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Dock celebrate Allan Brown success

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PEMBROKE Dock lifted the Allan Brown trophy on Sunday (Jul 1), as they beat Lamphey in what was an excellent final held in Whitland.

Lamphey batted first but could only reach 107 before the Dock scored 161 in their first innings to lead by 54 runs.

Lamphey were then bowled out for 133 in their second innings meaning the Dock would need just 80 to win the game. They passed their target with nine wickets still in hand to spark celebrations amongst the Dock’s players and supporters.

The Stags won the toss and chose to bat but they lost opener Nick Johnson for a score of 9 when he was caught by Jamie White off the bowling of Billy Wood.

Scott Brunton was also out cheaply when he was bowled by Wood.

Lewis Haines played well for his score of 35 before also being bowled by White and James Skeels scored 19 before being bowled by Nick Daley.

Daley and White both picked up more wickets while Nick Shelmerdine finished the innings not out on 22 to take his side to an opening total of 107-7.

Daley was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for the loss of 22 runs while White took two wickets for the loss of 23.

Pembroke Dock began their reply well with Luke Murray making 10 before he was caught by Nick Johnson off the bowling of Hywel Gibbs.

Jake Griffiths batted well as he made 33 before being bowled by Peter McGilloway.

Nick Daley scored 26 before being bowled by James Skeels who later bowled Rob Hearn for a score of 1.

Peter Kingdom made 15 before also being bowled by McGilloway and Scott Griffiths was then run out on a score of 8 as Lamphey tried to restrict Pembroke Dock’s lead.

However, Billy Wood finished not out on 32 as he helped the Dock post 161-7 from their opening twenty overs, a lead of 54 runs.

Gibbs and James Skeels both finished with identical of 2-33 from their five overs.

Lamphey knew they would need to start well in their reply to make up that difference but Lewis Haines was bowled early on by Wood and Nick Johnson only scored 13 before being trapped leg before by John Camani.

James Skeels made 9 before he was caught by Craig Butland off the bowling of Jamie White but Scott Brunton and Peter McGilloway played well together as they shared 58 runs for the fourth wicket.

McGilloway smashed his way to 32 but he was then bowled by Daley and Nick Shelmerdine followed in similar fashion moments later.

Billy Wood then bowled Tom Powell and Grant Cole was bowled by Rob Hearn as the Dock hit back.

Scott Brunton made an excellent score of 43 but he was then stumped by Scott Griffiths and the same bowled then removed Gibbs for a duck to finish with excellent figures of 4-25.

Lamphey’s total was helped along by 27 extras as they were all out for 133, meaning Pembroke Dock would need just 80 to win the final.

The Dock lost Jake Griffiths as he was caught and bowled by James Skeels but Lamphey were unable to take any further wickets.

They were also guilty of giving away 25 extras before Luke Murray and Nick Daley guided their side to their target.

Daley finished not out on 9 but Luke Murray was the star of the show as he finished unbeaten on 43.

It sealed an excellent nine-wicket win for the Dock and afterwards captain Nick Daley was presented with the trophy and was also named the man of the match.

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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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