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Big wins for Rooks and Wizards

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CAREW and Merlins Bridge both earned big wins on Wednesday night (Apr 10), as they closed in on league leaders Monkton Swifts.

Having beaten Herbrandston 7-3 just two days before, the Rooks put twelve past them as the amount of games played began to took its toll.

Jordan Richards took his tally of goals for the season to 30 as he scored a double hat trick.

Alex Bayley doubled his tally of goals to six with another treble.

Zac Rowell, James Hinchcliffe and Tom Arthur also scored as they completed a comfortable win.

Merlins Bridge’s Joe Leahy also scored a double hat trick as he helped his side to a 14-0 win over Narberth at the Racecourse.

Will Haworth was also in fine form scoring five times while Nathan Greene was again on the scoresheet.

Richard Hughes and Laurie Haworth also scored as the Wizards closed the gap to leaders Monkton Swifts to four points.

Also on Wednesday, Hakin earned a 3-2 win over Neyland. Ben Aldred was in goal for the Vikings and was unlucky to concede after saving a penalty.

Ollie Hughes and Geraint Rees scored for the Nomads but goals from Justin Harding, Dan Evans and Shane Walsh gave the Vikings victory.

Merlins Bridge now have one game in hand over the Swifts which sees them play Saundersfoot on Saturday (Apr 13).

A win in that game will see them go one point behind the Swifts who they then play on April 24 in a crunch match.

Carew have now played the same amount of games as the Swifts and sit six points behind with two games left to play.

Their next game sees them take on St Clears on Saturday.

Goodwick United can not yet be counted out of the title race as they also sit four points behind the Swifts with two games to play.

On Saturday (Apr 13), they play Hakin at the Obs before their final game against Monkton on April 27.

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Hook close the gap

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HOOK closed the gap to the top two in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Carew seconds by seven wickets.

Carew were restricted to 148-9 in their innings as Hook bowled well with Dai Hopkins and Aled Phelps both claiming two wickets each.

Callum James also bowled well as he finished with figures of 1-12 from his spell.

Haydn Shapcott top scored with 52 for Carew while Rhys Grigg scored 36 and Morgan Grieve added 20 runs to their total.

Carew’s Kerry Waters and Barry Evans each picked up a wicket in Hook’s reply but they were unable to stop the home side reaching their target.

Aled Phelps scored 40 for Hook and Jamie Phelps top scored with 71 to help them to victory.

Brennan Martin also scored 22 as Hook earned 29 points for the win.

They remain third in the table but they now sit just 16 points behind second placed Llechryd with the two teams playing each other in Llechryd on Saturday (Jun 29).

Elsewhere, Carew seconds will look to bounce back when they travel to leaders Narberth.

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Devonald stars as Tish beat Burton

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ST ISHMAELS moved up to fifth place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Burton by four wickets.

Tish won the toss and elected to field and they did well to keep Burton to a score of 143-9 in their 45 overs.

Burton did their best to claim the win but Tish’s Daniel Richards finished unbeaten to see his side over the line.

Burton were in trouble early on as Jonathan Venables was bowled by Brennan Devonald and Jordan Milich then had Toby Hayman caught by Philip Cockburn.

Devonald then also bowled Matthew Webb as Burton were reduced to 11-3.

Morgan Scale and James Davies shared 21 runs for the fourth wicket but Andrew Pawlett then had Davies caught by Andrew Williams.

Scale hit two fours and a six as he made a good score of 25 but he was then bowled by Pawlett as Burton slipped to 48-5.

Pawlett then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Will Ridge and he soon had his fourth as he had James Scale caught by Williams.

Burton were in trouble on 84-7 but Luke Hayman and Dan Llewellyn shared 42 runs for the eighth wicket.

Hayman hit five fours in his score of 55 but he was then stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Iestyn Evans was then bowled by Harry Nicholas but Llewellyn finished not out on 17 to ensure Burton batted out their overs.

Peter Bradshaw and Harry Nicholas got Tish off to a steady start in their reply as they shared 38 runs for the first wicket.

Bradshaw made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of John Scale.

Harry Nicholas made 18 but he was bowled by Morgan Scale. Morgan then claimed his second as he bowled Phil Cockburn.

John Scale then claimed the wicket of Daniel Howells as Tish were reduced to 60-4.

Brennan Devonald and Jack Nicholas then shared 54 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to put their side in a good position.

Devonald hit eight fours and a six in his score of 49 from 41 balls but he was then caught by Luke Hayman off the bowling of James Davies.

Dan Llewellyn then trapped Jack Nicholas leg before on a score of 15 to leave Tish on 136-6.

Daniel Richards then hit four fours as his score of 18 not out came from only eight balls.

That saw Tish to their target and the win sees them move up to fifth place in the table.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Tish are at home to Saundersfoot while Burton travel to Haverfordwest.

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Neyland ease past Whitland

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NEYLAND earned their seventh win of the season on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Whitland by nine wickets.

The home side won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they bowled Whitland out for 155.

Many of their batsmen made good starts but they were unable to go on as Neyland took wickets at regular intervals.

Nick Koomen, Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton then all scored well to see the league leaders to victory in 25 overs.

Daniel Blain and Jack Bowen did share an opening stand of 69 but three quick wickets saw them slip to 78-3.

Bowen was first out as he was caught by Koomen off the bowling of Andrew Miller on a score of 34 which included six fours and a six.

Geraint Jones smacked a six but that was his only contribution as he was then bowled by Ross Hardy.

Hardy then trapped Blain leg before on a score of 24 and soon after, when Matthew Davies was caught and bowled by Miller it sparked a mini collapse.

Miller then had Adam Davies caught by Bellerby for a golden duck before Geraint Rees had Jonathan Thomas caught on a score of 18 by Gregg Miller.

That left Whitland on 111-6 and it was soon 120-7 as Dylan Blain was caught by Koomen off the bowling of Andrew Miller for a 20-ball duck.

Greg Sleep and James Thomas then shared 33 runs for the eighth wicket as their tail wagged but it was Pritchard who came on to break that partnership.

He had Sleep caught by Hardy on a score of 26 that included five fours.

Hardy then bowled Thomas and Harri Jones in quick succession to bring Whitland’s innings to a close.

Nick Koomen and Patrick Bellerby got Neyland off to a great start in their reply as they shared an opening stand worth 99 runs.

Bellerby played well for his half century but he was then caught by Dylan Blain off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas on a score of 51.

Koomen and Ashley Sutton were then untroubled as they blasted Neyland to victory.

Koomen finished unbeaten on 68 while Sutton hit a number of sixes to finish not out on 34.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Neyland are at home to Cresselly while Whitland will look to bounce back against Lawrenny.

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