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County Cricket Club AGM agenda published

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club have issued their agenda to Clubs, Vice Presidents and members for the sixtieth AGM, to be held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club on Wednesday (Feb 28).

As part of the AGM the County Club will also make the draws for the first two rounds of the Harrison Allen Bowl, DR Morris Cup, Ormond Youth Cup and Alec Colley Cup under the guidance of Cup organiser, Robert Ridge (Burton).

Nick Evans (Narberth) will begin his second season as President and twenty seventh season on the County Executive, alongside Paul Webb (Cresselly) as Chairman and Richard Merriman (Whitland) as Vice Chairman.

Steve Blowes (Secretary; unattached), Andrew Scott Davies (Treasurer; Pembroke Dock), John Harris (League Secretary; Stackpole), Martin Jones (Junior League organiser; Neyland), William Newall (Grounds Advisor; Llechryd) and Dave Loosmore (Child Welfare & Player Registration; Haverfordwest) are nominated for a return to position unopposed.

Mr Trefor Evans (Whitland) is nominated to the position of Assistant Secretary and as a life member with the five remaining positions on the committee to be voted upon from eight incumbents.

Dave Brandon (unattached), former President Dave Morris (unattached), and Peter Betterley (Llechryd) attended every meeting following their election last year, with Simon Williams (Haverfordwest) attending five meetings and co-opted member Richard Scriven (Haverfordwest) attending seven meetings from the eight possible for him.

They will be joined in the election process by Peter Davies (Neyland), the current Indoor League organiser and Selwyn Cole (Cresselly).

Two new names are nominated to join the senior selection committee of Morris, Evans and Merriman, namely Webb and former Carew all-rounder Martyn Cole.

The youth selection committee, which includes Evans, consists of Steve Lewis (Lawrenny; u10), Nick Daley (Pembroke Dock; u11), Simon Williams (Haverfordwest; u12), Andrew Miller (Neyland; u13), Ryan Lewis (Cresselly; u14) and Lee Smith (Stackpole; u15).

There are numerous proposed amendments to rules, on player eligibility, a limit to the number of overs a player can bowl, a rationale for sides to bat first and gain maximum points and in the lower division a way to encourage sides who may lose to focus on positive cricket.

After the issue of Carew’s final day declaration, they were awarded the James Morris Memorial cup as Champions but relegated to Division 2 and their captain Brian Hall banned for the first half of the 2018 season Neyland Cricket Club have proposed rules to alleviate to such an occurrence happening again.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club have proposed a change to the Harrison Allen Cup Rule 8 by asking for a ‘free hit’ after a foot fault no ball, with changes to monetary collection and distribution to be discussed.

New rules are proposed where points maybe awarded to clubs who enlist a new umpire onto the ‘circuit’ and procedures outlined in the laws of cricket (42) on the code of conduct to be adopted in some part. Junior organiser Jones and Secretary Blowes have numerous junior rule proposals for discussion, nine of the fourteen pertaining to U11 cricket.

The 2018 season begins on Sunday (Apr 22) for all five divisions, with play the following Sunday and the first Saturday game scheduled for Saturday (May 5), the season ending on Saturday (Aug 25).

The prestigious Harrison Allen final is due to be held at Cresselly Cricket Club on Saturday (Jul 28), with the Ormond Cup Plate the following Friday night (Aug 3), at Lawrenny and the Ormond Youth Cup final at Carew on Sunday (Aug 26).

The first final will be the DR Morris Cup final at Burton on Sunday (Jul 5) and the Alec Colley Cup final, for second XIs at Pembroke Cricket Club on Sunday (Aug 12).

The senior county side begin their representative fixtures with a game against Wales XL at the Kingsmoore Ground, Kilgetty on Sunday (May 13) before welcoming the South Wales League to Lawrenny the following Sunday (May 20).

The return fixture with South Wales will see the County side travel to Llandysul on Sunday (June 20), before locking horns with Wales U17 at Imble Lane, Pembroke Dock on Thursday (Jul 5). The final game on the fixture list will see an MCC side play at Whitland on Wednesday (Aug 15).

All member Clubs are requested to be present for the AGM, their absence invoking a potential £25 fine, which is rarely incurred.

The financial statement of the County Club shows them to be in a healthy state although they are proactive in understanding the need to continually move forward from a strong fiscal base.

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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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