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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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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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Cresselly claim Harrison Allen Bowl

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CRESSELLY were crowned Harrison Allen Champions for 2018 on Sunday (Aug 5), as they beat Lawrenny by 25 runs in a thrilling final.

The final was played in glorious sunshine in contrast to the heavy rain that had forced the game to be called off the previous week (Jul 28).

Like last week Lawrenny again won the toss and elected to field despite the good conditions.

Lawrenny did strike first however as they removed Dan Sutton early on before two more wickets reduced them to 56-3 off the first ten overs.

Adam Chandler and Alex Bayley then stole the show as they reached 84-3 after thirteen overs.

25 runs then followed in the next over as Cresselly turned on the style with some excellent shots.

Bayley reached his 50 off just 26 balls as they raced to 145-3 after 18 overs.

It was then Chandler’s turn to reach his half century in the twentieth over as their partnership past 100 to put Cresselly in control on 167-3.

The two batsmen continued to smash the ball every which way they could as Chandler finished the innings not out on 57 while Bayley was not out on an outstanding 79.

That took Cresselly to an imposing total of 194-3 from their first 22 overs.

Lawrenny knew they would need to bat well if they were to at least match Cresselly’s score but their reply did not get off to the best of starts.

Simon Cole, Steve Lewis and Patrick Elliot were all sent back in the hutch as Ryan Lewis took two wickets and Mike Shaw picked up the third leaving Lawrenny on 3-3 after just two overs.

The rebuilding effort began as Harry Thomas made his way to 26 and James Phillips to a score of 23 as Lawrenny recovered to reach 56-3 off 10.

Thomas and Phillips continued to play well in the middle as they took Lawrenny to 93-3 off 14 overs.

Their partnership stood 94 but Cresselly eventually made the breakthrough as James Phillips was run out by Mike Shaw on a score of 39.

Dan Sutton then picked up another run out with a direct hit and Lawrenny were now 108-5 off 16 overs.

Danger man Brad McDermott-Jenkins was then bowled by Shaw as Lawrenny slipped to 111-6.

Harry Thomas had made his way to an excellent score of 70 but he was then removed by Dan James to leave Lawrenny on 130-7.

Dan Cherry returned to take two wickets in the final over as Lawrenny finished their innings on 146-9, giving Cresselly a lead of 48 at the interval.

Cresselly then set about taking the game from their opponents and they reached 27-0 after four overs giving them a lead of 75.

That soon became 66-0 after ten with Dan Sutton on 35 and Adam Chandler on 26.

Lawrenny eventually made the breakthrough as Chandler departed on a score of 27. Sutton was then bowled on a score of 38 and soon after Iwan Izzard was sent back to the dressing room leaving Cresselly on 72-3.

Alex Bayley and Dan Cherry looked to rebuild for the hosts 89-3 off 15 overs.

Bayley could only add a score of 10 to his first innings knock before he was trapped leg before in the fifteenth over.

That soon became five as Lawrenny did their best to keep the lead down but with four overs to go, Cresselly held a lead of 158 with the score on 110-5.

Another run out checked Cresselly’s momentum as they reached 144-6 with Dan Cherry not out on 41.

They eventually finished on 149-6 meaning Lawrenny would need a mammoth 198 to win the Bowl Final.

Lawrenny got their reply going with a four off the first ball but they were soon in trouble after losing two quick wickets.

They reached 28-2 off the first four overs and 38-3 after six. That soon became 47-4 and Lawrenny were in danger of letting the game slip away from them.

They reached 65-4 after 12 overs needing 133 to win from the last ten overs. They did their best as the start of the next over saw two sixes and a four.

Cresselly were doing their best to stem the flow of runs but there was controversy in the fourteenth as Lawrenny fans claimed a four despite the fielders getting round to the ball, just two according to the umpires and Lawrenny were 90-4.

Joe Kidney was in good form for Lawrenny as he hit a six to make his way to a score of 48 but he was bowled as he went for another big shot.

Lawrenny continued to go for the big shots but two more wickets left them 111-7 after seventeen overs.

Two more wickets fell but Lawrenny refused to go down without a fight as Brad McDermott-Jenkins played a number of good strokes.

Lawrenny reached 160-9 off 21 overs and with 38 to win, the Bowl, barring any errors, was going to Cresselly.

McDermott-Jenkins continued to put on a show at the end and hit a six with the last ball to finish not out on 52 as Lawrenny finished their innings on 173-9.

That earned Cresselly a 25-run victory and they celebrated their first Bowl win since 2009.

Following the game, Pembroke County Cricket Club Chairman Paul Webb thanked everybody for attending the final and Cresselly and Lawrenny for an excellent game of cricket.

On receiving their runners up trophies, Lawrenny captain Joe Kidney congratulated Cresselly on their victory and thanked their set of supporters.

Cresselly’s Alex Bayley was also named as the man of the match for his excellent score of 79 not out in the first innings.

Speaking to the Herald after the presentation, Cresselly captain Neilson Cole said: “Lawrenny are a very dangerous side and Joe is one of the nicest guys I know and I’m sure he’s one hell of a skipper and they battled well today and they’ll be competing for the Bowl in the coming years, no doubt.

“It’s amazing, we’ve come so close, third time lucky. We’ve put our supporters through a lot the last couple of years and we’re just delighted to deliver it.

“Having played in the final before we know in the first innings, you can certainly lose it if you don’t get it right, Bayley’s innings was so important and he’s done it so many times for us in the bowl and rightfully man of the match today as that was the innings that turned the match.”

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