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Carew/Saundersfoot regain Ormond Youth Cup

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THE combined team of Carew and Saundersfoot regained the Ormond Youth Cup on Sunday (Aug 4) as they beat Whitland in the final.

The game was played at Carew and there was a good crowd in attendance to see some excellent cricket.

Whitland batted first and openers Gethin Scourfield and Harry Jones got their side off to a steady start.

However, having scored 13, Scourfield found the hands of Tom Mansbridge to give Carl Thomas his first wicket.

Aryan Kawale then struck as he had Jones caught by Morgan Grieve on a score of 19.

Rhys Richards also claimed the wicket of Jamie Thomas, caught by namesake Carl, as Whitland’s momentum stalled.

A knock of 39 from Jacob Owen kept Whitland going but he saw a number of his partners depart for single figure scores.

Richards bowled Harry Fuller on a score of 9 before Mansbridge claimed the wickets of Trystan Rees and Luc Owen.

Thomas also claimed the wickets of Dafydd Jones and Ollie Bujega as Whitland stuggled to reach a century of runs.

Owen’s excellent knock was brought to an end when he was stumped by Grieve off the bowling of Thomas who finished with figures of 4-20.

Chasing down 101 in their first innings, Carew and Saundersfoot got their innings off to a good start with Tom Mansbridge and Morgan Grieve both making scores of 29.

Mansbridge fell when he was caught and bowled by Jacob Owen and Grieve found the hands of Harry Jones to give Luc Owen his first wicket.

Rhys Grigg and Carl Thomas continued to put runs on the board as they set about giving their side a first innings lead.

Thomas was run out on a score of 20 before Rhys Grigg, who fell two runs short of a half century, was stumped by Sam Davies off the bowling of Gethin Scourfield.

That saw Carew and Saundersfoot to their total of 147-4, giving them a lead on 46 at the halfway stage.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well if they were to erase that lead and build a good total for them to defend.

They could not, however, resist the bowling of Rhys Grigg who first had Gethin Scourfield caught by Aryan Kawale and he then had Harry Fuller caught by Elliot Waters.

He claimed his third wicket as Jamie Thomas was caught by Tom Mansbridge for a duck.

Carl Thomas then trapped Jacob Owen leg before and Aryan Kawale had Harry Jones caught by Grigg.

Rhys Richars bowled Trystan Rees before Dafydd Jones did his best to up Carew and Saundersfoot’s target.

He made his way to a score of 18 but he was then trapped leg before by Thomas.

Grigg and Thomas finished with excellent figures of 3-13 and 2-13 respectively as Whitland could only reach 72-7 in their second innings.

It meant that Carew and Saundersfoot would need just 27 to win the game.

Gethin Scourfield bowled Morgan Grieve early on and Carl Thomas was caught and bowled by namesake Jamie.

That was as good as it got for Whitland though as Tom Mansbridge and Aryan Kawale comfortably saw their side to victory.

It was an excellent win for Carew and Saundersfoot who won the Ormond Youth Cup for the second time in three years.

Rhys Grigg was named man of the match.

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Crunch time in local Cup Competitions

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Recently we have lost so much local sport due to weather making pitches unplayable. This weekend however looks more promising and there are some huge cup ties due to take place. We’ve previewed the West Wales Cup and Senior Cup, with the second division cup preview to follow.

The West Wales Cup fifth round sees four Pembrokeshire based teams in action, with one all Pembs tie as Merlins Bridge host Kilgetty. Meanwhile Goodwick United travel to Seaside and Milford United host Penlan.

West Wales Cup Ties –

Seaside vs Goodwick United

Goodwick United are a team nobody wants to face in any competition in current form. However Seaside will be very confident themselves, they sit top of their division and are a massive sixteen points clear of second place. Last time out in this competition they beat Carew 2-1, and haven’t lost a game since October. A real test for Chris O’Sullivans men this one when they travel to Llanelli, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of support on the supporters bus too.

Milford United vs Penlan

Steve Parks and his men have been looking forward to this fixture since it was drawn, they are in excellent form this year and this will be a great match up. Penlan themselves are a strong outfit and beat Evans and Williams last time out in the competition. A mouthwatering match up down at Marble Hall which I’m sure will draw plenty of local support.

Merlins Bridge vs Kilgetty

The league table would suggest the Wizards are the stronger of the two Pembrokeshire teams in this tie. However Kilgetty have a lot of games in hand over the majority of the league and their league position is somewhat misleading. A team with plenty of quality and the hosts will have to be on top form to ensure the visitors don’t upset the party here.

Pembrokeshire Senior Cup Ties

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The hosts are not enjoying much success in their league campaign so far this season. The visitors are on the opposite end of the scale and have impressed in the league this year. Matthew Fox’ team have shown they have the quality to go all the way in this competition and he’ll be hoping for a good performance.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club vs Carew

Third division Haverfordwest Cricket Club are more than a potential banana skin for Carew. The visitors naturally will be confident going into this one however the hosts have plenty of experienced and quality players in their ranks and will be no push overs.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two first division teams who have had two close games already this season. Last time out it was a 2-2 draw and before that Tenby won a close game 2-1. Another close game is to be expected and both teams will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of this competition.

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Pembrokeshire Football Division One Round Up

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It was once again a weekend where the majority of the county’s scheduled football fell foul to waterlogged and unplayable pitches. A frustrating time for players, club members and referees alike as the last month to six weeks has been very wet and we’ve had a huge number of games called off.

In the first division Clarbeston Road continued their dominance over Hakin United as we reported in our feature game. Two other games were played in the top division Tenby made it three wins in a row when they beat Fishguard 4-2 at the Clicketts. Adam Muskett scored twice, both assisted by the man of the match Jerome Mansbridge who then scored twice to cap off a stand out performance. The result lifts the Seasiders into fifth place, while Fishguard look all but relegated as they sit rock bottom on just four points.

Tenby’s local rivals Kilgetty boosted their league position with an important win over Pennar Robins at Bush Camp. Robins missed a great opportunity to go one up when they were awarded a penalty but Edmundson failed to hit the target from the spot. Josh Bevans goal was enough to secure the three points for the visitors who now only sit two points behind Pennar with four games in hand over them. 

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