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Double centurions stun Whitland

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SAUNDERSFOOT openers Tom Mansbridge and Danny Caine both scored centuries as they set up a big win for their side over Whitland on Saturday (Aug 3).

Whitland won the toss but elected to field and they could only watch as Mansbridge and Caine piled on the runs in an opening stand worth 207 runs.

Caine was the first to reach his century as he hit sixteen fours and a six as his score of 102 came from 108 balls.

It was Geraint Jones who eventually made the breakthrough for Whitland as he bowled Caine.

Jones then also had Sam Franklin caught by Nathan Evans as the home side began to hit back.

Mansbridge then reached his century after hitting eleven fours and two sixes but he was then out on a score of 100, caught by Gethin Scourfield off the bowling of Jones.

Scourfield then bowled Jamie Hitchings for a fourth-ball duck, reducing Saundersfoot to 233-4.

Nick Cope hit a six and four in his score of 20 from 15 balls but he was then caught by James Thomas off the bowling of Scourfield.

The same bowler then had John Mansbridge caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 10.

Yannic Parker hit a six and a four in a late score of 18 from 12 balls as he and James Caine guided their side to an excellent total of 278-6.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well if they were to reach their target and openers Ed John and Adam Davies shared 50 runs for the first wicket.

Danny Caine picked up the first wicket as he had Davies caught by Taran Richards on a score of 27 that included five fours.

Soon after, Ed John, who had hit three fours and a six in his score of 23, was caught by Sam Franklin off the bowling of Caine to leave Whitland on 55-2.

Geraint Jones and Gethin Scourfield 46 runs for the third wicket but it was Caine who struck again to bowl Scourfield on a score of 17.

Jones had hit five fours and a six in his score of 32 from 20 balls but he was then caught by Tom Mansbridge off the bowling of Franklin.

Nathan Evans and Matthew Davies continued to keep Whitland in the game with another good stand worth 63 runs.

Evans hit two fours and two sixes as he scored 26 from 26 balls but he was caught by Mansbridge off the bowling of Neil Powling.

That left Whitland on 170-5 but they soon collapsed to 199 all out.

Nick Cope had Martin Thomas caught by John Mansbridge for a duck and he also trapped Jamie Thomas leg before.

Cope then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Jacob Owen.

Powling then had James Thomas caught by Tom Mansbridge and Rob Owen, on a score of 11, caught by Yannic Parker. It left Matthew Davies not out on a score of 45.

That gave Saundersfoot a 79-run victory and on Saturday (Aug 10) they will look for another win when they host Carew.

Whitland remain third from bottom in the table and on Saturday they travel to fourth from bottom St Ishmaels with both sides looking to secure their Division 1 status.

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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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