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Thomas steers Whitland home

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WHITLAND’s Jonathan Thomas took three wickets and then finished unbeaten to help his side to victory against Carew on Saturday (May 25).

The home side won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they bowled Carew out for 168.

Barry Evans and Tom Davies shared 28 runs for the first wicket but Geraint Jones made the breakthrough as he bowled Evans.

Nick Scourfield was then caught by Jamie Thomas off the bowling of Matthew Davies.

Davies and Rhys Davies then shared another 34 runs for the third wicket but Rhys was then caught by Adam Davies off the bowling of Wayne Howells on a score of 18.

Luke Hicks was then bowled by Thomas and he then had Max Brindley caught by Martin Thomas.

Thomas then claimed his third wicket as he caught and bowled Nick Davies leaving Carew struggling on 91-6.

Tom Davies then reached his half century as Carew made it into three figures but they then lost James Hinchcliffe to the bowling of Wayne Howells.

Ceri Brace was then bowled by Greg Sleep as Carew slipped to 124-8.

Tom Davies and Tom Scourfield then shared 44 runs for the ninth wicket as Davies reached an excellent century.

He hit nine fours and three sixes as he went on to finish not out on 102.

Scourfield was run out and Matthew Davies bowled Carl Thomas to bring the innings to a close.

Paul and Adam Davies got Whitland off to a good start in their reply with 31 runs for the first wicket.

Ceri Brace brought that partnership to an end as he bowled Adam Davies and soon after, Geraint Jones was caught by Luke Hicks off the bowling of Tom Davies.

Paul Davies and Jonathan Thomas then shared 60 runs for the third wicket as the game began to tip in Whitland’s favour.

Davies hit eight fours as he scored 43 but he was then stumped by Tom Scourfield off the bowling of Brace.

Thomas was joined in the middle by Matthew Davies and the pair were untroubled as they guided Whitland to victory.

Davies finished not out on 20 while Thomas hit nine fours and two sixes to finish not out on 60.

Whitland picked up 30 points for the win while defeat for Carew sees them pick up five points and slip to fifth in the table.

On Saturday (Jun 1), Whitland are away to Saundersfoot while Carew are away at St Ishmaels.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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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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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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