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New archive celebrates sporting heroes

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people collection walesFOLLOWING a summer of triumphs for Welsh sports people, sports fans in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to follow the flames of their heroes through a new online archive that celebrates the triumphs of Welsh sporting heroes old and new. People’s Collection Wales – an online archive celebrating the history of Wales – is calling on sports fans across the country to log on to its ‘Following the Flame’ project to watch and read the trials and tribulations of some of Wales’s most prominent sports stars.

Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones and athlete Aled Sion Davies are the most recent sporting heroes to have their exploits preserved online as part of the project. Discus and shot putter Aled Sion Davies and gymnast Frankie Jones became household names this summer following their sporting successes at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow respectively.

The gold medallists, both 23, have shared their stories for Following the Flame, which celebrates the achievements of Welsh stars from the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Their stories, along with 45 others from the Following the Flame project that have already been uploaded to People’s Collection Wales, have joined hundreds of items from as far back as the early twentieth century.

In their own words, sports people, coaches and administrators and their families have shared stories that highlight the very personal highs and lows of a career competing in the limelight. Stars who have already shared their stories online include household names like Cardiff-born wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson who over her career won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, and held over 30 world records; and long jumper Lynn ‘the Leap’ Davies from Nantymoel in Bridgend who won an Olympic gold medal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Phil Cope, who is the project coordinator for Following the Flame, said: “It’s absolutely essential that we continue to record and preserve the stories of our champions as part of Following the Flame so that we can inspire a new generation of competitors and coaches. “I am so pleased to be able to unveil Aled and Frankie as our latest contributors and I’d like to thank all of the people who have shared their very personal stories with the online collection.”

Rheinallt Ffoster-Jones of People’s Collection Wales said: “The Welsh public has a strong appetite for sport and having the Following the Flame collection preserved on People’s Collection Wales has made the website even richer. I’d like to encourage others with memories relating to Welsh sporting greats to share their stories, photos and videos with us.” People’s Collection Wales brings together the national collections of the three partner organisations (National Library of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments), and also items from local and regional museums, archives and libraries, and community groups and individuals.

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Whitland move out of bottom two after beating Saundersfoot

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WHITLAND moved out of the bottom two on Saturday (Jul 24) as they beat Saundersfoot by eight runs.

Saundersfoot won the toss but asked Whitland to bat first and they were able to reach 196 before being bowled out.

Geraint Jones was unlucky to miss out on a century as he fell on a score of 99.

He and Jonathan Thomas had rescued Whitland from a score of 18-3 with Sam Franklin claiming the first of his five wickets.

Thomas was out on a score of 26 to the bowling of John Mansbridge before Jones left the score on 159-5.

Scott Newton made a late score of 31 with three fours and two sixes but Saundersfoot hit back well to bowl Whitland out.

Saundersfoot struggled early on in their reply and soon found themselves on 48-5.

Geraint Jones (2), Wayne Howells (2) and Scott Newton (1) did the damage early on to give Whitland a great chance of victory.

Saundersfoot hit back again though as Sam Franklin and Simon Stanford shared 63 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken by Jonathan Thomas who had Stanford caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 32.

More wickets fell and when Franklin fell to Newton on a score of 53 Saundersfoot’s hopes of victory began to fade.

There were late scores of 17 from Jack Franklin and an unbeaten 17 from Tudor Hurle but it wasn’t enough to send their side to victory.

Jones, Newton, Thomas and Howells all picked up two wickets for Whitland while Conor Bowen and Kevin Pearce claimed the other two as all of their bowlers picked up wickets.

It was just a third win of the season for Whitland who will look to push on as they try to avoid the drop to Division 2.

On Saturday, July 31, Whitland are away to bottom side Llechryd while Saundersfoot travel to Neyland.

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Town bowl Tish out to earn victory

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HAVERFORDWEST bowled out St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 24) to earn victory by 27 runs.

Tish had earlier won the toss and chose to field and they were also able to bowl Town out for 198.

However, they could not reach their target as they were bowled out for 171.

The defeat sees Tish slip back into the relegation places while Haverfordwest pulled themselves away from the bottom two after picking up 19 points.

Town had been in trouble on 57-4 and then 88-5 but Ben Field’s score of 78 helped Town towards 200 runs.

Field’s score included seven fours and three sixes but he was eventually removed by Lewis Rhead who had him caught by Jonathan Pawlett.

Dai Davies’ score of 20 and Jack Scriven’s late score of 36 helped Town to their total.

Rhead finished with figures of 3-24 for Tish while Andrew Palmer also bowled well for figures of 2-21.

Andrew Williams also took two wickets for Tish.

In reply, Tish lost two early wickets to slip to 21-2 as Ashley James picked up the two wickets.

Ieuan Hawkins scored 31 before he fell to Johnnie White and he then also removed Phil Cockburn on a score of 26.

Daniel Richards and Peter Bradshaw then shared 50 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

However, Richards was then caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Archie Thomas on a score of 57 that had included ten fours.

Further wickets fell and when Bradshaw fell for a score of 14, Tish had slipped to 150-8.

Andrew Pawlett gave Tish late hope with a four and a six in a quick fire score of 16 from 11 balls but he fell to Johnnie White.

Archie Thomas claimed his fourth and the last wicket of the day to seal the win for Town.

Thomas finished with figures of 4-30 while White had 3-36 and James finished with 3-31 in what was a good display from Town’s bowlers.

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Neyland seal seven-wicket win over Carew

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NEYLAND’S Nathan Banner finished unbeaten to help his side to victory over Carew on Saturday (July 24).

Neyland won the toss and chose to field and they were able to keep Carew to 171-9 from their 45 overs.

Hayden Shapcott top scored for the home side with 45 while Brian Hall added 31.

James Hinchcliffe added 32 but that was as good as it got for Carew as Andrew Miller picked up three wickets for Neyland.

His three wickets came at the expense of 34 runs while Ross Hardy also claimed two wickets for figures of 2-34.

Jack Jones also bowled well as he finished with two wickets for the loss of 20 runs.

In reply, Neyland lost Gregg Miller early on when he was caught and bowled by Shaun Whitfield.

Ashley Sutton made a score of 20 before being bowled by Sam Harts (1-28) as Carew did their best to derail Neyland’s chase.

Koomen and Nathan Banner then shared 84 runs for the third wicket with Koomen reaching his half century.

Koomen hit six fours in a score of 54 but he was then trapped leg before by Ceri Brace.

Banner and Ross Hardy were unfazed though as they took Neyland to their target.

Hardy hit six fours in a score of 37 unbeaten from 28 balls. Banner hit five fours in a score of 56 not out to see Neyland to victory.

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