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Lawrenny edge past Town

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LAWRENNY kept the pressure on leaders Neyland on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Haverfordwest by three wickets.

Town were put in to bat after Lawrenny won the toss but they were bowled out for 101.

They were on the back foot early on as Danny Potter was out for a second-ball duck when he was bowled by Rob Williams.

Jake Merry and Ben Field looked to get the home side going but they could only add 30 runs before Field, who hit two fours and a six in his score of 20, was caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Williams.

Jake Merry followed soon after as he was caught and bowled by Ryan Morton on a score of 13.

That left Town on 48-3 and that soon became 56-5 as Lee Summons was caught by Phillips off the bowling of Curtis Marsh and the same bowler then trapped Nikhil Mathias leg before for a second-ball duck.

Jack Scriven and Dai Davies added another 22 runs for the sixth wicket but Scriven was then run out by Morton.

Davies made his way to a score of 20 but he was then stumped by Phillips off the bowling of Harry Thomas.

Thomas then bowled Ashley James to leave Town struggling on 87-8.

Simon Holliday hit three fours as he made 17 but he was then bowled by Marsh.

Town’s inning then came to a close as Marsh had Clive Tucker caught by Phillips. That gave Marsh excellent figures of 4-13 from his 11.3 overs.

Needing 102 to win, Lawrenny lost opener Curtis Marsh when he was bowled by Ashley James for a golden duck.

Harry Thomas and James Phillips then shared 40 runs for the second wicket before Phillips was bowled by Dai Davies.

Thomas hit six fours in his score of 29 but he was then run out by Ben Field as Lawrenny slipped to 45-3.

Steve Lewis and Joe Kidney then shared another 24 runs as they continued to edge towards their target.

Lewis added ten runs to the total but he was then caught by Field off the bowling of Clive Tucker.

Kidney and James Skeels then added another 20 runs for the fifth wicket. Kidney had hit three fours and two sixes in his score of 25 but he was then caught by Ashley James off the bowling of Lee Summons.

Skeels then fell for a score of 11 before Buckle was bowled by Summons as Town had Lawrenny seven down with the score on 96.

Thomas Cole and Ryan Morton then held their nerve to see Lawrenny to victory inside 21 overs.

On Saturday (Aug 10), Lawrenny host Neyland in a top of the table clash as they look to keep their title hopes alive.

Haverfordwest will look to bounce back when they take on Cresselly.

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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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