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



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.


Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans



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



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



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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