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Lawrenny seal emotional Alec Colley win

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Man of the match: Harry Thomas is presented with the man of the match trophy

LAWRENNY were crowned Alec Colley Cup winners last Sunday (Aug 13), as they beat Whitland in the final at Pembroke.

Afterwards, captain Huw Griffiths dedicated the win to Lance Osborn, who was on the books with Lawrenny and who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The win for Lawrenny was also their first Alec Colley success and they were backed by a good number of supporters.

It was an excellent final played in great spirits and the music added to the great atmosphere inside the ground.

Whitland batted first and made 125-8 from their first 20 overs.

Opener Paul Oeppen departed early when he was bowled by Harry Thomas for a score of seven while Ed John was caught by Chris Buckle off the bowling of Thomas for a score of three.

Fellow opener Gregg Sleep batted well as he made a score of 29 but he was then bowled by Steve Lewis.

Jack Bowen also looked in good form as he made his way to a score of 25 but he was then stumped by Huw Griffiths off the bowling of Steve Cole.

Adam Davies made the same score as Bowen before being caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Steve Lewis.

Geraint Phillips scored 13 but Lawrenny’s bowlers took control in the closing stages of the first innings as Lewis bowled Phillips and Gethin Scourfield.

That meant that Whitland finished on a total of 125 and Lawrenny would have been confident of getting a lead going into the second innings.

Lawrenny began their reply in fine style as Harry Thomas and Steve Lewis shared a good opening stand.

Thomas made a score of 26 but was then caught by Jack Bowen off the bowling of Geraint Phillips.

Lewis and Arthur then shared another excellent partnership as they both reached their half centuries.

Lewis top scored in the innings with 58 but he was then caught by Phillips off the bowling of Gethin Scourfield.

Arthur had also batted well to reach a score of 57 but was stumped by Adam Davies off the bowling of Gregg Sleep.

Sleep and Scourfield then began to hold up the Lawrenny reply as Scourfield had James Phillips caught by Bowen.

Sleep had Steve Campbell caught by James Thomas for a duck and Tom Cole was caught by Paul Oeppen for a score of one.

Phillips also trapped Matt Lewis leg before wicket for another duck but thanks to the hitting of Lewis and Arthur, Lawrenny reached an excellent total of 173-7, giving them a lead of 48.

Whitland knew they would need to do well to stand a chance of victory but they lost opener Sleep early on in their second innings when he was bowled for a duck by Thomas.

Paul Oeppen only scored 8 before he was caught by Steve Lewis off the bowling of Alistair Edwards and he also bowled Jack Bowen for a score of six.

Ed John and Adam Davies looked to get Whitland back on track with some good shots but Davies was caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Lewis for a score of 14.

John and Geraint Phillips then shared another good partnership as they scored over 60 runs between them.

John was eventually caught by Lewis off the bowling of Thomas for a score of 31 while Phillips was bowled by Steve Cole for a score of 32.

Lewis also had James Thomas stumped by Griffiths for a score of 9 and Gethin Scourfield caught by Matthew Lewis for a score of five.

Whitland were thankful to Steff Lee who finished not out on 16 to guide Whitland to a second innings total of 138-9.

However, it meant that Lawrenny would need just 92 to secure the Alec Colley Cup.

They lost opener Steve Lewis for a duck when he was caught by Oeppen off the bowling of Lee for a duck.

Julian Arthur couldn’t repeat his first innings score but made 13 before he was stumped by Adam Davies off the bowling of Scourfield.

Geraint Phillips was convinced he had an LBW but his appeals were turned down by umpire Allan Hansen.

Harry Thomas played well again and along with James Phillips they took their side to within touching distance of victory.

Thomas made 25 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Sleep to make the score 67-3.

Steve Campbell was looking for runs and that cost him as he was run out for a score of three and Lawrenny were now 77-4 at the start of the fourteenth over.

Lawrenny were helped along at the start of the next over as Jack Bowen bowled four wides but it was James Phillips who eventually won the game for Lawrenny with a big six to take them to their target.

The man of the match award was given to Harry Thomas for his excellent batting and bowling display.

Speaking after the match, Lawrenny captain Huw Griffiths paid tribute to Whitland for the part they played in the final and said they would have a big future ahead of them.

He also thanked everyone who had come to support the team and to his fellow players for their efforts.

“On the shirts, it says in memory of Mr Lance Osborn, who was a second team player, and sadly passed away, but I know he is up there looking down on us. So, this win is for you, mate,” he said.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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Pembrokeshire street footballers to represent Wales

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A WALES team full of Pembrokeshire footballers is heading to Dublin with their eyes on a major international prize.

Street Football Team Wales is taking part in the Irish Homeless Street League 20th Anniversary International Tournament between June 7th and 10th.

As well as a squad full of Pembrokeshire players, the Head Coach is also from the county.

Jo Price is a former Arsenal and Wales goalkeeper and now works as a Community Regeneration Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Jo is a big advocate for Street Football, run through social inclusion charity Street Football Wales.

The squad train at The Garth Youth Project, known as the Hive, in Haverfordwest.

The national team training sessions have been taking place since February to prepare for the tournament.

Jo said: “It is always an honour to play for your country and to have a Wales team made up entirely of Pembrokeshire players is such a wonderful achievement for our county.

“Each of the players is an inspiration but a special shout-out must go to Captain Marie Tilley who has overcome cancer to lead her country.

“Last week the players were surprised with the news that when they take to the pitch in Dublin they will be wearing the official Wales football kit, their faces were a picture and our thanks goes to the Football Association of Wales who are also providing training and travel kit.”

Wales will take on Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland and Scotland during the tournament.

Representing Wales are: Marie Tilley (C), Cerys Phillips, Freya Marshall, Niamh Mathias, Bryony Davies, Claire Mantripp, Shauna Bennett, Kayleigh Summers and Megan Tinley.

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