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Bellerby sets up Neyland win

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NEYLAND’s Patrick Bellerby scored 84 to help his side to victory over Lawrenny on Saturday (Jun 8).

The home side, who included new signing Ross Hardy from Kilgetty, elected to field on winning the toss and they bowled Lawrenny out for 171.

Bellerby then set up victory with a good knock before Andrew Miller finished unbeaten to see the league leaders over the line.

Harry Thomas and Kurtis Marsh opened the batting for Lawrenny and they shared 26 runs for the first wicket.

Thomas was the first man out as he was caught by Hardy off the bowling of Nathan Banner.

Banner then claimed his second wicket as he had Kurtis Marsh caught by Nick Koomen on a score of 19.

James Buckle and James Phillips then shared a good stand of 53 runs for the third wicket as they looked to set up a platform for the rest of the innings.

Buckle hit three fours in a score of 26 but he was then caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Miller.

James Skeels did not last long at the crease before he was caught by Banner off Miller’s bowling.

Phillips hit six fours as he scored 32 but he also fell to the bowling of Miller when he was caught by Koomen.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins was then out in similar fashion to Skeels as Lawrenny were reduced to 106-6.

Joe Kidney and Steve Lewis shared another 22 runs but Geraint Rees intervened as he had Lewis stumped by Hannon.

Kidney and Ryan Morton kept the score ticking over but Miller struck again as he had Kidney again caught by Banner on a score of 33.

Morton made 18 but he was caught by Gregg Miller off the bowling of Tom Pritchard and he then also Jamie Lewis caught by Banner to bring the innings to a close.

Neyland lost Nick Koomen early in their reply as he was bowled by Jamie Lewis but a stand of 125 between Patrick Bellerby and Andrew Miller put their side on course for victory.

Bellerby hit fourteen fours as he scored 84 before he was bowled by James Skeels.

Miller was joined at the crease by Ross Hardy and the pair were untroubled as they guided Neyland to their target.

Hardy finished unbeaten on 13 while Miller was not out on 48 with eight fours.

On Saturday (Jun 15), Neyland are away to Haverfordwest while Lawrenny are at home to St Ishmaels.

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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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