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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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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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