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County Cricket Club AGM agenda published



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.


New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football



FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales



SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!



JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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