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Burton seal surprise win

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BURTON won their third game of the season on Saturday (Jun 29) as half centuries from Toby Hayman and Jonathan Venables set them on their way to victory against Haverfordwest.

Town had earlier scored 229-5 in their innings as Simon Holliday rediscovered his early season form with another century.

He and Mike Jones shared 30 runs as Town got off to a steady start before Jones was caught by Matthew Davies off the bowling of Matthew Webb.

Holliday then shared another 37 runs with Lee Summons with the latter scoring 13 before being bowled by John Scale.

Ben Field joined Holliday in the middle and they shared the best partnership of the match worth 146 runs for the third wicket.

Field hit six fours and a six as he scored 56 but he was then caught by Luke Hayman off the bowling of Webb.

Holliday had already reached his century at that stage as he hit 11 fours and six sixes in his knock of 127.

He was eventually removed when he was caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of Hayman.

Webb then took the wicket of Dai Davies as Town edged towards their total.

Burton knew they would need to bat well if they were to stand a chance of victory and they did just that in an excellent start.

Toby Hayman and Jonathan Venables shared 144 runs for the first wicket to put the visitors in control.

Hayman hit ten fours and three sixes as he top scored with 77 but he was then caught and bowled by Dai Davies.

Davies then ran out Matthew Webb before also bowling Venables who had hit seven fours in a score of 60.

Luke Hayman scored 17 before he was run out by Chris Phillips as Burton slipped to 185-4.

Morgan Scale and Martin James took over and they were untroubled as they guided Burton to a six-wicket win.

Scale finished not out on 19 while James was unbeaten on a score of 33. Town were also guilty of giving away 20 runs in extras.

It was an excellent victory for Burton and on Saturday (Jul 6) they host Neyland. Town will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Whitland.

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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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