed.

Mr Trefor Evans (Whitland) is nominated to the position of Assistant Secretary and as a life member with the five remaining positions on the committee to be voted upon from eight incumbents.

Dave Brandon (unattached), former President Dave Morris (unattached), and Peter Betterley (Llechryd) attended every meeting following their election last year, with Simon Williams (Haverfordwest) attending five meetings and co-opted member Richard Scriven (Haverfordwest) attending seven meetings from the eight possible for him.

They will be joined in the election process by Peter Davies (Neyland), the current Indoor League organiser and Selwyn Cole (Cresselly).

Two new names are nominated to join the senior selection committee of Morris, Evans and Merriman, namely Webb and former Carew all-rounder Martyn Cole.

The youth selection committee, which includes Evans, consists of Steve Lewis (Lawrenny; u10), Nick Daley (Pembroke Dock; u11), Simon Williams (Haverfordwest; u12), Andrew Miller (Neyland; u13), Ryan Lewis (Cresselly; u14) and Lee Smith (Stackpole; u15).

There are numerous proposed amendments to rules, on player eligibility, a limit to the number of overs a player can bowl, a rationale for sides to bat first and gain maximum points and in the lower division a way to encourage sides who may lose to focus on positive cricket.

After the issue of Carew’s final day declaration, they were awarded the James Morris Memorial cup as Champions but relegated to Division 2 and their captain Brian Hall banned for the first half of the 2018 season Neyland Cricket Club have proposed rules to alleviate to such an occurrence happening again.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club have proposed a change to the Harrison Allen Cup Rule 8 by asking for a ‘free hit’ after a foot fault no ball, with changes to monetary collection and distribution to be discussed.

New rules are proposed where points maybe awarded to clubs who enlist a new umpire onto the ‘circuit’ and procedures outlined in the laws of cricket (42) on the code of conduct to be adopted in some part. Junior organiser Jones and Secretary Blowes have numerous junior rule proposals for discussion, nine of the fourteen pertaining to U11 cricket.

The 2018 season begins on Sunday (Apr 22) for all five divisions, with play the following Sunday and the first Saturday game scheduled for Saturday (May 5), the season ending on Saturday (Aug 25).

The prestigious Harrison Allen final is due to be held at Cresselly Cricket Club on Saturday (Jul 28), with the Ormond Cup Plate the following Friday night (Aug 3), at Lawrenny and the Ormond Youth Cup final at Carew on Sunday (Aug 26).

The first final will be the DR Morris Cup final at Burton on Sunday (Jul 5) and the Alec Colley Cup final, for second XIs at Pembroke Cricket Club on Sunday (Aug 12).

The senior county side begin their representative fixtures with a game against Wales XL at the Kingsmoore Ground, Kilgetty on Sunday (May 13) before welcoming the South Wales League to Lawrenny the following Sunday (May 20).

The return fixture with South Wales will see the County side travel to Llandysul on Sunday (June 20), before locking horns with Wales U17 at Imble Lane, Pembroke Dock on Thursday (Jul 5). The final game on the fixture list will see an MCC side play at Whitland on Wednesday (Aug 15).

All member Clubs are requested to be present for the AGM, their absence invoking a potential £25 fine, which is rarely incurred.

The financial statement of the County Club shows them to be in a healthy state although they are proactive in understanding the need to continually move forward from a strong fiscal base.

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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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