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Hawkins hat-trick gives Tigers win

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Johnston 4
St Clears 1

Saints scorer Dan Ramsey: Challenged for the ball by a Johnston player.

Saints scorer Dan Ramsey:
Challenged for the ball by a Johnston player.

ADAM HAWKINS scored a hat trick as Johnston ran out 4-1 winners against St Clears on Saturday. The Saints were unable to field a full strength side at the start of the game as their keeper James Dickson turned up late for the game. Neil Thomson deputised in goal for the Saints but by the time Dickson turned up with 20 minutes of the game gone they were already 1-0 down.

Johnston had the better of the early stages against the ten men and could have gone ahead in the third minute but Thomson pulled off a brilliant save to deny Liam James. Despite being a man down the Saints had a couple of chances as Steve Thomas saw his shot pushed away before a Simon Bancroft cross just evaded the Saints players in the box. However the Tigers continued to dominate and they went ahead with seventeen minutes gone as skipper Luke Hayward played in Adam Hawkins whose low shot found the bottom corner of the net.

The Saints were then boosted by the arrival of the keeper and the referee allowed the switch meaning they were back to full strength. Sean Seymour-Davies then set off on a mazy run into the Johnston half but he was brought down for a free kick in a dangerous position. Steve Thomas passed the ball to Bancroft but his shot hit the side netting. With seven minutes to go until half time the Tigers doubled their lead when Ryan Doyle lashed the ball into the top corner.

Shortly before half time the Saints got back into the game when another Seymour-Davies run set up Dan Ramsey who curled a shot into the bottom left hand corner. The Saints started the second half well as Scott Page’s effort flew just wide before Seymour- Davies went close with a free kick. The visitors then claimed for a penalty but referee Gareth Elliot waved away the appeals.

Johnston came back into the match and twenty minutes in their two-goal advantage was restored when Adam Hawkins tapped in after a shot was saved. The home side began to control the game and with five minutes left they added a fourth goal. Steve Mills was tripped in the area and referee Elliot pointed to the spot. Hawkins stepped up to take the penalty and although the keeper got a hand to it he could not keep the ball out.

The win for Johnston sees them close the gap to Goodwick in the table going into their game with Pennar Robins on Saturday. Johnston: Joel Codd, Chris Phillips, Steven Mills, Sion Price, Ben Phillips, James Skudder, Scott Murray, Luke Hayward, Adam Hawkins, Liam James, Ryan Doyle. Subs: Jack Mills, Gary James, Jamie Picton. St Clears: James Dickson, Neil Thomson, Aiden Rainbow, Ryan Maunsey, Scott Page, Sean Seymour-Davies, Ian Darbyshire, Ynyr James, Steve Thomas, Dan Ramsey, Simon Bancroft. Subs: Gareth Griffiths, Ben Hewens.

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Sutton steers Cresselly into second round

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CRESSELLY set up a Harrison Allen second round clash with Hundleton as they beat Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (May 12).

It was a clash between the 2019 winners (Haverfordwest) and the 2018 winners (Cresselly) with both harbouring hopes of again reaching the final.

Cresselly won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they restricted Town to 124-7 from their 22 overs.

Tom Murphy and Mike Shaw each picked up two wickets while Ryan Lewis and Tom Arthur also took a wicket each.

In reply, Cresselly lost Ryan Lewis and Iwan Izzard for single figure scores but Dan Sutton and Alex Bayley got the visitors going again.

Bayley hit five fours in a knock of 42 while Sutton top scored for his team, hitting nine fours in a score of 64.

That saw Cresselly over the line in the final over as they booked their place in the next round of the Bowl.

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Dock too good for Laugharne in Harrison Allen

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PEMBROKE DOCK booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday (May 12) as they beat Laugharne by 134 runs.

The Dock won the toss and elected to bat and that looked to be a good decision with openers Jake Davies and Jake Griffiths sharing 102 runs for the first wicket.

That partnership was eventually broken by Tyler Reynolds who had Griffiths caught by Andrew Edwards. Griffiths had thumped eight fours and three sixes in his knock of 66 from 44 balls.

Davies hit five fours in a score of 46 but he was then bowled by Shaun Lynch.

Lynch also bowled Scott Griffiths but a knock of 34 from George Smith kept the scoreboard ticking over before Billy Wood’s late flurry (1 four and 1 six) saw the Dock to a score of 189-5.

The home side knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but the Dock had other ideas as Laugharne opener Andrew Edwards was ran out early on.

Billy Wood and Nick Daley bowled well as they sent the stumps flying to leave Laugharne on 20-4.

It was soon 23-5 as George Smith bowled Carl Smith.

There were further wickets for Smith and Jamie Wright as the Dock’s victory drew ever closer.

A score of 26 from Simon Davies wasn’t enough for Laugharne as they finished all out on 55.

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Llangwm seal dramatic Harrison Allen win

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LLANGWM booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl as they beat Llechryd in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night (May 12).

In a low scoring game, Llechryd reached 104-9 in their 22 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Llangwm were steady in their reply but they needed five runs off the final two balls. The first of those saw Llangwm take three and they were able to run two on the last to win the game.

Llechryd started well with John Curran hitting a four and a six in a score of 19 before he was bowled by Chris Inward.

Johnny Lewis reached a score of 13 but that proved to be unlucky as he was caught by Phil Llewellyn off the bowling of Joe Phillips.

Phillips also had the wickets of David Dunfee and Adam Betts while Inward bowled both Graham Keen and John Lumb as all four batsmen returned with ducks to their name.

Joe Mansfield spared Llechryd’s blushes as he hit four boundaries in a knock of 38 as they set Llangwm 105 to win the game.

Llangwm were in trouble early on in their reply as David Dunfee bowled Phil Llewellyn for a second ball duck and Joe Kiff on a score of 4 to leave them reeling on 10-2.

However, a third-wicket stand of 84 between Steven Mills and Noah Davies set Llangwm on their way to victory.

Llechryd hit back though as Andrew Fletcher denied Mills his half century as he was caught by Jonny Lewis on a score of 49.

Fletcher then trapped Luke Brock leg before wicket with the next ball to reduce Llangwm to 94-4.

Davies had made a good score of 30 but he was bowled by Graham Keen as the visitors were left needing five runs to win with time running out.

On the penultimate ball Chris Inward ran three and on the last, Matthew Kiff ran the two runs needed to win Llangwm the game in a thrilling finish.

The result also represented another mini shock as Division 1 side Llechryd exited the competition at the hands of their Division 2 opponents.

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