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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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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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