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Llechryd bowler selected for Aussie tour

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LLECHRYD left arm opening bowler Peter Betterley, one of Pembrokeshire’s most senior players, has been selected by the England & Wales Cricket board to tour Australia during the winter.

He will be part of a 17 player touring party that will play a Test match series over five games down under at some of the World’s most prestigious Test grounds, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

As part of the over 70’s side, captained by Martin Pearse [Norfolk] Peter will become the third Welshman after Ron Waldon [Merthyr Tydffil] and former Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace’s father Ryland [Abergavenny] to be chosen to represent the England & Wales Cricket Board on an overseas tour.

A left arm opening bowler Peter has plied his trade previously with Cardigan and Bronwydd, in the South Wales League coming to play at the RDM Oval in 2011 and his selection has naturally made the club very proud. Club spokesman Scott Thomas highlighted ‘how well Peter had bowled this season for the Club’s first eleven in the second division of the Pembrokeshire League, where he has taken 33 wickets at an average of 11.33 from the 175 overs he bowled [66 maidens].’.

Peter’s season best bowling figures of 4-18 was achieved during the second round of fixtures last season on Sunday (April 23) when his side beat Carew 2nds by 93 runs and it is performances like this which have caught the selectors eye, coupled with playing for Wales in the ECB Senior Championship games.

Not renowned for his batting prowess, he admits he has no ambition to bat higher than number 11 and last season he strode to the crease on six occasions, to be dismissed only twice, albeit accumulating 3 runs all season!

Hailing from South Nottingham, he played his early cricket in the East Midlands before migrating to Wales in 1980, where he had established a fleet of factories.

Firmly ensconced in the Ceredigion landscape with his wife Sue, they have two children living locally, Lara and James with the bonus of also enjoying the company of their four grandchildren.

Currently a member of the Pembrokeshire County Cricket Club Executive, Peter has been a long standing administrator for Cricket Wales, primarily supporting the use of the ECB ‘Play Cricket’ technology but can often be found alongside ‘comrade in arms’ Wil Newell tending to the ground at the RDM Oval, Castell Malgwyn.

Beyond the five test ‘Ashes’ series down under, where the opponents wear the traditional baggy green and blazer with equal pride as current Cricket Australia skipper Steve Smith’s side, the touring party will also play five ‘state’ games and numerous friendlies.

Dewi Davies, another stalwart of the Llechryd Club who also plays alongside Peter for the XL Wales side said he was ‘delighted’ on his selection as it puts the name of Llechryd on the international stage.

He added: “The Aussies don’t know what they are letting themselves in for as he is a composite ‘cricket anorak’ but this Ashes tour is just as much a reward for his wife Sue as it is for Peter,” he finished saying with a chuckle.

The best wishes of all associated with cricket in Pembrokeshire goes with Peter on his Aussie adventure.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea

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HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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