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Dock fall short in mammoth chase

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PEMBROKE DOCK fell just short chasing 301 on Saturday (Jul 13) as their game with Johnston finished in a draw.

Johnston batted first and racked up an outstanding score of 300-9, the highest of any side in the five Divisions.

Things did not start well for Johnston however, as openers Stephen James and Gino Cleal departed early as they were reduced to 25-2.

That became 74-4 as Liam James and Nicholas Davies deaprted cheaply also.

Josh Hicks and Liam Boswell then shared a good fifth wicket stand worth 81 runs as Johnston began to cut loose.

Boswell hit nine fours in his score of 48 but he was then stumped by Scott Griffiths off the bowling of Jake Griffiths.

John Summons and Curtis Hicks were then run out for single figure scores as the Dock hit back.

Hicks and Keegan Codd then shared another good stand before Codd was out on a score of 27 when he was bowled by Nick Daley.

Hicks hit fifteen fours and ten sixes in his superb knock of 157. He was eventually bowled by Niall Brunton but the damage was done as the Dock were set 301 to win the game.

The Dock knew they would need to make a good start if they were to chase that down but they lost Luke Murray early to the bowling of Keegan Codd and Jake Griffiths to the bowling of Liam James on a score of 24.

Nick Daley was also stumped off the bowling of James as they slipped to 44-3.

Scott Griffiths and Archie Wood then shared 57 runs for the fourth wicket but Curtis Hicks struck to have Wood caught by Liam Boswell on a score of 38.

Peter Kingdom was also out to Hicks before Griffiths and Craig Butland shared 82 runs for the sixth wicket.

Butland made a score of 30 and although he was out to the bowling of Liam James, Griffiths carried on to reach his century.

Nicholas Davies ran out Tom Grimwood and had Jamie White as the Dock began to run out of time.

Griffiths hit 25 fours as he finished not out on 126 but it wasn’t enough to see the Dock to victory.

They finished short on 278-8 as both sides settled for an entertaining draw.

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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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