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Top four win as Holliday’s ton keeps Town in pole position

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HAVERFORDWEST remain top of Division 1 after they comfortably beat Kilgetty on Saturday (Jul 21).

Batting first, Holliday smashed 19 fours and three sixes in a knock of 136 from 137 balls and he had good support from Lee Summons who added 40.

Jake Merry finished not out on 20 as Haverfordwest posted an excellent total of 247-7 from their 45 overs.

Kurtis Marsh took three wickets for the home side while Jack Parkinson and Ross Hardy both struck twice.

Hardy’s score of 25 was the only positive for Kilgetty who slumped to a disappointing 55 all out with Adam James taking five wickets and Johnny White taking four.

Cresselly are three points behind in second place after they beat St Ishmaels by six wickets.

Tish were invited to bat first and had scores of 30 from Harry Nicholas, 37 from Andrew Pawlett and 62 from Jack Nicholas in their total of 192-8.

Dan Sutton then scored 83 for Cresselly in their reply before he was run out but scores of 26 not out from Iwan Izzard and 25 not out from Simon Cole saw Cresselly over the line.

Neyland kept hold of third place as they eased to a nine wicket win away at Johnston, a result which sadly confirms their relegation to Division 2.

Johnston batted first but were all out for 118 despite a score of 70 for Hafiz Farooq. Geraint Rees did the damage for Neyland who took six wickets for the loss of six runs.

In reply, Greg Miller was out for a score of 35 but a score of 70 not out from Ashley Sutton guided Neyland to victory.

Fourth placed Whitland also had a comfortable victory on Saturday as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Burton were all out for 164 in their innings with Rob Neil top scoring on 41 and Luke Hayman adding 40 after Toby Hayman had earlier scored 28.

Wayne Howells and Jack Bowen both took three wickets and the pair then shared an opening stand of 112 to set Whitland on their way to victory.

Bowen fell for a score of 86 from 63 balls before Howells finished not out on 43 and Iestyn Scourfield finished unbeaten on 33 to see Whitland over the line.

Lawrenny warmed up for the Harrison Allen Final with a 103-run victory over Llangwm.

Harry Thomas opened up with 52 runs for Lawrenny who also had scores of 90 from Brad McDermott-Jenkins while Joe Kidney finished not out on 70.

That helped the home side post an excellent total of 307-7 from their 45 overs.

Will Beresford scored 65 for Llangwm in their reply and Joe Kiff scored 29 but it wasn’t enough to see them to victory.

McDermott-Jenkins took six wickets for Lawrenny as they bowled Llangwm out for 204.

League Cricket will take a break this weekend as the Harrison Allen Final between Lawrenny and Cresselly takes place.

When the League action returns on Saturday, August 4, leaders Haverfordwest will take on Whitland in what could be another crucial game in the title race.

Elsewhere, Cresselly are at home to Burton while Neyland are also at home to Kilgetty.

Johnston take on Lawrenny and Llangwm host St Ishmaels.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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