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Hook beat Kilgetty to win Under 11s final

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THIS years final was between the top two sides from the North and South Zones. Both teams came through the group stage with a 100% record with Hook beating Llechryd in the Semi Final and  Kilgetty beating Neyland.

The Under 11s game is played in a pairs format and Hook won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The Hook team all bowled extremely well with very few loose deliveries  although the Kilgetty team made steady progress with every pair of batsmen accumulating runs with boundaries and excellent running between the wickets.

This was a team effort reflected in the batsmen scores of Kiaran 11, Jamie 14, Dylan 12, Olly 10, Logan 13, and Madoc 10.

For Hook Dylan 1-5, William 1-21 and Oscar 1-11 and an excellent throw with a direct hit took the vital wickets. Callum and Manny  fielded well for Hook to support their bowlers.

At the half way stage opinion was divided with Kilgetty pleased with an impressive score and Hook delighted to take 4 wickets and restrict the score as they did but aware of the task ahead.

The scores were level when you compared the situation after the first pair of batsmen with Dylan James from Hook scoring 17.

The next Hook pair included the impressive Oscar Willington who scored 24 with some fine boundaries with one six that cleared the spectators.

However, the equally impressive Jamie Keating, Captain struck twice for Kilgetty in that pairing to almost even things up at the half way point of the Hook Innings.

The other wicket taker for Kilgetty was Olly 1-13. The 3rd pair of William and Dylan Goodridge made steady progress to take  Hook to 268 with Arlo and Lewis fielding well for Kilgetty.

This brought Jack and Rhys Phelps to the crease. The pair advanced the score to 282 with two overs to go.

Some strong shots around the ground by Rhys (24) saw Kilgetty needing wickets from the last two overs.

The batsmen defended these well and chose their shots wisely to see Hook run out winners of an excellent game of cricket.

It was good to see a large supportive crowd who had enjoyed the evening of entertaining cricket.

In the presentation after the Match Martin Jones (Junior Organiser) congratulated both sides on reaching the Final with some Excellent play by both and Hook for their victory.

Both sides should be proud of their Junior sections. He thanked Hook for hosting the final  including Phil Griffiths, groundsman, and afterwards the Club laid on Burgers and other refreshments for the players which was well received.

He thanked Umpires Simon Richards & Robert Ridge Scorers Jon Willington and Becki Badham  who all contributed to the evenings entertainment.

Last and by no means least he thanked sponsors Colin & Angela John, Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants for their continued and valuable support of Junior Cricket in the County.

It was also great to see Paul Webb County Chairman and his wife Janice and Nick Evans President in attendance.

Nick presented the runners up Cup sponsored by the Cricket Shop and medals to Kilgetty and Paul the Winners Cup sponsored by Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered accountants to Hook.

Hook  Team: Joint Captains Oscar Willington & Rhys Phelps, William Harries, Dylan James, Callum Nutty, Jack Thomas, Dylan Goodridge and Manny Davies

Kilgetty Team: Captain Jamie Keating, Dylan Sine, Logan Hall, Kiaran Sine, Lewios Rossiter, Olly Badham, Arlo Jones and Madoc Evans. Missing on the evening, Euan Gottwaltz, Morgan Chinsammy and Evan Jones.

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Johnston earn first win

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JOHNSTON secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Carew seconds by 68 runs.

It brings an end to a long wait for Johnston who went nearly two seasons without victory.

On Saturday they batted first against Carew scoring a good total of 210-9 in their innings.

Gino Cleal top scored for Johnston with 76 runs and there was also a good knock of 44 from Steve James.

Josh Hicks also scored 19 runs as the visitors looked to set a challenging target for their hosts.

For Carew, Rob Hicks was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-22 while Rhys Canton also bowled well for his figures of 2-37.

In reply, Carew’s Yori Hicks scored 62 and Alex Wilkes added 28 but Johnston were not to be denied on this occasion.

Nick Davies was in fine form with the ball taking seven wickets fore the loss of 41 runs. Mark Hicks also took two wickets for Johnston.

They bowled Carew out for 142 and the win also lifts them off the bottom of the table.

Having sealed their first win of the season they will go again on Saturday (Aug 17), when they travel to second placed Narberth.

Carew seconds will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Cresselly Seconds.

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Athletic play Vikings in Joe Lennon final

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MILFORD Athletic will play Hakin United in the Joe Lennon Cup Final on Saturday (Aug 17) after both sides won their respective semi-finals.

Milford Athletic played on Monday (Aug 12) and they beat Herbrandston on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Hakin played their game on Tuesday (Aug 13) and they overcame Milford United, again by the method of penalties.

On Monday, Division 3 side Athletic took the lead in the first half when Gareth Quirk’s free kick went in despite the Herbie keeper managing to get a hand on the ball.

Keeper Owen Thomas then made a couple of good saves to keep Herbie in the game.

They finished the second half strongly and were rewarded when Marc Boswell’s free kick flew into the net to make it 1-1.

Both sides had further chances but neither could find a winner which meant penalties would be needed to separate the sides.

Athletic keeper Jonathan Pawlett saved McCauley Marshallsay’s spot kick before Callum English fired over to send the Athletic through.

For them, Quirk, Haydn Dimond, Liam Clarke and John Lydon were all on target from the spot.

Tuesday’s sem-final followed a similar story as Scott Reid opened the scoring for the Vikings with a fine strike, only for Milford United to level matters.

Lewys Tee’s goal brought them level at the break to make it 1-1 and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.

Reid came close when a cross was fumbled into his path by the United keeper but he poked the ball wide.

The Vikings also brought on Nicky Woodrow as they went in search of a winner but penalties would again be needed to separate the two sides.

With the score level at 3-3 in the shootout, Joel Codd sent his penalty wide for Milford leaving the hosts with a chance to go through.

Leon Luby kept his nerve to give the Vikings a 4-3 shootout win to send them to the final.

The final will take place on Saturday (Aug 17) at the Obs and kicks off at 2pm.

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Cresselly stun Town

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CRESSELLY’s Dan Sutton scored an unbeaten century to help his side to a ten-wicket win over Haverfordwest on Saturday (Aug 10).

Town batted first on winning the toss and made a good total of 208-2 from their 45 overs.

Simon Holliday and Danny Potter shared 43 runs for the first wicket before Potter was bowled by Ryan Lewis on a score of 23.

Holliday and Dai Davies shared another 99 runs for the second wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Davies hit five fours and a six in his score of 47 but he was then caught by Mike Venables off the bowling of Tom Arthur.

Holliday and Ben Field then shared another 66 runs to take Town to their total.

Field finished unbeaten on 38 having hit two fours and a six while Holliday hit five fours and five sixes as he finished not out on 94.

Dan Sutton and Phil Williams began Cresselly’s reply and they were untroubled by Town’s bowling attack.

Williams hit eight fours as he finished unbeaten on 65 but Sutton was the star of the show.

He smashed fifteen fours and five sixes to finish not out on 135 from 122 balls to help Cresselly to their target with time to spare.

The win for Cresselly sees them close the gap to third place Carew to 11 points with the two sides set to play each other on Saturday (Aug 17).

Town will look to bounce back but they face a tough test against newly-crowned Champions Neyland.

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