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Neyland crowned champions

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NEYLAND successfully retained their Division 1 crown on Saturday (Aug 10) as their game with Lawrenny ended in a draw.

Going into the game, Lawrenny knew they would need to win if they were to keep their title hopes alive but Neyland were also keen to pick up the win.

Neyland batted first and made a good total of 242-5 from their 45 overs.

They made a steady start with Patrick Bellerby and Nick Koomen sharing 56 runs for the first wicket.

Koomen scored 20 but he was then caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Ryan Morton.

Soon after, Bellerby, who had made his way to a score of 32, was caught by Harry Thomas off the bowling of Morton.

Ashley Sutton cracked a six in his score of 12 but then saw himself caught by James Buckle as Morton picked up his third wicket.

When George Evans was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Rob Williams, Neyland had slipped to 110-4.

Ross Hardy and Henry Durrant then swung the game in Neyland’s favour as they shared a fifth wicket stand worth 114 runs.

Durrant hit two fours and a six in his score of 38 before he was bowled by Morton who finished with excellent figures of 4-32 from his nine overs.

Hardy was on a score of 89 when Durrant departed and he went on to complete his century, hitting eight fours and eight sixes in his score of 102 not out.

Lawrenny were also guilty of giving away 31 runs in extras as Lawrenny’s target for victory was 243.

Lawrenny were struggling early on in their reply as they lost Harry Thomas when he was caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

They also lost James Phillips when he was caught by Nick Koomen off the bowling of Nathan Banner as the hosts were reduced to 8-2.

James Buckle and Steve Lewis shared 60 runs for the third wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

Andrew Miller then struck as he had Buckle caught by Geraint Rees.

Lewis then reached his half century but, having hit five fours and two sixes in his score of 52, he was then caught by Hardy off the bowling of Rees.

Rees then had Brad McDermott-Jenkins caught by Patrick Hannon and James Skeels caught by Patrick Bellerby as Lawrenny were reduced to 87-6.

Joe Kidney hit a four and a six in his score of 13 but he was then caught by Bellerby off the bowling of Rees who also finished with figures of 4-32 from his seven overs.

Andrew Miller then had Ryan Morton caught by Bellerby as the visitors continued to take wickets in search of victory.

Tom Cole hit three fours and a six in his score of 28 but when he was bowled by Ross Hardy, Lawrenny were staring at defeat on 140-9.

Rob Williams and Jamie Lewis ensured that the game would finish in a draw however, with the former hitting a four and a six in his score of 23 not out.

That saw the hosts finish on 173-9 but the 29 points that Neyland picked up meant they were crowned Division 1 champions again.

They have had a fantastic season, winning thirteen of their sixteen games so far and losing only once.

They now have two games to finish the season starting on Saturday (Aug 17), at home to Haverfordwest and on Saturday, August 24, they travel to Whitland.

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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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