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Carew/Saundersfoot regain Ormond Youth Cup

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THE combined team of Carew and Saundersfoot regained the Ormond Youth Cup on Sunday (Aug 4) as they beat Whitland in the final.

The game was played at Carew and there was a good crowd in attendance to see some excellent cricket.

Whitland batted first and openers Gethin Scourfield and Harry Jones got their side off to a steady start.

However, having scored 13, Scourfield found the hands of Tom Mansbridge to give Carl Thomas his first wicket.

Aryan Kawale then struck as he had Jones caught by Morgan Grieve on a score of 19.

Rhys Richards also claimed the wicket of Jamie Thomas, caught by namesake Carl, as Whitland’s momentum stalled.

A knock of 39 from Jacob Owen kept Whitland going but he saw a number of his partners depart for single figure scores.

Richards bowled Harry Fuller on a score of 9 before Mansbridge claimed the wickets of Trystan Rees and Luc Owen.

Thomas also claimed the wickets of Dafydd Jones and Ollie Bujega as Whitland stuggled to reach a century of runs.

Owen’s excellent knock was brought to an end when he was stumped by Grieve off the bowling of Thomas who finished with figures of 4-20.

Chasing down 101 in their first innings, Carew and Saundersfoot got their innings off to a good start with Tom Mansbridge and Morgan Grieve both making scores of 29.

Mansbridge fell when he was caught and bowled by Jacob Owen and Grieve found the hands of Harry Jones to give Luc Owen his first wicket.

Rhys Grigg and Carl Thomas continued to put runs on the board as they set about giving their side a first innings lead.

Thomas was run out on a score of 20 before Rhys Grigg, who fell two runs short of a half century, was stumped by Sam Davies off the bowling of Gethin Scourfield.

That saw Carew and Saundersfoot to their total of 147-4, giving them a lead on 46 at the halfway stage.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well if they were to erase that lead and build a good total for them to defend.

They could not, however, resist the bowling of Rhys Grigg who first had Gethin Scourfield caught by Aryan Kawale and he then had Harry Fuller caught by Elliot Waters.

He claimed his third wicket as Jamie Thomas was caught by Tom Mansbridge for a duck.

Carl Thomas then trapped Jacob Owen leg before and Aryan Kawale had Harry Jones caught by Grigg.

Rhys Richars bowled Trystan Rees before Dafydd Jones did his best to up Carew and Saundersfoot’s target.

He made his way to a score of 18 but he was then trapped leg before by Thomas.

Grigg and Thomas finished with excellent figures of 3-13 and 2-13 respectively as Whitland could only reach 72-7 in their second innings.

It meant that Carew and Saundersfoot would need just 27 to win the game.

Gethin Scourfield bowled Morgan Grieve early on and Carl Thomas was caught and bowled by namesake Jamie.

That was as good as it got for Whitland though as Tom Mansbridge and Aryan Kawale comfortably saw their side to victory.

It was an excellent win for Carew and Saundersfoot who won the Ormond Youth Cup for the second time in three years.

Rhys Grigg was named man of the match.

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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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