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Wynne’s winning ways

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Monday’s Team Prize: Bob Forrest (first Monday), Martin Davies (second Sunday), Wynne Richards (overall champion) and Paul Marsden

Monday’s Team Prize: Bob Forrest (first Monday), Martin Davies (second Sunday), Wynne Richards (overall champion) and Paul Marsden

FOR their 2016 annual away overnighter, 25 members of the Kilgetty Golf Society ventured east into England to the Hilton Puckrup Hall Golf Club and Hotel complex at Tewkesbury on October 9-10.

They were blessed with excellent weather, a great course, friendly and top class hospitality and accommodation and excellent food; suffice it to say that a good time was had by all.

On day one, all arrived in good time for coffee and bacon rolls (though Steve Jones cut it fine, uncharitably blaming his passenger John James for their nearly being late); the sun shone, and fast, true greens and dry fairways on which the ball ran and ran were enjoyed by all.

Bob Forrest topped the bill with a two under par 38 Stableford points, remarkably including a pair of blobs; his efforts helped his playing partners Paul Marsden, Martin Davies and Wynne Richards bag the day’s team prize.

At the other end of things, a usually ‘safe’ score of 25 points was insufficient for Jan Whiting to avoid the Sunday wooden spoon. Darrell Willington edged Anthony Ryan for second spot (both with 37 points), whilst Jan’s old fellow Ian Whiting was the best 20+ handicapper.

Wayne Connett struck the longest drive (though a steward’s enquiry might have altered things); Darrell’s second place effort was assisted by striking his shot to the seventh ‘nearest the pin’, whilst Simon Davies bagged a two at the second.

All enjoyed a relaxing drink on the terrace after their rounds, a super supper and a few drinks and Darrell’s ‘pub’ quiz in the bar to round things off for the evening.

After an excellent breakfast and with a few sore heads, off they went for their second rounds. Many, expressing enthusiasm for the courses playability, hoped to do even better on day two. Whilst the top three on the day just managed (one) more Stableford points than their endeavours on the first day, more than half of the team actually fared worse on Monday than on the day before.

Gratifyingly, Tom Woods was up to a full 18 holes having had to retire injured on Sunday.

Trevor Lewis pipped John James and Nigel Taylor for the day’s wooden spoon. Kelvin Boughey, Rob Nixon and John Richards were amongst the majority who could not improve on their efforts the previous day; Rob Poole and John Williams did better. So did Keith Leverton, who was the best 20+ handicapper on the day.

Bob didn’t, but hit the longest drive, whilst Darrell marked his day by being nearest the pin once again.

John Perrott and Shaun Taylor each bagged twos. Roger Handcock (third) was edged by Martin for second place. Roger lent his weight with Andy Bevans, Simon and Wynne (again) to scoop Monday’s team prize.

Wynne’s contribution was immense with his 39 points also winning him the day’s prize and, with his par golf on Sunday, making him the overall Puckrup Hall winner.

Next month’s meeting will be at Newport Sands Golf Club on November 9. All are welcome.

Visit www.kilgettygolf.co.uk for more information.

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Neyland Town council to meet cricket clubs’ Village Cup expenses

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NEYLAND TOWN COUNCIL has agreed to donate £250 to the town’s cricket club as they continue their National Village Cup campaign.

Neyland beat Cresselly in the Dyfed Area final earlier this month to progress to the last 32 of the competition.

This Sunday (Jun 20), they travel to the West Midlands to take on Milford Hall and the town’s mayor has agreed to meet their expenses.

If Neyland can continue their journey in the Village Cup a final at ‘the home of cricket’, Lords awaits in September.

Mayor Simon Hancock said: “As Mayor, in consultation with the clerk, we have agreed to make a donation of £250 to Neyland Cricket Club to help meet their expenses in travelling to Stafford in the West Midlands on Sunday.

“They are down to the final 32 teams left in the Voneus Village Cup originally drawing 350 teams from England, Scotland and Wales.

“The Neyland Cricket team have achieved astonishing success over recent years and Neyland Town Council want to assist them in reaching Lords, ‘the home of cricket’ in September. Good luck for Sunday’s fixture.”

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Crymych cricket club face folding if players don’t come forward

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CRYMYCH Cricket Club has launched an appeal for new players to join the club as it looks to fulfil its fixtures.

The club, founded 40 years ago, plays in Division 4 of the Pembroke County Cricket Club league but has seen several players unable to commit to playing due to family or other reasons.

They also play games in the Ken Morris Cup and in the Tivy Valley League during weekdays.

On their social media, the club has warned that they face folding if they are unable to find new players.

Crymych’s latest fixture on Saturday, June 12, had to be cancelled because they were unable to raise a team.

It meant that there opponents, Llechryd Seconds, were awarded the 20 points as Crymych were unable to fulfil the fixture.

This Saturday (Jun 19), Crymych are scheduled to visit Whitland seconds and the following week (Jun 26) they are scheduled to face Carew thirds on home soil.

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Cresselly see off Pembroke Dock to reach Alec Colley quarters

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CRESSELLY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup on Wednesday night (Jun 16) as they beat Pembroke Dock.

The Dock won the toss and elected to field but they saw the home side reach 183-5 in their 20 overs.

Scott Arthur and Mike Venables shared 62 runs for the opening wicket as they batted well together.

Bowyn Clark made the breakthrough for the Dock as he bowled Arthur who had hit a four and two sixes in his score of 26.

Soon after, Rhys Daley trapped Julian Arthur leg before wicket and he also bowled Venables on a score of 32 (three fours, one six) to leave the hosts on 72-3.

However, Simon Cole and Damian Arthur shared an excellent fourth wicket stand worth 101 runs.

Arthur his six fours and a six in his score of 43 from 28 balls but he was caught by Chris Owen off the bowling of John Camani.

Simon Cole hit ten fours in a score of 66 from 40 balls as Cresselly set the Dock an imposing target.

Needing 184 to win, the Dock lost Rhys Daley early on when he was bowled by Morgan Lewis.

Archie Hillier-Wood and Anton John shared 30 runs for the second wicket but it was Lewis again who made the breakthrough as he had John caught by Josh Lewis.

Hillier-Wood and Peter Kingdom shared another 30 runs for the third wicket before Josh Lewis had Kingdom caught by Julian Arthur.

Matthew Lewis then trapped Hillier-Wood leg before on a score of 30 to reduce the Dock to 73-4.

Corey Lewis bowled John Camani before Simon Cole bowled Adam Phillips on a score of 18.

The Dock’s score had been helped along by 25 extras but time began to run out for them and Corey Lewis picked up his second wicket late on to reduce the Dock on 116-7.

It meant that Cresselly picked up the win by 67 runs.

Elsewhere, Herbrandston booked their place in the quarter finals as they beat Llechryd.

Llechryd scored 100-9 in their innings before Herbie passed their target with only two wickets down.

The nights’ other match saw Saundersfoot take on Stackpole.

Stackpole reached a score of 85-7 in their innings before Saundersfoot eased to a 10-wicket win.

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