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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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Derby spoils for Carew

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CAREW Seconds earned the bragging rights on Saturday (Jun 15) as they beat rivals Cresselly Seconds by nine wickets.

Cresselly won the toss and batted first but they could only score 116-9 in their innings.

Jacob Knox removed both Cresselly openers as he had Lyn Richards caught by Rhys Canton on a score of 11 and Jamie Goldsworthy caught by Barry Evans.

12-year-old Charlie Arthur impressed with a score of 18 before he was bowled by Aaron Hinman.

Canton then had Mark Meyrick caught by Eugene McCarney and Barry Evans had Tim Webb caught by Haydn Shapcott.

Steffan Jenkins top scored for Cresselly with 31 but he was caught by Knox off the bowling of Evans.

McCarney then bowled Corey Lewis and he did the same to Neil Lewis on a score of 15.

Cresselly limped to their total and Carew were confident they could knock off the runs needed for victory.

Corey Arthur picked up the only wicket to fall early on but Eugene McCarney and Rob Hicks batted well together to see their side to their target.

Hicks finished unbeaten on 49 while McCarney was not out on 54 as Carew won with plenty of time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 22), Carew seconds travel to Hook while Cresselly seconds are at home to Johnston.

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Dock frustrate leaders Llechryd

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PEMBROKE Dock frustrated Division 2 leaders Llechryd on Saturday as they held them to a draw at Imble Lane.

Llechryd batted first after the Dock won the toss and they scored an excellent total of 258-5 from their innings.

They lost opener James Betterley early on when he was caught by Niall Brunton off the bowling of Billy Wood.

However, May’s player of the month, John Curran continued his excellent form as he went on to score another century.

He was well supported by Johnnie Lewis who scored 63 before he was bowled by Nick Daley.

Daley also trapped Rhys Beard leg before and he then also had Curran caught by Scott Griffiths on a score of 106.

Wood also bowled Graham Keen but Steve Smith and Thomas Davies continued to pile on the runs.

Both finished unbeaten with Davies scoring 20 and Smith scoring 37.

The Dock lost opener Glyn Griffiths early in their reply as he was trapped leg before by Rhys Beard for a seven-ball duck.

Billy Wood did not last long either before he was bowled by Beard and when Nick Daley was out for a score of 13 to the bowling of Graham Keen, the Dock were struggling on 32-3.

Scott Griffiths and Craig Butland steadied the ship with a partnership worth 90 runs for the fourth wicket.

Griffiths hit four fours in his knock of 38 but he was then caught off the bowling of Beard.

Butland hit ten fours as he made a good score of 66 before he was bowled by James Betterley.

Tom Grimwood was also bowled by Betterley while Tom Beard claimed two wickets late on as they looked for the victory.

Try as they might they could not take any further wickets and the Dock finished short on 162-7.

Llechryd remain top and on Saturday (Jun 22), they travel to second placed Narberth.

Pembroke Dock remain third from bottom in the table and in their next game they take on the side directly above them in Haverfordwest II.

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Lawrenny through to last four

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LAWRENNY made it through to the last four of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Monday night (Jun 17) as they beat Carew by 47 runs.

Last season’s Bowl runners up batted first and scored 141-9 in their innings with Brad McDermott-Jenkins top scoring with 32.

Ryan Morton also batted well for his knock of 27 and Joe Kidney added 26 late on to give his side something to defend.

Rhys Davies was in good form for Carew as he took five wickets for the loss of 26 runs. Tom Davies also bowled well as he claimed three wickets.

Carew then struggled in their reply however as they could only finish on 94-9 after their 22 overs. Tim Hicks was the highest scorer for his team with 29 but it wasn’t enough for the home side.

Rob Williams was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as he claimed four wickets for the loss of only 15 runs.

McDermott-Jenkins also took four wickets for the loss of 26 runs as Lawrenny bowled well to keep the score down.

Tonight, Whitland take on Narberth and Herbrandston are at home to Haverfordwest.

The fourth quarter final takes place on Thursday when Cresselly host Saundersfoot.

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