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Exciting last black victory for Sports Club

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SAUNDERSFOOT Sports Club won the Jimmy Allen snooker cup for the second year running in sensational fashion last Monday when Dai Wooles potted the black in the final frame to clinch victory.

The Sports Club’s opponents were the Balfour Club and the competition format was two frames of singles and two frames of doubles on aggregate scores.

Played at the Waterloo Club, the first frame saw Glyn Thomas (S’Foot) take on Alan Griffiths, and Glyn took an early lead against a distinctly out-of-touch Alan. Glyn pressed home his advantage with a couple of small breaks and ran out a comfortable winner by 41 points.

It was a different story in the next frame when Terry McBride and Peter Smiddy (Balfour) were first on the scoreboard against Martin Durham and Darren Morgan. The Balfour pair potted well and ran out worthy winners by 46 points.

In the second singles frame Steve Barlow (S’Foot) was in excellent form and at one point was 40-odd points up on Anthony Griffiths. But the Balfour cueist pulled back the deficit and only lost when the pink and black were potted by his opponent.

With the Sports Club only 13 points in front, it was all to play for in the last frame, when Mark Cleevely and Dai Wooles (S’Foot) played Raymond Hoare and Simon Pearce.

The Balfour pair took the initiative and a break of 23 by Simon put them in a commanding position. But the Sports Club rallied and some good potting by Mark in particular put them back in the picture.

After potting the early colours, the Sports Club were six points in front with the pink and black on the table. Raymond went in-off the pink, but a few shots later Simon potted the pink but unbelievably missed a relatively easy black, leaving the ball only inches from the corner pocket. Again the pressure told and Dai missed the black, but he made up for it a few shots later when he potted the black to give his side a famous victory and retain the cup.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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