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Koomen stars but Neyland settle for draw

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CHAMPIONS Neyland had to settle for a draw in their game with Cresselly on Sunday (Apr 28).

Neyland batted first and made a good total of 221-4 from their 45 overs with Nick Koomen scoring an unbeaten century.

Cresselly batted well in their reply too but fell just seventeen runs short of their victory target.

Neyland batted first after Cresselly had won the toss but lost Gregg Miller and Ashley Sutton early on.

Miller was caught by Nielson Cole off the bowling of Dan James for a duck and Sutton was caught by Alex Bayley off the bowling of Tom Arthur for a score of one.

That left Neyland on 19-2 but Koomen was joined at the crease by Andrew Miller and the pair shared 67 runs for the third wicket.

Miller hit three boundaries in a knock of 25 but he was then caught by Daniel Sutton off the bowling of Mike Shaw.

Koomen and new man Henry Durrant then took control for the visitors with an excellent stand of 124, seeing them past 200 runs.

Durrant smacked six fours and two sixes in his knock of 60 before he was eventually caught by Iwan Izzard off the bowling of Arthur.

Koomen reached his century and went on to finish not out on 127, hitting eleven fours and five maximums in the process.

That saw Neyland to their total and Cresselly knew they would need to beat their best to reach their target.

They began well as Dan Sutton and Phil Williams shared 52 runs for the first wicket. Sutton was the first to fall on a score of 34 (six fours) when he was caught by Koomen off the bowling of Sean Hannon.

Williams then shared another 48 runs with Simon Cole for the second wicket before the former was stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller also on a score of 34 (four fours, one six).

Alex Bayley only added four runs before he was caught by Sutton off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Simon Cole passed his half century but then saw batting partner Izzard out for a score of 11, caught by Gregg Miller off the bowling of Koomen.

Dan James scored 7 but he was then caught by Geraint Rees off the bowling of Miller who picked up his three wickets for the loss of 45 runs.

That left the home side on 147-5 but Cole and Ryan Lewis shared 34 runs for the sixth wicket.

Lewis made 23 but was then caught by Koomen giving Henry Durrant his first wicket of the game.

Cole batted on as he made his way to a score of 76 with ten fours before he was caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Nick Koomen.

That left Cresselly on 201-7 and all but ended their chances of victory as Mike Shaw finished not out on 8 leaving the home side on 205-7 from their 45 overs.

On Saturday (May 4), Neyland are at home to Burton while Cresselly are away to Saundersfoot.

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Sutton steers Cresselly into second round

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CRESSELLY set up a Harrison Allen second round clash with Hundleton as they beat Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (May 12).

It was a clash between the 2019 winners (Haverfordwest) and the 2018 winners (Cresselly) with both harbouring hopes of again reaching the final.

Cresselly won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they restricted Town to 124-7 from their 22 overs.

Tom Murphy and Mike Shaw each picked up two wickets while Ryan Lewis and Tom Arthur also took a wicket each.

In reply, Cresselly lost Ryan Lewis and Iwan Izzard for single figure scores but Dan Sutton and Alex Bayley got the visitors going again.

Bayley hit five fours in a knock of 42 while Sutton top scored for his team, hitting nine fours in a score of 64.

That saw Cresselly over the line in the final over as they booked their place in the next round of the Bowl.

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Dock too good for Laugharne in Harrison Allen

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PEMBROKE DOCK booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday (May 12) as they beat Laugharne by 134 runs.

The Dock won the toss and elected to bat and that looked to be a good decision with openers Jake Davies and Jake Griffiths sharing 102 runs for the first wicket.

That partnership was eventually broken by Tyler Reynolds who had Griffiths caught by Andrew Edwards. Griffiths had thumped eight fours and three sixes in his knock of 66 from 44 balls.

Davies hit five fours in a score of 46 but he was then bowled by Shaun Lynch.

Lynch also bowled Scott Griffiths but a knock of 34 from George Smith kept the scoreboard ticking over before Billy Wood’s late flurry (1 four and 1 six) saw the Dock to a score of 189-5.

The home side knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but the Dock had other ideas as Laugharne opener Andrew Edwards was ran out early on.

Billy Wood and Nick Daley bowled well as they sent the stumps flying to leave Laugharne on 20-4.

It was soon 23-5 as George Smith bowled Carl Smith.

There were further wickets for Smith and Jamie Wright as the Dock’s victory drew ever closer.

A score of 26 from Simon Davies wasn’t enough for Laugharne as they finished all out on 55.

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Llangwm seal dramatic Harrison Allen win

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LLANGWM booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl as they beat Llechryd in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night (May 12).

In a low scoring game, Llechryd reached 104-9 in their 22 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Llangwm were steady in their reply but they needed five runs off the final two balls. The first of those saw Llangwm take three and they were able to run two on the last to win the game.

Llechryd started well with John Curran hitting a four and a six in a score of 19 before he was bowled by Chris Inward.

Johnny Lewis reached a score of 13 but that proved to be unlucky as he was caught by Phil Llewellyn off the bowling of Joe Phillips.

Phillips also had the wickets of David Dunfee and Adam Betts while Inward bowled both Graham Keen and John Lumb as all four batsmen returned with ducks to their name.

Joe Mansfield spared Llechryd’s blushes as he hit four boundaries in a knock of 38 as they set Llangwm 105 to win the game.

Llangwm were in trouble early on in their reply as David Dunfee bowled Phil Llewellyn for a second ball duck and Joe Kiff on a score of 4 to leave them reeling on 10-2.

However, a third-wicket stand of 84 between Steven Mills and Noah Davies set Llangwm on their way to victory.

Llechryd hit back though as Andrew Fletcher denied Mills his half century as he was caught by Jonny Lewis on a score of 49.

Fletcher then trapped Luke Brock leg before wicket with the next ball to reduce Llangwm to 94-4.

Davies had made a good score of 30 but he was bowled by Graham Keen as the visitors were left needing five runs to win with time running out.

On the penultimate ball Chris Inward ran three and on the last, Matthew Kiff ran the two runs needed to win Llangwm the game in a thrilling finish.

The result also represented another mini shock as Division 1 side Llechryd exited the competition at the hands of their Division 2 opponents.

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