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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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Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers

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PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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