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Milford secure survival

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MILFORD Haven Ladies, playing their last game of the season on Saturday (Mar 30), were aware that a win in this game would secure them from being relegated and that, in order to do so, they would have to overcome a strong Bridgend team who were lying in mid-table.

From the start Milford knew that they needed to score first to put pressure on the visitors and there was end to end hockey with both teams determined to be the first on the score board.

However, it was Milford Haven’s Charlotte Davies playing out of her skin that caused Bridgend’s defence to fault in their ‘D’ awarding the home team a short corner Meg Evans delivered the ball to Captain Rachel Coe who was able to get a good strike and spot the ball in the goal 20 minutes into the game.

Milford Ladies knew this wasn’t over by a long way and still had to fight hard to keep the lead as Bridgend were using their chances well but luckily Milford’s defence and goal keeper managed to keep them at bay.

With five minutes to go till half time Bridgend were forced to fault again awarding Milford Haven another short corner. Again Meg Evans delivered to Rachel Coe who managed to make it a brace making it 2-0 going into half time.

After a sterling half time team talk by Captain Coe, Milford Ladies came out determined to keep their lead and knew it was going to be a long 35 minutes.

Both Megan Jones and Lucy Mackintosh had chances at the beginning of the second half which was positive as Milford were still attacking well as a team.

Bridgend were awarded three consecutive short corners but again the defence of Meg Evans, Kate Farr, Vicki John and Emma Summons dug deep and defended well.

With 15 minutes to go Milford were awarded a free hit, Charlotte Davies placed the ball well in the ‘D’ to Jemma Phillips who placed the ball passed the goalkeeper making it 3-0.

Bridgend came back fighting for a goal but every member of the Milford team worked hard and made this impossible for them and Milford finished the stronger of the teams and came away with a fine victory.

Captain Rachel Coe stated: “I was so proud of the team today it was by far our best game of the season, every player gave 100% and we worked together as a team and played some superb hockey. “We look forward in anticipation to next season in Division 1, all the youngsters will have learned from the hard season we have had but it’s onwards and upwards to next year.”

Players of the match: “the team”

Milford: Emilie Zatac (GK), Meg Evans, Vicki John, Kate Farr, Alice Wonnacott, Cerys Jones, Charlotte Davies, Emma Summons, Georgia Davies, Jemma Phillips, Kacey Arran, Lucy Mackintosh, Megan Jones, Rachel Coe.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth

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HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish

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CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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