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Hook beat Kilgetty to win Under 11s final

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THIS years final was between the top two sides from the North and South Zones. Both teams came through the group stage with a 100% record with Hook beating Llechryd in the Semi Final and  Kilgetty beating Neyland.

The Under 11s game is played in a pairs format and Hook won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The Hook team all bowled extremely well with very few loose deliveries  although the Kilgetty team made steady progress with every pair of batsmen accumulating runs with boundaries and excellent running between the wickets.

This was a team effort reflected in the batsmen scores of Kiaran 11, Jamie 14, Dylan 12, Olly 10, Logan 13, and Madoc 10.

For Hook Dylan 1-5, William 1-21 and Oscar 1-11 and an excellent throw with a direct hit took the vital wickets. Callum and Manny  fielded well for Hook to support their bowlers.

At the half way stage opinion was divided with Kilgetty pleased with an impressive score and Hook delighted to take 4 wickets and restrict the score as they did but aware of the task ahead.

The scores were level when you compared the situation after the first pair of batsmen with Dylan James from Hook scoring 17.

The next Hook pair included the impressive Oscar Willington who scored 24 with some fine boundaries with one six that cleared the spectators.

However, the equally impressive Jamie Keating, Captain struck twice for Kilgetty in that pairing to almost even things up at the half way point of the Hook Innings.

The other wicket taker for Kilgetty was Olly 1-13. The 3rd pair of William and Dylan Goodridge made steady progress to take  Hook to 268 with Arlo and Lewis fielding well for Kilgetty.

This brought Jack and Rhys Phelps to the crease. The pair advanced the score to 282 with two overs to go.

Some strong shots around the ground by Rhys (24) saw Kilgetty needing wickets from the last two overs.

The batsmen defended these well and chose their shots wisely to see Hook run out winners of an excellent game of cricket.

It was good to see a large supportive crowd who had enjoyed the evening of entertaining cricket.

In the presentation after the Match Martin Jones (Junior Organiser) congratulated both sides on reaching the Final with some Excellent play by both and Hook for their victory.

Both sides should be proud of their Junior sections. He thanked Hook for hosting the final  including Phil Griffiths, groundsman, and afterwards the Club laid on Burgers and other refreshments for the players which was well received.

He thanked Umpires Simon Richards & Robert Ridge Scorers Jon Willington and Becki Badham  who all contributed to the evenings entertainment.

Last and by no means least he thanked sponsors Colin & Angela John, Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants for their continued and valuable support of Junior Cricket in the County.

It was also great to see Paul Webb County Chairman and his wife Janice and Nick Evans President in attendance.

Nick presented the runners up Cup sponsored by the Cricket Shop and medals to Kilgetty and Paul the Winners Cup sponsored by Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered accountants to Hook.

Hook  Team: Joint Captains Oscar Willington & Rhys Phelps, William Harries, Dylan James, Callum Nutty, Jack Thomas, Dylan Goodridge and Manny Davies

Kilgetty Team: Captain Jamie Keating, Dylan Sine, Logan Hall, Kiaran Sine, Lewios Rossiter, Olly Badham, Arlo Jones and Madoc Evans. Missing on the evening, Euan Gottwaltz, Morgan Chinsammy and Evan Jones.

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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