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Walsh strike earns thrilling win for Vikings

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HAKIN United have one hand on the Pembrokeshire League Division 1 trophy after a late strike from Shane Walsh gave them a thrilling 4-3 win over rivals Merlins Bridge at the Racecourse on Thursday night (May 10).

There was a frantic start to the game as Jack Wilson headed in to give Hakin the lead in front of a packed crowd.

However, Will Haworth made it 1-1 soon after and Nathan Greene put the home side ahead when he pounced on a poor back pass to make it 2-1.

Nicky Woodrow came close to levelling on the stroke of half time but his header was saved by the Bridge keeper.

The Wizards had an early chance to increase their lead in the second half when Joe Leahy and Greene combined well before Leahy saw his effort saved.

Four minutes in Hakin levelled as the ball wasn’t cleared properly allowing Ben Fawcett to make his way round a defender before shooting in off the post to make it 2-2.

They could have gone ahead a minute later when Woodrow flicked the ball on for Harding but his shot was saved and the rebound was cleared.

Ten minutes into the second half the Bridge took the lead once more as a corner from Luke Hayward was cleared as far as Haworth whose shot was deflected in to the bottom left corner of the net.

Fawcett then saw a cross blocked wide as Hakin looked for another equaliser. Keeper Adrian Devonald then sent a free kick into the Merlins Bridge half and Woodrow again headed on for Harding but his touch towards goal was again saved.

Just after the hour mark a free kick was headed back across goal and Jack Wilson volleyed in to score his second of the game to level the scores at 3-3.

Greene then saw a header saved for the home side as they again looked to go back into the lead but there chances were dealt a blow with just over twenty minutes to go.

A number of crunching tackles were being made and Bridge’s Chris Ormond was angry at a challenge on him. When the referee didn’t give a foul he stepped over the line in his comments and was sent off by referee Tom Bevan.

Hakin then surged forward looking to make their man advantage count and Woodrow saw a shot saved before the rebound from Fawcett was saved on to the bar.

Ben Steele then saw a shot blocked by his own man before another shot went over the bar.

Despite being down to ten men the Bridge were still very much in the game and Will Haworth did his best to win the ball back before giving away a foul. Referee Tom Bevan accidentally pulled out a red card but quickly put it away before giving Haworth a yellow.

With three minutes to go Wilson crossed into the box for Woodrow but his header bounced back off the bar and it seemed that the game would finish all square.

However, in injury time, substitute Shane Walsh, brought on with fifteen minutes to go, found space and poked the ball towards goal and into the bottom right corner sparking wild celebrations. Walsh was subsequently booked for taking his shirt off.

There was still time for the Bridge to have one last attack but when the ball was cleared, Bevan blew for full time and Hakin celebrated a huge win.

The win means they are now six points clear of Goodwick United going into their double header next week.

The first of those games takes place on Thursday (May 17), in Goodwick with the return match in Hakin taking place on Monday (May 21).

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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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