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Thomas’ century helps Whitland beat Town

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A CENTURY from Whitland’s Jonathan Thomas ultimately proved the difference as they beat Haverfordwest on Saturday (Jun 12).

Thomas’ score of 110 not out saw Whitland post 208-6 from their 45 overs and they were then able to bowl Town out for 188, earning victory by 20 runs.

Haverfordwest won the toss and elected to field but they saw Kevin Pearce and Jacob Owen share 34 runs for the first wicket.

Owen made a score of 14 before he was bowled by Jake Merry and moments later, Clive Tucker had Geraint Jones caught by Johnny White for a second-ball duck.

Pearce was joined by Thomas and the pair shared 44 runs for the third wicket.

White then trapped Pearce leg before wicket on a score of 28 to leave Whitland on 79-3.

Thomas and Gwion Howell looked to keep the score ticking over and they added 32 runs between them.

Thomas reached his half century but Howell was then trapped leg before by Simon Williams as Whitland slipped to 111-4.

The runs kept on flowing though as Thomas added 30 more to his score in a stand of 47 with Scott Newton.

Newton was out on a score of 15 before Dai Davies had Jamie Thomas stumped by Jack Scriven.

Jonathan Thomas had reached 95 before his namesake departed and he quickly completed his century, going on to finish unbeaten on 110.

He hit thirteen fours and three sixes in his knock as Whitland set Haverfordwest a target of 209 to win.

Danny Potter and Mikey Jones made a good start to their reply as they shared 30 runs for the opening wicket.

Scott Newton claimed the first wicket as he bowled Jones who soon after caught and bowled Potter on a score of 35 that included five fours and a six.

Dai Davies and Ben Field then shared 37 runs but Town then lost four wickets in quick succession.

Davies was bowled by Luc Owen who then also had Jake Merry caught by Kevin Pearce.

Field hit seven fours in a score of 37 but he was caught by Harry Fuller off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas.

Gethin Scourfield then bowled Jack Scriven for a duck as Town had slipped from 90-2 to 112-6.

Dan Field and Johnny White did their best to try and rescue the innings as they shared 36 runs for the seventh wicket.

Field hit two fours and three sixes in a score of 39 but he was then caught by Newton off the bowing of Connor Bowen.

Bowen also had White caught by Jonathan Thomas and Scourfield then claimed the wicket of Simon Williams to leave Town on 151-9.

Ashley James showed some late resistance as he smashed three fours and two sixes in a score of 34 not out from 24 balls.

However, Geraint Jones bowled Clive Tucker to bowl Town out for 188 and seal the win for Whitland.

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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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