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Fenton and Tavernspite march on to finals

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THE popularity of girls’ cricket in Pembrokeshire is continuing to grow – with a record 24 schools fielding teams in this year’s Girls Kwik Cricket Finals.

The finals were held at Haverfordwest and Carew cricket clubs, with eleven schools from north Pembrokeshire competing at Haverfordwest and thirteen schools from the south of the county competing at Carew.

At the end of the competitive and enjoyable events, Fenton CP School and Tavernspite CP School were declared winners and will go forward to the regional Welsh finals at Sophia Gardens on July 8.

The festivals were organised by Sport Pembrokeshire – the sports development team at Pembrokeshire County Council – and sponsored by Valero.

Martin Jones, cricket development officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, praised the quality and spirit of play at both events.

Fenton: Moving on to the finals

The festival at Haverfordwest saw Fenton CP School, Roch Community School, Neyland Community School and Cleddau Reach VC School reaching the semi-finals.

Fenton defeated Roch and Cleddau Reach beat Neyland, before Fenton defeated Cleddau Reach due to some sensible batting and solid bowling backed up with some good catches. 

The south county festival at Carew saw Tavernspite CP School, St Oswalds VA School, Stepaside CP School and Golden Grove Community School reaching the semi-finals.

Tavernspite beat St Oswalds while Stepaside beat Golden Grove. Both schools were undefeated at this stage with Tavernspite running out as winners in the end.

It was a great team effort,” said Martin Jones. “A special mention goes to the captain, Caitlin Lewis, who had an excellent festival and also celebrated her birthday.”

He said it was also good to see key figures from women’s cricket attending the Carew festival – Laura Charles Price, the South West Wales Women’s and Girls Co-ordinator, and Rachel Priest, a Kiwi who plays for Thunder in the Ladies Big Bash League.

Cleddau Reach: Semi-finalists

Martin added “It’s excellent to see the growth of girls’ cricket not only at primary school level but also in the Lady Taverners competition (U13’s and U15’s). All of this has helped the growth of the Ladies cricket league in Pembrokeshire, which now has nine teams.”

Valero’s Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton presented the medals to the finalists.

The Fenton squad was made up of: Chloe Dewstowe (captain), Ami Louise Richards, Kiera Ribbon, Bethan Stobbs, Beatrix Nicklin, Jenny Frayling, and Shanice Clarke.

The Tavernspite Squad was made up of: Caitlin Lewis (captain), Phyllis Davies, Cara Merriman, Sophie Jones, Amelie Brown, Mia King-Allum, Sofia Dunlop, Ophelia Jenkins and Megan Morris.T

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Kidney and Buckle see Lawrenny into final

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LAWRENNY made it through to the final of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday (Jun 25) as they beat Whitland by three wickets in Kilgetty.

Whitland were asked to bat first after Lawrenny won the toss and they made a good start with Dylan Blain and Jack Bowen sharing an opening stand of 48 runs.

Blain made 27 but he couldn’t add to his score as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

Bowen then shared another 39 runs with Geraint Jones, who scored a century earlier in the tournament.

This time though, Jones could only score 17 before he was caught by Cole off the bowling of Harry Thomas.

Bowen then reached his half century and moved on to a score of 76 with four fours and five sixes but he was then bowled by Kurtis Marsh to leave Whitland on 141-3.

Marsh then also bowled Jonathan Thomas on a score of 17 as Whitland’s innings began to fade.

Nathan Evans and Martin Thomas were both run out late on as they looked to put more runs on the board.

That saw them finish on 156-6 and Lawrenny got off to similarly good start in their reply as openers Kurtis Marsh and Brad McDermott-Jenkins shared 59 runs for the first wicket.

McDermott-Jenkins smashed five fours and three sixes as his score of 40 came from only 17 balls but he was then bowled by Wayne Howells.

James Phillips was caught by Nathan Evans off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas and soon after Marsh was caught and bowled by Greg Sleep on a score of 32.

Howells then bowled Harry Thomas for a duck to leave Lawrenny on 92-4.

Steve Lewis and Tom Cole were both run out as Lawrenny slipped further into trouble on 116-6.

Joe Kidney and Ryan Morton shared another 15 runs for the seventh wicket but Matthew Davies then had Morton caught by Bowen.

James Buckle joined Kidney at the crease, and after surviving a few close calls, they saw Lawrenny to their target with three balls to spare.

Buckle finished not out on 18 while Kidney hit three fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 30.

Lawrenny now await the winners of the tie between holders Neyland and Haverfordwest which takes place in St Ishmaels on Thursday (Jun 27).

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Hook close the gap

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HOOK closed the gap to the top two in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Carew seconds by seven wickets.

Carew were restricted to 148-9 in their innings as Hook bowled well with Dai Hopkins and Aled Phelps both claiming two wickets each.

Callum James also bowled well as he finished with figures of 1-12 from his spell.

Haydn Shapcott top scored with 52 for Carew while Rhys Grigg scored 36 and Morgan Grieve added 20 runs to their total.

Carew’s Kerry Waters and Barry Evans each picked up a wicket in Hook’s reply but they were unable to stop the home side reaching their target.

Aled Phelps scored 40 for Hook and Jamie Phelps top scored with 71 to help them to victory.

Brennan Martin also scored 22 as Hook earned 29 points for the win.

They remain third in the table but they now sit just 16 points behind second placed Llechryd with the two teams playing each other in Llechryd on Saturday (Jun 29).

Elsewhere, Carew seconds will look to bounce back when they travel to leaders Narberth.

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Devonald stars as Tish beat Burton

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ST ISHMAELS moved up to fifth place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Burton by four wickets.

Tish won the toss and elected to field and they did well to keep Burton to a score of 143-9 in their 45 overs.

Burton did their best to claim the win but Tish’s Daniel Richards finished unbeaten to see his side over the line.

Burton were in trouble early on as Jonathan Venables was bowled by Brennan Devonald and Jordan Milich then had Toby Hayman caught by Philip Cockburn.

Devonald then also bowled Matthew Webb as Burton were reduced to 11-3.

Morgan Scale and James Davies shared 21 runs for the fourth wicket but Andrew Pawlett then had Davies caught by Andrew Williams.

Scale hit two fours and a six as he made a good score of 25 but he was then bowled by Pawlett as Burton slipped to 48-5.

Pawlett then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Will Ridge and he soon had his fourth as he had James Scale caught by Williams.

Burton were in trouble on 84-7 but Luke Hayman and Dan Llewellyn shared 42 runs for the eighth wicket.

Hayman hit five fours in his score of 55 but he was then stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Iestyn Evans was then bowled by Harry Nicholas but Llewellyn finished not out on 17 to ensure Burton batted out their overs.

Peter Bradshaw and Harry Nicholas got Tish off to a steady start in their reply as they shared 38 runs for the first wicket.

Bradshaw made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of John Scale.

Harry Nicholas made 18 but he was bowled by Morgan Scale. Morgan then claimed his second as he bowled Phil Cockburn.

John Scale then claimed the wicket of Daniel Howells as Tish were reduced to 60-4.

Brennan Devonald and Jack Nicholas then shared 54 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to put their side in a good position.

Devonald hit eight fours and a six in his score of 49 from 41 balls but he was then caught by Luke Hayman off the bowling of James Davies.

Dan Llewellyn then trapped Jack Nicholas leg before on a score of 15 to leave Tish on 136-6.

Daniel Richards then hit four fours as his score of 18 not out came from only eight balls.

That saw Tish to their target and the win sees them move up to fifth place in the table.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Tish are at home to Saundersfoot while Burton travel to Haverfordwest.

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