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Harrison Allen Bowl Final preview: Lawrenny v Haverfordwest

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THE curtain will come down on the Pembrokeshire Cricket season this weekend as Haverfordwest take on Lawrenny in the final of the Harrison Allen Bowl.

For Lawrenny it will be another chance to get their hands on the prestigious trophy after they were beaten by Cresselly in last year’s final.

Haverfordwest will be looking to regain the trophy they last won in 2016.

The game will take place in Cresselly on Saturday, August 31, and starts at 12pm.

ROUTE TO THE FINAL

Haverfordwest began their route to the final in May when they took on Hundleton in the first round.

Hundleton reached a score of 63-6 in their innings before Town passed that for the loss of only one wicket.

In the second round, Town saw off 2017 winners Neyland as they beat them by 18 runs.

They scored 161-4 in their innings as Adam James scored 38 while Simon Holliday finished unbeaten on 83.

Some excellent bowling then saw them restrict Neyland to 143-7 in their reply to seal their passage to the quarter finals.

In the last eight, Haverfordwest beat Herbrandston by six wickets.

Four wickets from Adam James, three from Archie Thomas and two from Clive Tucker saw them bowl Herbie out for 72.

Ben Field then scored 27 in reply and Dai Davies finished unbeaten on 24 to see their side into the semis.

Haverfordwest proved too strong for opponents Whitland as they secured a 105-run victory.

Simon Holliday scored an excellent century as Town posted 210-5 from their 22 overs. They then restricted Whitland to 105-9 to book their place in Saturday’s final.

Lawrenny had a bye in the first round and did not have a game in the second round as opponents Johnston could not field a side.

That saw them to the last eight without having played a game and they were pitted against rivals Carew.

Lawrenny scored 141-9 in their innings with Brad McDermott-Jenkins scoring 32, Ryan Morton scoring 27 and Joe Kidney scoring 26.

McDermott-Jenkins and Rob Williams then each took four wickets as they restricted Carew to only 94-9 in reply.

Lawrenny played Saundersfoot in the semi final who had knocked out holders Cresselly in the quarters.

Saundersfoot batted well for their score of 154-7 but Lawrenny went through as Joe Kidney hit a six off the final ball in a thrilling conclusion.

LEAGUE FORM

Lawrenny have had an excellent season, finishing in second place with thirteen wins to their name from 18 games.

Photo from the game between Lawrenny and Haverfordwest in June

They finished well clear of neighbours Cresselly and Carew and only suffered three defeats.

Haverfordwest finished the league campaign in fifth place with six wins and three draws to their name.

The two league games between the finalists went the way of Lawrenny as they bowled Town out for scores of 81 and 101.

Lawrenny finished the season with a good win over Cresselly while Haverfordwest’s last game with Carew ended in a draw.

WHAT THE CAPTAINS SAY

Haverfordwest captain Danny Potter said: “We are feeling good going into the final. We played well last weekend so hoping to bring that form into this week

“Lawrenny have become a very good side. They have boys who have played really well this year so we have to be at our best.”

Lawrenny captain Joe Kidney said: “The boys cannot wait to get going. It’s a special day and this time, I sense we’re not letting the occasion get the better of us.

“Haverfordwest are a fantastic team and they have a lot of big players.

“However, I am only focussed on our performance and if we put the same effort that we have done all season we will have something to show for it.

“I hope everyone gets to watch a great final that will live long in the memory.”

FINAL THOUGHTS

Saturday’s final promises to be an excellent game and perhaps more even than their league games would suggest.

Both sides have players who can hurt the opposition and have players who have experience of playing in a Harrison Allen Final.

Simon Holliday’s century in the semi-final showed what he is capable of while Danny Potter also scored a century in Town’s last game of the season.

Lee Summons and Clive Tucker both claimed wickets on Saturday and they will again be a threat for the Town.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins has also shown his worth for Lawrenny with vital runs and wickets in the competition and in their final game of the season he scored 79 and also took six wickets.

Steve Lewis also scored a half century while captain Joe Kidney has also shown he can hold his nerve hitting that six off the final ball to send his side into the final.

Lawrenny will be keen to make up for last year’s defeat while Town will be aiming to reclaim the trophy.

This final is one you wont want to miss, make sure you get down to Cresselly to support your team.

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Harrison Allen: Lawrenny go through to quarter finals

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LAWRENNY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Lawrenny won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Burton out for just 93.

Burton lost James Davies early on as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Ryan Morton also claimed two wickets as Burton slipped to 58-3.

That brought Luke Hayman into the middle with brother Toby and the pair took the score to 67-3 after 13 overs.

Toby reached a score of 37 before heading back to the pavilion while Luke added 12.

Steve Lewis was in fine form for Lawrenny as he took five wickets to finish with 5-13 while Ryan Morton finished with 2-26.

There were also wickets from Jamie Lewis (1-14) and Finley Lewis (1-7).

In reply, Steve Lewis scored 23 before he was sent back. Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 23 while Troy Purslowe was not out on 45.

It sets up a quarter final against the winners of the game between Hundleton and Cresselly.

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Llangwm edge past Tish to book Harrison Allen quarter final spot

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LLANGWM secured their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat St Ishmaels by 4 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to field and they restricted Llangwm to 146-9 in their 22 overs.

Noah Davies and Joe Kiff made a good start for the hosts as they shared 67 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff was the first man to go as he was caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 27 that had included two fours and two sixes.

Soon after, Davies, who had hit one of each boundary in his score of 27, was also following Kiff back to the pavilion after being bowled by Jonathan Pawlett.

Pawlett also claimed the wicket of Will Beresford before Steven Mills departed on a score of 16 (1 four, 1 six) when he was caught and bowled by Devonald.

That left Llangwm on 107-4 but scores of 15 from Matthew Kiff and 16 not out from David Lewis saw them to their total.

For Tish, Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 4-41 while Devonald finished with 3-25.

Peter Bradshaw hit two early fours in his score of 12 but he was run out.

Karl Rhead and Andrew Palmer shared 42 runs for the second wicket as Palmer made his way to a score of 35.

Rhead was bowled by Steven Mills who then did the same to Brennan Devonald moments later.

Palmer had reached 42 with five fours and a six but when he was brilliantly caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Mills, Tish had slipped to 77-4.

Phil Cockburn and Jonathan Pawlett then shared 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep Tish in the game.

Pawlett hit a six but was then caught by Oliver Davies to give Mills his fourth wicket and figures of 4-28.

Cockburn and Andew Pawlett then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket as they took the tie down to the final over of the game.

They scored 17 runs off the 20th over and 18 runs off the 21st over meaning they would need 11 off the final over to win it.

Cockburn took a run off the first to bring Pawlett on strike. After missing the third ball he went for a run that wasn’t there and keeper Beresford ran out Cockburn.

He had hit two fours and three sixes in his score of 39 from 30 balls.

Andrew Pawlett and Andrew Williams could only take five runs from the next five balls but it wasn’t enough for victory.

Pawlett finished unbeaten on a score of 20 from 11 balls with one four and two sixes.

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Crymych Panthers hold Boccia competition

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CRYMYCH Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members competing in two categories: BC1&2 (participants with a physical impairment) and BC8 (participants with an intellectual impairment).

Games were played in a round robin style competition. The final of the BC1&2 between Racheal Bailey and James Pugh was a very close game with James winning by 3 points to 1. The BC 8 final was between Yvonne Berry and Dewi Evans. Dewi won by 10 points to nil, back on form as a former Welsh international Special Olympic team member.

The competition was sponsored by Andrew Scott Davies of Pembroke who took part in the 2021 CARTEN 100 bike to assist the club.

Andrew Scott Davies presenting the winners and runners up with their trophies. All participants received a certificate of attendance.

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