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Burton hold on for draw

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BURTON’s Jonathan Venables finished not out on 30 as he helped his side frustrate Haverfordwest on Sunday (Apr 28).

Haverfordwest had posted 179-9 from their innings and looked set for victory with Chris Fitzpatrick (4-34) and Clive Tucker (3-22) both bowling well.

However, they could not remove Venables as Burton finished short of their victory target with two wickets in hand.

Town had made a slow start to their innings after being invited to bat as Mike Jones was bowled by James Davies in the seventh over for a score of four.

Simon Holliday and Lee Summons shared 30 runs for the second wicket as they looked to get their side going but Holliday was then caught by Richard Jones off the bowling of Morgan Scale on a score of 19.

Scale then trapped Danny Potter leg before as Town slipped to 47-3 in the 23rd over.

Summons and Ben Field then shared Town’s best partnership as they put on 78 runs for the fourth wicket.

Summons hit seven fours in his knock of 58 but he was then bowled by James Davies.

Ashley James was then also bowled by Dan Llewellyn as Town were reduced to 128-5.

Field then took over hitting four boundaries and five sixes in a knock of 74 from 66 balls. Llewellyn then bowled Field and three balls later he had Jake Merry caught by Toby Hayman.

Hayman then ran out Chris Fitzpatrick and Huw Scriven made six before he was caught by Llewellyn off the bowling of Davies as Town limped to 179-9.

Burton made a good start in their reply as Hayman and Richard Jones shared 53 runs for the first wicket inside the first 12 overs.

Tucker made the breakthrough for Town as he had Hayman trapped leg before on a score of 30 that included five boundaries.

Luke Hayman then joined Jones at the crease with the pair sharing another 31 runs.

Luke was then removed in similar fashion to Toby, this time off the bowling of Fitzpatrick.

Moments later he had his second wicket as he had Jones, who had scored 46 with four fours and a six, caught by Potter.

That left the home side on 85-3 but Morgan Scale and Jonathan Venables shared 39 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to get their side back on track.

Scale hit a four and a six in his knock of 22 but he was then caught by Fitzpatrick off the bowling of Simon Holliday.

Fitzpatrick then had James Davies (4) caught by Mike Jones and Gareth Bevan (1) stumped by Jack Scriven.

Tucker also returned to trap Dan Ridge leg before and had Llewellyn caught by Scriven as the wheels on Burton’s victory charge began to fall off.

Venables remained not out on 30 with two boundaries but there wasn’t enough time left as Burton finished short on 152-8, meaning the game ended in a draw.

On Saturday (May 4), Burton travel to Neyland while Haverfordwest are away to Whitland.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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