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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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Scarlets make five changes for Cardiff Blues clash

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Scarlets show five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup clash with Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets (15:00; Premier Sports),

Interim head coach Dai Flanagan has reshuffled his side, giving opportunities to centre Ioan Nicholas and lock Josh Helps.

It will be 23-year-old Nicholas’s first PRO14 appearance since October 2019, having been frustrated by injury this season. Helps comes into the starting XV for the first time since November.

In the back three there is one change with Johnny McNicholl replacing fellow Wales international Steff Evans on the left wing. The only other switch behind the scrum is the inclusion of NIcholas for Tyler Morgan to partner Jonathan Davies in midfield. Angus O’Brien and Kieran Hardy continue their half-back partnership.

Up front, Ryan Elias again swaps with Ken Owens and resumes the captaincy after leading the side for the first time in the opening round match against the Dragons. He packs down in between Rob Evans and Alex Jeffries, the scorer of the only try of the game in last weekend’s 22-6 win over the Ospreys.

Helps and Lewis Rawlins combine in the second row, while injuries to Blade Thomson and Uzair Cassiem see Ed Kennedy handed the No. 8 jersey. Kennedy, Aaron Shingler and Jac Morgan make up the back row.

There are two of Warren Gatland’s 2021 Lions selections on the bench in Ken Owens and Gareth Davies. Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Iesyn Rees, Dan Jones and Joe Roberts provide the rest of the replacement cover.

Both the Scarlets and Blues have a win apiece after the opening two rounds of the Rainbow Cup.

Scarlets team v Cardiff Blues (Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup; Parc y Scarlets, Sat, May 15, 15:00 Premier Sports)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ioan Nicholas, 11 Johnny McNicholl; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Kieran Hardy; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Alex Jeffries, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Jac Morgan, 8 Ed Kennedy.
Reps: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Iestyn Rees, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Joe Roberts.

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Newtown hold on to beat Haverfordwest

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NEWTOWN secured seventh place in the JD Cymru Premier Play-off conference as they beat Haverfordwest County 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow.

The Robins had beaten the Bluebirds 6-1 at Latham Park a few weeks ago but it was much different this time around.

Newtown took the lead as early as the second minute as they won a corner which was sent into the box for Tyrone Ofori who flicked the ball in.

The Bluebirds battled for a way back into the game and came close when the ball was played over the top for Jack Wilson but it just ran away and the Newtown keeper Dave Jones was able to gather the ball.

On 17 minutes, the Bluebirds won a corner which Elliot Scotcher sent into the box and Danny Williams headed in to the far corner to make it 1-1.

Newtown were then given a free kick in a dangerous position which captain Craig Williams sent into the box. Kieran Mills-Evans chested the ball down at the back post and Bluebirds keeper Wojciech Gajda made a good save to push the ball away.

There was another chance for Newtown soon after as Tyrone Ofori saw his header pushed wide by Gajda.

From the resulting corner, Shane Sutton headed home to put Newtown back in front.

The Bluebirds then had a chance to get level but Dan Summerfield sent a rasping drive just over the bar.

With half an hour gone, Alaric Jones sent a ball into the box but Corey Shephard saw his header saved by Dave Jones.

Both sides battled away with Scotcher sending a drive over from the edge of the box.

However it remained 2-1 to the visitors as the half time whistle went.

Newtown had a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half as Williams sent a corner into the box but Mills-Evans headed just wide.

The Bluebirds looked to get back in the game but despite getting into some promising positions, they were unable to test the Newtown keeper.

With twenty minutes to go a Bluebirds throw was headed on to the back post. Danny Williams headed towards goal and thought it had gone over the line but Dave Jones made a fantastic save to keep Newtown ahead.

Sub Cameron Keetch then had a great chance to level for the home side but he headed wide.

As the game entered the final stages, rain became harder making things difficult for both sides. Newtown were still searching for a third and nearly had it when the ball was played in to Breese into the box but he shot wide.

The Bluebirds were also looking for a late equaliser but as time ran out they resorted to long balls which Newtown were able to deal with.

The visitors kept the ball in the corner late on but the Bluebirds were able to get the ball out as they looked for one last chance.

It never came and the visitors held on to secure seventh place in the table.

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Neyland through in Village Cup after beating Bronwydd

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NEYLAND made it through to the next round of the Village Cup as they beat Bronwydd by 98 runs on Sunday (May 9).

No cricket had been possible in Pembrokeshire on Saturday because of heavy and persistent rain but some great work meant that their cup game could go ahead.

Before the game got underway, a minutes silence was held in respect of former Bronwydd CC player Aled John, who recently passed away.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to field first which came as no surprise and they were able to restrict Neylad to a score of 160-9 in their 40 overs.

After losing Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton early on, to the bowling of Clive Tucker, Neyland were sitting on a score of 23-2.

However, a stand of 54 between Nick Koomen and Brad McDermott-Jenkins put the hosts in a good position.

Koomen had reached 38 with six fours but he was then bowled by Josh Rencken and wickets continued to fall.

Nathan Banner departed for a second ball duck when he was bowled by Matthew Bagshaw and the same bowler then did the same to Ross Hardy.

McDermott-Jenkins had hit six fours in his score of 40 but he then fell to the bowling of Rencken and Neyand had slipped to 99-6.

Andrew Millers (1), George Evans (11) and Lewis Page all fell to the bowling of James Dickson as Neyland were in danger of being bowled out.

It was left to brothers Sean and Patrick Hannon to steady the ship as they shared 29 runs for the final wicket.

Both finished on scores of 15 not out with Sean hitting a six while Patrick’s score came from only 14 balls.

It meant that Bronwydd would need 161 to progress to the next round.

They made a steady start to their reply but when Josh Rencken was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Nathan Banner on a score of 19, wickets began to tumble.

Jacob Jenkinson made a score of 15 but he was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Miller also picked up the wicket of Oliver Furneaux before Ross Hardy trapped James Dickson leg before to leave the visitors on 51-5.

Hardy then did the same to Carwyn Jones and he also bowled Iwan Davies as the game started slipping away for Bronwydd.

Miller then picked up his third to finish with figures of 3-11 from his eight overs while Hardy returned to pick up his fourth to finish with impressive figures of 4-5 from seven overs, five of which were maidens.

McDermott-Jenkins wrapped the game up with the wicket of Colin Tucker as the hosts secured an excellent win.

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