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League cricket to make welcome return in Pembrokeshire

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FOR the first time in over 600 days, league cricket will make a welcome return to Pembrokeshire cricket pitches this Saturday (May 1).

The 2020 season was wiped out because of the coronavirus pandemic but cup competitions were able to be played.

A league cricket ball has not been thrown or batted in anger since August 24, 2019, and teams will be itching to get back out on the field.

Neyland were crowned Division 1 Champions in 2019 while Burton and Llangwm were unable to escape the drop to Division 2.

The Division 2 title was claimed by Narberth while Llechryd finished second to claim the other promotion spot.

Johnston and Cresselly seconds were relegated from the second division and their places will be taken by Division 3 winners Herbrandston and runners up Lamphey.

With the pandemic curtailing the 2020 season and the uncertainty over when the teams would return to action, Saturday’s games will be a big boost for all those involved.

Champions Neyland will get their season underway with a trip to newly promoted Llechryd.

Lawrenny, Division 1 runners up in 2019, start their season at home against Whitland.

Haverfordwest will take on new boys Narberth while Cresselly face Saundersfoot and St Ishmaels host Carew.

In Division 2, Pembroke, who finished third in the division in 2019, will travel to Hook on the opening day.

Llangwm host Lamphey and Carew seconds will be at home against Kilgetty.

Herbrandston are at home as they welcome Haverfordwest seconds while Pembroke Dock face Burton.

Llanrhian finished third in Division 3 in 2019 and they will be hoping for another successful season and they start their campaign at home against Johnston.

Elsewhere, Laugharne host Llangwm seconds while Stackpole will start their season away at Neyland seconds.

In Division 4, Crymych will host Hook seconds, Saundersfoot seconds host Carew thirds in a local derby while Burton seconds host Llechryd seconds.

Saturday will also be a big day for Fishguard as they get ready for their first game back after reforming in 2020. They will take on Herbrandston Seconds at Tregroes.

Hundleton missed out on promotion by five points in their last campaign and they will be aiming for a top two finish this year. They begin at home against Pembroke Dock seconds.

Pembroke seconds will take on Haverfordwest fourths while Stackpole seconds host Neyland thirds.

And if that wasn’t enough, a set of fixtures for the May day bank holiday (May 3) have also been scheduled.

Neyland’s first home game of the season will see them take on Narberth while Cresselly will host Lawrenny in a local derby.

Carew will be up against Haverfordwest, Whitland will face Tish and Saundersfoot host Llechryd.

In Division 2, Hook will host Llangwm, Pembroke host Pembroke Dock and Herbrandston will travel to Lamphey.

A full set of fixtures can be found on the Pembroke County Cricket Club website.

With the teams having been out of league action for well over a year, Saturday’s games may take some getting used to but it will be one that all players will just be looking forward to, to get back to some kind of normality once again.

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Whitland move out of bottom two after beating Saundersfoot

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WHITLAND moved out of the bottom two on Saturday (Jul 24) as they beat Saundersfoot by eight runs.

Saundersfoot won the toss but asked Whitland to bat first and they were able to reach 196 before being bowled out.

Geraint Jones was unlucky to miss out on a century as he fell on a score of 99.

He and Jonathan Thomas had rescued Whitland from a score of 18-3 with Sam Franklin claiming the first of his five wickets.

Thomas was out on a score of 26 to the bowling of John Mansbridge before Jones left the score on 159-5.

Scott Newton made a late score of 31 with three fours and two sixes but Saundersfoot hit back well to bowl Whitland out.

Saundersfoot struggled early on in their reply and soon found themselves on 48-5.

Geraint Jones (2), Wayne Howells (2) and Scott Newton (1) did the damage early on to give Whitland a great chance of victory.

Saundersfoot hit back again though as Sam Franklin and Simon Stanford shared 63 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken by Jonathan Thomas who had Stanford caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 32.

More wickets fell and when Franklin fell to Newton on a score of 53 Saundersfoot’s hopes of victory began to fade.

There were late scores of 17 from Jack Franklin and an unbeaten 17 from Tudor Hurle but it wasn’t enough to send their side to victory.

Jones, Newton, Thomas and Howells all picked up two wickets for Whitland while Conor Bowen and Kevin Pearce claimed the other two as all of their bowlers picked up wickets.

It was just a third win of the season for Whitland who will look to push on as they try to avoid the drop to Division 2.

On Saturday, July 31, Whitland are away to bottom side Llechryd while Saundersfoot travel to Neyland.

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Town bowl Tish out to earn victory

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HAVERFORDWEST bowled out St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 24) to earn victory by 27 runs.

Tish had earlier won the toss and chose to field and they were also able to bowl Town out for 198.

However, they could not reach their target as they were bowled out for 171.

The defeat sees Tish slip back into the relegation places while Haverfordwest pulled themselves away from the bottom two after picking up 19 points.

Town had been in trouble on 57-4 and then 88-5 but Ben Field’s score of 78 helped Town towards 200 runs.

Field’s score included seven fours and three sixes but he was eventually removed by Lewis Rhead who had him caught by Jonathan Pawlett.

Dai Davies’ score of 20 and Jack Scriven’s late score of 36 helped Town to their total.

Rhead finished with figures of 3-24 for Tish while Andrew Palmer also bowled well for figures of 2-21.

Andrew Williams also took two wickets for Tish.

In reply, Tish lost two early wickets to slip to 21-2 as Ashley James picked up the two wickets.

Ieuan Hawkins scored 31 before he fell to Johnnie White and he then also removed Phil Cockburn on a score of 26.

Daniel Richards and Peter Bradshaw then shared 50 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

However, Richards was then caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Archie Thomas on a score of 57 that had included ten fours.

Further wickets fell and when Bradshaw fell for a score of 14, Tish had slipped to 150-8.

Andrew Pawlett gave Tish late hope with a four and a six in a quick fire score of 16 from 11 balls but he fell to Johnnie White.

Archie Thomas claimed his fourth and the last wicket of the day to seal the win for Town.

Thomas finished with figures of 4-30 while White had 3-36 and James finished with 3-31 in what was a good display from Town’s bowlers.

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Neyland seal seven-wicket win over Carew

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NEYLAND’S Nathan Banner finished unbeaten to help his side to victory over Carew on Saturday (July 24).

Neyland won the toss and chose to field and they were able to keep Carew to 171-9 from their 45 overs.

Hayden Shapcott top scored for the home side with 45 while Brian Hall added 31.

James Hinchcliffe added 32 but that was as good as it got for Carew as Andrew Miller picked up three wickets for Neyland.

His three wickets came at the expense of 34 runs while Ross Hardy also claimed two wickets for figures of 2-34.

Jack Jones also bowled well as he finished with two wickets for the loss of 20 runs.

In reply, Neyland lost Gregg Miller early on when he was caught and bowled by Shaun Whitfield.

Ashley Sutton made a score of 20 before being bowled by Sam Harts (1-28) as Carew did their best to derail Neyland’s chase.

Koomen and Nathan Banner then shared 84 runs for the third wicket with Koomen reaching his half century.

Koomen hit six fours in a score of 54 but he was then trapped leg before by Ceri Brace.

Banner and Ross Hardy were unfazed though as they took Neyland to their target.

Hardy hit six fours in a score of 37 unbeaten from 28 balls. Banner hit five fours in a score of 56 not out to see Neyland to victory.

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