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Davies helps Town see off Llangwm

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HAVERFORDWEST’s Dai Davies was just five runs short of a century as he helped his side to victory over Llangwm on Saturday.

In a high-scoring game, Llangwm posted 210-6 as five of their batsmen made scores of 30 or more.

After winning the toss, openers Will Beresford and Joe Kiff got Llangwm off to a good start with a first wicket stand worth 44 runs.

Kiff hit six fours in his score of 30 but he was then caught by George Thomas off the bowling of Archie Thomas.

Beresford and Gary Phillips then shared the best stand of the match as they put on 72 runs for the second wicket.

Phillips hit three fours and two sixes in his score of 40 but he was then trapped leg before by Simon Holliday.

Matthew Kiff did not last long in the middle as he was caught by Mike Jones off the bowling of Clive Tucker after facing nine balls.

Town began to hit back as Tucker then had Beresford caught by Archie Thomas on a score of 42 that included seven fours.

Holliday then bowled Richard Brock for a golden duck and when James Venables was caught by George Thomas off the bowling of Holliday, Llangwm had slipped to 138-6.

Noah and Ollie Davies then shared another 72 runs to see the home side to their total.

Ollie hit three fours and two sixes as his score of 41 came from 26 balls while Noah hit four fours in his knock of 32.

That set Town 211 to win but they lost opener Nikhil Mathias early on when he was caught by Gary James off the bowling of Matthew Kiff.

Simon Holliday, fresh from his Harrison Allen semi-final ton, and Dai Davies then shared 93 runs for the second wicket.

Holliday continued where he had left off as he hit six fours and four sixes in his score of 68 but he was then trapped leg before by Jo Phillips.

Phillips then also bowled Lee Summons as Town were reduced to 111-3.

Davies and Ben Field shared 65 runs for the fourth wicket as Town edged closer to their target. Field made a score of 21 before he was bowled by Ollie Davies.

Adam James hit a four and a six in his score of 12 from the eight balls he faced but his wicket, caught off the bowling of Ollie Davies, left Town on 196-5 with four overs left.

Davies continued though and after he hit ten fours and three sixes in his score of 95, a series of extras gave Town victory.

On Saturday (July 20), Haverfordwest are at home to Saundersfoot while Llangwm travel to Lawrenny.

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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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