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Pembrokeshire outgunned by Carmarthen



PEMBROKESHIRE produced an excellent team performance but on the day were outgunned by their counterparts from Carmarthenshire on Sunday (Jul 7).

Llechryd CC was the venue for this 30 over match, which saw Carwyn Jones emerge as the Carmarthenshire hero with an outstanding innings of 90 not out to win the day.

Pembrokeshire skipper Ifan Wyn-Jones won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch and very fast outfield. He opened the innings with Oscar Lewis and these two gave their team a flying start with an all action partnership of 60.

Lewis looked in fine form, striking five boundaries before a mix up saw him stranded mid-pitch and run out for 27. Pembrokeshire were dealt a double blow when they lost key run gatherer Rhys Phelps next over.

Wyn-Jones was joined by Oscar Willington, these two continuing the assault on the bowlers in a partnership of 44. With the total at 104, Wyn-Jones went for a superb 31 in his debut regional innings having hit four boundaries. Once again Pembrokeshire lost two quick wickets as Willington followed soon after, having looked well set with a classy 32 from only 25 balls including five boundaries.

William Harries (12) played a brief cameo before holing out, which left Delme Morris-Alleyne and Rhys Jones to take the innings to a close at 171 for 6.

These two batted well together in a partnership of 33, finishing undefeated on 18 and 11 respectively.

For Carmarthenshire the bowlers found it tough work in the conditions but spinners Jacob Williams (3 for 19) and Tomos Axford (2 for 29) led the way in keeping their team in the hunt alongside an excellent spell from Ruby Kirk.

In reply Carmarthenshire were soon in trouble at 5 for 2, with Willington (2 for 18) grabbing the wickets of the dangerous Axford and Cellan Allcock in his first over. This brought Steffan Bennett, grandson of Wales rugby legend Phil Bennett, and Jones to the crease.

A couple of early chances went begging for the bowlers but thereafter these two batted superbly in a partnership of 95. Bennett went for 31 including four boundaries and Matthew Mitchell (16) continued the support for Jones.

Jamie Keating (1 for 13) and Dylan James (1 for 16) along with a run out from Morris-Alleyne kept Pembrokeshire in the game, but Jones was not to be denied. He struck 10 boundaries and three sixes in his classy undefeated 90 to take his team to victory with three overs to spare.

Both teams produced a feast of high standard cricket for a large and appreciative crowd. All of the players deserve credit for their performances in what was a great advert for the game.

Pembrokeshire Squad: Ifan Wyn-Jones (c) (Llechryd), Oscar Lewis (Lawrenny), Rhys Phelps (Hook), Oscar Willington (Hook), William Harries (Hook), Delme Morris-Alleyne (Llechryd), Dylan James (Hook), Rhys Jones (Whitland), Jamie Keating (Kilgetty), Liam Morley-Trivett (Laugharne), Sam Lynch (Laugharne)


Bush qualifies for Paralympic games



PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup



LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland



LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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