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Hook face Kilgetty in Under 11s final

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Junior League Under 11s final takes place tonight (Jul 22) and will see Hook take on Kilgetty.

Both sides played their respective semi-finals last week which saw Hook beat Llechryd while Kilgetty beat Neyland.

The Under 11s final takes place in Hook and starts at 6pm.

Hook too good for Llechryd

Hook U11s (310-7) beat Llechryd U11s (276-1)

ON a perfect evening in West Wales, both teams played out a tremendous game of cricket and demonstrated excellent skill with bat and ball. Llechryd fielded a young, talented side after skipper Ifan won the toss and decided to have a bowl first.

The decision paid dividends as Ellis took a double-wicket maiden with his first over. He clean bowled the Hook openers, Dylan James (11 runs) with the first ball of the match and followed up with another clean bowled in the same over, dismissing Manny Davies (12 runs), returning figures of 2 for 19 off 2.

Not to be outdone, Flo (1-19) took a wicket with his first ball, before Manny Davies and Dylan James steadied the ship to get Hook back in to positive figures with some excellent stroke play including 6 boundaries between them.

As the dark clouds above looked ominous, this was the calm before the storm. Callum Nutty (7 runs) and Oscar Willington entered proceedings with the later amassing 41 runs off just 15 balls, including five 4s and three 6s – one of the 6s almost landed in the adjacent school playground, a huge hit at any age level of Cricket.

This partnership of 48 runs propelled Hook to a decent total halfway through their innings. Delme (2-11) bowled exceptionally well, with disciplined line and length, pressuring the Hook batsmen into a second run that was almost on, until some sharp fielding by Llechryd denied them.

Delme gathered the ball well from the throw and took the bails off with ease.

It should be mentioned at this point that all the Llechryd players fielded tremendously well with some excellent ground fielding, taking their catches and backing-up making sure any wayward throws were gathered.

With the scoreboard ticking over nicely, William Harries (23) and Dylan Goodridge (6) kept the momentum up, adding 35 runs between them. William Harries in fine form once again, nudged the ball into the gaps for three 4s, before effortlessly placing the ball straight down the ground for a maximum.

Dexter kept nagging away at off-stump and eventually got his reward, bowling Harries off the last ball of his over, returning figures of 1 for 18 off 2. A quick change of personnel behind the stumps, saw Ifan have a bowl at the last pair of Hook batsmen.

Ifan bowled with a lot of skill and excellent technique, only allowing the batsmen to nudge him for a few singles and one boundary in his spell of 1 for 7 off 2. Jack Thomas (3) and Rhys Phelps (16) added 13 vital runs at the end as Llechryd picked up 2 wickets, with Delme once again showing his class by bowling Thomas with the last ball of the innings.

The Llechryd openers, comprising of Ifan (8) and Japp (14) got off to a flyer, adding 21 off their first 4 overs. Oscar Willington bowled with excellent control and pace, taking the only wicket of the Llechryd innings, returning figures of 1 for 4 off 2.

Ellis (4) and Delme continued to build on the great start and between them added 27 vital runs, with the later scoring 20 runs, including four 4s. At the halfway stage of the Llechryd innings they were on track to pass Hooks final score.

However, although no wickets fell, the Hook bowling trio of Rhys Phelps, Jack Thomas and Dylan Goodridge bowled with discipline and control, only allowing 17 runs during the third pairing. Evan (9) and Dexter (3) played with a straight bat and defended their wickets well.

With the batting side requiring 46 runs to win from the final pair, once again the Hook bowlers showed a lot of mettle, restricting Llechryd to just 11 runs from 4 overs. Callum Nutty bowled the innings only maiden over with some recently acquired wrist spin deliveries (obviously doesn’t get that from his Dad!) and once again Jack Thomas bowled superbly well going for 1 run off the penultimate over of the match.

It was down to Manny Davies, the youngest player in the Hook team to bowl the final over. He grasped the responsibility with both hands and showed real maturity to get the job done. The last pair of Flo (4) and Osian (7) fought to the end, defended their wickets well, but eventually came up short of the total.

Llechryd demonstrated that they are certainly a team to watch out for over the next few seasons with so many young talented players coming through.

Credit to Jonny Lewis for his coaching efforts and it was a pleasure to be part of such a great game of cricket played in great spirit.

The players even enjoyed homemade cakes, biscuits, cookies and gallons of squash at halftime.

Good luck to Hook in the Final, who will be looking to right a few wrongs after losing out to Lawrenny last season.

Well done to all involved with Junior Cricket this season in Pembrokeshire, without dedicated volunteers the kids would not have all these fantastic opportunities to express themselves through the medium of sport.

Kilgetty hold off Neyland

Kilgetty 265-5 beat Neyland 211-4

A SUNNY evening at Kilgetty Cricket Club was the perfect venue for Monday’s under 11’s semi-final between the home team, Kilgetty, and their visitors Neyland, in a sixteen over match.

Kilgetty came into the game full of confidence having won all six of their group games and started well with Kiaran and Lewis hitting 13 runs off the opening two overs. Neyland fought back hard though, and some accurate bowling saw them take five quick wickets to leave Kilgetty with a disappointing total of 221 at the halfway stage.

Euan and Morgan took the field next and steadied the ship by adding another 15 runs with no further losses.

Then a hugely important last pairing saw Madoc snatch lots of quick singles whilst Logan went for the boundary with a series of powerful strikes. The result was an extra 29 runs in four overs giving Kilgetty a very respectable total of 265.

After a short break and a well-earned burger from the barbecue, both teams took to the field again. Neyland began with a couple of strong pairings and quickly piled on the runs.

Euan took one wicket and Morgan grabbed two more to peg them back slightly but after nine overs Neyland were on 245 and well ahead of where Kilgetty had been at the same stage.

The visitors score could have been even higher had it not been for some excellent wicket keeping from Dylan who kept the run rate down, refusing to let a ball get past his gloves.

Then, just as the large crowd of home supporters were starting to fear the worst, a fabulous spell of bowling from Jamie and Kiaran saw the game turn on its head. A stunning five wicket haul in three overs left Neyland in disarray as the Kilgetty boys leaped around the field in joy.

From that point on there was only going to be one winner and Kilgetty produced a ruthless finish. Logan dismissed three opponents in a single over and Kiaran and Jamie picked up a couple more to finish things off in style and secure a win by 54 runs.

Overall it was a fabulous team effort and Kilgetty take a deserved place in the final.

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Whitland win Under 15s final

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Whitland 87-7 Beat Kilgetty 52-10 by 35 runs

THIS years final was between the top two sides, from the North Zones with Kilgetty beating Whitland in the group stage and then Hook in the Semi final whilst Whitland beat Neyland in the other Semi final.

Captain of Kilgetty Jamie Keating won the toss against his counterpart Charlie Bujega of Whitland and decided to bowl first. The Square and Outfield was in fine condition with the hard work of Kevin Bowen & Chris Bradshaw.

Both teams had very strong bowling outfits and in both innings the ball dominated the bat. The Whitland opening bats Daf James (17) and Rhys Jones (12) progressed the score to 32 without loss off 7 overs when Noah Williams struck quickly followed by a wicket for Rhys Eyon With the Score at 42-2 off 12 it was anyone’s game. It was the turn of the Whitland Captain to play a decisive as it turned out innings of 26 before being run out by a direct hit by Rhys Eynon.

Cian Rees scored a late 13 being caught and bowled by the returning Keating who also had a run out with a direct hit and with 17 Extras the Whitland Innings closed on 87-7. For Kilgetty Jamie Keating (1-14), Kiaran Sine (0-19), Rhys Eynon (1-13), Noah Williams (2-19) and Logan Hall (1-16) all bowled well.

Opinion was very much divided at the break although Whitland knew they needed a good start and that’s exactly what they got. Coach Mark Lee was in his third final in successive years, having lost the previous two, and his team talk worked wonders and there was some inspired bowling by the whole team who never let the Kilgetty batters get into their stride.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with opening bowlers Cian Rees and Charlie Bujega being to hot to handle on the night removing the danger men of Rhys Eynon, Kiaran Sine and Logan Hall (6).

It was only Harry Morgan whose has been in fine form recently put up any resistance to the Whitland onslaught with lovely cover and straight drives before becoming Bujega’s second victim. Rees finished with 3-9 and Bujega 2-17 with both taking a catch each.

Late resistance by by Jamie Keating (6) and Taylor Lewis (8 ) advanced the score but with Cai Lewis 2 -11. Freddy Davies 2-5 and Daf James 1-8 aided by three catches by Alex Passmore together with 11 extras saw the Kilgetty innings close on 52-10. This left Whitland as deserved winners on the night.

In the presentation after the match, Martin Jones (Junior Organiser) congratulated both sides on reaching the Final and their Coaches Trefor Badham and Mark Lee also deserve great praise for their hard work. He also thanked St Ishmaels for hosting the final, including Kevin Bowen and Chris Bradshaw for their work on the ground. Wendy Bradshaw, Pat Williams and the Ladies section for providing the food for the player and spectators.

He thanked Umpires Allan Hansen and Ian Milsom and the Scorers Becki Badham and Darren Bujega who all contributed to the evenings entertainment for a large crowd

Last and by no means least Martin thanked Sponsors Colin John Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants for his continued and valuable support of Junior Cricket in the County. It was also great to see Richard Merriman County Chairman and Trefor Evans County President in attendance.

The Winning Trophy now in its 48th year, donated by the family of the late Stan Richards and John Bowen looked a picture. It was great to see Georgina Morgan, daughter of John whose grandson

Ollie Rees presented the winning trophy to Whiland County Chairman Richard presented the runners up cup donated by Martin & Yvonne Jones together with the medals to Kilgetty. This year we also had the Inaugural Player of the Match Cup in memory of the Late Bill Roberts another St Ishmaels stalwart presented and donated by his son Evan with the permanent award sponsored by Moira & John Hawkins. This was presented to the Whitland Captain Charlie Bujega for his all round contribution to the game.

Whitland: Charlie Bujega (Captain), Rhys Jones (WK), Daf James, Cian Rees, Freddy Davies, Cai Lewis, Alexander Passmore, Joel Evans, Luca Jones, Finlay Jones, Cai Faukner, Reben Jones, Hari Owen.

Kilgetty: Jamie Keating (Captain), Connor Davies (WK), Rhys Eynon, Kiran Sines, Logan Hall, Harry Morgan, Noah Williams, George Morgan, Ryan Cooper, Taylor Lewis, Louie Treadaway Williams, Olly Cook, Dylan Sine, Lewis Rossiter.

Sponsor: Colin John – Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants

Umpires: Allan Hansen & Ian Milsom

Scorers: Becki Badham & Darren Bujega

Coaches: Trefor Badham & Mark Lee

Venue: St Ishmaels CC

Charlie Bujega Player of Match
Late John Bowen Stanley Richards Under 15’s Trophy
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Division 2: Whitland keep promotion hopes alive

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WHITLAND kept their promotion hopes alive on Saturday (Aug 13) as they beat Pembroke by five wickets.

Going into the final day of the season, Whitland sit eight points behind the top two and a win coupled with low-scoring defeats for the others could see them earn promotion back to Division 1.

On Saturday, Pembroke won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good score of 219-8 in their innings.

Luke Butler made a score of 50 and Will Davies was the top scorer with a knock of 63. Andrew Price then finished unbeaten on 27 to set Whitland 220 to win the game.

Luc Owen took two wickets for the visitors while Cian Rees (2-22) and Charlie Bujega (2-21) also claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Kevin Pearce batted well for his score of 52 and Jack Bowen was the top scorer with a knock of 60.

Connor Bowen added 18 and Gethin Scourfield finished on 47 not out as Whitland secured victory with two overs to spare.

Jonathan Rogers claimed 2-24 for the home side and Steve Durston had 2-23 for Pembroke but they could not stop Whitland getting over the line.

Whitland’s final game of the season sees them host Llechryd, themselves also in with a chance of promotion, looking for a win that could see them go up.

On Saturday, August 20, Pembroke host Hook.

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Division 2: Burton stay top after beating Llanrhian

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BURTON remain top of Division 2 after they beat Llanrhian by six wickets on Saturday (Aug 13).

Promotion is not yet guarnteed for Burton as third and fourth placed Whitland and Llechryd could still catch should the leaders slip up on the final day.

On Saturday, Llanrhian won the toss and chose to bat and they scored 174-6 in their innings.

Adam Phillips top scored with 34 for the visitors while Jack Jones added a score of 33. Iwan James scored 30 before Geraint Morris finished unbeaten on 24.

Morgan Scale took two wickets for Burton to finish with 2-37 while Jon Scale (1-21) and Dan Ridge (1-22) also claimed wickets.

In reply, Toby Hayman made an early score of 21 and Martin Jones reached a half century before falling on 54.

Morgan Scae then finished unbeatn on 15 but Jon Venables was the star of the innings as he finished unbeaten on 66.

Jack Jones took two wickets for Llanrhian but it wasn’t enough.

On the final day of the season (Saturday, August 20), Burton travel to Johnston while Llanrhian play Carew seconds.

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