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Llecrhyd settle for draw

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LLECHRYD were forced to settle for a draw in their game with Haverfordwest Seconds in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 1).

Haverfordwest won the toss but elected to field and they watched on as the visitors posted a good score of 206-6 from their 45 overs.

They lost John Curran early on when he was bowled by Evan Watts but James Betterley and Jonny Lewis shared a second wicket stand worth 56 runs.

Lewis scored 18 but he was then bowled by Lewis Rhead. Betterley hit eight fours as he scored 39 but he was then stumped by Jack Evans off the bowling of Rhead, leaving Llechryd on 73-3.

Steve Smith and Joe Mansfield then shared an excellent stand of 81 for the fourth wicket to set Llechryd on their way to their total.

Mansfield hit six fours in his knock of 42 but he was then bowled by James Marchant.

Smith and Rhys Beard then shared another good stand of 37 runs as they got closer to 200 runs.

Smith hit six fours as he reached 50 but he was then also bowled by Marchant.

Beard batted on as he hit three fours and a six in his knock of 31 from 27 balls but off the last ball of the innings he was caught off the bowling Watts.

That set Town’s second team 207 to win but they lost opener Max Rodrigues early in their reply when he was bowled by Rhys Beard.

Jack Evans was also bowled by James Betterley and James Marchant fell in similar fashion to the same bowler on a score of 17.

Those wickets left Town on 45-3 but Nigel Morgan and Filgi Varghese set about trying to put their side in a better position.

They shared 25 runs together but Morgan was then caught by Andrew Davies off the bowling of Betterley on a score of 30.

Joe Mansfield then ran out Jamie Jenkins as Town were reduced to 84-5.

Filgi and Evan Watts shared 59 runs for the sixth wicket but that was brought to an end when Adam Betts caught Filgi on a score of 32 to give John Curran his first wicket.

Curran then picked up a second as he had Ashley James caught by Rhys Beard. That left Evan Watts not out on 27 but it wasn’t enough to see Town to victory as they finished on 149-7, over 50 runs short of their target.

The draw sees Llechryd pick up 28 points while Town claim six for their efforts.

On Saturday (Jun 8), Llechryd are at home to Pembroke and Haverfordwest Seconds are away to Cresselly Seconds.

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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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