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Davies keeps cool to see Llangwm home

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LLANGWM’s Noah Davies hit a six with two balls to spare to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 6).

It is just Llangwm’s second win of the season and they now sit 40 points from safety.

Division 1’s bottom side won the toss and elected to field but Tish made a good score of 208-6 from their 45 overs.

Peter Bradshaw and Daniel Richards got the visitors off to a good start with 58 runs for the first wicket.

Richards scored 27 but he was then stumped by Will Beresford off the bowling of Toby Asson, fresh from his seven-wicket haul in the Alec Colley the previous Thursday.

Daniel Howells shared another 39 runs with Bradshaw for the second wicket but Howells was caught by Ollie Davies off the bowling of Luke Brock on a score of 22.

Bradshaw and Brennan Devonald then shared 74 runs for the third wicket as they looked to set a challenging target for their hosts.

Bradshaw hit eight fours and two sixes in his score of 62 before he was caught by Joe Kiff off the bowling of Noah Davies.

Tish began to fight back as Matthew Kiff then had Phil Cockburn caught by Ewan Griffiths and Jack Nicholas caught by Joe Phillips.

Devonald had hit three fours and five sixes in his excellent knock of 64 from 58 balls but he was also caught by Phillips off the bowling of Kiff.

Tish finished on 208 with their total helped along by 17 extras.

Llangwm knew they would need to bat well if they were to pick up the win and openers Will Beresford and Joe Kiff shared 47 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff scored 37 from 29 balls as he hit six fours and a six but he was then caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Andrew Palmer.

Richard Brock made a score of 11 before he was caught by Daniel Howells off the bowling of Palmer as the hosts were reduced to 79-2.

Will Beresford and Matthew Kiff then shared 56 runs for the third wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Beresford made a score of 46 but he was caught and bowled by Brennan Devonald.

Kiff and Noah Davies shared another 27 runs for the fourth wicket before Kiff, who hit five fours and a six in his score of 46, was caught by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Devonald.

That made Llangwm’s score 162-4 and Davies and Luke Brock continued to add runs with a stand of 29.

Brock hit three fours and a six as his score of 23 came from 17 balls but he was then stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Jordan Milich then had James Venables caught by Nicholas as Llangwm were reduced to 200-6.

Llangwm had edged towards their target and they needed two runs from the final over to win.

Davies had already hit two fours as he reached a score of 25 but with the fourth ball of the over he launched a stunning six to finish not out on 31 and earn victory for his side.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Llangwm host Haverfordwest while Tish will look to get back to winning ways when they host leaders Neyland.

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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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