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Neyland through to Duggie Morris Final

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NEYLAND made it through to the final of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday (Jun 26) as they beat Haverfordwest by four wickets.

The All Whites have had a close affiliation with the cup in recent years, winning the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and they will be keen to get their hands on the trophy once again.

They will either play holders Whitland or Kilgetty in the final on Sunday, July 15, who play their semi-final on Thursday (Jun 28) in Cresselly.

Haverfordwest have also done well in past years, winning the tournament in 2011 and 2012 before losing to Neyland in the 2014 final.

Tuesday’s semi-final took place at Pill Parks, home of Llangwm, and it was Town who batted first after Neyland won the toss.

It proved to be a good decision as opening batsman Adam James was trapped leg before by Patrick Hannon with the very first ball.

Ben Field fell soon after as he was caught by Nick Koomen of the bowling of Henry Durrant.

Lee Summons and Simon Holliday shared 25 runs for the third wicket but Holliday was then caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Geraint Rees for a score of 22 which included two fours and a six.

Summons then fell for a score of 6 when he was caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller and Town were 32-4.

Dai Davies and Danny Potter then shared 27 runs for the fifth wicket before Davies, who hit a four and a six in his innings, was caught by Koomen off the bowling Andrew Miller for a score of 17.

Two runs later Potter was caught and bowled by Miller for a score of 12 and the wickets continued to fall as Huw Scriven was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Miller and Gregg Miller then had Sanjay Gurung caught to give Henry Durrant his second wicket.

That left Town on 68-8 but Jake Merry and Kieran O’Connor shared 32 runs for the ninth wicket to give Town a total to defend.

O’Connor hit three fours and a six in his knock of 24 but he was run out by Andrew Miller on the last ball of the innings meaning Town finished on 100-9.

Neyland knew they would face a fight back from Town but they made a steady start to their reply with Paul Murray and Patrick Bellerby sharing 16 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby was caught by Lee Summons off the bowling of Holliday for a score of 5 but another partnership of 15 followed between Murray and Scott Jones.

Murray hit two fours and two sixes in his score of 21 but he was caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Johnny White and soon after Jones was bowled by Holliday for a duck.

With the score on 34-3, Nick Koomen and Andrew Miller shared 28 runs for the fourth wicket. Koomen hit four fours in his score of 18 but he was caught by Danny Potter off the bowling of Lee Summons.

Miller also hit four boundaries in his score of 20 but he was run out by White leaving Neyland on 77-5.

Ashley Sutton was joined at the crease by Henry Durrant and the pair shared 18 runs as they took Neyland to within touching distance of victory.

Durrant was bowled by Adam James but it did not affect the outcome of the game as Neyland reached their target with three overs to spare.

Sutton finished not out on 15 while Gregg Miller hit two fours with the two balls he face to see Neyland over the line.

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All Blacks earn third straight win

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NEYLAND sealed their third League win in a row on Saturday (Sept 22) as they beat Llanybydder 22-16 at the Athletic Ground.

It was a closely fought match and the blustery rain and strong wind made conditions difficult for both teams in their attempts to play open rugby.

The home side started well and were rewarded when lively right wing Patrick Bellerby made a strong midfield run to cross for the opening try, converted by fly-half Mark Riley.

Llanybydder then settled, and a good run by centre Arwel Thomas took play deep into the home 22.

Further pressure by the visitors led to two penalties for centre Steff Richards to give a score of 7-6 at the interval.

Neyland controlled possession and territory for most of the second period, with forwards and backs combining well.

Llyr James reaches over to score the last try of the game. Pic. Herald

They were rewarded with two tries for Number 8 Ben Williams and another for replacement hooker Richard Jones as they claimed a bonus point.

However, the visitors, missing a few regulars, responded with a late try for scrum half Llyr James, with an excellent conversion by Richards securing the losing bonus point.

On Saturday (Sept 29), Neyland will look to keep their winning run going when they travel to Cardigan. Llanybydder return to South Pembrokeshire to visit Pembroke Dock Harlequins.

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Super Solva sink Neyland

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SOLVA pulled off one of the shocks of the Senior Cup first round as they beat Division 1 Neyland 4-2 at the Athletic Ground on Saturday (Sept 22).

The game got underway despite persistent rain and it was the hosts who took the lead.

Solva equalised before Neyland took the lead once more, Ben Fairburn and Mike Chandler scoring for the home side.

Shortly before half time Solva equalised to make it 2-2 and it was all to play for in the second half.

Leon Dinmore scored twice while Gonzalez Rocha and Josh Bland also scored as Solva went ahead in the second half.

Neyland looked to hit back but were unable to find a way past the Solva keeper as a couple of long range efforts flew over in the closing stages.

Solva hung on for a deserved win and will now look forward to their second round game away to Pendine.

Neyland return to Division 1 action on Saturday (Sept 29) as they take on Narberth. Solva will look to build on their Cup win as they host Camrose in Division 2.

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Senior Cup first round preview

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THE first round of the Senior Cup gets underway on Saturday (Sept 22) as the road to the Bridge Meadow begins.

The standout tie of the round sees Cup holders Hakin United taking on Clarbeston Road in a repeat of last season’s final.

Hakin won the final 7-1 and they will be keen to get their defence of the Cup up and running. Clarby have reached the final for the last two seasons and they will also be looking to get through to the next round.

There is a local derby on offer in Fishguard as they welcome former Senior Cup winners Goodwick United.

Both teams have made excellent starts to their respective seasons and something will have to give for one of these teams to go through.

Keegan Summers and Steve Lewis have both scored seven times for Fishguard and Goodwick will have to keep these two quiet. Jordan Griffiths has also started the season in fine form with eight goals and he will provide the main threat to their rivals.

Division 5 newcomers Newport Tigers will have their first taste of Senior Cup football on Saturday as they travel to Division 1 side Narberth.

Narberth have not won in their opening five games and will be looking to kick start their season with a cup win.

Newport have played three times so far winning just once but they will be keen to cause an upset.

Another side that has had a tough start in Division 1 is Lamphey and they host Division 2 side Letterston who have also made a slow start with just one win from their first five games.

Action from the Senior Cup game between Merlins Bridge and Solva last season

Merlins Bridge have made an unbeaten start to the season with three wins and a draw in their first four games and they will be looking to avoid an upset against Division 4 leaders Cosheston.

Cosheston are also unbeaten and have scored over three goals in each of their three games so far and the Wizards will need to be wary of the threat posed by their opponents.

Division 2 leaders Johnston are at home as they welcome Carew in what should be an excellent game.

Johnston’s Scott Crawford and Ryan Doyle, with nine and seven goals respectively, have started the season in excellent form and they will be hoping they can cause an upset.

Carew had been unbeaten until their loss to St Clears last Saturday and they will be keen to bounce back from that result with a win in the cup.

Neyland earned their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Milford and they will be looking to back that up as they take on Division 2 Solva.

Solva have made a steady start to their season with two wins and a draw from their opening five games but they also won in their last game on Saturday as they beat Lawrenny 3-2.

Milford v Saundersfoot from last season

Milford United are away to fellow Division 1 side Saundersfoot Sports in a repeat of last season’s first round game which the Sports won at Marble Hall.

Hundleton beat Monkton Swifts in the first round last year and they have a home game against Milford Athletic.

Both sides have made a slow start to the season and will be eager to get their season up and running with a cup win.

Camrose are at home as they take on Pembroke Boro who are yet to lose in Division 3 so far this season.

Llangwm/H’west CC take on Herbrandston while Pendine are at home to Prendergast Villa.

St Clears host Kilgetty and St Ishmaels are at home as they take on Monkton Swifts. James Russell and Dylan Davies have started the season on fire scoring 19 goals between them and Tish will do well to stop them.

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