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Neyland seal Village Cup progress after winning Dyfed area final

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NEYLAND’s Village Cup journey will continue after they beat Cresselly in the Dyfea area final on Sunday (Jun 6).

Having already beaten Lawrenny in the previous round, Neyland faced a Cresselly side who came into the game off the back of a big league win over St Ishmaels on Saturday.

Neyland won the toss and elected to bat on home soil but they lost Patrick Bellerby early on when he was caught by Alex Bayley off the bowling of Ryan Lewis.

Nick Koomen and Ashley Sutton then shared 70 runs for the second wicket to put the home side in a good position.

Cresselly hit back though as Simon Cole bowled Sutton on a score of 24 and soon after, he also had Ross Hardy stumped by Jamie Goldsworthy.

That left Neyland on 96-3 but Koomen and Nathan Banner shared another 70 runs for the fourth wicket as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Koomen hit eight fours in his score of 81 but he was then caught by Matthew Morgan off the bowling of Tom Murphy.

Tom Arthur the bowled Brad McDermott-Jenkins for a duck but Nathan Banner began to take over as he reached his half century to push Neyland towards 200 runs.

Banner then reached his 50 and he had good support from Sean Hannon who scored 16 from 15 balls.

Hannon was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Murphy and soon after his brother Patrick was caught by Goldsworthy off Murphy.

Nathan Banner on his way to a half century

Banner made his way to a score of 75 from 55 balls after hitting seven fours and a six but he was caught by Izzard off the bowling of Arthur with the last ball of the innings.

It meant that Cresselly would need 228 to win the game but they lost both openers early in their reply.

Phil Williams was the first man out as he was caught by Lewis Page off the bowling of Patrick Hannon.

Morgan made a score of 21 but Hannon trapped him leg before wicket to leave the visitors on 36-2.

Simon Cole and Iwan Izzard then shared 54 runs for the third wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game and up with the required run rate.

Cole reached 22 before he hit the ball to Jack John to give McDermott-Jenkins his first wicket of the game.

Izzard then reached his half century as hopes of a Cresselly victory began to depend on whether or not he could stay in the middle.

Iwan Izzard hit three fours and a six in his half century

However, having reached a score of 51 he then hit the ball to George Evans on the boundary who took the catch to give Koomen his first wicket.

It was a big blow to Cresselly who soon found themselves five down when Alex Bayley was bowled by McDermott-Jenkins on a score of 21.

Ryan Lewis was doing his best to keep his team in the game but he saw Dan James suffer the same fate as Bayley.

Lewis hit three sixes in a score of 29 from 17 balls but he was caught by Bellerby off the bowling of Koomen.

Bellerby also ran out Tom Murphy late on as Cresselly’s chance of victory slipped away.

They finished on 189-8 to give Neyland victory by 38 runs. Neyland now go on in the competition with the draw for the next round yet to be made.

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Lawrenny end Neyland’s Duggie dominance with quarter final win

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LAWRENNY are through to the semi-finals of the Duggie Morris Cup after beating Neyland by seven wickets on Friday night (Jun 11).

It means there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time since 2017 after Neyland won the 2018 and 2019 tournaments. The Duggie Morris was not played in 2020.

Rain had caused the game to be postponed on Thursday and it was no surprise when Lawrenny elected to field on winning the toss on Friday.

Jamie Lewis had Nick Koomen caught early on and Rob Williams bowled Ashley Sutton on an unlucky 13.

It left the holders on 18-2 but Gregg Miller and Nathan Banner rebuilt the innings with a fine stand of 72 for the third wicket.

Miller hit four fours and a six in a score of 40 from 32 balls but he was then caught by Joe Kidney off the bowling of Kurtis Marsh.

That sparked a mini-collapse as Neyland soon found themselves on 93-5.

Banner had hit two fours and a six in his score of 30 but he was caught off the bowling of Ryan Morton and soon after, Ross Hardy fell in similar fashion.

The runs seemed to dry up for Neyland and Morton soon claimed the wickets of Brad McDermott-Jenkins and Sean Hannon to take the score to 110-7. Morton’s excellent bowling saw him claim figures of 4-31.

Patrick Hannon and George Evans finished not out on scores of 5 and 8 respectively as they helped Neyland to 123-7 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Harry Thomas and Kurtis Marsh shared an opening stand of 50 runs to put the home side in a strong position.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins made the breakthrough for Neyland as he had Thomas caught by Nathan Banner on a score of 24.

Ross Hardy then trapped James Phillips leg before for a second ball duck to take the score to 51-2.

Marsh and Steve Lewis then shared another 43 runs as they edged Lawrenny towards their target.

Marsh reached his half century but then saw Lewis caught by Banner off the bowling of Jack John on a score of 11.

That was as good as it got for Neyland as Marsh and Ryan Morton took Lawrenny to victory.

Morton hit two fours and a six in a score of 20 from 18 balls but Marsh was the star of the innings with nine fours and a six in a score of 65 from 45 balls.

Lawrenny will now play Llangwm in the semi-final at Pembroke Dock in the week commencing June 28.

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Pembroke ease past Penygroes in Welsh Cup

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PEMBROKE are through to the next round of the Welsh Cup after they beat Penygroes by 10 wickets on Sunday (Jun 6).

Penygroes batted first but were all out for 66 as Charlie Perkins took four wickets for the home side.

Perkins made the breakthrough early on as he had Rhodri Morgans caught by Paul White.

Andy Megrath and Rudi Botes did share 28 runs for the second wicket but the wickets began to tumble.

Perkins bowled Botes and William Welsh before having McGrath caught by Jack Davies to leave the visitors on 29-4.

Lloyd Boddington added 10 before he was caught and bowled by Paul White who then also claimed the wicket of Sion Thomas who had also scored 10.

Jamie Kaijaks, Sam Davies and Will Randell all picked up wickets as they bowled Penygroes out inside 22 overs.

Pembroke took just nine overs to reach their target with openers Luke Butler and Will Davies untroubled by the Penygroes bowlers.

Butler hit five fours in his score of 32 from 20 balls while Davies hit four fours in a score of 27.

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Carew bowl Narberth out to reach Duggie Morris semis

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CAREW are through to the last four of the Duggie Morris Cup after they beat Narberth on Tuesday night (Jun 8).

Carew batted first after winning the toss and they amassed a total of 146-8 from their 20 overs.

Luke Hicks scored 25 for Carew and captain Shaun Whitfield scored 24. Gareth Lewis also scored 17 for the visitors.

Lewis Hough was the pick of the bowlers for Narberth has he finished with excellent figures of 4-15 from his three overs.

Captain Ben Hughes also claimed 2-18 from his four overs.

In reply, Narberth opener Richie Adams made a good score of 45 and Jordan Howell added 38 but Carew’s bowlers were on top form.

Sam Harts finished with figures of 4-25 while Shaun Whitfield also claimed 3-20. Rhys Davies also took three wickets for the loss of 23 runs.

Carew now await the winners of the tie between Whitland and Kilgetty, who play tonight, in the semi-finals.

That game is scheduled to take place the week commencing June 28 and will be played at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

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