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Cresselly and Carew share thrilling draw

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CRESSELLY fell just two runs short of victory on Saturday (Jun 15) as their game with rivals Carew ended in a draw.

Carew scored 219-6 in their innings with Nick Scourfield and Tom Davies in good form but it looked as if Cresselly were going to knock off the runs needed.

However, with all results possible with two balls to go, Cresselly fell just two runs short of victory on 218-8, meaning the game would finish all square.

Davies and Scourfield got the visitors off to a good start with an opening stand worth 147 runs.

Matthew Lewis made the breakthrough for the home side as he had Scourfield caught on 72 by Iwan Izzard who made a stunning catch on the boundary.

Scourfield and Shaun Whitfield continued to put runs on the board with another good stand worth 59 runs.

Tom Murphy brought that to an end when he had Whitfield caught by Scott Arthur after a good knock of 38.

Murphy struck again soon after as he had Davies caught by Dan Sutton on a score of 82 that included four fours and three sixes.

Tim Hicks did not last long in the middle as he was caught by Simon Cole off the bowling of Murphy.

Nick Davies was next to go as he was caught by Sam Harts off the bowling of Cole and Ian Sefton was then run out.

It saw Carew limp to their total which could have been smaller had it not been for a few dropped catches.

Murphy was the pick of the bowlers for Cresselly with figures of 3-32.

Cresselly lost opener Neil Williams early in their reply as he was bowled by Shaun Whitfield but Dan Sutton and Simon Cole shared a stand of 46 runs for the second wicket.

Sutton hit four fours and a six as he scored 31 but he was then trapped leg before by Tom Davies.

Cole and Iwan Izzard then shared another good stand worth 99 runs which looked to have set Cresselly up for the win.

But, Whitfield struck again as he had Izzard, who had scored 43, caught to leave Cresselly on 168-3.

He wasn’t done there as he then bowled Cole on a score of 74.

Davies then took over as he trapped Scott Arthur leg before for a duck as the home side quickly found themselves 168-5.

Soon after he had Ryan Lewis caught by Nick Davies and when Neilson Cole was caught off the bowling of Tom Davies Cresselly were 181-7.

Tom Murphy and Matthew Lewis steadied the ship with a stand of 33 which took them to within touching distance of victory.

Murphy had scored 32 but Ian Hicks had him caught to leave Cresselly on 214-8.

Lewis could only add four runs to his score as they finished two runs short of victory.

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Saints get back to winning ways

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ST CLEARS got back to winning ways in Division 2 on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Merlins Bridge seconds 4-1.

They were beaten by leaders Kilgetty in their last game before Christmas and they were keen to avoid another defeat against the side that sat just one place below them in the table.

The game started off frantically with lots of errors from both teams but after 15 minutes, both started to settle and the chances began to come.

The first fell to St Clears with Nathan Evans, after good link up play with Steve Thomas, who was through on goal but he dragged his shot wide.

Will Evans, who was busy on the wing for St Clears, then managed to beat the oncoming defender but his shot was at the keeper.

From this Bridge set up a counter attack and moved the ball well up to the strikers and a pinpoint cross found the head of Ryan Doyle who made no mistake from 8 yards out to put the hosts 1-0 up.

After the goal, St Clears began to find their rhythm, again mounting attack after attack and seeing a fair amount of possession.

There were chances for Will Evans, Josh Jones and a flurry of corners but the away side could not convert.

Bridge however, were proving dangerous on the counter and had two opportunities themselves to extend their lead which were snuffed out by the away defence and keeper Jason Jones.

Into the second half and it started very much like the first half ended.

St Clears went straight on the attack, playing their short, sharp passing game and began to create chances. Will Evans again had three early shots but Dan Birch the Merlins Bridge keeper was resolute and holding firm.

It was on around 60 minutes when a wide free kick was whipped into the box and challenged for by Nick Squire, that the ball fell and was coolly finished by Steve Thomas to bring the score to 1-1.

After this period Bridge began to get a bit more of the ball and started to form some of their own attacking play, however nothing significant to concern the away keeper, as the defence in front of him stood strong.

Around 70 minutes in and another excellent pass from Nathan Evans found Thomas again on the edge of the box, who brought the ball down on his left and thundered a half volley into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 to the away side.

Not long after this, Thomas again picked up the ball after a neat flick from Josh Jones and ran at the Bridge defence, Thomas then returned the favour to Josh Jones who went on to finish and make it 3-1.

Finally, around 85 minutes in, substitute Dorian Davies whipped in a long cross from wide and the ever alert Thomas ran in at the back post to secure a hat trick and a 4-1 win for the Saints. 

The win moves the Saints up to third, two points behind the top two with four games in hand.

On Saturday, January 22, St Clears host Johnston while Merlins Bridge seconds host Hakin United seconds.

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Pennar and Neyland share the points

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PENNAR Robins and Neyland settled for a point on Saturday (Jan 15) as their game at Bush Camp ended 2-2.

It was just over a month since both sides last played a game and Neyland welcomed back some absentees.

Pennar went in to the game on the back of two defeats (one in the league and one in the Senior Cup) while Neyland had suffered three straight league defeats.

The game was just six minutes old when Pennar took the lead as Nick Willis scored.

However two quick goals from Neyland turned the game on its head.

Mike Chandler levelled for the visitors and just two minutes later Max Bowman-Davies put Neyland ahead.

The action was not over though as Pennar hit back eight minutes before the break when Jack Phillips scored.

Both sides made changes in the second half in a bid to search for the winner but it remained 2-2 until the final whistle.

Neyland were pleased to pick up the point and will now look to start building some momentum and climb away from the bottom two.

On Saturday, January 22, Neyland travel to Monkton Swifts while Pennar are away to Narberth.

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Vikings see off Monkton

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HAKIN United picked up another win on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-1.

It was a physical encounter with both sides giving their all.

The Vikings took the lead after fourteen minutes as Camron Thomas crossed into the box and Mark Jones headed in to the top corner.

The visitors continued to create chances with Ben Aldred shooting wide while Shane Walsh volleyed over.

They held on to their lead until half time but they scored again on the hour mark.

Leon Luby whipped a cross into the box for Shane Walsh to knock in at the back post.

Monkton pulled a goal back just four minutes later as they broke from defence before the ball was played through for Dylan Davies who smashed an effort in off the underside of the bar.

The Swifts pushed for an equaliser but became susceptible to a counter attack.

With fifteen minutes to go Camron Thomas played the ball up to Ashley Bevan who held the ball before finding Luby who then beat two defenders before firing into the bottom right corner.

On Saturday, January 22, Hakin are at home to Hundleton while Monkton host Neyland.

Monkton Swifts: Taylor Gullam, Chris Richards, Rhodri Davies, Josh Richards, Shaun Donohoe, Declan Carroll, Blake James, Tom Powell, Dylan Davies, Jamie Wilkes, Jason Finnegan. Subs: Gareth Finnegan, Jack Clarke, Martyn Carroll.

Hakin United: Sam Franklin, Jake Merry, Camron Thomas, Jay Power, Mark Jones, Craig Nicholson, Justin Harding, Ben Aldred, Shane Walsh, Leon Luby, Jack Britton. Subs: Ryan Wilson, Laurie Haworth, Ashley Bevan.

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