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Kidney and Buckle see Lawrenny into final

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LAWRENNY made it through to the final of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday (Jun 25) as they beat Whitland by three wickets in Kilgetty.

Whitland were asked to bat first after Lawrenny won the toss and they made a good start with Dylan Blain and Jack Bowen sharing an opening stand of 48 runs.

Blain made 27 but he couldn’t add to his score as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

Bowen then shared another 39 runs with Geraint Jones, who scored a century earlier in the tournament.

This time though, Jones could only score 17 before he was caught by Cole off the bowling of Harry Thomas.

Bowen then reached his half century and moved on to a score of 76 with four fours and five sixes but he was then bowled by Kurtis Marsh to leave Whitland on 141-3.

Marsh then also bowled Jonathan Thomas on a score of 17 as Whitland’s innings began to fade.

Nathan Evans and Martin Thomas were both run out late on as they looked to put more runs on the board.

That saw them finish on 156-6 and Lawrenny got off to similarly good start in their reply as openers Kurtis Marsh and Brad McDermott-Jenkins shared 59 runs for the first wicket.

McDermott-Jenkins smashed five fours and three sixes as his score of 40 came from only 17 balls but he was then bowled by Wayne Howells.

James Phillips was caught by Nathan Evans off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas and soon after Marsh was caught and bowled by Greg Sleep on a score of 32.

Howells then bowled Harry Thomas for a duck to leave Lawrenny on 92-4.

Steve Lewis and Tom Cole were both run out as Lawrenny slipped further into trouble on 116-6.

Joe Kidney and Ryan Morton shared another 15 runs for the seventh wicket but Matthew Davies then had Morton caught by Bowen.

James Buckle joined Kidney at the crease, and after surviving a few close calls, they saw Lawrenny to their target with three balls to spare.

Buckle finished not out on 18 while Kidney hit three fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 30.

Lawrenny now await the winners of the tie between holders Neyland and Haverfordwest which takes place in St Ishmaels on Thursday (Jun 27).

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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