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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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Bluebirds bag last-gasp draw

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JD Cymru Premier League • Haverfordwest County 1 – Caernarfon Town 1

A LAST minute Danny Williams equaliser secured a deserved point for the Bluebirds after a dominant performance at the Bridge Meadow.

The tone for the game was set in the first minute, as only a last-ditch tackle denied Cameron Keetch a shot at goal after he latched on to a lofted pass. The opening 15 minutes were relatively quiet, Tibbets comfortably saved a Sean Pemberton header and Matt Turner stopped Mike Hayes in his track as he had the ball in the box.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a lot of possession in these opening minutes, playing some good football on the pristine surface. The first real chance came as an Elliot Scotcher corner ricocheted around the box before it was cleared off the line. Just 5 minutes later, Scotcher himself hit the post from an excellently struck free-kick from just outside the penalty area. The next chance fell to Marcus Griffiths who couldn’t quite get on the end of a low cross across the face of goal.

Some bad news for the Bluebirds, Cameron Keetch departed the pitch on the 29th minute after suffering an injury, he was replaced by super-sub Jack Wilson. He was straight into the action as he was played through by Ben Fawcett, but he curled his effort just wide of the post. Matt Turner then saved a well-struck free-kick from the edge of the Bluebirds penalty area. Jack Wilson had the final chance of the half as his curling effort from the right skimmed over the bar. A stalemate at halftime, but the Bluebirds on top.

The second half began as the first ended, this time is was Gruffydd John with a last-ditch tackle to deny Danny Williams. After Sean Pemberton headed wide, Danny Williams played a lofted ball through to Jack Wilson, who headed over Tibbets but Joe Williams cleared the ball off the line. Then, 4 minutes later, Wilson repaid the favour as he sent a lofted ball for Williams to chase, but Tibbets saved his lob attempt.

The Bluebirds continued to create chance after chance. Jack Wilson had a strike cleared off the line, again and Marcus Griffiths saw his header saved by Tibbets.

Against the run of play, Caernarfon took the lead on 74 minutes. Mendes picked up a cross at the back post and squared for Mike Hayes who couldn’t miss.

The setback didn’t deter the Bluebirds who continued to press.

In the space of a minute, Jack Wilson, Dan Summerfield and Jack Wilson all had shots blocked in the penalty area. Jack Wilson then turned provider as his long throw met the head of Sean Pemberton but his effort was over the bar.

With 94 minutes on the clock, Jack Wilson went racing down the right, squared for Danny Williams, and he did the rest from a few yards out with the final kick of the game.

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Wales gear up for Paris

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Wales face Les Bleus in Paris in what will be their first match since March.

It is one kicking and skills coach Jenkins is looking forward to.

“It is nice to be back. It has been tough since March, but to be involved now and have the boys back is great,” said the former fly-half.

“It’s doing things a little bit differently to what we are normally used to, but the boys have had a head start and been very good helping us.

“We understand what is going on, both at home and in France, and we respect that 100 per cent.

“We are there to do a job, we are there to represent our country, and I would like to think we are going to do that as best as we possibly can both on and off the pitch.

“We will adhere to everything that is required of us, hopefully play a very good game on Saturday, and do our utmost to win the Test match and try and pick the nation up.

“It’s brutal for everyone whether you are a sportsperson or a non-sportsperson. It is not an easy situation at this moment in time. I hope we can put some smiles on faces.

“We want to win, plain and simple. We have lost our last few games. We are here to play well and we are here to win Test matches.”

France got the better of Wales in the Six Nations at the start of the year before Covid-19 struck.

“It seems an incredibly long time ago. People might disagree, but for me it was a Test match I believe we should have won. We had opportunities,” Jenkins said.

“We gave probably 14 points away if I am brutally honest. We left a number of opportunities out there.”

Both sides will use the game to warm-up for their remaining Six Nations clashes and then their Autumn Nations Cup campaigns.

On questions regarding Josh Navidi’s involvement, Jenkins added: “He is going through his protocols and we will see how he goes this week and for the weeks coming up.”

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New Welsh rugby kit launched

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THE NEW Macron Wales kit, to be worn for the first time against France in Paris on October 24, has been unveiled simultaneously in the private changing rooms of the national team headquarters in Hensol and the Wales Women squad’s current base in Swansea University.

Jonathan Davies and Ross Moriarty were joined ‘virtually’ by Wales Women captain Siwan Lillicrap and Gwen Crabb to reveal the kit against a backdrop of jerseys from the community game in Wales which have also been produced by the WRU’s new official technical partner.

The launch of the new kit has taken on a post-Covid feel with both squads currently training in respective ‘bubbles’ and so the community aspect of the partnership – £1m of free kit to be supplied yearly to Welsh rugby clubs over six years – has been reflected by a display of existing Macron community rugby shirts.

A set of unique features sees the red dragon of the Welsh flag embossed across lower back of the shirt, an embossed pattern covering the sleeves – cleverly transforming the hexagonal shape of the WRU three-feathers logo into ‘dragon scales’ – and the Welsh word ANRHYDEDD (honour), also embossed, on the back of the collar.

The ‘away‘ version is a black jersey with a white v-neck collar, this time tipped with red trim that is also found on the sleeves and cuffs.

Both sleeves again feature an all over embossed pattern, but this time a geometric graphic brings a new age look to the garment.

The Welsh dragon is once again embossed on the lower back and another Welsh word, ANGERDD (passion) is embossed on the back of the collar.

“The new kit is striking representation of Welsh rugby tradition and we are delighted to be able to launch our new seven-year partnership with Macron in such a spectacular way,” said WRU CEO Steve Phillips.

“We are delighted with the bespoke kit, training and leisurewear Macron has provided so far, where Italian design meets Welsh passion with impressive results.

“And we are sure that the Welsh rugby watching public will be equally impressed when they get their hands on their favourite pieces in the expansive product range available.”

Wales Women will wear the kit in action for the first time against Scotland in their own postponed Six Nations clash on November 1 and, from next season, Macron’s affinity with Welsh rugby will increase even further when the first instalment of £6m worth of kit over six years, is supplied to the clubs in the community game throughout Wales.

“The Welsh Rugby Union represents one of the pillar stones of world rugby and for Macron to stand side by side with this sporting giant, means that we as a brand, have reached yet another great milestone,” said Macron‘s CEO Gianluca Pavanello.

“Our goal is for the new kits to be instantly recognisable and something that clearly express the Welsh identity and spirit. We hope that our hard work has paid off and that the new collection will be loved by players and fans alike and that the kits evoke the emotion that such a great nation deserves.”

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