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Wales Over 50’s heading for India

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A WALES Over 50’s team head off for India today (Wednesday, Jan 31) for a cricket tour of the Asian country, taking in five games during the 14 day visit.

Captained by John Jones of Skewen, the touring party includes well known Pembrokeshire players Paul Webb (Cresselly), Richard Harries (Cresselly), Steve Jones (Burton) and Lyn Rees (Neyland) alongside Tour Manager, Nick Evans (Narberth).

Llangennech are represented by opening bowler Mike Lloyd, with the touring party’s scorer being Llanelli’s Alan Richards.

There is very little time for the players to acclimatise to conditions in India as they play their first game against Parsee Gymkhana in Mumbai on Friday morning (9am), with a second early morning fixture the following day against CCI at the Brabourne Stadium.

The tourists, including wives Janice Webb, Jean Jones and Richard Harris partner Louis Dunlop, will have the opportunity on day four to take in the beauty of the city and surrounding area, including a ferry trip to see the Elephanta caves.

They have a third encounter scheduled into their sub-continent itinerary playing once more in Mumbai against MIG, before heading to the island of Goa, to enjoy a three day break from the rigours of cricket.

There is an opportunity to visit the 17th Century built Portuguese Fort, at Aguada, undertake some traditional shopping, including a night time ‘flea market’ and participate in the variety of water sports prior to donning their cricket whites once more for back to back fixtures.

Having completed their sightseeing with a trip to a Spice Plantation and a walk around ‘Old Goa’ and its ancient temples, the penultimate tour game sees them encounter a MCC side at Margo Cricket Club and the final game will take place on the same ground against a Goa Seniors side.

The tour is concluded with a final two days of rest and recuperation on the beaches of the beautiful Indian resort beaches prior to a farewell dinner before heading back to Heathrow Airport.

They have been practising hard for the tour with nest organised by Richard Harris throughout December and January and had a pre tour get together with a curry evening at Tafarn Morlais which Paul Webb described as ‘the start point for what is going to be a great experience’.

Webb added: “Richard Harris has done a tremendous amount of work to ensure this trip goes ahead and I speak for everyone in the tour party in thanking him. The opportunity to visit a country like India, with good friends and play cricket is an experience of a lifetime. We are so looking forward to touching down in Mumbai and then playing cricket in a different environment.”

Wales Over 50’s Tour Party:

Nick Evans – Narberth CC (Tour Manager)

John Jones – Skewen CC (Captain) & Tracey Jones

Richard Harris – Cresselly CC & Louise Dunlop

Peter Docherty – Penarth CC & Sally Docherty

Paul Donovan – Tata Steel CC & Lisa Donovan

Paul Webb – Cresselly CC & Janice Webb

Steve Jones – Burton CC & Jean Jones

Lyn Rees – Neyland CC

Mike Lloyd – Llangennech CC & Shirley Williams

Steve Richmond – Porthcawl CC & Cath Richmond

Neil Williams – Pwllheli CC

John Lewis – Croesyceiliog CC & Nicole Lewis

Adrian Webber – Croesyceiliog CC

Nigel Clayton – Bridgend CC & Eleanor Clayton

Alan Richards – Llanelli CC (Scorer)

Richard Ashling (Umpire) & Sandy Ashling

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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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Seagulls snatch late win over Nantgaredig

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FISHGUARD scored a late try to seal their first win of the League 2 West season on Saturday (Nov 27) as they came from behind to beat Nantgaredig.

The Seagulls held a 12-5 lead at the break but Nant hit back in the second half to take a 17-12 lead.

Luke Marshall and Robbie Jones went over for the visitors while James Griffiths added one conversion.

Winger Iwan Thomas scored for the home side and vice-captain Gavin Orson scored and they were also awarded a penalty try.

Griffiths then slotted a penalty through the posts to bring the score back to 17-15.

With the clock ticking over the 80-minute mark, Fishguard attacked and were rewarded when Griffiths scored the try to put his side into the lead. Griffiths then added the extras before the referee blew for full time.

It left the home side feeling deflated having had the victory taken away from them in the last play of the game.

On Saturday, December 4, Fishguard are at home to Milford Haven while Nantgaredig travel to Tycroes.

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