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Saundersfoot see off Town

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SAUNDERSFOOT eased their relegation fears on Saturday (Jul 20) as they beat Haverfordwest by 93 runs.

Town won the toss and elected to field but they saw Saundersfoot make a good score of 218-7 in their innings.

Tom Mansbridge and Danny Caine got their side off to a good start, sharing 44 runs for the first wicket.

Caine was out for a score of 19 as he was bowled by Lee Summons.

Mansbridge and Sam Franklin then shared 61 runs for the second wicket as they moved into three figures.

Franklin played a supporting role as he was out for a score of 15 when he was bowled by Simon Holliday.

Mansbridge had reached his half century but he then saw new batsman Nick Cope head back to the pavilion when he was bowled by Clive Tucker.

Tucker then had John Mansbridge caught by Mike Jones as Saundersfoot were reduced to 122-4.

Mansbridge hit eight fours and two sixes as he made his way to a score of 79 but he was then bowled by Simon Holliday.

Yannic Parker and Simon Stanford then shared 34 runs for the fifth wicket. Stanford hit three fours as he scored 26 but he was then caught by Simon Holliday off the bowling of Archie Thomas.

Parker made his way to a score of 25 before he was bowled by Thomas.

Steven Cook finished unbeaten on 18 while Saundersfoot’s score was also helped along by 23 extras.

Town knew they would need to bat well if they were to reach their target and openers Simon Holliday and Nikhil Mathias shared 34 runs for the first wicket.

Mathias was out for a score of 10 when he was trapped leg before by Danny Caine. Lee Summons only faced seven balls before he fell in similar fashion to the same bowler.

Holliday and Danny Potter shared 39 runs for the third wicket but Caine struck again as he bowled Potter on a score of 23.

Nick Cope then bowled Ben Field for a fourth-ball duck as Town were reduced to 82-4.

That became 88-5 as Saundersfoot got the wicket they were looking for of Holliday. He had hit four fours and two sixes in his score of 40 but he was then caught by Steven Cook off the bowling of Caine who claimed his fourth wicket.

Saundersfoot didn’t stop there as Neil Powling ran out Jack Scriven.

Cope bowled Chris Phillips and Sam Franklin then had Archie Thomas caught by Tom Mansbridge.

Cope also bowled Ashley James and he then took the catch to dismiss Mike Jones on a score of 24 to give Franklin his second wicket.

That saw Town bowled out on 125, giving Saundersfoot an excellent victory.

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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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