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Sageston and Saundersfoot through to finals

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YOUNG cricketers from 16 primary schools took to the crease in the Pembrokeshire Schools Kwik Cricket finals on June 18, sponsored by Valero Pembroke Refinery.

The event was organised by Sports Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire County Council’s sports development team and held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club on June 18.

It followed qualifying festivals held in South and North Pembrokeshire involving 45 schools 69 teams and 812 pupils.

The schools involved on finals day were Cleddau Reach VC Primary School, Hook CP School, Mary Immaculate School, Milford Haven Junior School, Neyland Community School, Pembroke Dock Community School, Pennar Community School, Prendergast CP School, Roch Community School, Saundersfoot CP School, Sageston CP School, Stepaside CP School, Tenby VC Primary School, Ysgol Bro Dewi, Ysgol Glan Cleddau and Ysgol Glannau Gwaun.

Reaching the semi-finals were Cleddau Reach, Saundersfoot, Stepaside and Sageston, were the play was of a very high standard with little to choose from between the schools.

The results were: Cleddau Reach 245 v Saundersfoot 250 (the game going down to the last ball with a six and a wicket in the last over) and Stepaside 219 v Sageston 235.

Sageston CP School and Saundersfoot CP School therefore emerged as winners – the same two schools as last year. Both will now go on to represent Pembrokeshire in the national finals in Sophia Gardens on July 12.

In a more relaxed final between the two winning schools, Sageston beat Saundersfoot and both teams received their medals and glass trophies for their schools.

“We wish them good luck in Cardiff and congratulations to both,” said Martin Jones, cricket officer for Pembrokeshire and organiser of the festival.

“All schools played hard on the day whilst observing the spirit of cricket with some friendly local rivalry, with a lot of pupils knowing each other through the club network.

“It was good to see some of the smaller schools competing especially the ones with little cricket in their area, including Ysgol Bro Dewi, Ysgol Glannau Gwaun and Roch.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Valero Pembroke Refinery, without whose support the festival would not be possible, to Haverfordwest Cricket Club for hosting the event, and umpires Jemma Phillips and Scott Jones.”

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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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Jones’ late drop goal earns win for Blues

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A on Saturday (Feb 16), as they beat Neyland with a late drop goal.

It was a tight game with both sides battling well but it was the Blues who went ahead early on as Craig Barnett scored a penalty.

Barnett then scored another soon after to put the visitors into a 0-6 lead and it remained that way until the half time whistle.

Early in the second half Neyland were back in it as they scored a penalty to make the score 3-6.

Mark Riley then put Neyland ahead as he was credited with a pushover try but the conversion was missed and the All Blacks led by two points.

Haverfordwest pushed on looking for a winning score and when a try wasn’t forthcoming the ball was sent back to Mikey Jones who kept calm to send a drop goal through the posts.

That put the Blues one point ahead at 8-9 and there was little time for the home side to respond.

The All Blacks do pick up the consolation of a losing bonus point but that will not do much to lift their spirits after they were dropped to fourth in the table following other results.

The Blues now sit second with Aberaeron breathing down their necks having played three games less.

There is no game on Saturday (Feb 23), as Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sides return to action on Saturday, March 2, when Haverfordwest host Llanybydder and Neyland host St Davids.

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