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Pembrokeshire Cricket: Division 1 Round up

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NEYLAND lead the way with six wins from six as they stormed to victory over Kilgetty on Saturday (May 26). Neyland bowled their opponents out for just 95 with Henry Durrant taking five of those wickets.

Paul Murray and Nick Koomen got Neyland off to a good start in their reply and although Koomen fell to the bowling of Anthony Lewis, the visitors eased to their target.

Cresselly’s Dan Cherry scored a century as he helped his side to victory over Burton at Oatfield Park.

Burton batted first and made an excellent total of 239-5 thanks a century of his own from Toby Hayman who scored 116 while Jonathan Venables produced some late hitting to finish not out on 61.

Cresselly lost early wickets in their reply and there was also a run out that wasn’t given by the umpires but Cherry’s score of 103 not out and a score of 63 not out from Ryan Lewis saw their side to victory.

Lawrenny were victorious over Johnston last Saturday as the league’s bottom side were all out for 47. Rob Williams took five wickets and Jamie Lewis took four before Harry Thomas and Brad McDermott-Jenkins saw Lawrenny to their target with ease.

Whitland earned their second win of the season as they beat Haverfordwest by 4 wickets.

Haverfordwest batted first but were all out for 146 with Ben Field their top scorer on 41. Ben Harvey was in top form for Whitland taking five wickets.

In reply, Johnnie White took four wickets for Town but it wasn’t enough to deny Whitland victory as Matthew Davies finished not out on 36 and Iestyn Scourfield finished not out on 34.

Finally, Llangwm and St Ishmaels had to settle for a draw in their game. Llangwm batted well to reach a score of 234 all out thanks to scores of 86 from Chris Inward 86 and 52 from Richard Brock.

In reply, Tish fell just short as they reached 221-9 with Daniel Howells scoring 55 and Peter Bradshaw scoring 45.

On Saturday, June 2, Cresselly take on Whitland while leaders Neyland are at home to Lawrenny.

Haverfordwest host St Ishmaels, Johnston are at home to Kilgetty in a battle of the bottom two and Llangwm are at home to Burton in a battle of the two promoted sides.

On Saturday, June 2, Cresselly take on Whitland while leaders Neyland are at home to Lawrenny.

Haverfordwest host St Ishmaels, Johnston are at home to Kilgetty in a battle of the bottom two and Llangwm are at home to Burton in a battle of the two promoted sides.

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Swifts eyes on double.

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Monkton Swifts reserves have blown away the second division this season and now have the double in their sights. They face Merlins Bridge reserves in the semi final of the second division cup and lived up to their favourites tag.

Swifts won comfortably with key player Butland getting three assists and Josh Sture grabbing a brace. Waterman and Rhys Sture added the other goals as outstanding Monkton won 4-0.

Herbrandston and Johnston played in the other semi final and this was a much harder fixture to call. The promoted Herbie a younger and perhaps less physical outfit in comparison to the Tigers. Johnston quickly took control of the game when they found themselves two up after just 29 minutes.

However when Scott Murray was shown a red card just eight minutes later, Herbie would have been confident of staging a comeback. Despite being a man light, Johnston held Herbie until the final minute of the 90, when Alex Ouzman gave Herbie late hope. The Tigers held firm however and progress to the final where they will be underdogs. A tag that I’m sure the players and manager Steven Allen won’t mind too much.

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Tenby hit five against downbeat Bridge

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On a beautiful day in Tenby, the hosts welcomed Merlins Bridge to The Clicketts, fresh from their West Wales semi final defeat midweek.

The Bridge squad was missing some influential players after picking up some injuries and the visiting team asked questions over the fitness of the pitch, which, according to the Bridge management, was too hard.

The referee waved these away and the game was on, with the Tenby squad clearly thinking they were already in the heads of the Bridge team.

Almost straight from Kick off Tenby set their stall out with some great attacking play, which Jerome Mansbridge benefitted from in just the second minute putting the home team ahead.

The bridge players weren’t at the races and Tenby capitalised scoring a further 4 first half goals, including a Mansbridge hat trick, leaving the away team bewildered and 5-0 down at half time.

What could have been a hugely embarrassing defeat for a team that harboured title hopes at the beginning of the season, turned around somewhat at half time, when Dai Davies, the club captain, almost singlehandedly dragged them to a much higher level in the second half, ensuring his players kept their discipline and worked hard against a very good Tenby team. Undoubtedly Merlin’s Bridge were the better team in the second period, but the damage had already been done in the first half, and despite Bridges best efforts, the score remained 5-0 to the home team.

In a game which saw Tenby jump to 4th in the league, they can be hugely proud of their season and will look to build on that for their next in Division one.

A fantastic game on a beautiful day with a good home crowd watching, the team from the Clicketts will be justifiably happy with their afternoons work.

Tenby 5-0 Merlins Bridge.

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Preseli poses a challenge for novice crews

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THE END of April will see the popular novice night rally organised by the Teifi Valley Motor Club being held in Pembrokeshire. On the weekend of 27th and 28th April, Rali Bro Preseli will see 75 novice crews tackling the winding and challenging roads that Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Clerks of the Course, father and son Richard and Jason Davies along with Aled Richards have a terrific route lined up for competitors. Starting as usual at the Crymych Mart, the route will appeal to all novice drivers and navigators.

“It will offer a bit of everything. It will be challenging but easy to follow with some whites thrown in the mix. Aled has designed the whole route and we’ve done the donkey work,” said Jason, now in his second year as Clerk of the Course.

As regular competitors, Jason and Richard wanted to give something back to the sport and they enjoy being on the organising side of the things.

Jason, who won the Bro Preseli with his father in 2013, explained: “We’ve competed in the Preseli on several occasions, and we decided to give something back to the sport and that’s why dad and I thought it would be a good idea to help.

“It’s interesting to see how it all comes together and the work involved, and there’s a lot of that,”

He also won the event with Tim Hand in 2016 and was fourth overall in 2019.

Aled Richards, Joint Clerk of the Course, knows the routes of Rali Bro Preseli like the back of his hand having only ever missed it once since its formation in 2003. He’s driven on four of them in 2005 – 2008 with the best result of a 4th place with Arwel Jenkins in the navigator seat.

Aled has been Chief Marshal on Rali Bro Preseli since 2013 before moving on to being Clerk of the Course this year and competitors can look forward to a great event.

Aled told the Herald: “This is the first time I’ve been Clerk of the Course, but we have a good team with Dylan Davies as Chief Marshal and Olwen Davies as Secretary.

“I live some 30 miles away from the actual route, but we’ve been around it twice and I’m confident it will be a good yet challenging night. Some of the whites are currently waterlogged but the farmers have been brilliant and offered to help clear the tracks before the event and we are very grateful.”

The rally, kindly sponsored by Arjay Factors and Home James Taxis, will have four official Spectator Points on the night and the locations will be available at signing on.

The Clerks of the Course and the Teifi Valley Motor Club would like to thank all those who have helped to organise the event – landowners, homes en route, petrol at Brian Llewellyn a’i Ferched, and the start and finish venues – Crymych Mart and the Teifi Waterside Hotel.

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