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2019 cricket fixtures released

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club has released the fixtures for the forthcoming 2019 season.

Division 1 Champions Neyland begin the defence of their title with a trip to Cresselly who finished as runners up last season after being beaten by Lawrenny in their final game.

Division 2 Champions Carew are back in the big league after a season away and they begin away to Llangwm.

Saundersfoot are also back in Division 1 and they start with a home game against St Ishmaels.

Elsewhere, Haverfordwest are away to Burton, Lawrenny are at home to Whitland.

The two sides relegated from Division 1, Kilgetty and Johnston, face each other in Division 2 while Division 3 champions Carew Seconds are at home to Narberth.

Pembroke begin their season with a trip to Haverfordwest Seconds while Hook take on Llechryd and promoted Pembroke Dock host Cresselly Seconds.

Herbrandston just missed out on promotion from Division 3 last season and this year they start at home against Division 4 Champions Laugharne.

Llangwm Seconds were also promoted from Division 4 and they begin their Division 3 campaign away to Haverfordwest Thirds.

Lamphey host Llanrhian, Narberth Seconds take on relegated Stackpole and fellow relegated side Whitland Seconds are at home to Lawrenny Seconds.

Division 5 Champions Carew Thirds begin life in Division 4 at home to Crymych. Haverfordwest Fourths also went up after a successful 2018 season and they start this year with a trip to Neyland Seconds.

Llanrhian Seconds host Burton Seconds, Llechryd Seconds take on Hook Seconds and St Ishmaels Seconds are at home to Saundersfoot Seconds.

In Division 5, Hundleton host Kilgetty Seconds, Neyland Thirds are at home to Whitland Thirds and Pembroke Seconds face Herbrandston Seconds.

Finally, Stackpole Seconds are at home to Pembroke Dock Seconds.

Week 1 of the 2019 season is set to get underway on Sunday, April 28. Following that, cricket returns to its normal Saturdays from May 4.

Carew’s first fixture with Cresselly comes on June 15 with the return game in Carew on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Carew will also look forward to derby games with Lawrenny on the second weekend and on July 6.

Cresselly will be hoping the ghosts of 2018 will not be returning as they face Lawrenny in the last game of the season, just as they did last year.

Lawrenny had a big say in the title race and they also face Haverfordwest and Neyland in two of their four end-of-season games.

Pembroke Dock will not have to wait long for their first derby of the season as they travel to Pembroke in the second week. The other fixture in the Dock takes place on July 6.

Pembroke and Pembroke Dock’s Second teams will also contest their Division 5 derby games on the same dates.

Good luck to all sides.

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Division 3: Three-horse race

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THE Division 3 title race and promotion will be decided on Saturday (Aug 24) with three teams all still in the hunt.

Last week, Llanrhian, who had been top prior to their game, saw their match at Llangwm Seconds called off after they claimed their pitch was wet.

Herbrandston then beat Lamphey to move top of Division 3 while the Stags picked up enough points to knock Llanrhian down to third.

Going into the final round of games, Herbrandston are 19 points ahead of Lamphey and 22 points above Llanrhian.

Herbie face a trip to Narberth Seconds knowing a win will see them crowned Champions while a draw would also be enough.

A defeat could allow Lamphey in to be crowned Champions but that would also rely on Herbie not picking up more than 11 points.

Lamphey face fourth placed Laugharne in what is likely to be a tough game for both sides.

Llanrhian still have an outside chance of claiming the title but they would need to rely on Herbie and Lamphey losing their games.

Llanrhian will look to put last week’s disappointment behind them as they host Stackpole.

A win for Llanrhian coupled with a Lamphey defeat or draw could still see them promoted.

Elsewhere, the bottom four sides play each other with one final relegation place to be decided.

Whitland seconds currently sit second from bottom and they travel to fourth from bottom Haverfordwest thirds.

A win for Whitland could move them above Town and if Llangwm also won that could see Town drop down a Division.

Llangwm seconds take on already relegated Lawrenny seconds. Llangwm sit eight points above Whitland and know anything other than a win could let Whitland go above them.

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Division 2: Narberth and Llechryd face off for title

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LLECHRYD will host Narberth on Saturday (Aug 24) with the winners being crowned champions of Division 2.

Both will be playing their cricket in Division 1 next season but the destination of the title will be decided on Saturday.

Going into the game, Llechryd sit top of the Division, 17 points ahead of Narberth. A home win will see Llechryd crowned champions but should Narberth take the win it will be they who go up as champions.

When the two teams met earlier in the season it was Narberth who came out on top with a seven wicket win.

With promotion and relegation decided there is little for the others to play for but some can still improve their final positions.

Pembroke sit third and on Saturday they are away to Kilgetty knowing if they slip up, Hook could claim third place if they beat Carew Seconds.

Relegated sides Johnston and Cresselly seconds will play each other at Glebelands with the winners earning their second win of the season.

Pembroke Dock also take on Haverfordwest seconds and a win for Town in that game will see them jump above the Dock.

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New Solva kit to continue Luke’s Stand Up To Cancer message

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THE family of inspirational cancer fundraising campaigner Luke Harding has donated a new kit to Solva AFC in his memory, which features four words that perfectly sum up the way he battled the illness – Stand Up To Cancer.

Luke, who played for Solva for around a decade, raised more than £30,000 for Withybush Hospital’s Ward 10 and local charities following his diagnosis with stage four lung cancer in 2016.

Medi George, Secretary of Solva AFC said: “Luke played football with the same dedication and energy with which he battled cancer and it is an honour for our club to be able to continue his message in this way.

“We are extremely grateful to Alex, Peter and the Harding family for this kind gesture and it is fitting that our players were able to wear the kit for the first time in the final of the first annual Luke Harding Memorial Cup.”

The kit was unveiled at Fishguard Sports’ ground before the final of the competition, with Goodwick United 2nds running out eventual 3-1 winners against Solva 2nds. The tournament also included Fishguard Sports and Letterston, which Luke also represented.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, said: “We are extremely grateful to Luke’s family and to Solva AFC for supporting Stand Up To Cancer which funds life-saving research in Wales and across the UK. The new kit is a wonderful tribute to Luke who fundraised tirelessly throughout his diagnosis and we are thrilled the players wore the new kit for the first time this week.”

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