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Town take tenth Bowl title in thriller

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HAVERFORDWEST won the Harrison Allen Bowl on Saturday (August 31), after they beat Lawrenny in a thrilling final played in Cresselly.

Overnight and early morning rain had threatened to delay the start of the game but the sterling work of the Cresselly groundsmen ensured the game would start on time.

It was Lawrenny who batted first after Town won the toss and chose to bowl.

Kurtis Marsh and Brad McDermott-Jenkins got Lawrenny going with some fine hitting as the pair shared 93 runs for the first wicket.

Those runs came inside the first ten overs but it was Marsh who departed as he saw his shot caught by Mike Jones giving Simon Holliday his first wicket of the day.

McDermott-Jenkins then reached his half century as he and Harry Thomas continued to pile on the runs, taking Lawrenny past 150.

Brad had smashed his way to a score of 76 but then saw himself bowled by Lee Summons.

Town then began to hit back as Summons bowled James Phillips before Adam James did the same to Ryan Morton and Joe Kidney.

Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 53 however as Lawrenny’s opening 22 overs came to a close with them on 192-5.

Town knew they would need to bat well if they were to keep the lead down, or even build a lead.

They made a blistering start too, Adam James reaching his half century in just the sixth over.

Lawrenny then made the breakthrough as Brad McDermott-Jenkins caught and bowled Simon Holliday on a score of 10.

James Buckle then took an excellent catch to dismiss Danny Potter and give McDermott-Jenkins his second wicket.

At the start of the ninth over, James smashed three big sixes in a row but then saw himself caught by McDermott-Jenkins on 84 as Marsh picked up the crucial wicket.

Marsh then bowled Dai Davies and McDermott-Jenkins then bowled Dan Field to leave the Town on 96-5.

Lee Summons and Jake Merry looked to rebuild and the pair shared 25 runs for the sixth wicket.

Merry then walked down the pitch to play a shot but missed and he couldn’t get back in time as James Phillips knocked the bails off to give Marsh his third wicket.

Mike Jones was then caught by James Buckle off the bowling of Ryan Morton and Archie Thomas was caught by Morton off the bowling of Rob Williams.

Jack Scriven then edged behind to Phillips and with the penultimate ball, Clive Tucker was run out by Buckle.

That left Summons not out on 25 but Town had been bowled out for 149, giving Lawrenny a lead of 43 at the half-way stage.

Marsh and McDermott-Jenkins began again for Lawrenny as they looked to increase their lead.

However, in the second over, Town got the early wicket they wanted as Tucker bowled McDermott-Jenkins.

Marsh was joined in the middle by Harry Thomas and the pair batted well together taking the lead past 100.

They put on 64 runs for the second wicket but Holliday made the breakthrough as he had Thomas caught by Adam James on a score of 33.

Town then struck again as James Phillips hit the ball to Mike Jones who clung on to give Holliday his second wicket.

Holliday then had another as he had Steve Lewis caught by Adam James and he soon had a fourth as he had Joe Kidney caught by Jake Merry.

That left Lawrenny on 91-5 after 14 overs and their lead was only 134.

Holliday wasn’t finished there either as he then ran out James Buckle who had set off for a run that wasn’t there.

Marsh then reached his half century but then saw Ryan Morton trapped leg before by Adam James on a score of 15.

Marsh made his way to a score of 58 but then missed as he came down the wicket for a shot and was stumped by Scriven.

That left Lawrenny on 130-8 with their lead on 173.

Skeels hit a six but a mix up with Tom Cole saw the latter run out by Archie Thomas.

Thomas then had Rob Williams caught by Jake Merry as Lawrenny were bowled out for 143.

That meant that Town would need 187 to win their tenth Bowl title and they would need to go some too to do it.

James and Holliday did indeed go some as the pair shared 104 runs off the first ten overs with some excellent hitting.

Holliday reached a score of 43 but then saw himself caught and bowled by McDermott-Jenkins.

James had smashed his way to a score of 81 from only 44 balls but he was then caught by Ryan Morton off the bowling of McDermott-Jenkins.

That left the Town on 129-2 but Danny Potter and Archie Thomas shared twenty runs for the third wicket.

Morton bowled Thomas but Danny Potter and Dai Davies continued to put runs on the board as the game went down to the wire.

Potter and Davies both cracked maximums as Town edged closer to a remarkable victory.

Potter finished not out on 37 while Davies hit the winning four to finish not out on 15 and spark scenes of celebrations amongst Town players and supporters.

It was a cracking final and a great advert for Pembrokeshire cricket and Lawrenny will feel desperately unlucky to have missed out two years in a row.

Town captain Danny Potter claimed the Bowl for the third time as Captain and for the tenth time in the club’s history.

Adam James was named man of the match shortly after for his knocks of 86 off 33 in the first innings and 81 off 44 in the second.

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Bevan’s brace earns first league win for Hakin

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HAKIN United secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 18) as they beat Hunldeton 5-1.

The Vikings drew their opening league game with Carew before pushing Monmouth all the way in their FAW Trophy defeat the previous Saturday (Sept 11).

They opened the scoring after just three minutes as Leon Luby provided the assist for Jay Power to score.

It was 2-0 four minutes later as Luby again set up Justin Harding,

Ashley Bevan scored to make it 3-0 after 12 minutes and he got his second shortly after the half hour mark.

One of those included a bicycle kick from just inside the box as Hakin dominated and took their goals well with some individual brilliance.

It was a game of two halves as Hundleton battled back in the second half and they were rewarded for their play twenty minutes in.

Jack Blunsden grabbed the goal for the home side but it proved to be a consolation effort.

With thirteen minutes to go, Luby got his fourth assist of the game as he found Laurie Haworth who made it 5-1 to the Vikings.

On Saturday (Sept 25), Hakin visit Neyland while Hundleton are at home to St Ishmaels.

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Fishguard hold off Clarby for third win

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FISHGUARD kept up their winning start to the season as they beat Clarbeston Road 3-2 on Saturday (Sept 18).

They opened the scoring after 90 seconds as a free kick was floated into the box and when it wasn’t cleared the ball fell to Sean Seymour-Davies who crossed to the unmarked Keegan Summers to tap in at the far post.

Clarby looked to level the score but from an attack Fishguard broke and the ball was played in behind Tom Glover and Steve Lewis ran on to score in the right hand corner.

Glover was then penalised for bringing down Steve Lewis in the box and the referee pointed for a penalty. Niall Kinsella scored to make it 3-0 to Fishguard.

Ben John, Jake Booth and Steff Williams all had chances to score for Clarby who felt a little hard done by to find themselves 3-0 down at the break.

Clarby responded well in the second half and were able to pull two goals back.

A free kick was saved by the Fishguard keeper Dean Hopson but the ball was kept alive by Charlie George and he found Greg Brown who fired in from eight yards out.

They grabbed a second when Joules Ward’s cross was deflected in by the unlucky Pat Hughes as he attempted to clear.

Clarby continued to create chances, hitting the bar on one occasion, but they were unable to find an equaliser as Fishguard held on for the points.

Dean Hopson also made some good saves to keep his side ahead.

On Saturday (Sept 25), Fishguard host Narberth while Clarbeston Road host Monkton Swifts.

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Blues prove too strong for Llangwm

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HAVERFORDWEST proved too strong for old rivals Llangwm on Saturday (Sept 18), as they came away from Pill Parks with a 51-0 win.

The game was only a couple of minutes old when the first try came. Llangwm had a scrum inside their own half but a great push from the Blues saw them gain the ball.

Tom Carrington eventually peeled off to score and Mikey Jones added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Wasps fans could have been forgiven for fearing a repeat performance from the kick off as a knock on from the Blues gave the home side another scrum.

This time though, Llangwm were penalised for not setting up right and the Blue kicked to touch.

From the lineout the Blues again pushed for the line but Llangwm were again penalised for dragging down the maul.

The Blues went for touch again and from the resulting lineout they set up another maul, and this time Jamie Zambas went over to score. Jones’ conversion was wide and the score remained at 0-12.

Llangwm then enjoyed a good spell as they looked to get back in the game. A Blues infringement gave the Wasps a chance to kick to touch but the visitors did well to keep the ball in play.

However, they were penalised for being offside from the resulting clearing kick and Llangwm this time were able to find touch.

The Blues were able to win the lineout though and this time they cleared without any problems.

More tries followed from Jake Morgan and there was a double from Jonathan Mason as the Blues held a 29-0 lead at the break.

Matty Phillips scored early on in the second half but the Wasps enjoyed another good spell of pressure, twice coming close to scoring.

Kern Cunningham, Adam Williams and Jake Morgan added further tries to seal the win.

The win keeps them level on points with Neyland at the top of Bowl group H1 with the two sides playing each other on Saturday, October 2.

Llangwm’s next game sees them take on the Quins, also on October 2.

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