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Otters delighted with win

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NARBERTH travelled to Trebanos on Saturday (Oct 20) with once again a few enforced changes to the team due to injuries and unavailability.

Trebanos are having a very good season with a great defensive record and the Otters knew they were in for a very tough match on a ground where they had lost the previous season.

For the first ten minutes there was very little between the teams with the side in possession looking to create opportunities and then spread the ball wide but good defence from both sides resulted in a stalemate.

Eventually Narberth was guilty of a high tackle and home winger Matthew Edwards kicked the penalty (3-0). Shortly afterwards Trebanos infringed at a ruck and Nick Gale, playing at centre, evened things up with a nicely struck penalty from about 45 metres out (3-3).

Five minutes later Narberth had a scrum on the Trebanos 22 metre line. No.8 Richie Rees picked up the ball and drove forward. The ball was recycled and fed to centre Jack Price who broke down the middle.

There were further charges towards the Trebanos line by the Otters two Props Bradley Davies and Tom Slater and then Richie Rees once again took the ball forward. He was tackled close to the try line and quick ball from the ensuing ruck saw Jack Price sprint through a gap in the home defence and pass to the supporting full back Johnny Morgan who scored near the posts. Nick Gale kicked the conversion (3-10).

Narberth started to get on top at this stage of the game and had the greater share of possession. The forwards and backs were combining well but whether Narberth took the ball on in the forwards or spread the ball wide the Trebanos defence held firm with some strong tackling.

Then Narberth had a scrum near to the Trebanos try line and when the Otters drove forward Trebanos dropped the scrum and were penalised. Nick Gale kicked the penalty (3-13).

Shortly after the restart Narberth were penalised at a lineout and the home team kicked to the corner. The Otters defended well but had to concede a five metre scrum. From this the ball was moved quickly to the Trebanos No.12 who broke the first tackle and then fed his co-centre Tom Dew who scored near the posts. Matthew Edwards converted (10-13).

The remainder of the half saw Trebanos putting pressure on the visitors in their own half and it was the Otters turn to put in a determined defensive shift with some strong tackling being put in by forwards and backs alike. The Otters held out and the score remained 10-13 at half time.

Trebanos started the second half as they had finished the first and after five minutes a clever kick through behind the Narberth backs by the home fly half saw centre Tom Dew dive on the ball and score under the posts.

Winger Edwards converted to put Trebanos back in the lead 17-13. Narberth quickly got themselves back into the game and were pressing near the Trebanos try line. They were beginning to get the upper hand in the scrums with Bradley Davies, Dan Smith and Tom Slater outscrummaging their front row opponents. Eventually from a series of forward drives towards the home try line Narberth forced their way over with a well-deserved try from No.6 Andrew Cooke. Nick Gale converted (17-20).Shortly afterwards from another infringement at a scrum by the home team saw Nick Gale kicking a penalty to increase the lead (17-23).

Trebanos refused to give up and came back with a series of lineouts close to the visitors line but every attack was driven back by a dogged defence from the Narberth forwards. However from an infringement at a ruck Narberth were penalised and again Edwards kicked the goal (20-23).

Narberth then made several changes with Props Davies and Slater being replaced by Dan Jacobs and Tom Kaijaks, scrum half Rhys Lane being replaced by Lewys Gibby and Yannick Parker replacing the injured Nick Gale in the centre. More Narberth pressure in the scrum resulted in afurther penalty which Narberth kicked to the corner.

The ball was caught at the lineout by captain Alex Jenkins and Narberth drove towards the Trebanos line. Eventually the ball was released and Jack Price forced his way over the line. The conversion attempt failed (20-28).

Trebanos came back yet again and a further penalty by Edwards brought the score back to 23-28. That was the final score of the game and the Otters were relieved to come away with another away win.

On Saturday (Oct 27), they are home to Cardiff Metropolitan who are unbeaten and top of the Championship table. It should be an interesting encounter.

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Neyland Town council to meet cricket clubs’ Village Cup expenses

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NEYLAND TOWN COUNCIL has agreed to donate £250 to the town’s cricket club as they continue their National Village Cup campaign.

Neyland beat Cresselly in the Dyfed Area final earlier this month to progress to the last 32 of the competition.

This Sunday (Jun 20), they travel to the West Midlands to take on Milford Hall and the town’s mayor has agreed to meet their expenses.

If Neyland can continue their journey in the Village Cup a final at ‘the home of cricket’, Lords awaits in September.

Mayor Simon Hancock said: “As Mayor, in consultation with the clerk, we have agreed to make a donation of £250 to Neyland Cricket Club to help meet their expenses in travelling to Stafford in the West Midlands on Sunday.

“They are down to the final 32 teams left in the Voneus Village Cup originally drawing 350 teams from England, Scotland and Wales.

“The Neyland Cricket team have achieved astonishing success over recent years and Neyland Town Council want to assist them in reaching Lords, ‘the home of cricket’ in September. Good luck for Sunday’s fixture.”

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Crymych cricket club face folding if players don’t come forward

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CRYMYCH Cricket Club has launched an appeal for new players to join the club as it looks to fulfil its fixtures.

The club, founded 40 years ago, plays in Division 4 of the Pembroke County Cricket Club league but has seen several players unable to commit to playing due to family or other reasons.

They also play games in the Ken Morris Cup and in the Tivy Valley League during weekdays.

On their social media, the club has warned that they face folding if they are unable to find new players.

Crymych’s latest fixture on Saturday, June 12, had to be cancelled because they were unable to raise a team.

It meant that there opponents, Llechryd Seconds, were awarded the 20 points as Crymych were unable to fulfil the fixture.

This Saturday (Jun 19), Crymych are scheduled to visit Whitland seconds and the following week (Jun 26) they are scheduled to face Carew thirds on home soil.

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Cresselly see off Pembroke Dock to reach Alec Colley quarters

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CRESSELLY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup on Wednesday night (Jun 16) as they beat Pembroke Dock.

The Dock won the toss and elected to field but they saw the home side reach 183-5 in their 20 overs.

Scott Arthur and Mike Venables shared 62 runs for the opening wicket as they batted well together.

Bowyn Clark made the breakthrough for the Dock as he bowled Arthur who had hit a four and two sixes in his score of 26.

Soon after, Rhys Daley trapped Julian Arthur leg before wicket and he also bowled Venables on a score of 32 (three fours, one six) to leave the hosts on 72-3.

However, Simon Cole and Damian Arthur shared an excellent fourth wicket stand worth 101 runs.

Arthur his six fours and a six in his score of 43 from 28 balls but he was caught by Chris Owen off the bowling of John Camani.

Simon Cole hit ten fours in a score of 66 from 40 balls as Cresselly set the Dock an imposing target.

Needing 184 to win, the Dock lost Rhys Daley early on when he was bowled by Morgan Lewis.

Archie Hillier-Wood and Anton John shared 30 runs for the second wicket but it was Lewis again who made the breakthrough as he had John caught by Josh Lewis.

Hillier-Wood and Peter Kingdom shared another 30 runs for the third wicket before Josh Lewis had Kingdom caught by Julian Arthur.

Matthew Lewis then trapped Hillier-Wood leg before on a score of 30 to reduce the Dock to 73-4.

Corey Lewis bowled John Camani before Simon Cole bowled Adam Phillips on a score of 18.

The Dock’s score had been helped along by 25 extras but time began to run out for them and Corey Lewis picked up his second wicket late on to reduce the Dock on 116-7.

It meant that Cresselly picked up the win by 67 runs.

Elsewhere, Herbrandston booked their place in the quarter finals as they beat Llechryd.

Llechryd scored 100-9 in their innings before Herbie passed their target with only two wickets down.

The nights’ other match saw Saundersfoot take on Stackpole.

Stackpole reached a score of 85-7 in their innings before Saundersfoot eased to a 10-wicket win.

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