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Tish stun Town



ST ISHMAELS picked up a surprise second win of the season on Saturday (May 25) as they beat Haverfordwest by 28 runs.

Tish batted first after Town won the toss but six wickets from Archie Thomas saw them bowled out for just 85.

However, whatever Thomas could do, Andrew Pawlett could do just as well as he went on to claim seven wickets as Town were astonishingly bowled out for 57.

Peter Bradshaw was first out when he was caught by Mike Jones off the bowling of Ashley James.

Jack and Harry Nicholas followed him back to the pavilion soon after as Jack was run out by Chris Fitzpatrick while Harry was caught by Ben Field off the bowling of Thomas.

Three balls later, 20-3 became 20-4 as Brennan Devonald was bowled by Thomas for a duck.

Thomas then also bowled Daniel Richards for a duck to leave Tish on 24-5.

Phil Cockburn and Andrew Pawlett then shared 16 runs for the sixth wicket as they looked to stem the flow of wickets.

Thomas was in fine form though as he had Pawlett caught by Field before, three balls later, trapping Robbie Thomas leg before for a duck.

That left Tish on 40-7 but Cockburn and Jordan Milich shared another 20 runs as they edged their side towards three figures.

Cockburn hit four fours in his knock of 27 but it was Thomas who struck again as he had Cockburn caught by Jack Scriven.

Milich then shared another 25 runs with Daniel Howells but the former was then caught and bowled by Ashley James for a score of 20 (four fours).

James then brought the innings to a close as he had Josh Beer caught by Scriven for a duck.

That meant Tish were all out for 85 and Town would have fancied their chances of knocking off those runs.

Tish were in no mood to give Town an easy ride though and they soon had them struggling as Pawlett claimed his first wicket, bowling Jake Merry.

Brennan Devonald then had Mike Jones caught by Pawlett as Town slipped to 14-2.

Pawlett then bowled Danny Potter and soon after he had Ben Field caught by Daniel Richards before also trapping Adam James leg before.

That left Town on 35-5 but Lee Summons and Chris Fitzpatrick offered some resistance with a stand of thirteen.

Brennan Devonald brought that to an end as he had Fitzpatrick caught by Richards.

Archie Thomas was next out without scoring as he hit his own wicket to give Pawlett his fifth.

Devonald then bowled Ashley James for a duck as the game began to slip away from Town with them on 49-8.

Jack Scriven also fell for a duck when he was caught and bowled by Pawlett.

Summons had been a mainstay of the innings, hitting a four and a six in his knock of 24, but, fittingly, it was Pawlett who brought the game to a close as he bowled Summons.

Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 7-20, backed up well by Devonald (3-35).

The win gives Tish 27 points while Town remain second after picking up just six points from the game.

On Saturday (Jun 1), Tish will look to build on their win when they host Carew. Haverfordwest will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Lawrenny.


Llangwm seal dramatic Harrison Allen win



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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Johnston send Tish packing in Harrison Allen



DIVISION 3 side Johnston produced one of the early shocks of this year’s Harrison Allen Bowl as they knocked out Division 1 side St Ishmaels.

Johnston won the toss and chose to field and they did well to restrict Tish to a score of 99-7 from their 22 overs.

They were in trouble early on as Peter Bradshaw was caught by Chris Goodridge off the bowling of Mark Hicks.

Keegan Codd then took over as he had Harry Nicholas stumped by Liam Boswell, also on a score of 8, before getting the wickets of Brennan Devonald and Ieuan Hawkins.

Tish were reduced to 27-4 and that soon became five as Codd claimed figures of 4-16 from his six overs.

Andrew Williams and Lewis Rhead then steadied the innings for the visitors as they shared over 60 runs for the sixth wicket.

Williams made 25 before he fell to Lewis Boswell and Rhead made 36 before being bowled by Gary James.

There was little time for Tish to add any further runs and it meant that Johnston would need 100 to win.

Johnston lost opener Goodridge early but a stand of 41 from Leigh Walters and Geno Cleal set them on their way to victory.

Walters made 26 before being bowled by Lewis Rhead and soon after, Brennan Devonald had Josh Hicks caught on a score of 2.

Devonald then picked up the wicket of Cleal, who made a score of 23, as Tish began to hit back.

Lewis Boswell made a score of 10 as Johnston edged closer but it was a score of 11 not out from Liam Boswell to see their side over the line.

The winning Johnston team

Johnston captain Josh Hicks said: “An amazing team performance, Tish may have been missing a couple but so were we.

“Two years ago we couldn’t field a team in this cup. We’ve come along way, tonight is a real positive and just the start!”

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games



PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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