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Neyland back to winning ways

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NEYLAND got back to winning ways on Saturday (Jun 1) as they beat Llangwm by 100 runs at Pill Parks.

Llangwm won the toss and elected to field but they watched on as Neyland made an impressive 231-6 from their 45 overs.

Patrick Bellerby was first out as he was bowled by Noah Davies to leave Neyland on 20-1.

Nick Koomen and George Evans then shared 58 runs for the second wicket before Evans was bowled by Ollie Davies on a score of 18.

Koomen had reached his half century with eight fours and two sixes but he was then out for a score of 55 as he was bowled by Joe Phillips.

Henry Durrant hit a four and a six in his quick score of 14 but he was then caught by Ewan Griffiths off the bowling of Luke Brock.

That left Neyland on 98-4 but a partnership of 90 between Scott Jones and Andrew Miller put the visitors in a strong position.

Jones also smashed eight fours and two sixes as he scored 61 before being caught by Noah Davies off the bowling of Brock.

Miller hit four fours as he scored 32 but was then caught by Matthew Kiff off the bowling of Ollie Davies.

A late unbeaten score of 25, which included one four and two sixes, from captain Sean Hannon took Neyland past 200 runs and to their total.

Llangwm lost opener James Venables early in their reply as he was caught by Tom Pritchard off the bowling of Patrick Hannon.

Noah Davies and Will beresford shared 25 runs for the second wicket but Davies was then caught by Nick Koomen off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

Beresford made 17 but he was caught by Gavin Rowland giving Patrick Hannon his second wicket.

Soon after, Matthew Kiff was caught by Sean off the bowling of brother Patrick and Llangwm were struggling on 36-4.

That became 42-5 as Hannon picked up his fourth wicket, this time having Ewan Griffiths caught by Nick Koomen.

Andrew Miller then got in on the act as he had Luke Brock caught by Scott Jones, reducing Llangwm to 44-6.

Ollie Davies and David Lewis began to offer some resistance to the Neyland bowlers as they shared 34 runs for the seventh wicket.

Patrick Hannon returned though to claim his fifth wicket as he bowled Lewis for a score of 12.

Davies and Gary James then shared another 28 runs before James was bowled by Miller on a score of 13.

Miller also bowled Callum Jenkins but Ollie Davies continued to play on as he reached his half century.

However, he was the last man out as he was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Miller for a score of 54 that included seven fours and two sixes.

Patrick Hannon finished with good figures of 5-41 and Andrew Miller finished with 4-50.

The win gives Neyland 30 points and keeps them top of the table. On Saturday (Jun 8), Neyland are at home to third place Lawrenny while Llangwm are away to Burton.

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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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