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Neyland win again

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NEYLAND edged closer to sealing the Division 1 title on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Llangwm by nine wickets.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat and that proved to be a good decision as they bowled Llangwm out for just 120.

They had, however, made a good start as openers Will Beresford and Joseph Kiff put on 73 runs for the first wicket partnership.

Kiff hit nine fours in his knock of 41 but he was then caught by Ross Hardy off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

Beresford hit five fours and a six in his score of 33 but he was then caught by George Evans off the bowling of Tom Pritchard.

That left Llangwm on 87-2 but that soon became 91-4 as Andrew Miller trapped Gary Phillips leg before and Nick Koomen ran out Noah Davies.

Miller then struck again as he had Phil Llewellyn caught by Ross Hardy.

He also then caught and bowled James Venables and did the same to Ollie Davies moments later.

Hardy then bowled David Lewis before Miller had Thomas Carrington caught by Koomen.

That gave Miller his fifth wicket as he finished with excellent figures of 5-13 from his seven overs.

Hardy then brought the innings to a close as he had Joe Phillips caught by Sean Hannon.

Only Llangwm’s openers reached double figures while Neyland were guilty of giving away 17 runs in extras.

Neyland openers Nick Koomen and Patrick Bellerby made a similarly good start to their innings as they shared 74 runs before the first wicket fell.

Ollie Davies bowled Bellerby on a score of 28 but Llangwm were unable to take any further wickets.

Sutton smashed four fours and two sixes as he raced to a score of 30 not out while Koomen played another top knock to finish unbeaten on 64 (11 fours).

On Saturday (Aug 10), Neyland travel to second place Lawrenny with the leaders currently holding a 45-point lead over their nearest challengers.

Llangwm also face a crucial game in their bid to beat the drop as they face second from bottom Burton at Pill Parks.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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