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Swifts close the gap



MONKTON Swifts closed the gap to leaders Goodwick United as they thumped Neyland 5-2 on Saturday (Nov 17).

The win for the Swifts means they are now two points behind with a game in hand and they have not lost a league game since the opening day of the season.

Ryan Griffiths scored twice for the Swifts with other goals coming from Blake James, Jimmy Russell and Thomas Powell.

They led 4-0 at the break and the home side could have scored more goals as James, Ben Steele and Powell all missed a number of chances.

Mike Chandler and Ollie Hughes scored for Neyland but they turned out to be consolation efforts.

On Saturday (Nov 24), Monkton are away as they take on St Clears while Neyland are at home as they host Clarbeston Road.


Neyland progress to Welsh Cup quarter finals



NEYLAND set up a Welsh Cup quarter final tie with Newport after they beat Clydach on Sunday (Jul 25).

Clydach won the toss and chose to bat first and had looked set to make a good total as they reached a score of 82-1.

However, the home side collapsed to 125 all out before Neyland reached their target with six wickets in hand.

Jason Davies was the first wicket to fall as he was caught by Nathan Banner off the bowling of Andrew Miller on a score of 33.

Soon after, Ross Hardy trapped Sam Davies leg before on a score of 40.

Steff Davies and Jonathan Hubschmid took the score into three figures but Miller returned to have Davies caught by Scott Jones.

Hubschmid had made 18 with a four and two sixes but Nathan Banner took the catch to dismiss him and to give Miller his third wicket.

Hardy then had James Garland caught by Geraint Rees and Nicky Fisher caught by Gregg Miller as Clydach slipped from 111-3 to 111-6.

Andrew Miller then had Jack Todd caught by Rees and Jo Farthing stumped by Sean Hannon on a duck.

Jones came on and had Callum Hanney caught by Gregg Miller and Cameron Rees caught fittingly by Andrew Miller.

Miller’s excellent bowling saw him finish with figures of 5-32.

It meant Neyland would need just 126 to win the game and go through to the quarter finals.

Neyland lost Nick Koomen early in their reply when he fell to the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Scott Jones and Ashley Sutton pushed the score into the fifties but Jones was trapped leg before by Jonathan Hubschmid.

Nathan Banner was also trapped leg before by Jo Farthing as Neyland were reduced to 55-3.

Sutton and Gregg Miller then shared another 56 runs to all but seal the win for the visitors.

Sutton reached his half century but then saw Miller depart having made a score of 21.

That was the last of the wickets to fall as Sutton finished unbeaten on 66 to take Neyland to their target.

Sutton’s knock included nine fours and three sixes as he helped Neyland to a home quarter final tie with Newport.

That game will take place on Sunday, August 15.

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Whitland move out of bottom two after beating Saundersfoot



WHITLAND moved out of the bottom two on Saturday (Jul 24) as they beat Saundersfoot by eight runs.

Saundersfoot won the toss but asked Whitland to bat first and they were able to reach 196 before being bowled out.

Geraint Jones was unlucky to miss out on a century as he fell on a score of 99.

He and Jonathan Thomas had rescued Whitland from a score of 18-3 with Sam Franklin claiming the first of his five wickets.

Thomas was out on a score of 26 to the bowling of John Mansbridge before Jones left the score on 159-5.

Scott Newton made a late score of 31 with three fours and two sixes but Saundersfoot hit back well to bowl Whitland out.

Saundersfoot struggled early on in their reply and soon found themselves on 48-5.

Geraint Jones (2), Wayne Howells (2) and Scott Newton (1) did the damage early on to give Whitland a great chance of victory.

Saundersfoot hit back again though as Sam Franklin and Simon Stanford shared 63 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken by Jonathan Thomas who had Stanford caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 32.

More wickets fell and when Franklin fell to Newton on a score of 53 Saundersfoot’s hopes of victory began to fade.

There were late scores of 17 from Jack Franklin and an unbeaten 17 from Tudor Hurle but it wasn’t enough to send their side to victory.

Jones, Newton, Thomas and Howells all picked up two wickets for Whitland while Conor Bowen and Kevin Pearce claimed the other two as all of their bowlers picked up wickets.

It was just a third win of the season for Whitland who will look to push on as they try to avoid the drop to Division 2.

On Saturday, July 31, Whitland are away to bottom side Llechryd while Saundersfoot travel to Neyland.

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Town bowl Tish out to earn victory



HAVERFORDWEST bowled out St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 24) to earn victory by 27 runs.

Tish had earlier won the toss and chose to field and they were also able to bowl Town out for 198.

However, they could not reach their target as they were bowled out for 171.

The defeat sees Tish slip back into the relegation places while Haverfordwest pulled themselves away from the bottom two after picking up 19 points.

Town had been in trouble on 57-4 and then 88-5 but Ben Field’s score of 78 helped Town towards 200 runs.

Field’s score included seven fours and three sixes but he was eventually removed by Lewis Rhead who had him caught by Jonathan Pawlett.

Dai Davies’ score of 20 and Jack Scriven’s late score of 36 helped Town to their total.

Rhead finished with figures of 3-24 for Tish while Andrew Palmer also bowled well for figures of 2-21.

Andrew Williams also took two wickets for Tish.

In reply, Tish lost two early wickets to slip to 21-2 as Ashley James picked up the two wickets.

Ieuan Hawkins scored 31 before he fell to Johnnie White and he then also removed Phil Cockburn on a score of 26.

Daniel Richards and Peter Bradshaw then shared 50 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

However, Richards was then caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Archie Thomas on a score of 57 that had included ten fours.

Further wickets fell and when Bradshaw fell for a score of 14, Tish had slipped to 150-8.

Andrew Pawlett gave Tish late hope with a four and a six in a quick fire score of 16 from 11 balls but he fell to Johnnie White.

Archie Thomas claimed his fourth and the last wicket of the day to seal the win for Town.

Thomas finished with figures of 4-30 while White had 3-36 and James finished with 3-31 in what was a good display from Town’s bowlers.

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