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Big wins for Rooks and Wizards

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CAREW and Merlins Bridge both earned big wins on Wednesday night (Apr 10), as they closed in on league leaders Monkton Swifts.

Having beaten Herbrandston 7-3 just two days before, the Rooks put twelve past them as the amount of games played began to took its toll.

Jordan Richards took his tally of goals for the season to 30 as he scored a double hat trick.

Alex Bayley doubled his tally of goals to six with another treble.

Zac Rowell, James Hinchcliffe and Tom Arthur also scored as they completed a comfortable win.

Merlins Bridge’s Joe Leahy also scored a double hat trick as he helped his side to a 14-0 win over Narberth at the Racecourse.

Will Haworth was also in fine form scoring five times while Nathan Greene was again on the scoresheet.

Richard Hughes and Laurie Haworth also scored as the Wizards closed the gap to leaders Monkton Swifts to four points.

Also on Wednesday, Hakin earned a 3-2 win over Neyland. Ben Aldred was in goal for the Vikings and was unlucky to concede after saving a penalty.

Ollie Hughes and Geraint Rees scored for the Nomads but goals from Justin Harding, Dan Evans and Shane Walsh gave the Vikings victory.

Merlins Bridge now have one game in hand over the Swifts which sees them play Saundersfoot on Saturday (Apr 13).

A win in that game will see them go one point behind the Swifts who they then play on April 24 in a crunch match.

Carew have now played the same amount of games as the Swifts and sit six points behind with two games left to play.

Their next game sees them take on St Clears on Saturday.

Goodwick United can not yet be counted out of the title race as they also sit four points behind the Swifts with two games to play.

On Saturday (Apr 13), they play Hakin at the Obs before their final game against Monkton on April 27.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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