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Wales Women keep faith in their progress

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WALES Women head coach Rowland Phillips has tweaked his side for their Women’s Six Nations appointment with Scotland at Scotstoun on Friday (7.40) and believes his players can put together a performance to be proud of.

There are two changes from the side that lost to England. Lauren Smyth comes back in at full-back and Lleucu George starts at inside centre, her first start for Wales as a back – she started in the back row against Hong Kong at the last Rugby World Cup but has since been playing at 10 and 12 for Cardiff Met and Scarlets.

The pack is unchanged but Beth Lewis and Alex Callender switch flanks and Manon Johnes comes back into the 23.

Phillips said: “We’ve been able to take positives from all three games so far in the tournament, despite some disappointing results. Now we need to build on our strengths and make further progress in other areas to produce an improved performance all round against Scotland.

“Our defence has been good as has our set-piece, and we showed against England that we can produce good attacking play too when we get the ball.

“Historically, there’s not much between Wales and Scotland, it will be like a cup final for both of us. Scotland are a good side and had a positive autumn campaign so they will be disappointed by the start of their Six Nations.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves. We have confidence in our processes, we know we have the talent in our squad and if we show what we are capable of, the results will come”.

Wales Women v Scotland (Friday, March 8, 7.40pm, Scotstoun, Glasgow, BBC Two Wales / BBC Alba):

Lauren Smyth (Ospreys); Jasmine Joyce (Scarlets), Hannah Jones (Scarlets), Lleucu George (Scarlets), Jess Kavanagh (RGC); Robyn Wilkins (Blues), Keira Bevan (Ospreys); Caryl Thomas (Dragons), Carys Phillips (capt, Ospreys), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Gwen Crabb (Ospreys), Mel Clay (Ospreys), Alex Callender (Scarlets), Bethan Lewis (Dragons) Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys)

Replacements:

Kelsey Jones (Ospreys), Cara Hope (Ospreys), Cerys Hale (Dragons), Alisha Butchers (Scarlets), Manon Johnes (Cardiff Blues), Ffion Lewis (Scarlets), Lisa Neumann (RGC); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears)

Wales Women’s final match of the Women’s Six Nations is against Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday, March 17, (1.30pm). Tickets are available from Cardiff Blues Box Office www.cardiffblues.com/tickets

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Jones’ century sees Whitland through

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WHITLAND’s Geraint Jones scored a second century in as many games on Wednesday night (May 15) as he helped his side through to the second round of the Duggie Morris Cup.

Hosts Llangwm were invited to bat first but they lost opener Will Beresford when he was run out in the first over.

Joe Kiff and James Venables then got Llangwm going sharing 48 runs for the second wicket.

Venables scored 25 but he was next out when he was caught by Jamie Thomas off the bowling of Matthew Davies.

Joe was joined by brother Matthew in the middle and they shared another 28 runs for the third wicket.

Nathan Evans made the breakthrough for the visitors as he trapped Joe leg before on a score of 43 that had included five fours and two sixes.

Evans struck again as he had Matthew caught by Davies on a score of 17 and Llangwm were then reduced to 100-5 when Evans bowled Phil Llewellyn.

Thomas then claimed his first wicket as he had Noah Davies caught by namesake Adam.

Luke and Richard Brock then shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket as they looked to give their side a good total to defend.

Luke departed first as he was caught by Matthew Davies off the bowling of Thomas having scored 21.

140-7 soon became 140-8 as Geraint Jones had Richard caught by Gethin Scourfield on a score of 13.

Ollie Davies and Gary James then shared 28 runs for the ninth wicket but James was caught by Jack Bowen off the bowling of Evans who finished with excellent figures of 4-25.

Davies had scored 13 but was then caught by Jones off the bowling of Thomas who finished with figures of 3-40 as Llangwm’s innings came to a close three balls into the final over on 171.

It meant Whitland would need 172 to win but they also lost an early wicket as Dylan Blain was bowled by Phil Llewellyn on a score of 8.

That brought Jones to the crease and he shared 44 runs for the second wicket with Jack Bowen.

Bowen hit three sixes and two fours as he scored 27 but he was then caught by Ollie Davies off the bowling of Luke Brock.

Matthew Davies then played a supporting role as Jones added another 21 runs to the score and Davies only faced four balls before he was out for a duck in the same fashion as Bowen.

Nathan Evans was then bowled by Joe Phillips and Shane Morgan was caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Gary James.

When Ollie Davies bowled Martin Thomas Whitland were 118-6 and it seemed Jones, who had reached his half century, was running out of partners.

However, he took it upon himself to win the game for his side as he smashed his way to a century, finishing not out on 103, while Adam Davies supported finishing not out on 8.

Jones hit ten fours and seven sixes, the last of which saw them over the line and into the second round.

That sees them set up a second round date with Carew, set to take place on Wednesday, June 5.

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Griffiths smashes Dock through in Duggie Morris

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A SPARKLING 67 from 25 balls from Jake Griffiths sent Pembroke Dock through to the second round of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday night (May 14).

Opponents Hook had earlier posted 146-5 from their 20 overs with Jamie Phelps making his way to an excellent score of 61 from 47 balls.

Phelps and Holder got the visitors off to a good start as they shared 83 runs for the first wicket.

Phelps hit eight fours and two sixes in his knock but then hit the ball to Griffiths to give Nick Daley his first wicket.

Moments later he had a second as he had Holder caught by Craig Butland on a score of 18.

Craig Nutty and Brennan Martin then shared another 32 runs for the third wicket as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Martin hit three sixes in a score of 21 from only 7 balls but he was then caught and Nutty added 16 runs before he was bowled.

Bradley Flood was then run out as Hook slipped to 129-5. Aled Phelps finished not out on 16 from 15 balls to help his side to their total of 146-5.

Niall Brunton and Connor Carroll picked up the other two wickets for the Dock.

The Dock got off to a lightning start in their reply as Griffiths and Luke Murray smashed them to 76-0 off the first six overs.

Griffiths’ stunning knock included seven fours and five sixes but it was then brought to an end as he was caught by Aled Phelps off the bowling of Matthew Holder.

Murray and Billy Wood continued to add to their score as they shared 47 runs for the second wicket.

Murray hit four fours as he made 35 but he was also caught by Phelps off the bowling of Harry Makepeace.

Wood finished not out on 26 to see his side over the line and into the second round.

The Dock, sponsored by Market Tavern, will now play the winners of Thursday’s game between Lawrenny or St Ishmaels.

Tuesday’s other game saw Narberth go through after beating Kilgetty. Scores of 83 from Kyle Quartermaine and 67 not out from Jordan Howell helped them book a second round date with Haverfordwest.

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Holliday outshines Kiff in Town win

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LLANGWM’S Joseph Kiff’s century was outshone by Haverfordwest’s Simon Holliday’s ton on Saturday (May 11) as Town earned victory in a high scoring game.

Llangwm batted first and made an excellent total of 235-6 from their innings and would have been quietly confident at the halfway stage.

Kiff and Jonathan Venables shared 34 runs for the first wicket as they made a steady start before Venables was bowled by Adam James on a score of ten.

Matthew Kiff did not last long at the crease as he was caught by Jack Scriven off the bowling of James for a second ball duck, leaving Llangwm on 34-2.

Noah Davies joined Joseph in the middle and the pair shared a good stand of 53. Davies made a score of ten but was then bowled by Simon Holliday.

Luke Brock departed for a score of 5 when he was caught by Jake Merry off the bowling of Clive Tucker.

Llangwm were 110-4 at that stage but Kiff and Phil Llewellyn began hitting the ball to all parts of the ground in a stand of 63.

Kiff deservedly reached his century, hitting 14 fours and three sixes on the way, but was then caught by Ashley James off the bowling of namesake Adam.

Richard Brock was bowled soon after by Lee Summons but Llewellyn and Ewan Griffiths batted on to the end.

Griffiths was not out on 14 while Llewellyn smashed five fours and three sixes as he finished unbeaten on 67.

That set Town 236 to win and they made a good start to their reply as Holliday and Mike Jones shared 90 runs for the first wicket.

Joseph Phillips made the breakthrough for Llangwm as he had Jones caught by Ewan Griffiths on a score of 40. Phillips then bowled Danny Potter as Llangwm looked to hit back.

However, Ben Field and Holliday shared 73 runs for the third wicket to take Town closer to their target.

Field scored 21 before he was trapped leg before by Luke Brock who then also bowled Adam James.

Llewellyn bowled Jake Merry to reduce Town to 210-5 in the 42nd over but Llangwm were unable to remove Holliday.

Holliday finished unbeaten on 124 from 120 balls with twelve fours and four sixes to see his side over the line.

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