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Scarlets win thrilling victory

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Heineken European Champions League
Bath Rugby 19 – Scarlets 23
IN A high-intensity game at The Rec, Scarlets dug deep to claim a thrilling Champions Cup victory over Bath Rugby.
Throughout a tense Pool A encounter, there was little between the two sides with Scarlets scoring a try in each half through scrum-halves Gareth Davies – on his 200th appearance – and Kieran Hardy.
Both teams had their chances to win but in the end, the spoils and the famous old ragdoll headed to West Wales.
Bath got on the board first with Ben Spencer striking home shot from the kicking tee.
While Bath applied early pressure, the Scarlets broke the shackles in spectacular fashion.
Leigh Halfpenny broke the defensive line to offload to Scarlets skipper Steff Evans. The winger broke through the cover defence to link with scrum-half Gareth Davies on the inside line.
The Wales scrum-half still had work to do but jinked past the final defender to cross near the posts.
Halfpenny added the extras, and shortly afterwards he missed a long-range effort to put the Scarlets further ahead.
The Scarlets lost Wales’ international forwards Jake Ball and Samson Lee to head injury assessments. Morgan Jones and Javan Sebastian replaced the duo.
It took 18 minutes of continuous pressure and knocking on the door of the Scarlets’ try-line before the hosts retook the lead.
A lovely piece of interplay began from No. 8, Zach Mercer. The ball was smartly shipped in contact before Sam Underhill found Ruaridh McConnochie, who dotted down in the corner. Spencer missed the conversion.
Bath then earned a scrum penalty after several warnings to the Scarlets’ front row. Spencer slotted home the three points to give Bath a four-point lead.
On 32 minutes the Welsh region got to within a point of Bath Rugby with a Halfpenny penalty. Just three minutes later, Spencer re-established the four-point gap as the hosts were awarded a penalty, which the nine converted with ease.
14-10 down at the break, the Scarlets would’ve been disappointed at the length of time they spent on the back foot and getting sucked into a physical confrontation with the rugged home eight.
It was only six minutes into the second period when the hosts were pinged for offside, allowing. Halfpenny to strike his penalty through the uprights from close range.
Bath piled the pressure on Scarlets with a lot of possession and territory, but they were unable to make that pressure pay off until the 53rd minute.
The hosts got their reward through Will Stuart, who crashed over to score in his first appearance of the season for the Blue, Black and White.
Josh Macleod replaced Jac Morgan, who enjoyed another outstanding game, and made an immediate impact with a turnover, while the experience of Jon Davies also proved crucial off the bench.
Scarlets kept plugging away and saw their hard work rewarded on 64 minutes.
Dan Jones combined with Rob Evans, who produced a sublime off-load to put Hardy away under the posts for a score converted by Halfpenny.
With one point in it, both sides had chances.
Hardy just failed to find Evans on his outside with the line beckoning, while Bath’s route-one approach came against a brick-wall defence.
A Halfpenny penalty gave the Scarlets a four-point cushion going into the final minutes, but Bath stole the kick-off before pounding away at the visitors’ line.
In the 78th minute, Bath crossed the whitewash, only to have the ball held up over the line following a crunching effort from Leigh Halfpenny to deny the home team a score.
Still 23-19.
But a try would be enough for the hosts to take the game.
As the clock struck red, Bath continued to pile on the pressure with continuous and relentless forward phases. As Spencer stretched his arm out towards the line, Morgan Jones steamed into the tackle.
It was the last play of the game.
With hearts in their mouths, Scarlets players waited for the TMO’s decision and reacted joyfully when the TMO ruled out the last gasp effort.
Glenn Delaney lauded the incredible never-say-die defensive effort that saw the Scarlets hang on for an outstanding 23-19 Heineken Champions Cup win over Bath at The Rec.
“That match had something for everyone didn’t it?” said a relieved Delaney afterwards.
“We had a chance to score just before those final minutes and then the commitment and effort at the end were massive. We were under so much pressure. That was about character. For me, it was epitomised by Gareth Davies.
“The boys wanted to play for him on his 200th and it was really special the way they finished it off to get the job done for him.”
Reflecting on the tense end to the game, Glenn Delaney said: “Those final minutes were all about commitment and heart. There were bits about the defence in the first half I wasn’t so happy with, I was frustrated we weren’t as aggressive as we would have liked, but that character comes through in the big moments. These are big-game players. We are learning as a group what it is like to be in this contest and that was a big European game for us.
“It is a big step forward, we will enjoy it and get ready for Toulon next week.”
Delaney added: “In the second half I thought we moved the ball a little wider on the edge. We never go that going in the first half and we were pretty harsh on ourselves at half-time. That try in the middle of the field, Rob Evans’s pass to put Kieran away was outstanding. That is the game we wanted to play. We wanted to move Bath around.
“We knew we couldn’t go at Bath square-on because they are big and physical and are good players. We had to move them around, we saw a bit of the Scarlets way coming out and the DNA of the club, the boys are happy to be taking the ragdoll home.”
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Cresselly close the gap to leaders with win over Lawrenny

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CRESSELLY closed the gap to leaders Neyland to just one point after beating Lawrenny by ten wickets on Saturday (Jul 2).

Cresselly won the toss and chose to field and they were able to bowl Lawrenny out for 149.

Ryan Morton top scored for the visitors with 33 while Steve Lewis added 32.

Ryan Lewis was in excellent form with the ball as he finished with figures of 4-22. He was backed up by Dan James who finished with 3-21.

In reply, Cresselly lost Adam Chandler when he had to retire hurt on a score of 28.

Simon Cole then finished unbeaten on 37 while Phil Williams was not out on 76 as Cresselly won well.

The win moves Cresselly to within a point of leaders Neyland with seven games still to play this season.

On Saturday, July 9, Cresselly travel to Carew while Lawrenny visit Narberth.

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Llangwm ease to win over Town

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LLANGWM earned their fifth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 2) as they beat Haverfordwest by eight wickets.

Llangwm won the toss and chose to field first and that proved a good decision as they bowled Town out for 97.

Steven Mills bowled Mikey Jones early on for a duck before James Marchant and Dan Field shared 35 runs for the second wicket.

However, Mills struck again as he bowled Marchant (9) and more wickets began to fall.

Dan Field had scored 24 but he was bowled by Joe Phillips. Mills then claimed his third wicket as he trapped Dan Potter leg before, leaving Town on 44-4.

That became 57-5 when Jake Merry (5) was bowled by Noah Davies and Town were six down when Matthew Kiff had Jack Scriven caught by Will Beresford.

Dai Davies and Ashley James added 18 runs for the seventh wicket but Brock then bowled James (7).

Soon after Davies, who had hit three fours in a score of 25, was bowled by Phillips.

Brock then bowled Will Phillips before Joe Phillips bowled Johnny White on a score of 11 (two fours).

That brought Town’s innings to a close and it meant Llangwm would need just 98 to win.

Llangwm lost Will Beresford when he was bowled by Johnny White but Steven Mills and David Lewis shared 39 runs for the second wicket.

Lewis hit three fours in a score of 15 but he was then bowled by Clive Tucker.

Mills and Matthew Kiff were then untroubled as they saw Llangwm to victory. Kiff hit two fours and a six in his score of 16 while Mills hit nine fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 50.

The win sees Llangwm stay in fifth place in the table while Town sit seventh.

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Latest Pembroke County Junior League results

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THE Pembroke County Junior Leagues, sponsored by Llewellyn Davies & co Chartered Accountants, continued last week with some more exciting matches.

There was a first for Llechryd as their two Under 11s sides faced each other in the league for the very first time.

Under 13’s

Haverfordwest (90-3) Hook (88-10)

Haverfordwest: Dafydd Williams 28 not out, Finlay Atyeo 11, Brandon Dewstone 2-6, Deri Field 2-4, Olly Hicks 1-7

Hook: Harry Wilson 14, Alex Blowers 1-10

Lamphey (93-2)  St Ishmaels (103-2)

Lamphey: Evan Clark 25 not out, Morgan Price Richards 14, Iori Evans 23, Elliot Midgley 11 not out

Llechryd (94-2) Laugharne (86-10)

Haverfordwest Under 13s
Lamphey and St Ishmaels

 Under 11’s

 Llechryd (H) (331-4) Llechryd (S) (323-3)

Report supplied by llechryd

Monday evening saw, what was a first for Llechryd where two sides from the club faced each other
in the league.

Not only did they put out two sides, but the softball game was contested in a 10 a side match.

Llechryd (s) won the toss and decided to field first. The opening pair for Llechryd (h) of Florian Cartwright and Zeb Hallam managed to score an impressive 43 from the first 4 overs for the loss of 1 wicket taken by Amelia Evans.

Alex James and Cerith Gill looked to continue the high run rate by knocking the ball to all parts of the ground. They were kept in check by the accurate bowling of Trystan Beard and Callum Baily who both took a wicket a piece.

Some sensible batting through the middle overs by the pairs of Isobel Dunkeld with Catrin Bailey and Gwilym Wyn Jones along side Evan Young kept the scoreboard ticking over without losing any wickets.

Riley Williams and Lowri Rees Langley were the final pair of the innings. As they tried to put on as many runs as possible the bowlers seized the opportunity and wickets were picked up by Noah Davies, Cornelia Harries and Lili Rees Langley. One of them the result of a superb one handed catch by Oscar Patrick. The innings finished on 331-5.

Llechryd (s) needed to get off to a quick start chasing a high total. Bryce Franklin and Luke Wilson got
things underway. Some initial big hitting was responded to by the fielding team with wickets for Alex and Cerith.

After Gwilym had taken an early wicket against the new pair of Dewi Morris and Callum things could have got tight, but they responded with some good running between the wickets with the odd boundary.

Some terrific bowling by Evan and Catrin, taking a wicket each, put some real pressure on Cornelia and Amelia but they didn’t panic and recovered well. Lili and Noah came in and kept out the bowlers and set up the final pair.

Oscar and Trystan still had plenty to do but they looked to take the attack to the opposition. 5 boundaries were hit in the final 2 overs of the game but unfortunately Llechryd (s) came up just short finishing on 323-3.

This was a great night for the club and really highlights the thriving junior section we currently have. A big thanks to all the coaches and parents who make it possible.

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