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Llanrhian seal Alan Brown success

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LLANRHIAN won the Alan Brown trophy in Whitland on Sunday (July 7) as they beat Stackpole by 36 runs in Whitland.

Stackpole won the trophy in 2015 while Llanrhian were aiming to win it for the first time.

Llanrhian batted first and made 114-8 before Stackpole replied with 106-7 in their first innings. That meant Llanrhian led by 8 runs at tea and a score of 150-4 set Stackpole 159 to win the game.

Stackpole could only reach 122-7 in reply giving Llanrhian victory in an excellent game.

Llanrhian batted first but they lost Richard Reed and Jack Jones early on as both fell to the bowling of Richard Mackay.

Nigel Delaney made a score of 23 and Tom Clarke scored 27 as they piled on the runs.

Both fell to Simon Bevan though as Stackpole kept picking up wickets.

Ewan McDonald also claimed a wicket as did George Smith before Bevan claimed his third when he bowled Russell Watkins.

Dafydd Williams was run out late on but Ben RV Jones finished unbeaten on 37 as Llanrhian posted 114-8 in their first innings.

Stackpole lost opener Josh Davies early in their reply for a duck as he was caught by Reed off the bowling of Dafydd Williams.

Tom Clarke also bowled Alan Webster cheaply before Lewys Gibby and Simon Bevan took over.

Gibby scored 26 before he was bowled by Rhodri Owen and Bevan made a score of 40 before also falling to Owen.

Owen then had his third as he had Richard Mackay caught by Ben D Jones.

George Smith made a score of 12 before he fell to Karl Davies who then also had Alex Frearson caught by Richard Reed.

That meant that Stackpole finished on 106-7, giving Llanrhian a lead of eight runs at tea.

Llanrhian came out for their second innings determined to set a challenging target for their opponents and openers Reed and Ben RV Jones made a good start.

They shared 59 runs for the first wicket before Jones was bowled by Alan Webster on a score of 22.

Nigel Delaney was next in and he continued to put runs on the board in another good partnership with Reed.

Delaney made 28 before he was bowled by Richard Mackay.

Jack Jones made a score of 17 before he fell to the bowling of Ewan McDonald.

Reed had played superbly to reach a score of 60 but McDonald claimed his wicket to keep the score down.

Tom Clarke finished not out on 11 as Llanrhian reached 150-4 in their second innings, setting Stackpole 159 to win the game.

Josh Davies and Richard Mackay got their side off to a decent start in the final innings with Davies scoring 17 as he shared 33 runs with Mackay for the first wicket.

Davies was then caught off the bowling of Tom Clarke and Karl Davies then had Lewys Gibby caught by Nigel Delaney.

Rhodri Owen then had Alan Webster caught by Davies and George Smith caught by Reed as Llanrhian began to restrict Stackpole’s chase.

Mackay had made his way to a score of 32 but he was then bowled by Owen.

Paul Oeppen was run out on 14 before Ewan McDonald was caught by Davies off the bowling of Delaney.

Frearson finished not out on 16 but it wasn’t enough as Stackpole finished their second innings on 122-7, giving victory to Llanrhian.

After the match, Llanrhian’s Ben RV Jones was named man of the match for his excellent batting display over both innings.

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Scarlets make five changes for Cardiff Blues clash

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Scarlets show five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup clash with Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets (15:00; Premier Sports),

Interim head coach Dai Flanagan has reshuffled his side, giving opportunities to centre Ioan Nicholas and lock Josh Helps.

It will be 23-year-old Nicholas’s first PRO14 appearance since October 2019, having been frustrated by injury this season. Helps comes into the starting XV for the first time since November.

In the back three there is one change with Johnny McNicholl replacing fellow Wales international Steff Evans on the left wing. The only other switch behind the scrum is the inclusion of NIcholas for Tyler Morgan to partner Jonathan Davies in midfield. Angus O’Brien and Kieran Hardy continue their half-back partnership.

Up front, Ryan Elias again swaps with Ken Owens and resumes the captaincy after leading the side for the first time in the opening round match against the Dragons. He packs down in between Rob Evans and Alex Jeffries, the scorer of the only try of the game in last weekend’s 22-6 win over the Ospreys.

Helps and Lewis Rawlins combine in the second row, while injuries to Blade Thomson and Uzair Cassiem see Ed Kennedy handed the No. 8 jersey. Kennedy, Aaron Shingler and Jac Morgan make up the back row.

There are two of Warren Gatland’s 2021 Lions selections on the bench in Ken Owens and Gareth Davies. Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Iesyn Rees, Dan Jones and Joe Roberts provide the rest of the replacement cover.

Both the Scarlets and Blues have a win apiece after the opening two rounds of the Rainbow Cup.

Scarlets team v Cardiff Blues (Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup; Parc y Scarlets, Sat, May 15, 15:00 Premier Sports)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ioan Nicholas, 11 Johnny McNicholl; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Kieran Hardy; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Alex Jeffries, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Jac Morgan, 8 Ed Kennedy.
Reps: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Iestyn Rees, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Joe Roberts.

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Newtown hold on to beat Haverfordwest

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NEWTOWN secured seventh place in the JD Cymru Premier Play-off conference as they beat Haverfordwest County 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow.

The Robins had beaten the Bluebirds 6-1 at Latham Park a few weeks ago but it was much different this time around.

Newtown took the lead as early as the second minute as they won a corner which was sent into the box for Tyrone Ofori who flicked the ball in.

The Bluebirds battled for a way back into the game and came close when the ball was played over the top for Jack Wilson but it just ran away and the Newtown keeper Dave Jones was able to gather the ball.

On 17 minutes, the Bluebirds won a corner which Elliot Scotcher sent into the box and Danny Williams headed in to the far corner to make it 1-1.

Newtown were then given a free kick in a dangerous position which captain Craig Williams sent into the box. Kieran Mills-Evans chested the ball down at the back post and Bluebirds keeper Wojciech Gajda made a good save to push the ball away.

There was another chance for Newtown soon after as Tyrone Ofori saw his header pushed wide by Gajda.

From the resulting corner, Shane Sutton headed home to put Newtown back in front.

The Bluebirds then had a chance to get level but Dan Summerfield sent a rasping drive just over the bar.

With half an hour gone, Alaric Jones sent a ball into the box but Corey Shephard saw his header saved by Dave Jones.

Both sides battled away with Scotcher sending a drive over from the edge of the box.

However it remained 2-1 to the visitors as the half time whistle went.

Newtown had a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half as Williams sent a corner into the box but Mills-Evans headed just wide.

The Bluebirds looked to get back in the game but despite getting into some promising positions, they were unable to test the Newtown keeper.

With twenty minutes to go a Bluebirds throw was headed on to the back post. Danny Williams headed towards goal and thought it had gone over the line but Dave Jones made a fantastic save to keep Newtown ahead.

Sub Cameron Keetch then had a great chance to level for the home side but he headed wide.

As the game entered the final stages, rain became harder making things difficult for both sides. Newtown were still searching for a third and nearly had it when the ball was played in to Breese into the box but he shot wide.

The Bluebirds were also looking for a late equaliser but as time ran out they resorted to long balls which Newtown were able to deal with.

The visitors kept the ball in the corner late on but the Bluebirds were able to get the ball out as they looked for one last chance.

It never came and the visitors held on to secure seventh place in the table.

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Neyland through in Village Cup after beating Bronwydd

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NEYLAND made it through to the next round of the Village Cup as they beat Bronwydd by 98 runs on Sunday (May 9).

No cricket had been possible in Pembrokeshire on Saturday because of heavy and persistent rain but some great work meant that their cup game could go ahead.

Before the game got underway, a minutes silence was held in respect of former Bronwydd CC player Aled John, who recently passed away.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to field first which came as no surprise and they were able to restrict Neylad to a score of 160-9 in their 40 overs.

After losing Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton early on, to the bowling of Clive Tucker, Neyland were sitting on a score of 23-2.

However, a stand of 54 between Nick Koomen and Brad McDermott-Jenkins put the hosts in a good position.

Koomen had reached 38 with six fours but he was then bowled by Josh Rencken and wickets continued to fall.

Nathan Banner departed for a second ball duck when he was bowled by Matthew Bagshaw and the same bowler then did the same to Ross Hardy.

McDermott-Jenkins had hit six fours in his score of 40 but he then fell to the bowling of Rencken and Neyand had slipped to 99-6.

Andrew Millers (1), George Evans (11) and Lewis Page all fell to the bowling of James Dickson as Neyland were in danger of being bowled out.

It was left to brothers Sean and Patrick Hannon to steady the ship as they shared 29 runs for the final wicket.

Both finished on scores of 15 not out with Sean hitting a six while Patrick’s score came from only 14 balls.

It meant that Bronwydd would need 161 to progress to the next round.

They made a steady start to their reply but when Josh Rencken was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Nathan Banner on a score of 19, wickets began to tumble.

Jacob Jenkinson made a score of 15 but he was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Miller also picked up the wicket of Oliver Furneaux before Ross Hardy trapped James Dickson leg before to leave the visitors on 51-5.

Hardy then did the same to Carwyn Jones and he also bowled Iwan Davies as the game started slipping away for Bronwydd.

Miller then picked up his third to finish with figures of 3-11 from his eight overs while Hardy returned to pick up his fourth to finish with impressive figures of 4-5 from seven overs, five of which were maidens.

McDermott-Jenkins wrapped the game up with the wicket of Colin Tucker as the hosts secured an excellent win.

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