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Rooks ready for Grave semi

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CAREW take on Giants Grave tonight (Mar 27) with the Rooks looking to go one better than last season when they were beaten by eventual winners Goodwick United in the semi-final.

Their game will take place at the home of Garden Village in Swansea but assistant manager Jeremy Griffiths says the side are not fazed by having to travel there and that they are ‘looking forward to it’.

A few of Carew’s players have already played at Garden Village for the County side but for a number of the players it will be a new experience.

Carew played Giants Grave in the quarter finals last season and earned a 5-2 win but conditions are likely to be a bit different this time around.

Opponents Giants Grave play their football in the Neath Premier Division and are currently sitting ten points off the leaders with three games in hand.

They have nine wins from their 12 games so far this season and only have one defeat on their record.

Giants Grave were beaten finalists in the 2012-13 season when they lost to Dafen Welfare and that remains their only final appearance to date.

Carew have reached the semi-final for the second successive season after last reaching the final in the 70s and they will be looking to make it an all Pembrokeshire League final.

Route to the final

Having reached the last four last season, Carew received a bye for the first round and began their run to the semis in round 2 where they were drawn away to Burry Port.

Two goals each from Jordan Richards and Scott Ferney and another from Lloyd Hughes saw them to a 5-2 win over the Carmarthenshire League Division 1 side.

In round three the Rooks took on Loughor Rovers and eased to an 8-0 win with Hughes scoring four and Jordan Richards scoring a hat trick. Ferney grabbed the other goal.

Shaun Whitfield, Sam Christopher, Scott Ferney and Jordan Richards each scored in round four to earn a 4-0 win for the Rooks away at Maltsters Sports.

In the last eight, Carew played Mumbles Rangers at home and they came from two goals down to win 3-2 with brothers Sam and Jack Christopher on the score sheet alongside Whitfield.

Jordan Richards and Scott Ferney have been in good form in the Cup and the pair will be looking to bring the Giants down.

Giants Grave began their Cup campaign away at Llangennech and needed extra time before earning a 2-1 win.

In the second round they beat Carmarthen Stars 3-1 at home thanks to goals from Richard Barnes, Dean Evans and Ross Hudson. They then beat Trallwm by the same scoreline three days before Christmas.

The Carmarthenshire sides kept coming for Giants Grave as they played Bwlch Rangers in Round 4 but Grave earned a 3-0 win.

They then beat fellow Neath Premier Division side Bryncoch 2-1 in the quarter finals to reach the last four.

What they say

The Herald spoke to members of the Carew team ahead of the game to find out how they were feeling.

Carew’s Assistant Jeremy Griffiths added that it ‘will be nice to go somewhere different’ having already played on the Bridge Meadow recently in the Senior Cup Semi-final and added that it would be excellent if they got to the final.

He said: “We played Giants Grave in the quarter finals last season and beat them 5-2 at our place but we are expecting it to be a lot tougher this time.”

Giants Grave tweeted that they have two coaches booked for their game and that they were ‘looking forward to playing Carew once again’.

The final will take place at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Tuesday, May 7.

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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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