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Whitland too good for Neyland

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WHITLAND are through to the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup after they beat Neyland on Tuesday (Jun 12).

Whitland won the toss and batted first on a beautiful evening at the Athletic Ground in Neyland and they made a good score of 175-4 from their twenty overs.

Steffan James and David Lee shared an opening stand of 57 before Lee was caught by Callum Power off the bowling of Jamie Smith for a score of 24.

Gethin Scourfield followed soon after when he was caught by Stephen Murray off the bowling of Kieran Arran.

James and Iestyn Scourfield then shared 33 runs for the third wicket but Scourfield was out for a score of 10 when he was stumped by Murray off the bowling of George Evans.

Martin Thomas was also run out but that was the last wicket to fall as James and Wayne Howells smashed Whitland to their total.

Howells hit two late sixes in a score of 15 not out but the innings belonged to James who hit ten fours and five sixes in a knock of 110 not out.

Neyland lost both openers early in their reply as Callum Power was caught by James off the bowling of Howells and George Evans was caught by David Lee off the bowling of Ben Harvey.

Paul Miller hit a four and a six in a quick-fire 10 but he was also caught by Lee off the bowling of Howells and that left Neyland on 30-3.

Scott Jones and Stephen Murray did their best to try and get Neyland going again and the pair shared a stand of 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Murray played some excellent shots, splitting the fielders with two excellent fours and a six as Neyland reached 63-3 off ten overs.

Their partnership was eventually broken when Murray was caught on the boundary by Lee off the bowling of Conor Bowen for a score of 45.

Jones and Gavin Rowland shared 24 runs for the next wicket but Neyland were quickly running out of time as they only brought up their 100 in the fifteenth over.

Jones hit six fours in his knock of 32 but he was then bowled by Iestyn Scourfield. Rowland was then bowled by Bowen for a score of 11 as Neyland began to realise that the game had slipped away from them.

Jamie Smith and Tom Pritchard took Neyland to 124-6 in their innings but they were well beaten on the night by their opponents.

Carew are also through after they beat Llanrhian. Llanrhian reached 103-9 in their innings before scores of 40 from Robbie Hicks and 49 not out from Scott Richards saw Carew to victory.

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Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers

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PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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