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Cresselly beat Town to open up title race

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THE Division 1 title race was blown wide open on Saturday (Jun 30) as Cresselly beat leaders Haverfordwest while Whitland and Neyland both won again to close the gap on the top two.

Haverfordwest were asked to bat first against Cresselly and had it not been for a score of 91 not out from Simon Holliday, taking his tally of runs for the season to 876, their score could have been a lot less.

Opener Dai Davies was the only other batsman to make it into double figures as they slipped to scores of 78-6 and 114-8.

Cresselly’s Ryan Lewis was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 5-25.

In reply, Dan Sutton and Iwan Izzard both made scores of 24 before 83 not out from Dan Cherry guided Cresselly to their target.

The win means Cresselly move level on points with leaders Haverfordwest while Whitland’s win over Lawrenny means they are now just 16 points behind.

Whitland batted first and made an excellent total of 257-4 in their innings with Steffan James playing a starring role as he finished not out on 128.

He was supported well by Dylan Blain who added 68 runs as Lawrenny’s bowlers toiled.

Lawrenny were unable to match Whitland’s score however, as Iestyn Scourfield was in superb form with the ball as he took nine wickets for the loss of 39 runs to help bowl their opponents out for 106.

Neyland returned to winning ways on Saturday with victory over Llangwm at Pill Parks and they now sit 18 points behind the top two.

Neyland had lost three of their previous four matches, drawing the other, but they were eager to get themselves back in the title picture and they scored 253-6 in their innings.

They had played on the same pitch a few days earlier in the semi-final of the Duggie Morris tournament so they already had a good feel of how the pitch would play.

Nick Koomen top scored for his side with 78 runs while Ashley Smith added 47 and Henry Durrant added 40.

Llangwm had Noah Davies their top scorer on 52 while Joseph Kiff added 49 and Richard Brock scored 38 but it wasn’t quite enough to take them to victory.

Andrew Miller took three wickets for Neyland while Gary Lloyd and Durrant both struck twice to bowl them out for 181.

At the other end of the table, Kilgetty earned a crucial win against Burton to further boost their hopes of survival.

Kilgetty batted first but were all out for 163 with Burton’s Morgan Scale taking four wickets and Luke Hayman also taking three wickets.

Kurtis Marsh top scored for the visitors with 53 runs while Tom Lewis scored 36 and Jack Parkinson added 23.

Burton then had Matthew Davies score 41 in reply and Morgan Scale added 38 but it wasn’t quite enough to earn them victory as they were bowled out for 158, just five runs short.

Marsh took three wickets while Ross Hardy and Liam Cullen both struck twice for Kilgetty.

Finally, Tish eased to victory over Johnston by nine wickets on Saturday.

Johnston batted first and had opener Steve James score 22 and Gary James added 21 before some late hitting from Keegan Codd saw him score 43 as they were all out for 124.

Tish’s Andrew Pawlett took six wickets for the home side who then had Peter Bradshaw finish not out on 47 and Phil Cockburn unbeaten on 56 as they reached their target with plenty of time to spare.

On Saturday (Jul 7), the top four sides all face sides below them in the table with Cresselly travelling to bottom side Johnston.

Haverfordwest travel to a Lawrenny side who have already beaten Neyland and Cresselly so far this season.

Whitland are at home to Llangwm while Neyland are at home as they take on Burton.

Two sides towards the bottom end of the table could give themselves a real boost as third from bottom Kilgetty host fourth from bottom St Ishmaels with both locked on 128 points.

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Division 2: Whitland keep promotion hopes alive

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WHITLAND kept their promotion hopes alive on Saturday (Aug 13) as they beat Pembroke by five wickets.

Going into the final day of the season, Whitland sit eight points behind the top two and a win coupled with low-scoring defeats for the others could see them earn promotion back to Division 1.

On Saturday, Pembroke won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good score of 219-8 in their innings.

Luke Butler made a score of 50 and Will Davies was the top scorer with a knock of 63. Andrew Price then finished unbeaten on 27 to set Whitland 220 to win the game.

Luc Owen took two wickets for the visitors while Cian Rees (2-22) and Charlie Bujega (2-21) also claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Kevin Pearce batted well for his score of 52 and Jack Bowen was the top scorer with a knock of 60.

Connor Bowen added 18 and Gethin Scourfield finished on 47 not out as Whitland secured victory with two overs to spare.

Jonathan Rogers claimed 2-24 for the home side and Steve Durston had 2-23 for Pembroke but they could not stop Whitland getting over the line.

Whitland’s final game of the season sees them host Llechryd, themselves also in with a chance of promotion, looking for a win that could see them go up.

On Saturday, August 20, Pembroke host Hook.

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Division 2: Burton stay top after beating Llanrhian

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BURTON remain top of Division 2 after they beat Llanrhian by six wickets on Saturday (Aug 13).

Promotion is not yet guarnteed for Burton as third and fourth placed Whitland and Llechryd could still catch should the leaders slip up on the final day.

On Saturday, Llanrhian won the toss and chose to bat and they scored 174-6 in their innings.

Adam Phillips top scored with 34 for the visitors while Jack Jones added a score of 33. Iwan James scored 30 before Geraint Morris finished unbeaten on 24.

Morgan Scale took two wickets for Burton to finish with 2-37 while Jon Scale (1-21) and Dan Ridge (1-22) also claimed wickets.

In reply, Toby Hayman made an early score of 21 and Martin Jones reached a half century before falling on 54.

Morgan Scae then finished unbeatn on 15 but Jon Venables was the star of the innings as he finished unbeaten on 66.

Jack Jones took two wickets for Llanrhian but it wasn’t enough.

On the final day of the season (Saturday, August 20), Burton travel to Johnston while Llanrhian play Carew seconds.

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Carew ease to win over Tish

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CAREW earned their eighth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 13) as they beat St Ishmaels by nine wickets.

Tish won the toss and chose to bat but they were bowled out for 117.

They lost Phil Llewellyn early on when he was bowled by Iori Hicks before Peter Bradshaw and Karl Rhead shared 35 runs for the second wicket.

Bradshaw hit four fours in his score of 21 but he was then caught by Shaun Whitfield off the bowling of James Hinchliffe.

Hinchliffe also had Brennan Devonald caught by Sion Jenkins and Whitfield then trapped Rhead leg before on a score of 19.

Hinchliffe then had the wicket of Richard Brock and Jonathan Pawlett (11) as Tish slipped to 57-6.

Andrew Williams was then trapped leg before by Whitfield who also then bowled Lewis Rhead.

Andrew Pawlett and Lenny Rees then shared 20 runs for the ninth wicket as they looked to give Tish a score they could defend.

Pawlett hit seven fours and a six in his score of 38 from 17 balls but he was then bowled by Hinchliffe.

Lenny Rees then made a score of 14 before being bowled by Whitfield as the innings came to a close.

James Hinchliffe and Rhys Davies got Carew’s reply off to a good start as they put on 61 runs for the first wicket.

Hinchliffe hit seven fours in his score of 37 but he was then trapped leg before by Andrew Pawlett.

Davies and Brian Hall were then untroubled as they guided Carew to their target in the 27th over.

Hall finished unbeaten on 23 while Davies hit seven fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 51.

The win for Carew keeps them in fourth place and their is still a chance they can achieve a higher position.

On Saturday, August 20, Carew visit Llangwm while St Ishmaels host Saundersfoot.

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