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Town maintain place at the top

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HAVERFORDWEST’s Simon Holliday scored top scored with 83 runs as he helped his side post a large total in their game with BURTON on Saturday (Jun 23).

Holliday was well supported by Lee Summons who added 45 while scores of 58 from Adam James and 52 not out from Dai Davies helped them post 277-5.

Burton then struggled to reach their target as Adam James took six wickets and Johnnie White took two. Matthew Davies scored 23 but he was their highest scorer as Burton were bowled out for 69.

NEYLAND ended their recent losing streak as they earned a draw with ST ISHMAELS on Saturday.

The All Whites posted another big total of 246-7 in their innings with Paul Murray scoring 72 and Nick Koomen adding 86, while Henry Durrant finished not out on 42.

Phil Cockburn then scored 58 not out in Tish’s reply and Andrew Williams scored 60 as they finished short of their target on 171-7.

WHITLAND ensured an early afternoon finish on Saturday as they dismissed JOHNSTON for just 42 before reaching their target in double quick time.

Johnston’s Chris Goodridge was his side’s top scorer with 17 runs but Iestyn Scourfield was in fine form for Whitland as he took six wickets. Steffan James also took four wickets.

Dylan Blain scored 23 in reply for Whitland and although Liam James took two wickets for the home side, Whitland eased to their target.

KILGETTY boosted their survival hopes as they picked up their first win of the season with a seven-wicket win at LAWRENNY.

Lawrenny batted first and were all out for 167 with Brad McDermott-Jenkins scoring 36 and Joe Kidney scoring 34.

Ross Hardy and Jack Parkinson each took three wickets for Kilgetty before Hardy scored 40 in their reply. Kyle Marsh scored 44 and Toby Poole finished not out on 45 to help his side over the line.

Kilgetty now sit just a point behind third from bottom St Ishmaels and fourth from bottom Burton.

CRESSELLY bounced back from last week’s defeat to Lawrenny as they eased to a comfortable victory over LLANGWM on Saturday.

Llangwm’s batsmen failed to make double figure scores as they were all out for 60 with Dan James taking five wickets. Sam Harts also struck twice before Dan Sutton scored 31 and Ryan Lewis added 29 to help their side to victory.

Haverfordwest now top the table by 21 points from second placed Cresselly with the two teams playing each other in Cresselly this weekend (Jun 30) in what should be an excellent match.

The game between the two teams finished in a draw earlier in the season and it is likely to be another close game with both teams battling it out for the Division 1 title.

Also on Saturday, Whitland are at home as they take on Lawrenny and Neyland are away as they travel to Llangwm.

Kilgetty will look to pick up another win when they take on Burton while St Ishmaels are at home to Johnston.

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Alun Wyn Jones to lead Wales against England

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CAPTAIN Alun Wyn Jones returns to lead Wales against England in Cardiff on Saturday (Feb 23).

Jones will make his 122nd Welsh appearance, his 21st as captain, at Principality Stadium as the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Guinness Six Nations go head-to-head.

Jones will pack down with Cory Hill in the second row with Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty forming the back-row. A front-row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis complete the forwards line-up.

Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe are named at half-back with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies partnering again in the midfield.  Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams make up the back-three.

“We are really happy with the experience we have got in the side,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We have been on the road for the first two weeks, we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance.

“We’ve had a great two week lead up to this game, we’ve looked really sharp and the squad are incredibly motivated to kick on.

“We know how important this game is for the rest of the championship.  It’s a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence and we’ve got to make it difficult for them on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to it and we know the Welsh fans are too and it’s going to be a huge weekend in the Six Nations.”

Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis provide Wales’ front-row replacements with Adam Beard and Aaron Wainwright completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Dan Biggar and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.

Wales Team to play England – Saturday, February 23, KO 16.45 – BBC ONE & S4C

15. Liam Williams (53 Caps)

14. George North (80 Caps)

13. Jonathan Davies (70 Caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (12 Caps)

11. Josh Adams (8 Caps)

10. Gareth Anscombe (23 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (38 Caps)

1. Rob Evans (32 Caps)

2. Ken Owens (61 Caps)

3. Tomas Francis (37 Caps)

4. Cory Hill (23 Caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (122 Caps) (CAPT)

6. Josh Navidi (13 Caps)

7. Justin Tipuric (61 Caps)

8. Ross Moriarty (28 Caps)

REPLACEMENTS:

16. Elliot Dee (15 Caps)

17. Nicky Smith (25 Caps)

18. Dillon Lewis (9 Caps)

19. Adam Beard (10 Caps)

20. Aaron Wainwright (5 Caps)

21. Aled Davies (13 Caps)

22. Dan Biggar (67 Caps)

23. Owen Watkin (10 Caps)

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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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