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Whitland one win away from title

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WHITLAND moved to within one win of the League 2 West title after they beat Fishguard 46-26 at The Moors on Saturday (May 5).

The Borderers were beaten by Hendy in their previous game but bounced back and now just need to win their final game at home to Mumbles on Saturday (May 12) to seal the title.

Fishguard sit seven points above second from bottom Amman United and the two teams meet next Saturday.

Whitland began Saturday’s game well but after a pass was knocked forward, Fishguard had a scrum. However, a Seagulls infringement gave the ball back to the visitors and from the resulting scrum Adam Davies picked the ball out before passing to Liam Price who went over in the corner.

Nico Setaro’s conversion went wide and the Borderers held a 5-0 lead with ten minutes gone.

Just a minute later Setaro burst through a couple of tackles and offloaded to Jonny Thomas who touched down under the posts giving Setaro an easy conversion.

Fishguard looked to respond and came close on a number of occasions. On one occasion, they were held up illegally and Mike Jenkins sent a penalty through the posts to put the Seagulls on the board.

Whitland then went up the other end but after another foul, Setaro had a chance to extend their lead but his penalty went wide.

Setaro then made amends a minute later as he sent a penalty through the posts for a 15-3 lead.

From the kick off Whitland knocked the ball on giving Fishguard possession and after kicking to touch, Mike Jenkins offloaded for Jamie Lewis who scored in the corner. Jenkins then added the extras to bring the Seagulls to within five points of their opponents.

Fishguard came forward again with Chris Shousha making a darting run and after losing one of his boots he was brought down. Another Whitland foul saw Jenkins send a penalty through the posts to make the score 13-15 to the visitors.

Whitland again responded but Fishguard’s Luke Freebury intercepted the ball illegally, according to the referee and Whitland had another penalty which Setaro scored.

On the stroke of half time, Whitland kicked the ball forward and Seagulls’ Robbie Jones struggled to take the ball cleanly in the bright sun. That put Fishguard back and Whitland were able to win the ball back. Setaro again broke the tackles and passed to David Ebsworth who was brought down before the line but was still able to reach over for the try.

The conversion caused a moment of controversy as it was given by the Whitland touch judge and not given by the Fishguard touch judge. After the confusion was cleared up the conversion was not given and Whitland held a 23-13 lead at the break.

In the second half, Mike Jenkins went on a mazy run but he was penalised for holding onto the ball. Whitland chose to kick to touch but the kick didn’t go out and Fishguard attacked again.

They were then given a penalty and Jenkins again sent the penalty through the posts to bring them to within seven points of their opponents.

Whitland responded in kind and a penalty from Setaro restored his side’s ten point lead.

A knock on from Whitland saw Fishguard pick the ball up and play the advantage but they were unable to break through.

Whitland had a scrum five metres out but Setaro’s clearance kick barely cleared the 22 and Fishguard attacked again. They came close but a knock on ended their attack.

Moments later Setaro broke out and a series of passes found Jonny Thomas who touched down in the right corner. Setaro added the extras for a 33-16 lead.

Another penalty from Jenkins closed the gap once more and with ten minutes to go, Fishguard attacked and the ball was played to Osian Lewis who went over in the corner for a try. Jenkins added the extras to bring the Seagulls back to within ten points of Whitland.

Five minutes from time Setaro added another penalty and with the clock ticking over the 80-minute mark Sean Coles intercepted the ball in his own half and ran on to score the try. Setaro added the extras giving Whitland a 46-26 victory.

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Jones’ century sees Whitland through

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WHITLAND’s Geraint Jones scored a second century in as many games on Wednesday night (May 15) as he helped his side through to the second round of the Duggie Morris Cup.

Hosts Llangwm were invited to bat first but they lost opener Will Beresford when he was run out in the first over.

Joe Kiff and James Venables then got Llangwm going sharing 48 runs for the second wicket.

Venables scored 25 but he was next out when he was caught by Jamie Thomas off the bowling of Matthew Davies.

Joe was joined by brother Matthew in the middle and they shared another 28 runs for the third wicket.

Nathan Evans made the breakthrough for the visitors as he trapped Joe leg before on a score of 43 that had included five fours and two sixes.

Evans struck again as he had Matthew caught by Davies on a score of 17 and Llangwm were then reduced to 100-5 when Evans bowled Phil Llewellyn.

Thomas then claimed his first wicket as he had Noah Davies caught by namesake Adam.

Luke and Richard Brock then shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket as they looked to give their side a good total to defend.

Luke departed first as he was caught by Matthew Davies off the bowling of Thomas having scored 21.

140-7 soon became 140-8 as Geraint Jones had Richard caught by Gethin Scourfield on a score of 13.

Ollie Davies and Gary James then shared 28 runs for the ninth wicket but James was caught by Jack Bowen off the bowling of Evans who finished with excellent figures of 4-25.

Davies had scored 13 but was then caught by Jones off the bowling of Thomas who finished with figures of 3-40 as Llangwm’s innings came to a close three balls into the final over on 171.

It meant Whitland would need 172 to win but they also lost an early wicket as Dylan Blain was bowled by Phil Llewellyn on a score of 8.

That brought Jones to the crease and he shared 44 runs for the second wicket with Jack Bowen.

Bowen hit three sixes and two fours as he scored 27 but he was then caught by Ollie Davies off the bowling of Luke Brock.

Matthew Davies then played a supporting role as Jones added another 21 runs to the score and Davies only faced four balls before he was out for a duck in the same fashion as Bowen.

Nathan Evans was then bowled by Joe Phillips and Shane Morgan was caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Gary James.

When Ollie Davies bowled Martin Thomas Whitland were 118-6 and it seemed Jones, who had reached his half century, was running out of partners.

However, he took it upon himself to win the game for his side as he smashed his way to a century, finishing not out on 103, while Adam Davies supported finishing not out on 8.

Jones hit ten fours and seven sixes, the last of which saw them over the line and into the second round.

That sees them set up a second round date with Carew, set to take place on Wednesday, June 5.

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Griffiths smashes Dock through in Duggie Morris

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A SPARKLING 67 from 25 balls from Jake Griffiths sent Pembroke Dock through to the second round of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday night (May 14).

Opponents Hook had earlier posted 146-5 from their 20 overs with Jamie Phelps making his way to an excellent score of 61 from 47 balls.

Phelps and Holder got the visitors off to a good start as they shared 83 runs for the first wicket.

Phelps hit eight fours and two sixes in his knock but then hit the ball to Griffiths to give Nick Daley his first wicket.

Moments later he had a second as he had Holder caught by Craig Butland on a score of 18.

Craig Nutty and Brennan Martin then shared another 32 runs for the third wicket as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Martin hit three sixes in a score of 21 from only 7 balls but he was then caught and Nutty added 16 runs before he was bowled.

Bradley Flood was then run out as Hook slipped to 129-5. Aled Phelps finished not out on 16 from 15 balls to help his side to their total of 146-5.

Niall Brunton and Connor Carroll picked up the other two wickets for the Dock.

The Dock got off to a lightning start in their reply as Griffiths and Luke Murray smashed them to 76-0 off the first six overs.

Griffiths’ stunning knock included seven fours and five sixes but it was then brought to an end as he was caught by Aled Phelps off the bowling of Matthew Holder.

Murray and Billy Wood continued to add to their score as they shared 47 runs for the second wicket.

Murray hit four fours as he made 35 but he was also caught by Phelps off the bowling of Harry Makepeace.

Wood finished not out on 26 to see his side over the line and into the second round.

The Dock, sponsored by Market Tavern, will now play the winners of Thursday’s game between Lawrenny or St Ishmaels.

Tuesday’s other game saw Narberth go through after beating Kilgetty. Scores of 83 from Kyle Quartermaine and 67 not out from Jordan Howell helped them book a second round date with Haverfordwest.

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Holliday outshines Kiff in Town win

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LLANGWM’S Joseph Kiff’s century was outshone by Haverfordwest’s Simon Holliday’s ton on Saturday (May 11) as Town earned victory in a high scoring game.

Llangwm batted first and made an excellent total of 235-6 from their innings and would have been quietly confident at the halfway stage.

Kiff and Jonathan Venables shared 34 runs for the first wicket as they made a steady start before Venables was bowled by Adam James on a score of ten.

Matthew Kiff did not last long at the crease as he was caught by Jack Scriven off the bowling of James for a second ball duck, leaving Llangwm on 34-2.

Noah Davies joined Joseph in the middle and the pair shared a good stand of 53. Davies made a score of ten but was then bowled by Simon Holliday.

Luke Brock departed for a score of 5 when he was caught by Jake Merry off the bowling of Clive Tucker.

Llangwm were 110-4 at that stage but Kiff and Phil Llewellyn began hitting the ball to all parts of the ground in a stand of 63.

Kiff deservedly reached his century, hitting 14 fours and three sixes on the way, but was then caught by Ashley James off the bowling of namesake Adam.

Richard Brock was bowled soon after by Lee Summons but Llewellyn and Ewan Griffiths batted on to the end.

Griffiths was not out on 14 while Llewellyn smashed five fours and three sixes as he finished unbeaten on 67.

That set Town 236 to win and they made a good start to their reply as Holliday and Mike Jones shared 90 runs for the first wicket.

Joseph Phillips made the breakthrough for Llangwm as he had Jones caught by Ewan Griffiths on a score of 40. Phillips then bowled Danny Potter as Llangwm looked to hit back.

However, Ben Field and Holliday shared 73 runs for the third wicket to take Town closer to their target.

Field scored 21 before he was trapped leg before by Luke Brock who then also bowled Adam James.

Llewellyn bowled Jake Merry to reduce Town to 210-5 in the 42nd over but Llangwm were unable to remove Holliday.

Holliday finished unbeaten on 124 from 120 balls with twelve fours and four sixes to see his side over the line.

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