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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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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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