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Cresselly go top after big win over Whitland

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CRESSELLY took advantage of Neyland’s game with Lawrenny being called off as they beat Whitland to move to the top of the table on Saturday (Jun 19).

They do now have a game in hand on Neyland but the win will give Cresselly plenty of confidence as a number of their batsmen made good scores.

Phil Williams and Matthew Morgan got the hosts off to a great start on Saturday as they shared 62 runs for the first wicket.

Scott Newton made the breakthrough as he trapped Williams leg before on a score of 23.

Morgan and Dan Sutton added another 55 runs to the score as Morgan neared a half century.

He wouldn’t reach it though as he fell on 44 when he was caught by Conor Bowen off the bowling of Newton.

Sutton and Iwan Izzard shared a third-wicket stand worth 58 runs which also saw Sutton reach his half century.

He eventually fell on a score of 61 as he was trapped leg before by Jonathan Thomas.

Gethin Scourfield then had Ryan Lewis caught by Gwion Howell as Whitland began to hit back to leave Cresselly on 178-4.

However, Izzard and Simon Cole shared another good stand worth 62 runs to take Cresselly past 200 runs.

It also saw Izzard reach his half century and he went on to reach a score of 79 with eight fours and four sixes.

He was then caught by Newton off the bowling of Luc Owen who then also caught and bowled Mike Venables.

Owen claimed a third wicket as bowled Dan James but Cole’s score of 24 not out saw Cresselly finish on 260-7 from their 45 overs.

Whitland knew they needed to start well if they were to stand a chance of reaching their target and they had openers Dylan Blain and Kevin Pearce shared 30 runs for the first wicket.

Blain scored 18 but he was then caught by Iwan Izzard off the bowling of Tom Arthur.

Arthur also had Geraint Jones caught by Tom Murphy.

Dan James then bowled Pearce on a score of 13 as Whitland slipped to 49-3.

Jonathan Thomas could only reach 11 before he was caught by Neilson Cole off the bowling of Murphy.

Gwion Howell made the same score only to be stumped by Cole off the bowling of Ryan Lewis.

Scott Newton reached a score of 19 but he was then trapped leg before by Lewis.

That made the score 90-6 and it was soon 91-7 as Jacob Owen was caught by Izzard off the bowling Lewis.

Gethin Scourfield was the third Whitland batsman to reach a score of 11 but he was trapped leg before by Simon Cole.

Jack Bowen hit two fours and a six in a score of 23 but he was caught by Lewis off the bowling of Arthur.

Conor Bowen made a late score of 18 but he was caught by Murphy off the bowling of Izzard as their innings came to a close.

That saw Whitland bowled out for 145 as Cresselly earned a 115-run victory.

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Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup

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GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time

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CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber

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NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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