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Llanrhian secure Alan Brown Cup hat trick

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LLANRHIAN made it a hat trick of Alan Brown Cup wins as they beat Stackpole by five wickets in the final on Sunday (July 4).

The game was played at Whitland Cricket Club and the weather also played its part throughout the day.

The start was delayed because of earlier rain before the sides were forced off at the start of Llanrhian’s first innings.

Bright sunshine replaced the rain late in the afternoon before the game was completed in pouring rain with Llanrhian close to reaching their target.

Stackpole won the toss and chose to bat first but they lost both openers early on for ducks.

Alan Webster fell to the bowling of Daf Williams while John Williams was caught by Fraser Watson off the bowling of Jack Jones.

Lewys Gibby and James Adie got their side going with a good partnership which saw Gibby reach his half century.

Lewys Gibby reaches his half century for Stackpole

Adie scored 32 before was bowled by Chris Arundel while Gibby went on to make a score of 80 before he was stumped by Richard Reed off the bowling of Tom Clarke.

Watson also took the catch to dismiss Simon Bevan to give Clarke his second wicket.

Yori Roberts hit a couple of sixes in a later score of 26 before he was bowled by Nigel Delaney.

Stackpole finished their innings with a good total of 165-6 and Llanrhian knew they would need to bat well with rain looming over them.

Either side of a rain break, openers Jon Strawbridge and Paul Lewis shared a century stand for the first wicket.

Lewis made a score of 38 but he was then caught by John Williams off the bowling of Alan Webster.

Strawbridge continued to punish the bowlers as he neared his century, hitting nine fours and six sixes as he reached a score of 97.

Jon Strawbridge in action for Llanrhian

However, he was denied his ton as he was caught by James Adie off the bowling of Simon Bevan.

Jack Jones then finished unbeaten on 24 while Nigel Delaney was unbeaten on 11 as Llanrhian finished on 179-2.

That gave them a first innings lead of 14 but the game was still in the balance.

Stackpole looked to make a good start to their second innings but it was Llanrhian who soon gained the advantage.

Jack Jones trapped Alan Webster leg before, Tom Clarke had John Williams caught by Nigel Delaney and Jones also had Lewys Gibby caught by Matty Delaney.

That left Stackpole on 14-3 and it made their task of setting Llanrhian a big target even trickier.

James Adie and Yori Roberts took the score into the fifties but Nigel Delaney struck as he had Roberts stumped by Richard Reed on a score of 19.

Paul Oeppen fell in similar fashion and they also combined again to remove Adie.

Adie had reached a score of 63 but his wicket halted Stackpole’s momentum.

Chris Arundel picked up another wicket late on as Stackpole could only finish their second innings on 115-7.

That meant that Llanrhian would need just 102 to win the game.

Llanrhian lost wickets early on in their reply with Jonathan Strawbridge unable to replicate his first innings display.

He hit a six but was then caught by John Williams off the bowling of Jack Corbett.

Corbett struck again as he had Jack Jones caught by Paul Oeppen and Llanrhian were three down when Corbett had Richard Reed caught by Simon Bevan.

Paul Lewis had made a score of 27 but he also fell to the bowling of Corbett who went on to finish with excellent figures of 4-19.

Alan Webster bowled Nigel Delaney on a score of 19 as Llanrhian reached 92-5 off 13 overs.

The game finished in the rain

That was as good as it got for Stackpole though as Tom Clarke (8 not out) and Chris Arundel (11 not out) saw Llanrhian to victory despite the rain.

It was an excellent win for Llanrhian who retained the Alan Brown Cup once again and won it for the third year in a row.

Jon Strawbridge was named the man of the match after his excellent first innings score.

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Preseli poses a challenge for novice crews

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THE END of April will see the popular novice night rally organised by the Teifi Valley Motor Club being held in Pembrokeshire. On the weekend of 27th and 28th April, Rali Bro Preseli will see 75 novice crews tackling the winding and challenging roads that Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Clerks of the Course, father and son Richard and Jason Davies along with Aled Richards have a terrific route lined up for competitors. Starting as usual at the Crymych Mart, the route will appeal to all novice drivers and navigators.

“It will offer a bit of everything. It will be challenging but easy to follow with some whites thrown in the mix. Aled has designed the whole route and we’ve done the donkey work,” said Jason, now in his second year as Clerk of the Course.

As regular competitors, Jason and Richard wanted to give something back to the sport and they enjoy being on the organising side of the things.

Jason, who won the Bro Preseli with his father in 2013, explained: “We’ve competed in the Preseli on several occasions, and we decided to give something back to the sport and that’s why dad and I thought it would be a good idea to help.

“It’s interesting to see how it all comes together and the work involved, and there’s a lot of that,”

He also won the event with Tim Hand in 2016 and was fourth overall in 2019.

Aled Richards, Joint Clerk of the Course, knows the routes of Rali Bro Preseli like the back of his hand having only ever missed it once since its formation in 2003. He’s driven on four of them in 2005 – 2008 with the best result of a 4th place with Arwel Jenkins in the navigator seat.

Aled has been Chief Marshal on Rali Bro Preseli since 2013 before moving on to being Clerk of the Course this year and competitors can look forward to a great event.

Aled told the Herald: “This is the first time I’ve been Clerk of the Course, but we have a good team with Dylan Davies as Chief Marshal and Olwen Davies as Secretary.

“I live some 30 miles away from the actual route, but we’ve been around it twice and I’m confident it will be a good yet challenging night. Some of the whites are currently waterlogged but the farmers have been brilliant and offered to help clear the tracks before the event and we are very grateful.”

The rally, kindly sponsored by Arjay Factors and Home James Taxis, will have four official Spectator Points on the night and the locations will be available at signing on.

The Clerks of the Course and the Teifi Valley Motor Club would like to thank all those who have helped to organise the event – landowners, homes en route, petrol at Brian Llewellyn a’i Ferched, and the start and finish venues – Crymych Mart and the Teifi Waterside Hotel.

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Herbrandston Clinch Promotion to Division One

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Following a one all draw Tuesday night away to Narberth it confirmed Herbrandston’s promotion to the first division. An amazing achievement for Manger Leigh Galdo and his assistant Timmy Roberts. With a young team and after losing quality players over the summer it’s safe to say promotion wasn’t really ‘on the cards’ for Herbie in August.

On paper nobody would have expected Herbie to challenge at the top of the league. However they started the league as they meant to go on, with an outstanding unbeaten run, which made everyone quickly realise they were not to be underestimated. Galdo has done an excellent job in developing not only a young team, but the players as individuals who’ve matured as the season has developed. While they will enjoy promotion they won’t be relaxing too much as they still hope to lift the second division cup at Bridge Meadow.

Herbie’s boss however found some time in his busy schedule to reflect on promotion and the season to date.


‘Promotion wasn’t really on the radar when we sat down last summer and assessed the situation. With a mass exodus of first team starters, a full rebuild looked on the cards.

However the players we have in this years group are nothing if not resilient. A great start to the campaign meant we had put ourselves in contention early, 13 league games undefeated up to Xmas proved that we had enough to at least contend. There were certainly some tough test in the new year but all of them learning opportunities and a chance for this group of players to grow and mature as a team.

I’m a firm believer that through adversity, that’s where the real development can happen and it certainly seems that way with us at the moment with many of our young players now looking battle tested.

Humbled and armed with those lessons we’re looking now to finish the season strong. Back into the 1st Division has been the club’s ambition now for quite a few years and after finally achieving that after many close seasons in doing so we can turn our focus to trying to add some silverware in the 2nd Division cup.

A very tough task with the quality of teams left in the competition. But a challenge we embrace and look forward too. We’ll stay in the fight to the very end and see what destiny awaits us. ‘Up the Pickles’’

Congratulations to everyone involved in the club on promotion. A club that’s setup off the field and at junior level really deserves division one football. We also wish Herbie the best of luck for the cup too.

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Micky Beckett, Pembrokeshire’s Olympic hopeful, wins big in Palma!

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Micky Beckett, the pride of Solva and a stalwart of the British Sailing Team, once again etched his name in the annals of sailing history with a resounding victory at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma last week, marking his third consecutive triumph at this illustrious event. The 29-year-old maestro showcased his dominance in the men’s dinghy class amidst stiff competition from a formidable fleet of 193 boats, clinching the title with a day to spare.

His gold-medal feat spearheaded a triumphant campaign for the British contingent, as John Gimson and Anna Burnet secured bronze in the Nacra 17 category, while the rising star Matilda Nicholls clinched her debut senior-level medal, a bronze in the ILCA 6 class.

Entering the pivotal double points medal race, Beckett held an unassailable lead atop the leaderboard, a testament to his unparalleled skill and unwavering determination. Despite the comfort of his position, Beckett refused to relent, clinching a second-place finish in the decisive race and ultimately sealing victory with an imposing 44-point margin.

Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Beckett humbly acknowledged the significance of his third consecutive triumph, stating, “I’ve been trying all week not to think about the fact that if I won this event it would be three in a row, but now it’s real and it’s pretty cool.” His sentiments echoed a blend of confidence and humility, underscoring the arduous journey that led to his triumph.

With his sights set on the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics, Beckett exuded a mixture of confidence and determination, aware of the challenges that lie ahead. “All the top guys will be following their own plans to build up to this summer, but I have to say that beating them is a nice confidence boost,” Beckett remarked, encapsulating the competitive spirit that drives him towards excellence.

Despite his past setbacks in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, Beckett remains undaunted, poised to make his mark on the global stage in Marseille, where he aims to transcend mere participation and carve his legacy amongst the world’s elite ILCA 7 sailors. With a European title in 2021 and a world silver in 2023 adorning his resume, Beckett’s journey is a testament to perseverance and unwavering dedication to his craft.

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