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Double centurions stun Whitland

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SAUNDERSFOOT openers Tom Mansbridge and Danny Caine both scored centuries as they set up a big win for their side over Whitland on Saturday (Aug 3).

Whitland won the toss but elected to field and they could only watch as Mansbridge and Caine piled on the runs in an opening stand worth 207 runs.

Caine was the first to reach his century as he hit sixteen fours and a six as his score of 102 came from 108 balls.

It was Geraint Jones who eventually made the breakthrough for Whitland as he bowled Caine.

Jones then also had Sam Franklin caught by Nathan Evans as the home side began to hit back.

Mansbridge then reached his century after hitting eleven fours and two sixes but he was then out on a score of 100, caught by Gethin Scourfield off the bowling of Jones.

Scourfield then bowled Jamie Hitchings for a fourth-ball duck, reducing Saundersfoot to 233-4.

Nick Cope hit a six and four in his score of 20 from 15 balls but he was then caught by James Thomas off the bowling of Scourfield.

The same bowler then had John Mansbridge caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 10.

Yannic Parker hit a six and a four in a late score of 18 from 12 balls as he and James Caine guided their side to an excellent total of 278-6.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well if they were to reach their target and openers Ed John and Adam Davies shared 50 runs for the first wicket.

Danny Caine picked up the first wicket as he had Davies caught by Taran Richards on a score of 27 that included five fours.

Soon after, Ed John, who had hit three fours and a six in his score of 23, was caught by Sam Franklin off the bowling of Caine to leave Whitland on 55-2.

Geraint Jones and Gethin Scourfield 46 runs for the third wicket but it was Caine who struck again to bowl Scourfield on a score of 17.

Jones had hit five fours and a six in his score of 32 from 20 balls but he was then caught by Tom Mansbridge off the bowling of Franklin.

Nathan Evans and Matthew Davies continued to keep Whitland in the game with another good stand worth 63 runs.

Evans hit two fours and two sixes as he scored 26 from 26 balls but he was caught by Mansbridge off the bowling of Neil Powling.

That left Whitland on 170-5 but they soon collapsed to 199 all out.

Nick Cope had Martin Thomas caught by John Mansbridge for a duck and he also trapped Jamie Thomas leg before.

Cope then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Jacob Owen.

Powling then had James Thomas caught by Tom Mansbridge and Rob Owen, on a score of 11, caught by Yannic Parker. It left Matthew Davies not out on a score of 45.

That gave Saundersfoot a 79-run victory and on Saturday (Aug 10) they will look for another win when they host Carew.

Whitland remain third from bottom in the table and on Saturday they travel to fourth from bottom St Ishmaels with both sides looking to secure their Division 1 status.

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New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football

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FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!

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JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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