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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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Greene’s double sinks Swifts

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MERLINS Bridge booked their place in the last 16 of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 8) as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-0 at the Racecourse.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game that was played in blustery conditions which caused problems for both teams throughout the match.

Neither side was able to gain an upper hand in the first half but it was the Wizards who eventually took the lead shortly before half time.

A slip allowed Joe Leahy in and went one-on-one with the Swifts keeper before finding the back of the net.

The windy conditions continued in the second half and Will Haworth came close to doubling the home side’s lead but his shot was saved.

They then made it 2-0 as Haworth crossed from the left for Nathan Greene at the back post who headed low and into the net.

Peter Thomas then played a good one-two with Greene but Thomas sent his shot over the bar.

Greene could have had a second soon after but, after the Swifts keeper had come off his line, he could only send his effort over the bar.

He wasn’t to be denied his second however as a through ball set him up and he fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-0.

On Saturday (Dec 15), Merlins Bridge return to league action with a game against bottom side Milford United at Marble Hall.

Monkton Swifts will look to bounce back as they travel to Herbrandston.

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Bluebirds prepare for Pontypridd test

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HAVERFORDWEST County will be looking to progress to the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8), when they welcome Pontypridd Town to the Bridge Meadow.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a thrilling 4-3 win against Swansea University in the last round having previously beaten STM Sports 2-1 away from home in the first round.

They currently sit third in Welsh League Division 1 with seven wins from their ten games so far this season.

They will also be looking for another cup run having already reached the fourth round of the League Cup.

Visitors Pontypridd also enjoyed a thrilling 6-3 win in their second round game with Goytre and they also won 2-1 away from home against Llanidloes Town in the first round.

They may sit second from bottom in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues but their cup run has shown that they should not be underestimated.

The game is a repeat of the third round tie from last year which Pontypridd won 3-1 and the Bluebirds will be looking to avenge that defeat.

This is the Bluebirds’ only home game in December so make sure you get down to the Bridge Meadow to show your support.

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Bowen wins Young Sportsman of the Year

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WELSH jockey, James Bowen, 17, has won the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year Award at the Wales Sports Awards on Tuesday, December 4, at The Celtic Manor.

The Awards which are an annual amalgamation of BBC Cymru Wales and Sports Wales to make the biggest Welsh Sporting celebration of the year, it is intended to showcase the best of both elite and grassroot level of sporting achievement.

Speaking to James on his award he said: “It came as a bit of a shock to me, I didn’t realise I had done that well this year”.

Bowen, who has been racing for the past 18 months, at just 16 became the youngest rider to win the Coral Welsh Grand National in 2018 on Raz De Maree. He is no stranger when it comes to awards, recently collecting the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Welsh Horse Racing Awards at Chepstow Racecourse.

On his Rising Star Award James said: “It was exciting to win this award as it’s the first time these awards have been done at the racecourse”.

On his recent career highlights James added: “I would like to thank everybody who has worked with me over the years, and all the trainers who have helped me get here.”

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