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Neyland too good for Tish

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NEYLAND proved too strong for St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 13), as they earned a nine wicket win.

The league leaders won the toss and elected to field and they were able to restrict Tish to 155-9 in their 45 overs.

They lost three wickets early on as Daniel Richards was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Tom Pritchard on a score of 11.

Brennan Devonald hit a four and a six in his score of 14 but he was then caught by Ross Hardy off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Harry Nicholas scored 19 but he was then caught by Henry Durrant off the bowling of Hardy as Tish slipped to 45-3.

Phil Cockburn and Jack Nicholas then shared 39 runs for the fourth wicket but Miller struck again as he had Nicholas caught by Pritchard.

Cockburn and Andrew Williams then put on 56 runs for the fifth wicket in a good partnership.

That was brought to an end though as Williams was caught by Pritchard off the bowling of Geraint Rees on a score of 26.

That left Tish on 140-5 and their innings began to fade away as Mark Mathias was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Gary Lloyd.

Lloyd then had Andrew Pawlett caught by Ashley Sutton for a duck.

Cockburn had hit ten fours in his score of 68 but he was also stumped by Hannon off the bowling of Nick Koomen.

Lloyd claimed his third wicket as he bowled Jonathan Pawlett as Tish finished their innings on 155-9.

Neyland’s Nick Koomen and Patrick Bellerby got their reply off to a good start as they shared 54 runs for the first wicket.

Brennan Devonald bowled Bellerby on a score of 25 but that was as good as it got for the home side.

Koomen and Ashley Sutton shared a 102-run partnership to see their side over the line with twelve overs to spare.

Sutton hit seven fours and a six in his score of 56 while Koomen top scored on 68 having hit nine fours and a six.

On Saturday (Jul 20), Neyland host Carew while Tish 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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