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Top four win as Holliday’s ton keeps Town in pole position

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HAVERFORDWEST remain top of Division 1 after they comfortably beat Kilgetty on Saturday (Jul 21).

Batting first, Holliday smashed 19 fours and three sixes in a knock of 136 from 137 balls and he had good support from Lee Summons who added 40.

Jake Merry finished not out on 20 as Haverfordwest posted an excellent total of 247-7 from their 45 overs.

Kurtis Marsh took three wickets for the home side while Jack Parkinson and Ross Hardy both struck twice.

Hardy’s score of 25 was the only positive for Kilgetty who slumped to a disappointing 55 all out with Adam James taking five wickets and Johnny White taking four.

Cresselly are three points behind in second place after they beat St Ishmaels by six wickets.

Tish were invited to bat first and had scores of 30 from Harry Nicholas, 37 from Andrew Pawlett and 62 from Jack Nicholas in their total of 192-8.

Dan Sutton then scored 83 for Cresselly in their reply before he was run out but scores of 26 not out from Iwan Izzard and 25 not out from Simon Cole saw Cresselly over the line.

Neyland kept hold of third place as they eased to a nine wicket win away at Johnston, a result which sadly confirms their relegation to Division 2.

Johnston batted first but were all out for 118 despite a score of 70 for Hafiz Farooq. Geraint Rees did the damage for Neyland who took six wickets for the loss of six runs.

In reply, Greg Miller was out for a score of 35 but a score of 70 not out from Ashley Sutton guided Neyland to victory.

Fourth placed Whitland also had a comfortable victory on Saturday as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Burton were all out for 164 in their innings with Rob Neil top scoring on 41 and Luke Hayman adding 40 after Toby Hayman had earlier scored 28.

Wayne Howells and Jack Bowen both took three wickets and the pair then shared an opening stand of 112 to set Whitland on their way to victory.

Bowen fell for a score of 86 from 63 balls before Howells finished not out on 43 and Iestyn Scourfield finished unbeaten on 33 to see Whitland over the line.

Lawrenny warmed up for the Harrison Allen Final with a 103-run victory over Llangwm.

Harry Thomas opened up with 52 runs for Lawrenny who also had scores of 90 from Brad McDermott-Jenkins while Joe Kidney finished not out on 70.

That helped the home side post an excellent total of 307-7 from their 45 overs.

Will Beresford scored 65 for Llangwm in their reply and Joe Kiff scored 29 but it wasn’t enough to see them to victory.

McDermott-Jenkins took six wickets for Lawrenny as they bowled Llangwm out for 204.

League Cricket will take a break this weekend as the Harrison Allen Final between Lawrenny and Cresselly takes place.

When the League action returns on Saturday, August 4, leaders Haverfordwest will take on Whitland in what could be another crucial game in the title race.

Elsewhere, Cresselly are at home to Burton while Neyland are also at home to Kilgetty.

Johnston take on Lawrenny and Llangwm host St Ishmaels.

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Successful weekend for Croft and O’Sullivan

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CARDIGAN ABC’s Garan Croft was team captain as a Wales boxing team made a successful weekend trip to Ireland, picking up a unanimous points victory over Mathew Tyndall, a six-times Irish national champion at New Ross Youth Centre, County Wexford.

The bout began in lively fashion with both boxers trying to hold the centre of the ring, but midway through the opening round the Crymych teenager had taken control.

Croft, who was landing the cleaner and harder shots, gave Tyndall a standing count in the third round en route to a convincing triumph.

Cardigan’s successful weekend continued at Dagenham, Essex, on Sunday where Fishguard schoolboy Mikey O’Sullivan was part of a Wales Select team who took on Repton, the famous East End club.

Pitted against Albie Smith, O’Sullivan came out with all guns blazing matching the Londoner punch for punch in a very even round.

But in the second the Welsh boy’s superior boxing skills saw him get on top with an excellent display of slipping and counter-punching.

The third round was pretty even with both boxers throwing everything they had, yet O’Sullivan was awarded a split decision victory following his mastery during the second round in what was a great result in Repton’s own back yard.

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Pembroke hammer Tumble

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PEMBROKE put in one of their best displays of the season on Saturday (Oct 13) as they beat Tumble 56-8.

Tumble travelled from Carmarthenshire with Storm Callum in full force and there was no let up as they faced a storm of another kind as Pembroke ran riot.

Dan Colley got the home side going early on with the first try of the game before Mitchell Jones replied with a penalty for Tumble.

Dom Colman then went over for Pembroke’s second try but the conversion was missed and the home side held a 12-3 lead.

Tumble came forward again and from a lineout they worked the ball left but were then penalised for holding on. Possession switched hands on a couple of occasions before Pembroke almost scored their third try.

From a Tumble scrum, Pembroke overpowered them, pushing them back and Toby Smith picked the ball up and headed for the line. He passed to Fraser James but he dropped the ball as he was going over and the ball was knocked on.

However, they weren’t to be denied their third try as Sam Smith burst through near the posts to touch down giving Toby Smith an ease conversion.

Pembroke then earned their fourth try and a bonus point after good work from Luke Hartland set the ground running for Colley’s second try of the game. Smith then added the extras in front of the posts for a 26-3 lead.

Tumble looked to respond towards the end of the first half when Pembroke were penalised for a tackle off the ball but they were unable to take advantage as the home side kept them out.

At the start of the second half Pembroke came forward and an advantage was played for a high tackle. When it seemed there was no way through the ball was dropped back for Smith who sent a drop goal through the posts.

Colman then went over for his second try before Tom Lewis went over for another two tries.

Fraser James then did get his try and Smith again added the extra two points.

Steffan Price pulled a late try back for Tumble but it did little to affect the final score as Pembroke held on for an emphatic win with Smith claiming a deserved try at the end.

Pembroke now sit fourth in the table and on Saturday (Oct 20) they travel to sixth placed Tycroes.

Tumble have just one win to their name so far this season and on Saturday they are at home to Pontarddulais.

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Robins breeze past Lawrenny

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PENNAR Robins proved too strong for Lawrenny on Saturday (Oct 13) as they scored ten times to book their place in the third round of the Senior Cup.

Despite the weather conditions the Bush Camp pitch was in excellent condition and the home side dominated for large parts of the game.

Jason Donohoe had an early chance for the Robins but he sent his free kick over the bar.

Josh Clark went on a good run and burst through the challenge of a Lawrenny attacker and although the ball found the back of the net, the ball was deemed to have gone out of play before Clark put his cross in.

With nine minutes gone Donohoe found Sam Southcott but his effort was saved.

Lawrenny won a free kick and Ryan Morton sent the ball into the box which Patrick Elliot headed towards goal but Stuart James was able to make the save.

Connor Roberts then came close to scoring in spectacular fashion but his curling effort was tipped over by Lawrenny keeper Danny Harries.

Nick Willis then saw a shot saved at the front post and he then also saw an acrobatic effort saved as the Robins continued to look for the opening goal.

Harries had to be alert as Donohoe’s cross looked to be going in with the wind but on 22 minutes the Robins finally made the breakthrough.

Southcott played the ball through for Ben Adams on the left and he shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Mikey Powell crossed into the box and Southcott was in the right place at the back post to tap the ball home.

Roberts and Willis combined with a neat one-two but the former sent his effort wide of the post.

The Robins added a third on the half hour mark and they continued to show their dominance with a further seven goals.

Adams and Southcott both completed their hat tricks while Tom Grimwood, Connor Roberts, Scott Trayhern and Luke Phillips all got on the scoresheet.

It was an excellent win for Pennar who must wait and see who they will play in the third round after other games were called off.

On Saturday (Oct 20), Lawrenny are again in cup action as they take on Hundleton in the first round of the Second Division Cup.

Pennar will return to league action as they take on local rivals Lamphey.

Pennar: Stuart James, Josh Clark, Luke Phillips, Ross Lascelles, Mikey Powell, Tom Grimwood, Connor Roberts, Ben Adams, Sam Southcott, Jason Donohoe, Nick Willis. Subs: Jack Phillips, Rhys Lucas, Scott Trayhern.

Lawrenny: Danny Harries, Edward Merriman, James Durbridge, Adam Jenkins, Ryan Morton, Tom Lewis, Patrick Elliot, Matt Lewis, Harry Thomas, Owen James, Tom Cole. Subs: Kieron Johnson, Phil Cole, Sam Davies.

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