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Koomen stars but Neyland settle for draw



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.


Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction



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

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs



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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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released



HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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