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Pembroke seal promotion

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PEMBROKE sealed promotion to League 1 West on Saturday (Apr 13) as they beat Pontyberem 36-25 in a thrilling game.

Going into the game, Pembroke sat three points ahead of their promotion rivals and knew a win would see them go up. A Pontyberem win would have put them second with one game left to play.

A huge crowd gathered for the game in anticipation of a thrilling encounter and that is exactly what they were treated to.

Pontyberem took the lead early on with a penalty but Pembroke hit back.

Jack Smythe took the scoring pass from Tom Lewis to finish off an excellent team try and Toby Smith then added the extras to make it 3-7.

They soon had their second as a good break by the backs released Smythe to score his second try of the game and Smith added the extras.

Lewys Gibby then showed good pace out on the wing to cross for Pembroke’s third try which was also converted by Smith.

Scrum half Gwion Jones then darted over for a try for the home side to give them hope of a second half comeback.

Smith then scored a penalty to make it 8-24 but the home side very nearly scored shortly before the break. After an interception, Gibby got back to make an excellent try saving tackle keeping the score at 8-24.

However, at half time but Pembroke knew they would face a strong fight back from the Bont in the second half.

Matt Meredith scored the first try of the half for the Bont and the conversion made it 15-24.

Pembroke then extended their lead with their fourth try of the game to earn a bonus point as Jack Parkinson made a great break before passing to Gibby to score. The conversion was missed and the score stayed at 15-29.

The Bont then had their best spell of the game as tries from lock Matthew Lloyd and skipper Wayne Williams brought them back to within four points at 25-29.

It was an epic comeback by the Bont but the visitors then took control as Jordan Gwillam offloaded to Dan Colley who scored under the posts and Smith added the extras to make it 25-36.

Dom Colman, James Davies and Simon Stanford all came on in the second half and all put in good performances.

Pontyberem came back in the final ten minutes looking to get back into it but Pembroke defended excellently to keep them out.

Coach Geraint Lewis said after the game: “It was a huge performance, everyone put in a big shift from 1 to 20.

“It was a big result and there was great support as well. We’re looking forward to League 1 now. It’s fantastic for the club, it’s been a tremendous two years. We got promoted last season and we were hoping to cement our place in League 2 but we’ve only had two losses in the last thirteen games so it’s been a hell of a run.”

Pembroke now have one game remaining, away to St Clears on Saturday, April 27, and it is still possible for them to win the league.

However, should they win, that would mean them relying on a Penclawdd loss against Pontyberem but coach Lewis said he wasn’t concerned how they go up.

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Whitland move out of bottom two after beating Saundersfoot

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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

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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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Neyland seal seven-wicket win over Carew

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NEYLAND’S Nathan Banner finished unbeaten to help his side to victory over Carew on Saturday (July 24).

Neyland won the toss and chose to field and they were able to keep Carew to 171-9 from their 45 overs.

Hayden Shapcott top scored for the home side with 45 while Brian Hall added 31.

James Hinchcliffe added 32 but that was as good as it got for Carew as Andrew Miller picked up three wickets for Neyland.

His three wickets came at the expense of 34 runs while Ross Hardy also claimed two wickets for figures of 2-34.

Jack Jones also bowled well as he finished with two wickets for the loss of 20 runs.

In reply, Neyland lost Gregg Miller early on when he was caught and bowled by Shaun Whitfield.

Ashley Sutton made a score of 20 before being bowled by Sam Harts (1-28) as Carew did their best to derail Neyland’s chase.

Koomen and Nathan Banner then shared 84 runs for the third wicket with Koomen reaching his half century.

Koomen hit six fours in a score of 54 but he was then trapped leg before by Ceri Brace.

Banner and Ross Hardy were unfazed though as they took Neyland to their target.

Hardy hit six fours in a score of 37 unbeaten from 28 balls. Banner hit five fours in a score of 56 not out to see Neyland to victory.

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