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St Davids flyer starts for Wales

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SCARLETS winger Jasmine Joyce from St Davids has been named alongside Scarlets teammate Hannah Jones in Wales’ starting line-up for Sunday’s Women’s Six Nations Championship opener against Italy at Cardiff Arms Park (1 pm).

The experienced pair missed the side’s five-match autumn series after taking up an opportunity to play for Adelaide University in the Australian national sevens league. Alisha Butchers, who also played for the Adelaide ‘Romas’ has been named on a bench that also includes uncapped Ospreys prop Ruth Lewis.

Coach Chris Horsman says he is pleased with the level of competition in the squad.

“There was debate and competition around every position in the selection meeting, which is exactly what we want,” said the 14-times capped former Wales prop. “We set out to develop strength in depth during the autumn and those games really gave us a chance to look at the group with the 2021 Rugby World Cup in mind.

“There was a case for every player to be involved in some way but we feel this match-day squad is the best placed to make the most of the opportunity this weekend. As in the autumn, we want to go out and perform in every game, improving all the time.”

Italy finished in second place in last season’s competition, beating France comfortably on the way.

“Italy has always been a key match for us and this Sunday will be no different,” added Horsman. “It will be a tough game with no hiding place. We have asked a lot of the players, increasing the intensity of training and they’ve met the challenge head-on. The aim of that is not only to perform under pressure during the Six Nations but also, longer-term, to close the gap on teams above us in the world rankings.

“We are concentrating on ourselves and this week, not looking beyond the challenge of Italy on Sunday.”

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Whitland and Hook go through in Alec Colley

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WHITLAND and Hook also booked their quarter final places on Tuesday night (Jun 15) as they beat St Ishmaels and Llangwm respectively.

Tish scored 141-6 from their 20 overs after being asked to bat first with Phillip Cockburn top scoring on 44 (eight fours).

Jonathan Pawlett thumped four fours and two sixes in his score of 39 from 25 balls.

Josh Beer’s late score of 14 not out pushed their total up to set Whitland a target of 142.

Rob Owen finished with figures of 2-32 for Whitland while Hywel Bevan claimed 2-30.

There were also wickets for Gethin Benjamin (1-28) and Jacob Owen (1-25).

In reply, Whitland openers Hywel Bevan and Nathan Evans shared 82 runs for the first wicket to put their side in a strong position.

Evans hit four fours in a score of 38 from 29 balls but he then fell to the bowling of Josh Beer.

Bevan and Wayne Jones then shared another 40 runs to all but secure the win for Whitland.

Lenny Rees had Jones caught by Steven Hartley on a score of 14 but Bevan and Jacob Owen then saw their side over the line.

Owen hit three fours in his score of 16 from 10 balls while Bevan finished unbeaten on 58 (five fours) as Whitland won by eight wickets.

In Tuesday’s other game Hook won the toss and elected to bat, going on to make 150-6 from their 20 overs.

Opener George James hit seven fours in a score of 40 but he couldn’t reach his half century as he fell to the bowling of Callum Jenkins.

Dafydd Bowen hit six fours and a six in a score of 38 from 30 while Oscar Willington also batted well to make a score of 29.

Toby Asson finished with figures of 3-33 while Jenkins claimed 2-37. The other wicket to fall went to Michael Williams.

Llangwm were unable to match Hook’s score though despite knocks of 38 from James Venables and 26 from Shaun Waller.

Rhys Phelps’ excellent bowling display saw him pick up five wickets for figures of 5-31.

Oscar Willington also finished with figures of 2-22 as Hook bowled Llangwm out for 130 to win by 20 runs.

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Pritchard blows Town away as Neyland book Alec Colley quarter final spot

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NEYLAND booked their place in the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup on Tuesday as they beat Haverfordwest by seven wickets.

On an excellent night, Neyland won the toss but elected to field first.

They were able to remove opener Chris Phillips as he was run out by Jack Griffiths but Town made their way to a score of 70-1 and looked set to make a good total.

Their innings began to unravel though as Tom Pritchard had James Marchant caught by Gregg Miller on a score of 24 from 16 balls (five fours).

Pritchard then removed Dan Field who had hit four fours and a six in a score of 37 to leave Town on 74-3.

The wickets continued to fall as Pritchard had Nigel Morgan caught by Griffiths and Danny Dewstone caught by Luke Ryan.

Paul Miller then took an excellent catch to remove Phillip Rees to give Pritchard his fifth wicket.

That left Town on 86-6 but Ashley James provided some late resistance as he made his way to a score of 28 with four fours and a six.

He then saw Matthew Vaughan bowled by Pritchard and moments later George Evans bowled James on 28.

Pritchard then claimed his seventh wicket as he bowled Jack Peters and he finished with excellent figures of 7-30.

Ryan brought the Town innings to a close as he ran out Dean Flood and it meant Neyland would need just 122 to win.

Neyland lost opener Gregg Miller early on in their reply as he was bowled by Nigel Morgan.

Ashley James also had Jack Griffiths caught by Jack Peters as Neyland slipped to 29-2.

However, a third wicket stand of 66 between Patrick Hannon and Will Hughes all but won them the game.

Hannon hit five fours in a score of 42 from 41 deliveries before he was out to the bowling of Danny Dewstone.

Hughes went on to hit five fours in a score of 40 not out while Stephen Murray’s late 10-ball cameo saw him hit a four and two sixes to finish unbeaten on 20.

It was Murray’s second six that won the game for Neyland who will now look forward to the quarter final.

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Division 2: Burton move up to third after beating Hook

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BURTON moved up to third place in the Division 2 table as they beat Hook by six wickets on Saturday (Jun 12).

Hook won the toss and elected to bat first and went on to make 183-8 from their 45 overs.

Owen Phelps top scored for Hook with 44 runs and Craig Nutty added 43 to the total.

Seth Willington also batted well for his score of 32 as they set Burton 184 to win the game.

Morgan Scale was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets for the loss of 6 runs.

Luke Hayman picked up 3-39 from his spell while George Williams finished with figures of 1-12.

In reply, Callum James finished with figures of 2-36 for Hook but it wasn’t enough to stop Burton on their way to victory.

Scale added to his earlier wickets with a score of 22 and Jake Davies added 34.

It was Jon Venables though who scored a century to all but seal the win for the home side.

He finished on a score of 109 as Burton went on to secure the victory.

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