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Play for the ‘home’ side this Six Nations

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THE Welsh Ambulance Service is urging rugby fans to stay on-side with Coronavirus guidelines during this year’s Six Nations tournament.

Wales kicked off their campaign with a win over Ireland on Sunday with games being played behind closed doors as the country remains in Alert level 4.

The Six Nations is Europe’s premier rugby event and a Wales match in Cardiff would usually see almost 75,000 people pack into the Principality Stadium with pubs and clubs packed to the rafters with fans.

Abiding by Welsh Government guidelines and resisting the temptation to mix with friends outside of your support bubble is crucial, says the Trust’s Director of Operations Lee Brooks.

He said: “With new strains of the virus putting extra pressure on the entire healthcare system, and with the roll-out of vaccines gathering pace, now is a critical point on our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Reducing the spread of the virus by minimising contact is key, and enjoying the games safely at home is the best way you can show your support for Wales.”

Regional Utilisation Manager Gill Pleming added: “Traditionally the Six Nations can be a busy time for us, especially around city and town centres as people enjoy the atmosphere and bars.

“Although this is not the case this year due to the Welsh Government restrictions in place, we would appeal to people to stay home and only drink alcohol in moderation to help avoid any unnecessary accidents and injuries.

“Should you find yourself requiring non-urgent medical advice, then the online https://111.wales.nhs.uk/ service is available 24/7 as is the NHS Wales 111 phone service.

“But, in the case of a genuine life-threatening injury or illness we are still here for you on 999.”

You can show the country you’re doing your bit and staying safe by posting your stay-at-home rugby pictures on social media using the hashtag #KeepingWalesSafe set up by South Wales Police.

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Herbie see off Kilgetty

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HERBRANDSTON moved up to fourth place in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 19) as they beat Kilgetty by ten wickets.

Kilgetty batted first after Herbie won the toss but they were bowled out for only 74.

Paul Nicholas was the pick of the bowlers for the home side as he finished with figures of 4-19.

Charlie Malloy also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-7.

Ollie Gamble scored 15 and Martin Lewis added 14 for Kilgetty but they were unable to cope with Herbie’s bowling.

In reply, Harry Nicholas finished not out on 28 while Jonty Bennet finished unbeaten on 36 as they cruised to victory.

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Lamphey seal first win of the season

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LAMPHEY earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Jun 19) as they beat Hook by twenty runs.

Lamphey won the toss and batted first and despite some good scores they were bowled out for 158.

Peter McGilloway top scored with 47 and Nic Shelmerdine added 37 for the visitors.

Aled Phelps bowled well as he finished with figures of 5-34 while Brennan Martin (2-14) also claimed two wickets.

In reply, Jake Wicks scored 38 and Owen Phelps scored 30 but Lamphey were able to take wickets at regular intervals.

Aled Phelps also scored 22 but three wickets for McGilloway (3-26) and two for David Blackwell (2-37) helped Lamphey bowl Hook out for 138.

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Double centurions secure stunning win for Dock

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PEMBROKE DOCK’s Jake Davies and George Smith both scored centuries as they helped Pembroke Dock cruise to victory over Carew seconds on Saturday (Jun 19).

The Dock chose to bat first after winning the toss and they scored a remarkable 295-4 in their 45 overs.

Jake Davies and Jake Griffiths shared 68 runs for the opening wicket before Griffiths departed on a score of 30 that had included two fours and three sixes.

Scott Griffiths departed for a score of 11 before Davies and Smith took control of the innings.

They shared 133 runs for the third wicket with Davies reaching his century while Smith reached his half century.

Their stand was eventually broken by Kerry Waters who had Davies caught by Jack Scourfield.

Davies hit twenty fours in his score of 118 in what was an excellent knock.

Smith continued on his way to a century and although they lost Nick Daley late on, he smashed his way to triple figures.

Daley’s departure meant the Dock stood on 261-4 with Smith sitting on 91. He soon reached his century and went on to finish unbeaten on 117.

His outstanding knock came off only 82 balls and included 12 fours and six sixes.

It was a fantastic innings from the Dock as they set Carew the daunting task of reaching 296 to win.

Carew seconds were never in the game after those knocks as the Dock bowlers tore through the batting line-up.

Rob Hearn claimed figures of 3-15 while George Smith completed a memorable day with figures of 2-3.

Euan McDonald claimed figures of 2-9 and there was also a wicket for Nick Daley (1-6).

Haydn Shapcott (11) and Barry Evans (10 not out) were the only Carew batsmen to reach double figures.

It meant that Carew were bowled out for just 46, giving the Dock victory by a staggering 249 runs.

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