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Whitland stun Cresselly

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they excellently chased down Cresselly’s score.

They had Geraint Jones to thank as he took two wickets and then scored a century to help set up victory.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field and although Geraint Jones claimed the early wicket of Dan Sutton (22), Cresselly made a good start.

Phil Williams and Simon Cole shared a second wicket stand of 122 as they looked to take the game away from Whitland.

Cole hit ten fours as his score of 58 came from 57 balls but he was then caught by Jacob Owen off the bowling of Davies.

Williams also found the ropes ten times in his score of 62 but he was also out to Davies as he hit the ball straight to Jack Bowen.

Iwan Izzard was then bowled by Davies on a score of 2 and Whitland had reduced Cresselly to 174-4.

Alex Bayley and Ryan Lewis then shared 36 runs for the fifth wicket before Bayley, who hit two fours and a six in his score of 33, was caught by Nathan Evans off the bowling of Owen.

Evans then took another catch as he had Steffan Jenkins giving Jones his second wicket of the day.

Mike Shaw then made 14 from 12 balls before he was run out as Cresselly continued to put runs on the board.

Lewis hit five fours and a six as his score of 47 not out came from 31 balls as Cresselly finished on 262-7.

Having seen Cresselly’s score, Whitland may have regretted choosing to field but they did not seem fazed by having to chase 263 to win.

Dylan Blain and Jack Bowen got their side off to a good start with an opening stand of 30 but Blain was then caught by Simon Cole off the bowling of Sam Harts on a score of 10.

Bowen made 21 from 16 balls with three fours and a six but was then bowled by Tom Arthur leaving Whitland on 54-2.

However, Geraint Jones and Matthew Davies took control of the game as they shared an excellent partnership of 184.

That took Whitland past 230 runs and brought them to within touching distance of victory.

Jones smashed his way to a century, hitting six fours and fourteen sixes as he went on to score 150 from only 74 balls.

His brilliant innings was brought to and end however when he found Sam Harts off the bowling of Ryan Lewis.

Davies batted on and made a half century before finishing not out on 62 to see Whitland to their target inside the 35th over.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea

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HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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