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Chandler and Holliday both hit tons

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Adam Chandler: 123 not out for star man (Pic Susan McKehon)

Adam Chandler: 123 not out for star man (Pic Susan McKehon)

THE PEMBROKESHIRE CRICKET season got underway on Sunday with Adam Chandler and Simon Holliday both hitting 123, although Chandler’s was not out as their respective clubs Cresselly and Haverfordwest recorded huge victories at the expense of St Ishmaels and Carew.

Cresselly batted first and received maximum points from their days work, largely thanks to Chandler’s unbeaten ton, which showed he will once more be a force to be reckoned with for the county’s bowlers this season. Iwan Izzard who blasted a big hitting 69, with Alex Bayley chipping in with 18, supported him.

For Tish the pick of the bowlers was Dean John who went for 2-82.

In reply Tish went for their shots and paid the price as they were all out for 185, with Mike Shaw (4-43) and Ryan Lewis (3-64) doing the damage with their spin. Danny Howells hit an unbeaten 59 and Brennan Devonald struck 45 alongside Danny Richard (34) but the rest of the visiting batsmen will be disappointed.

Carew travelled to Haverfordwest with a below par side with many first team regulars unavailable due to other commitments, and they were put to the sword by Simon Holliday (123) and Adam James (5-34).

There was also a piece of cricketing history during the game as Haverfordwest’s new signing Gareth Davies took a hat-trick with his first three balls for the club.

Despite signing Brad McDermott-Jenkins and Harry Thomas from Cresselly, Lawrenny still succumbed to an opening day defeat at home to Johnston as Chris Fitzpatrick’s struck 51 not out for the visitors, supported by Steve Mills 35 and Lee Summons 33. Harry Thomas took 2-55 and Jenkins 3-36 for Lawrenny, and Jenkins was also in good form with the bat as he struck 48 but it wasn’t enough for the hosts.

Narberth routed Llanrhian thanks to a stunning partnership from Kyle Quartermaine (51 not out) and Richie Adams (92 not out). Earlier Ben Hughes had claimed 5-21 as Llanrhian were skittled for 158 despite the best efforts of Geraint Morris (34) and Matthew Bennett (33), but Narberth were simply too good as they past the target set with ease for the loss of just one wicket.

Neyland will be hoping to challenge on all fronts again this season and they got off to a flier with a comfortable win against a poor Whitland side that offered very little. Dylan Blain (60) scored two thirds of his sides runs as the visitors were dismissed for 98 thanks to 5-39 from Nathan Banner and a miserly 4-11 spell by Andrew Miller.

Nick Koomen hit a faultless 60 not out for the All Whites as Wayne Howells caused some damage for Whitland with a spell of 3-23.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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