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Pembrokeshire Cricket: Division 1 Round up

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ON Saturday (Jun 2), in Division 1 of the Pembroke County Cricket League, there was a surprise result as Lawrenny beat leaders Neyland.

Lawrenny were bowled out for 120 in their innings Patrick Elliott scored 31 and Joe Kidney added 26 as the visitors recovered from being 65-5.

Henry Durrant and Andrew Miller each took three wickets for the home side as it looked like they would go on to earn a seventh win in a row.

However, Neyland could not reach their target as they were all out for 94! Rob Williams and Brad McDermott-Jenkins did the damage for Lawrenny taking nine wickets between them.

The Division 1 relegation battle at Johnston saw Kilgetty Cricket Club reach 63-2 off the first 15 overs.

They went on to reach a total of 216-4 thanks to a score of 78 from Dafydd Bevan!

Johnston came close to teaching their target but finished on 196-9 meaning their game ended in a draw. Gino Cleal top scored for Johnston with a score of 87.

Cresselly are now eight points behind leaders Neyland as they beat Whitland by seven wickets!

Whitland batted first and were all out for 164 with Dylan Blain top scoring on 85. Tom Arthur was in fine form for the home as he took seven Whitland wickets.

Cresselly’s Dan Sutton then finished not out on 99 as he guided his team to a seven wicket win!

Simon Holliday was again in fine form as he hit another century to help Haverfordwest to a nine wicket win over St Ishmaels.

Tish batted first and scored 189-8 with Philip Cockburn scoring 40 and Andrew Williams adding 45.

Holliday took three wickets and then went on to score 111 not out while Lee Summons finished not out on 60 as Town secured a comfortable win.

Llangwm earned a 4-wicket win over Burton thanks to Will Beresford who finished not out on 69.

Burton were all out for 140 in their innings with Robbie Neil and James Davies both scoring 30. Chris Inward took four wickets for Llangwm while Ollie Davies also took two.

In their reply, Beresford was supported well by James Venables who scored 36 and although there were wickets from James Davies and Morgan Scale it wasn’t enough to stop Llangwm taking the win.

Neyland’s defeat has allowed both Cresselly and Haverfordwest to close the gap with only ten points separating the top three.

Whitland sit behind them in fourth while at the other end, Kilgetty’s draw has taken them out of the bottom two and they have been replaced by St Ishmaels.

On Saturday, June 9, Burton host Johnston, Kilgetty make a short trip to take on Cresselly and Llangwm host Haverfordwest.

St Ishmaels take on Lawrenny while leaders Neyland will look to bounce back when they travel to Whitland.

On Sunday (Jun 10), Cresselly travel to Bronwydd in the Dyfed area Final of the National Village Cup.

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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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