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Lawrenny beat Town as Cresselly go top

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LAWRENNY upset the odds once again as they beat leaders Haverfordwest to deal a blow to their Division 1 title hopes on Saturday (Jul 7).

Haverfordwest sat joint top with Cresselly going into the weekend’s games but were well aware that their opponents had already beaten Cresselly and Neyland earlier in the season.

Town scored 219-9 in their innings with Lee Summons top scoring on 62 and Simon Holliday adding 34.

Ian Jenkins and Ryan Morton both took three wickets for Lawrenny before Steve Campbell finished not out on 67 to help his side reach 220-6.

That win meant Cresselly went top after they beat bottom side Johnston by six wickets. Johnston batted first but were all out for 120 with Gino Cleal scoring 26.

Sam Harts took four wickets and Tom Arthur took three before Dan James finished not out on 42 to help his side over the line.

Neyland sit third in the Division but they could only draw their game at home to Burton. Neyland batted well as they reached a total of 246-7 thanks to scores of 50 from Sean Hannon and 50 not out from Nathan Banner.

Toby Hayman then scored 83 in Burton’s reply but they finished their innings on 196-7.

Fourth placed Whitland failed to take advantage of Neyland’s slip up as they were beaten by Llangwm. Whitland were all out for 151 in their innings as Noah and Ollie Davies took seven wickets between them.

Phil Llewellyn then scored 51 for Llangwm and Matthew Kiff scored 47 as they reached their target with three wickets in hand.

St Ishmaels pulled themselves further away from the bottom two as they beat Kilgetty by seven wickets.

Kilgetty batted first and were all out for 170 with Kurtish Marsh top scoring on 70. Daniel Flynn took five wickets for Tish and Andrew Williams also took three.

Peter Bradshaw then finished not out on 77 as Tish secured a fourth win of the season.

Other results for Saturday, July 7:

Division 2

Carew (89-1) beat Narberth (85) by 9 wkts
Cresselly II (306-2) beat Whitland II (304-7) by 8 wkts
Haverfordwest II (216-7) drew with Stackpole (185-6)
Hook (178) lost to Llechryd (207-8) by 29 runs
Pembroke (88) lost to Saundersfoot (234-4) by 146 runs

Division 3

Lamphey (134) lost to Neyland II (135-7) by 3 wkts
Llanrhian (236-3) drew with Haverfordwest III (162-9)
Llechryd II (218-5) drew with Lawrenny II (247-2)
Narberth II (133) lost to Herbrandston (134-7) by 3 wkts
Pembroke Dock (152-9) lost to Carew II (155-3) by 7 wkts

Division 4

Burton II (225-2) lost to Llanrhian II (231-1) by 9 wkts
Crymych (75) lost to Laugharne (79-1) by 9 wkts
Llangwm II (281-3) beat Hook II (106) by 175 runs
Saundersfoot II (216-8) beat Hundleton (109) by 107 runs

Division 5

Cresselly III (238-7) beat Pembroke Dock II (154) by 84 runs
Haverfordwest IV (180) lost to Kilgetty II (192-7) by 12 runs
Neyland III (102-8) lost to Carew III (105-2) by 8 wkts
Whitland III (189-8) beat Pembroke II (44) by 145 runs

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Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers

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PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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