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Dyfed win again

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On your marks: Athletes line up for the relay races

On your marks: Athletes line up for the relay races

DYFED won the overall team title once again, for the 25th time since 1989. 

Cardiff and Vale schools are the only other district to have won the Charlie Hughes Trophy in that period. They beat Dyfed into second place in 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2014.

Every single one of the 80 athletes selected competed for Dyfed at Cardiff and this year, the Dyfed team was up against a very strong Cardiff and Vale team, a home match for them, Afan Nedd Tawe and five other Welsh school districts

This year, Dyfed schools were not expected to win as Afan Nedd Tawe (Swansea and Neath/Port Talbot) were the favourites, closely followed by a very strong Cardiff and Vale schools team. Both these school districts have a concentrated population and excellent training and competition facilities.

Dyfed were throughout the day slightly ahead of the Afan Nedd Tawe and Cardiff and Vale teams.

Before the relays at the end of a seven hour competition , Dyfed were only five points ahead of Afan Nedd Tawe, but excellent relay results (one second and five third places) enabled Dyfed to win by 18 points.

Dyfed also won the senior girls trophy and were joint first with Afan Nedd Tawe in the junior boys events. In the senior boys age group and the middle girls section, Dyfed were second. They were third in the middle boys section. The junior girls finished fourth out of the eight districts competing at Cardiff.

At Cardiff, the overall team trophy was presented to the two Dyfed schools captains, Sam Bleach, Emlyn, and Carys Jones, Bro Dinefwr.

At Cardiff Dyfed school athletes won a total of 74 medals (20 gold, 15 silver and 39 bronze)

Lucy Davies Dyffryn Taf broke the Welsh record in the under 17 1500m steeplechase event and as a result she was awarded Kirsty Wade cup for the best track performance of the day and the Colin Jackson Cup for the hurdles best performance in the 2016 Welsh Schools Championships.

Carmarthen Harriers part of the successful team in 2016: Iwan Glynn (800m) Tomos Rees (1500m) Iestyn Williams (1500m) Ben Thomas (1500mS/C) Thomas Jones (1500mS/C) Joe Worrall (SP&DT) Nicholas Jones (HT) Josh Thomas (JT) Dwayne Griffiths (200m&400m) Ryan Jenkins (3000m&110mH) Aled Phillips (2000mW&400mH) Sam Bleach (DT,HT&JT) Siwan Jones- Evans (300m) Lili Church (HJ) Alicia Samuel (100m) Celyn Williams (300m) Non Morgan (1500m) Danielle Jones (SP&DT) Amy Evans (JT) Carys Jones (PV)

Hedydd Davies, the Dyfed schools Secretary and Senior Team Manager for the last 20 years, thanked all the Dyfed school athletes who made the effort to compete for the district in Cardiff.

Their efforts upheld the fine tradition of Dyfed in these championships and the success of Dyfed schools once again was due to the commitment and efforts of all the members of the team. Several members on the day volunteered at short notice to fill in gaps in the team

Many Dyfed school athletes have been chosen to compete for the Welsh schools team in the schools international match in Ashford, Kent next Saturday (Jul 16).

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth

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HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish

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CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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