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Harrison Allen Final Preview

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Cresselly v Lawrenny; at Cresselly, Sunday, August 5

CRESSELLY and Lawrenny will try again this weekend (Aug 5) for the biggest prize in Pembrokeshire Cricket as they contest the Harrison Allen Bowl Final.

The final had to be abandoned last Saturday (Jul 28) due to heavy rain and with the forecast not looking good for the rest of the day, time was called on the game.

Sunday’s forecast looks more favourable and we should have some good weather for the final.

Both sides have played well to get to the final, which is being played at the home of Cresselly, and they will both be itching to get their hands on the trophy.

There is also the added spice that just less than four miles separates the two teams and a big crowd will be expected for the derby clash.

Lawrenny were last in the final in 2001, the last time they won the tournament, and they will be eager to get their hands on the trophy for the first time in 17 years.

Lawrenny have shown what they are capable of throughout this season in beating last season’s Harrison Allen winners Neyland and both Cresselly and Haverfordwest in the league.

They began their route to the final with a nine wicket win over Pembroke Dock in the second round to ease into the quarter finals where they beat St Ishmaels by five wickets having restricted them to 157-9.

In the semi-finals they came up against Llangwm who had previously beaten Saundersfoot and Pembroke.

Llangwm scored 126-7 in their innings with Rob Williams taking three wickets and Brad McDermott-Jenkins taking two.

Lawrenny then reached their target thanks to scores of 44 from Simon Cole and 43 from James Phillips.

Although they lost three quick wickets, Patrick Elliot and Joe Kidney finished unbeaten to see Lawrenny over the line.

Cresselly have reached the final in the last two seasons but were beaten on both occasions and they will be hoping it will be a case of third time lucky. They last won the tournament in 2009.

Cresselly began their route to the semi-finals with a hard-fought win over Kilgetty after scoring 185-5 before bowling their opponents out for 151.

They then beat Neyland in a repeat of last year’s final being bowled out for 112 before restricting Neyland to 107-5.

In the semi-final, Cresselly took on a Narberth side who beat Carew in the second round and Burton in the quarter finals.

However, Cresselly proved too strong as they reduced Narberth to 44-7 before they eventually finished their innings on 115-8.

Cresselly were untroubled in their reply as they reached their target with Adam Chandler finishing not out on 38 and Dan Sutton unbeaten on 63.

The teams have already met once this season and it was Lawrenny who got the better of their rivals.

Lawrenny batted first but were all out for 184 with scores of 59 from Harry Thomas, 27 from Simon Cole and 25 not out from Joe Kidney.

Dan James, Tom Arthur and Mike Shaw all took wickets for Cresselly who were unable to reach their target despite scores of 30 from Phil Williams and 21 not out from Neilson Cole.

Lawrenny’s Brad McDermott-Jenkins in action in the semi-final

Brad McDermott-Jenkins took four wickets for Lawrenny while Jamie Lewis and Rob Williams were also amongst the wickets to bowl Cresselly out for 143.

That win in June saw Cresselly slip out of top spot in Division 1 but they currently sit just three points behind leaders Haverfordwest.

Saturday’s game will see the two teams play two 22-over innings each and both will be looking to make a good start and get an advantage at the halfway stage.

Lawrenny Captain Joe Kidney told the Herald: “We are coming into this final on the back of a brilliant season thus far and we have the confidence and belief to embrace the occasion and win.

“With the majority of our side never playing in the final, we have a few “old timers” in the squad that have played in 1 or 2. They have been encouraging us to enjoy the day but realise that the chance to win the bowl doesn’t come often down Lawrenny so we have to go all out and claim the day!

“Cresselly have a great line up and their bowling has been underrated this year in my opinion. Obviously Cresselly’s batting is the major threat but we will just focus on our game and be fearless as we are the underdogs, with nothing to lose.

“Beating Cresselly in the league this year won’t be any benefit in the final. However the win is a reminder that we are capable of beating anyone on the day.

“I’m very proud of the team, hopefully we will earn the respect we deserve and make it a final to remember.”

Cresselly Captain Neilson Cole told the Herald: “I am very proud to lead the club and we are all very excited to make the bowl final again.

“For me, big game experience will be key. We are fortunate to have this running through the squad. Going into a match like this it will be invaluable in the high pressure moments of a bowl final.

Iwan Izzard: Played in the final last year

“Both teams have strong batting line-ups and anything can happen in one innings, but over two innings is very different. One poor innings and it’s likely the game will be out of reach, it will be about consistency.

“I did actually feature briefly in the final 17 years ago, an injury to one of our players meant I had to field for most of the game. Both teams played well and Lawrenny deserved to win on the day, but the result hurt us. Since then we have reached 8 finals and we are looking forward to this derby face off.”

The final starts at 12pm and it sure to be an entertaining game! Good luck to both teams and may the best team win!

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Neyland through to Welsh Cup semi-finals

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NEYLAND are through to the Semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, where they will play Ynysygerwn, after beating Penarth by nine runs on Sunday (Aug 12).

South Wales Premier League side Penarth won the toss and chose to field first in the game that was reduced to thirty overs aside following rain earlier in the day.

Neyland lost opener Nic Koomen early on when he was bowled by Nathan Piddock for a score of 2.

Andrew Miller joined Gregg Miller at the crease and the pair shared 60 runs for the second wicket as they got their side going.

Richard Skone made the breakthrough for Penarth as he bowled Gregg on a score of 35 which included four boundaries.

Ashley Sutton only scored three before he was back in the hut as he was stumped by Jack Thomas off the bowling of Skone.

Miller then shared another 29 runs with Henry Durrant before the latter was caught by Thomas off the bowling of Morgan Humphreys on a score of 14.

Miller hit three fours in his score of 42 but he was then caught by Ryan Sylvester off the bowling of Skone leaving Neyland on 119-5.

The remainder of Neyland’s batsmen could only add another 23 runs between them as Skone returned to take his fourth wicket when he caught and bowled Scott Jones on a score of 9. He later added to his four wickets with the run out of George Evans (7).

Stephen Murray scored 1 before he fell to the bowling of Humphreys while Sean Hannon scored 6 before he was bowled by Sylvester.

Alex Langrish wrapped up the innings as he had Callum Power stumped by Jack Thomas to leave Neyland all out on 142, with Mr Extras contributing 19 of those runs.

Neyland knew they would need to do well to defend their total and they made a good start as Jack Thomas and Ryan Sylvester both found themselves back in the pavilion early on.

Thomas was caught by George Evans off the bowling of Sean Hannon while Sylvester was caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

That left Penarth on 11-2 but Richard Skone and Nick Morgan shared 32 runs for the third wicket as they looked to hit back.

Hannon made the breakthrough as he had Morgan caught by Andrew Miller on a score of 13. He then struck again as he had Jonathan Davies caught by Nic Koomen on a score of 6.

Geraint Rees then picked up his first wicket as he had Tom Sidford caught by Hannon and Penarth were reduced to 59-5.

Skone and Jamie Hitchen shared 26 runs for the sixth wicket as they tried to swing the game in their favour but Hitchen was then caught and bowled by Andrew Miller on a score of 15.

Skone and Alex Langrish added 19 runs but Miller again made the breakthrough as he had Langrish caught by Ashley Sutton on a score of 8.

Soon after Skone, who had made his way to a score of 40 with two fours, was caught by Gregg Miller off the bowling of Nic Koomen and Penarth slipped to 105-8.

Rees then bowled Morgan Humphreys on a score of 1 and although Will Skone and Nathan Piddock finished not out on scores of 15 and 9 respectively, Neyland had done enough to win the game as Penarth finished short on 133-9.

Neyland will now play Ynysygerwn in the semi-final at the Atheltic Ground on Sunday (Aug 19), with the winner going on to play either Ammanford or Cardiff in the final.

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Goodwick open season with Jubilee Cup win

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LAST season’s West Wales Cup winners Goodwick United had too much for Senior Cup winners Hakin United on Tuesday night (Aug 14) as they won the Jubilee Cup, the annual curtain-raiser to the new league season.

The game was played at the Bridge Meadow in Haverfordwest and the good crowd in attendance did not have long to wait to see the first goal.

Top scorer for last season Jordan Griffiths provided the assist as he sent Lee Hudgell through on goal and he slipped the ball back across goal and into the net.

Goodwick almost scored again soon after before Hakin had their first chance when Shane Walsh was denied by the legs of stand-in keeper Patrick Hughes.

Griffiths then had another chance when he was set up by Johnny Horgan but his effort was wayward.

Justin Harding also came close for the Vikings as he saw a shot go inches past the post and he then shot over the bar following a scramble.

Hakin keeper James Manson had to be at his best to deny Goodwick further goals as he saved well from Griffiths shortly before half time.

Ten minutes into the second half Goodwick finally doubled their advantage as Hudgell passed to Griffiths who fired high into the net on the turn.

Griffiths again came close to a second but his free kick went just wide while at the other end Harding again saw a shot saved.

Hakin continued to look for a way back into the game but Walsh again saw his effort saved.

With five minutes to go Goodwick all but sealed the Jubilee Cup as Steven Dockerty played the ball through for Griffiths whose shot went in after Manson got a hand on the ball.

To Hakin’s credit they did not give up and with time almost up, Harding sent an excellent 25-yard free kick into the top corner to make it 3-1.

That was just a consolation for the Vikings as Goodwick captain Steffan Hayes was presented with the Jubilee Cup by Steve Briers, Chairman of the Pembrokeshire League.

Both sides will now be gearing up for their first game of the season next Tuesday as Hakin take on Milford United while Goodwick travel to Clarbeston Road.

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Town edge Whitland as Cresselly and Neyland win

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BEFORE the Harrison Allen Final, League cricket made its return after a one week break and in Division 1, Haverfordwest dealt Whitland’s title hopes a blow as they beat them by three wickets.

Whitland batted first but despite a score of 70 not out from Geraint Jones, they were bowled out for just 134.

Simon Holliday took four wickets for Town and Adam James took two in two balls to dismiss the Borderers cheaply.

Iestyn Scourfield then took five wickets for Whitland as they did their best to claim victory but a score of 43 not out from Dai Davies saw them over the line.

Cresselly are now just two points behind leaders Haverfordwest after they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Burton were all out for 158 with Luke Hayman finishing not out on 55. Cresselly’s bowlers all chipped in with wickets.

Morgan Scale claimed the wicket of Dan Sutton on a score of 78 but 69 not out from Adam Chandler saw the home side to victory.

Neyland remain in third place after they eased to an eight wicket win over Kilgetty.

Kilgetty were all out for 134 despite a score of 61 from Kyle Marsh and 28 from Kurtis Marsh.

Geraint Rees was in fine form for the All Whites as he took six wickets for the loss of only 15 runs.

Ashley Sutton then scored 54 before Nic Koomen finished not out on 56 to see Neyland to a comfortable win.

Lawrenny are now ten points behind fourth placed Whitland as they thumped relegated Johnston by seven wickets.

Chris Goodridge scored 32 for Johnston but they were all out for 67 as Jamie Lewis and Simon Cole each took three wickets.

Harry Thomas also took two wickets and then finished not out on 28 to guide Lawrenny over the line.

St Ishmaels all but secured their place in Division 1 for 2019 as they beat Llangwm by 49 runs at Pill Parks.

Tish batted first but were all out for 145 following scores of 40 from Peter Bradshaw and 32 from Daniel Richards.

Phil Llewellyn took three wickets for Llangwm while three other bowlers each took two wickets.

Noah Davies then scored 21 for Llangwm in their reply and although Ollie Davies finished not out on 35, they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Brennan Devonald was also in fine form taking five wickets for the loss of nine runs to help bowl Llangwm out for just 96.

On Saturday, August 11, Burton face a crucial game in their bid to get out of the bottom two as they host Llangwm.

Kilgetty face Johnston knowing that a win could secure their Division 1 status for next season.

Lawrenny are at home to Neyland while leaders Haverfordwest travel to St Ishmaels.

Finally, second placed Cresselly travel to Whitland in what will be a keenly contested game between two good teams.

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