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Burton hold on for a draw

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BURTON held on to earn a draw in their game with Whitland on Saturday (Jul 20).

Whitland batted first after Burton won the toss and they made a good total of 216-7 in their 45 overs.

Jack Bowen and Ed John got the visitors off to a good start as they shared 73 runs for the first wicket.

Bowen hit ten fours in his score of 49 but he was then bowled by John Scale.

John and Jonathan Thomas continued to add runs to the board with a second wicket stand of 87 runs.

Thomas hit five fours and a six as he scored 37 before he was caught by Scale off the bowling of James Davies.

That left Whitland on 160-2 but Burton began to hit back as Matthew Davies was caught by James Davies off the bowling of Morgan Scale.

John had hit ten fours and a six in his score of 69 but he was then caught by Jack Davies off the bowling of Luke Hayman.

Gethin Scourfield was then stumped by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of Matthew Webb and Jamie Thomas was also ran out.

That saw Whitland slip to 193-6 but they still continued to increase their score as Daniel Newton scored 12 before he was bowled by Luke Hayman.

Adam Davies also finished unbeaten on 12 while Whitland’s score was helped along by 18 extras from Burton.

Burton lost opener Toby Hayman early on in their reply as he was caught by Jamie Thomas off the bowling of Matthew Davies.

Jonathan Venables and Morgan Scale then shared 51 runs for the second wicket.

Venables hit six fours as he scored 38 but he was then trapped leg before by Greg Sleep.

Scale and Luke Hayman then shared another 25 runs but Scale was then caught by Davies off the bowling of Sleep on a score of 34 that included two fours and a six.

That saw Burton reduced to 91-3 and that soon became 105-4 when Joe John was bowled by Gethin Scourfield.

Luke Hayman had scored 26 but he was then run out by Scourfield as Whitland continued to take wickets.

Matthew Webb was then caught by Jamie Thomas off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas and the same bowler then had Matthew Davies caught by Rob Owen.

Jack Bowen then trapped Jack Davies leg before and he also bowled Iestyn Evans as Whitland went in search of victory.

James Davies finished not out on 10 as he helped his side to a total of 160-9 to earn a draw.

The result means Whitland are now 37 points above second from bottom Burton.

On Saturday (Jul 27), Whitland travel to Carew and Burton are away to Lawrenny.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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