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Jones’ century sends Neyland through

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NEYLAND are through to the second round of the Alec Colley tournament after they beat Hook on Thursday night (May 31).

Scott Jones was the star of the show for his side as he hit a century to help them to a massive total of 233-2 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Hook could only reach 120-5, falling 113 runs short and Neyland will go on to play Whitland in the second round.

Paul Miller and George Evans opened the batting for the home side and they shared an opening stand of 26 before Miller was bowled by Andrew Thomas for a score of 23.

Evans fell soon after but Hook were unable to take any further wickets as Scott Jones and Steven Murray took over.

They smashed the ball to all parts of the ground and after 14 overs they reached 154-2 with the partnership still going strong on 112. Both batsmen had passed their half centuries and they continued to punish the Hook bowlers.

They then took their side past 200 runs and Murray went on to finish not out on 81 with Jones making an excellent unbeaten century on 104.

It meant their partnership came to an end on 199 runs in what was an excellent display from both players.

Hook knew they faced a tough test if they were to knock of the runs required but they lost opener Clout for a duck to the bowling of Tom Pritchard.

George James and Jacob Lay then shared 36 runs for the second wicket partnership but Pritchard struck again and James departed having scored 34.

Lloyd Grayshon was then caught by Murray off the bowling of Pritchard for a duck and moments later, Lay was trapped leg before by Rodney Murphy for a score of 9.

That saw Hook slip to 49-4 in the tenth over and the game was slipping away from them.

Dafydd Bowen and Phil Griffiths came together at the crease and the pair played some excellent shots and they shared 46 runs for the fifth wicket.

Griffiths made 27 before he was out to the bowling of George Evans.

Bowen and Seth Willington played some excellent shots towards the end but it was too late for Hook as they finished well short on 120-5. Willington had made his way to 8 not out while Bowen finished not out on 29.

Neyland will now play Whitland in the second round on Tuesday, June 12. This week’s other first round match saw Burton take on Pembroke Dock and it was Burton who went through. They bowled the Dock out for 65 before passing their target in the eighth over.

Burton now go on to face Johnston in the second round on Wednesday, June 13.

Other second round fixtures include holders Lawrenny hosting Pembroke while Haverfordwest take on Saundersfoot and Cresselly host Kilgetty.

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Ruthless Mariners power past Saints

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MILFORD Haven put in a ruthless display as they scored seventeen tries to beat St Davids 119-5 at the Obs on Saturday (Jan 5).

The Mariners were right at it from the kick off and did not let up as they held a 63-5 lead at the break.

James Trueman scored a hat trick of tries for the home side and he also went on to kick each of his 17 conversion attempts for a club record haul of 49 points.

Dan Jenkins also crossed for three tries while Dan Birch, Sam Dolling and Brandon Cooper all scored twice for the home side.

The Saints, to their credit, kept going and were rewarded in the first half when Josh Strangwood crossed for a try.

Jamie Lewis, Dewi Williams, Ryan Mansell, Dan McClelland and Steve Martin all got their names on the scoresheet to seal an emphatic victory.

The win keeps Milford top of the table by a point from rivals Neyland and on Saturday (Jan 12), they will face a sterner test as they travel to Laugharne.

The Saints remain third from bottom in the table and on Saturday they are at home to third placed Haverfordwest.

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Trundle leaves Bluebirds

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HAVERFORDWEST County have confirmed that star signing Lee Trundle has left the club.

The news was announced on Sunday, December 30, and the former Swansea City player has since signed for Welsh League Division 3 side Trefelin BGC.

In a statement released by the Bluebirds they thank Lee for his time at the club in which he scored 12 goals in all competitions.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Due to increasing work commitments, Lee Trundle has decided to leave Haverfordwest County and his last game was on Friday evening (Dec 28) at Ton Pentre where he scored two goals taking his tally for the Bluebirds to twelve in all competitions this season.

“Whist his stay at our club was shorter than we would have hoped, we fully understand his decision and everyone at the football club would like to thank Lee for his time here and the way he has conducted himself both on and off the field of play. Lee leaves with our sincere best wishes.”

Lee commented on Haverfordwest County’s Facebook page saying: “Good luck the rest of the season boys. Great club run by great people. Wish you all the best on the race for the league title this year.”

Fans of the club have also commented saying they are ‘gutted’ to see him leave and that he will be missed.

As well as Swansea, Lee has also played for Wrexham, Bristol City and Leeds United in his career.

It was announced in May 2018 that Trundle would be joining the Bluebirds having helped Llanelli Town to promotion to the Welsh Premier League.

Lee now joins a team that sit top of Division 3 and his inclusion is likely to give a further boost to their promotion hopes.

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Late Smith penalty seals Pembroke win

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A LATE penalty from Toby Smith earned Pembroke a 15-13 victory in a hard-fought encounter with Pembrokeshire rivals Fishguard on Saturday (Dec 29).

It was an excellent game between two good teams with Pembroke feeling a little rusty having not played for three weeks while the heavy pitch suited a Fishguard side who were looking to avenge their narrow 16-17 defeat at home to Pembroke earlier in the season.

There was no sign of rustiness however as the home side started the game well and could have gone ahead but Johnny Palmer was held up over the line.

Sean Dalling also looked to be free but he was ankle tapped near the line and the Seagulls were able to recover.

Having weathered the early storm the Seagulls then took the lead as Andrew Williams touched down under the posts. Kial Keane then added the extra two points.

Pembroke responded well and were soon back on level terms as Dan Colley ran a good line off Toby Smith to touch the ball down under the posts. Smith then added the extras.

The home side then went ahead as a good break by Tom Lewis set up captain Scott Powell who crashed over. This time the conversion was missed by Pembroke held a 12-7 lead.

They could have had a third try soon after as Dan Colley touched down but it was ruled out for a marginal forward pass.

The Seagulls then narrowed the gap as Keane scored a penalty and the score at half time was 12-10 in Pembroke’s favour.

In the second half Fishguard came at Pembroke well and they took the lead with another penalty from Keane to make it 12-13 to the visitors.

It was an evenly contested half but it was Pembroke who had the final say as Smith sent a penalty through the posts in the last minute to seal a 15-13 victory.

Pembroke’s win keeps them fourth in the table and they will look for another win on Saturday (Jan 5) as they host Carmarthen Athletic.

Fishguard will look to get back to winning ways as they travel to Burry Port who sit just below them in the table.

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