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Borderettes a step above Pontyclun

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Whitland 30
Pontyclun 7

Nat Walsh: Drives over assisted by Lowri Morgan (Pic. Riley Sports).

Nat Walsh: Drives over assisted by Lowri Morgan (Pic. Riley Sports).

THE BORDERETTES’ good run of form continued with a convincing win over Pontyclun on Sunday (Nov 23) securing a bonus point win on the way. Whitland started the game with a bang and their fi rst attack which was 25 to 30 phases long ending with player of the match Natalie Walsh crashing through three defenders to score out wide for probably the best team try of the season.

Shortly after Baca Norris was on the score sheet converting a long range penalty after Pontyclun had infringed at the ruck. Ponty were next to score , a good scrum ball was moved right to Welsh 7s star Raffi ki Taylor who bamboozled the Whitland defence and sprinted away to score under the posts, she also added the extras. Whitland re organised their defence and nullifi ed any further threat from the speedster.

The Borderettes added two further scores before the break both very similar efforts, Alice James normally the provider powered over from short range after some great driving play from Sara Davies and the rest of her hard working pack and Natalie Walsh crossed wide out benefi tting from a sublime offl oad from No8 Angharad Williams.

The Borderettes could have scored another brace before half time, Mari Griffi ths came close twice having side stepped her way through the Ponty defence but on both occasions she was cut down inches from the try line. Pontyclun strengthened their team in the second half by introducing Irish International scrum half Larissa Muldoon and the vastly experienced No8 Siwian Lillycrap both on loan from Skewen. This seemed to galvanise the Pontyclun team and for thirty minutes they attacked Whitland.

The Borderettes defence held fi rm repelling attack after attack and with 10 minutes to go the green and whites broke up fi eld. From a scrum in the Pontyclun 22 some good driving play got them to the try line, Lowri Morgan driven by Walsh got within inches of the line and from the ruck the ever alert Williams picked up and dotted down. From the kick off the Borderettes went straight onto the attack and with the ref shouting fi nal play, Alice James popped off a pass to Walsh who side stepped full back Taylor and scored her third under the posts. Norris added the extras and the referee blew the fi nal whistle to end a highly entertaining encounter.

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Division 2: Burton move up to third after beating Hook

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BURTON moved up to third place in the Division 2 table as they beat Hook by six wickets on Saturday (Jun 12).

Hook won the toss and elected to bat first and went on to make 183-8 from their 45 overs.

Owen Phelps top scored for Hook with 44 runs and Craig Nutty added 43 to the total.

Seth Willington also batted well for his score of 32 as they set Burton 184 to win the game.

Morgan Scale was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets for the loss of 6 runs.

Luke Hayman picked up 3-39 from his spell while George Williams finished with figures of 1-12.

In reply, Callum James finished with figures of 2-36 for Hook but it wasn’t enough to stop Burton on their way to victory.

Scale added to his earlier wickets with a score of 22 and Jake Davies added 34.

It was Jon Venables though who scored a century to all but seal the win for the home side.

He finished on a score of 109 as Burton went on to secure the victory.

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Junior cricket round up

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LLECHRYD under 11s played host to a travelling Haverfordwest team recently in the Pembroke County Junior League.

The opening Haverfordwest pair of Robbie Sterling and Harri Atyeo did very well against the quick bowling of Flo Cartwright and accuracy of Alex James. With a boundary for each and some good running between the wickets.

Oscar Patrick, was keeping wicket for Llechryd for the first time showed great skill behind the stumps and looks like a natural.

Olly Hicks and Megan Bateman were the next pair out. Some sharp fielding from Llechryds Charlie Pardoe was needed to keep the runs down. Dewi Morris also managing a maiden in his only over before taking over the gloves at the halfway stage of the innings.

Imogen Hicks and Osian Mills were now at the crease. After a few tight overs Isobel Dunkeld was on to bowl the 12th. Mills took a liking to this, launching a massive 6 over square leg. Dunkeld held her composure and followed up with a great wicket.

The final pairing, Ed Raymond and Deri Field knew they needed to add vital runs. Field showing bravery returning to bat after a nasty knock. Cerith Gill and Callum Pardoe bowled in tandem to do their best to keep the score down. Haverfordwest finished the innings on a respectable 257.

Llechryd decided to open the batting with Cerith and Oscar. Haverfordwest showed their intent, taking 2 wickets in the first 3 ball with one being a run out after some sharp fielding. Cerith responded with a classy cover drive for 4.

Next in was Alex and Callum. There was no end to the action with wickets falling and the ball sailing over the boundary.

The duo of Charlie and Dewi marched in to bat and the action didn’t let up for a minute. With quick running and boundaries momentarily interrupted with a stunning catch in the deep from Haverfordwest’s Harri Atyeo.

It was still all to play for when Flo and Isobel came to bat as the final pairing. Some classic cricket shots by the batsmen and cracking fielding highlighted the skills on display from both sides.

The Llechryd innings came to a close on 274.

Lamphey v Cresselly Under 11’s

There was another fantastic match in Lamphey as they welcomed Cresselly. Cresselly batted first scoring a strong total of 283 from their allocated 16 overs.

Lamphey started well with openers Elliot Midgley and Iori Evans scoring well off the first four overs.

The next pair Cory Shelmerdine and Morgan Price Richards running very well between the wickets; but in the end Cresselly’s bowling was slightly too strong.

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Narberth prove too strong for Llechryd

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NARBERTH proved too strong for Llechryd on Saturday (Jun 12) as they earned victory by 137 runs.

Llechryd won the toss and chose to field first but saw Narberth amass an excellent total of 282-8 from their 45 overs.

Jamie McCormack was the mainstay of the innings as he scored 96 but was unlucky to miss out on a century.

Richie Adams also batted well for his score of 66 while Loui Davies made 42.

Ben Hughes added 25 and Jordan Howell scored 21 as Narberth set their opponents a daunting target.

Johnnie Lewis was the pick of the bowlers for Llechryd as he finished with figures of 5-45.

In reply, John Curran scored 53 for the visitors while David Dunfee scored 34.

Dafydd Davies finished unbeaten on 22 but it was not enough to prevent defeat for the Division 1 newcomers.

Loui Davies added to his earlier runs with figures of 3-21 and Hughes also claimed two wickets.

Dave Johns finished with figures of 3-0 and Ben Quartermaine finished with 2-26.

That saw Llechryd bowled out for 145 as they remain bottom of the table.

They did at least pick up seven points for their efforts while Narberth claimed 20 points to move up to fifth place in the table.

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