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Cresselly close the gap to top two thanks to Sutton’s century

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WITH other Division 1 games being abandoned, Cresselly took full advantage to close the gap to the top two in the table.

They beat St Ishmaels by 86 runs on Saturday (Jun 5) with Dan Sutton scoring an unbeaten century in Cresselly’s score of 237-7.

However, it was Tish who began brightly with Harry Nicholas running out Phil Williams and Matthew Morgan was then caught by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Brennan Devonald.

Ieuan Hawkins then trapped Iwan Izzard leg before before bowling Alex Bayley with the very next ball.

Simon Cole survived the hat-trick ball before he and Dan Sutton shared a game changing partnership.

Cresselly had slipped to 57-4 but Cole and Sutton’s fifth wicket stand of 94 put the visitors in control of the game.

Cole hit three fours in his score of 41 but the partnership came to an end when he was trapped leg before by Harry Nicholas.

Dan James added 10 to the score before he also fell to Nicholas as Tish reduced Cresselly to 183-6.

Sutton and Ryan Lewis shared a stand of 37 to take the score past 200.

Lewis hit two fours in a score of 26 from 21 balls but he was then caught by Peter Thomas off the bowling of Jordan Milich.

Sutton had reached 99 and he wasted little time in reaching his century before going on to finish unbeaten on 116 with fifteen fours.

It meant Tish would need 238 to win but they soon found themselves struggling on 46-3.

Ryan Lewis bowled Steven Hartley early on and Tom Arthur then had Harry Nicholas caught by Matthew Morgan.

Brennan Devonald hit four fours in a score of 21 but he was next to go as he caught by Arthur off the bowling of Lewis.

Jordan Milich and Philip Cockburn shared 35 runs for the fourth wicket but Dan James claimed his first wicket of the day when Milich edged the ball to Jamie Goldsworthy.

Jack Nicholas scored 14 but he was then bowled by Simon Cole and James Hall was then run out as Tish wickets began to fall.

That left them on 113-6 and it soon became 120-7 as Cockburn, who had hit six fours and a six in his score of 41, was bowled by Cole.

James then picked up the wicket of Iuean Hawkins before Alex Bayley had Peter Thomas stumped by Goldsworthy.

The game was brought to a close when Arthur had Michael Cockburn caught by Simon Cole.

Andrew Pawlett was left unbeaten on 12 but Tish were bowled out for 151.

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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