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Tish fall short in chase

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ST ISHMAELS fell short in their chase on Saturday (Jun 29) as their game with Saundersfoot ended in a draw.

Saundersfoot batted first and scored 178-5 in their innings. They battled hard to take the win but Tish finished short on 146-8 in their reply.

Saundersfoot won the toss and elected to bat first but they lost opener John Mansbridge early on when he was caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Harry Nicholas.

Tom Mansbridge and Danny Caine shared 31 runs for the second wicket but Pawlett then struck as he had Mansbridge stumped by Jack Nicholas.

Danny Caine was then caught by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Pawlett as Saundersfoot found themselves on 57-3.

Nick Cope and Sam Franklin then shared 104 runs for the fourth wicket to put the visitors in a good position.

Cope hit three fours and a six as he scored 56 but he was then caught by Brennan Devonald off the bowling of Harry Nicholas.

Franklin had hit six fours and a six in his score of 59 but he was stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Saundersfoot’s then made their way to their total which was also helped by 21 extras.

Tish’s reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost opener Peter Bradshaw when he was caught by Cope off the bowling of Danny Caine.

Daniel Howells and Harry Nicholas shared 28 runs for the second wicket but Howells was then caught by Taran Richards off the bowling of Cope.

Cope then also had Harry Nicholas caught by Sam Franklin and Phil Cockburn caught by John Mansbridge as Tish slipped to 59-4.

Jonathan Pawlett and Brennan Devonald then shared 47 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to push Tish on towards their target.

Pawlett hit two fours and a six in his score of 27 but he was then caught by Neil Powling off the bowling of Cope.

Devonald and Jack Nicholas then shared 34 runs for the sixth wicket but Saundersfoot again struck as Nicholas was run out by John Mansbridge.

He then also bowled Andrew Pawlett as Tish’s reply began to fade.

Devonald did hit three fours and three sixes in his score of 51 but he was then caught by Cope off the bowling of Powling.

That was as good as it got for both sides as Saundersfoot took home 21 points for their efforts while Tish came away with seven.

On Saturday (Jul 6), Tish are away to bottom side Llangwm while Saundersfoot travel to Cresselly.

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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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