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Pembroke open with a win

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PEMBROKE put in an excellent display on Saturday (Sept 1), as they kicked off their League 2 West campaign with a 29-20 win over St Clears.

There were new faces among both sides and a good crowd gathered to watch the game.

Pembroke opened proceedings and enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges although the visitors were not helped when one of the new faces, Rhys Strawbridge was presented with an early ten minute rest on the sidelines when he incurred the referee’s displeasure after only six minutes of play.

In a rare visit to the home side’s half after seventeen minutes, scrum half Owain Davies scored an opportunist try for the visitors to record the first of the new season but within a minute Pembroke struck back when fly half Toby Smith touched down close to the posts allowing an easy conversion for full back Luke Hartland to edge into the lead.

Pembroke continued to press and with Smith controlling affairs with excellent tactical kicking varied with good interplay with his lively backs another try was no surprise ten minutes later from prop Dom Colman and although the kick from the touchline was not successful a useful lead of 12 points to 5 was established at half time.

Two minutes into the second half fly half Dan Griffiths reduced the arrears for the visitors with a penalty and the balance of play shifted with the visitors matching the host’s efforts, particularly up front with the pack much the stronger.

Despite this improvement however the home backs looked dangerous whenever in possession from anywhere on the park and within ten minutes two tries orchestrated by outside half Smith exposing the Saints defence stretched the lead to 22 points to 8.

The visitors kept on battling and they were rewarded for their efforts with a try from second row Dafydd Walters converted by Dan Griffiths.

With the final whistle imminent Pembroke settled matters with another try thanks to their back division once again and at 29 points to 15 recorded the bonus point.

Saints responded once again and outside centre Will Davies touched down to reduce the arrears but with a losing bonus point maybe the only consolation available, perhaps providing some consolation, unfortunately the conversion was missed and the visitors left reflecting on a curious game when the result could have been worse that it was.

On Saturday (Sept 8), Pembroke are away to Pembrokeshire rivals Fishguard while St Clears will look to bounce back as they host early league leaders Carmarthen Athletic.

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Herbie see off Kilgetty

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HERBRANDSTON moved up to fourth place in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 19) as they beat Kilgetty by ten wickets.

Kilgetty batted first after Herbie won the toss but they were bowled out for only 74.

Paul Nicholas was the pick of the bowlers for the home side as he finished with figures of 4-19.

Charlie Malloy also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-7.

Ollie Gamble scored 15 and Martin Lewis added 14 for Kilgetty but they were unable to cope with Herbie’s bowling.

In reply, Harry Nicholas finished not out on 28 while Jonty Bennet finished unbeaten on 36 as they cruised to victory.

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Lamphey seal first win of the season

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LAMPHEY earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Jun 19) as they beat Hook by twenty runs.

Lamphey won the toss and batted first and despite some good scores they were bowled out for 158.

Peter McGilloway top scored with 47 and Nic Shelmerdine added 37 for the visitors.

Aled Phelps bowled well as he finished with figures of 5-34 while Brennan Martin (2-14) also claimed two wickets.

In reply, Jake Wicks scored 38 and Owen Phelps scored 30 but Lamphey were able to take wickets at regular intervals.

Aled Phelps also scored 22 but three wickets for McGilloway (3-26) and two for David Blackwell (2-37) helped Lamphey bowl Hook out for 138.

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Double centurions secure stunning win for Dock

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PEMBROKE DOCK’s Jake Davies and George Smith both scored centuries as they helped Pembroke Dock cruise to victory over Carew seconds on Saturday (Jun 19).

The Dock chose to bat first after winning the toss and they scored a remarkable 295-4 in their 45 overs.

Jake Davies and Jake Griffiths shared 68 runs for the opening wicket before Griffiths departed on a score of 30 that had included two fours and three sixes.

Scott Griffiths departed for a score of 11 before Davies and Smith took control of the innings.

They shared 133 runs for the third wicket with Davies reaching his century while Smith reached his half century.

Their stand was eventually broken by Kerry Waters who had Davies caught by Jack Scourfield.

Davies hit twenty fours in his score of 118 in what was an excellent knock.

Smith continued on his way to a century and although they lost Nick Daley late on, he smashed his way to triple figures.

Daley’s departure meant the Dock stood on 261-4 with Smith sitting on 91. He soon reached his century and went on to finish unbeaten on 117.

His outstanding knock came off only 82 balls and included 12 fours and six sixes.

It was a fantastic innings from the Dock as they set Carew the daunting task of reaching 296 to win.

Carew seconds were never in the game after those knocks as the Dock bowlers tore through the batting line-up.

Rob Hearn claimed figures of 3-15 while George Smith completed a memorable day with figures of 2-3.

Euan McDonald claimed figures of 2-9 and there was also a wicket for Nick Daley (1-6).

Haydn Shapcott (11) and Barry Evans (10 not out) were the only Carew batsmen to reach double figures.

It meant that Carew were bowled out for just 46, giving the Dock victory by a staggering 249 runs.

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