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Duggie Morris Cup Final preview: Carew v Lawrenny

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CAREW take on LAWRENNY this Sunday (July 18) in the Duggie Morris Cup Final.

There will be a new name on the trophy this year, whoever wins, after Lawrenny knocked out holders Neyland in the quarter finals.

Carew are in their first Duggie Morris final since 2009, when they lost to Haverfordwest, while Lawrenny were beaten by Neyland in the 2019 final.

The last time the two sides met in the Duggie Morris final was in 2006 and on that occasion it was Carew who came out on top.

Lawrenny have never won the Duggie Morris Cup but having lost the last final to be played, they will be keen to go one better this time around.

The sides have met once already in the league this season and that game saw Lawrenny come out on top.

Carew scored 205 in their innings before Lawrenny were able to chase that down to win by three wickets.

Route to the final

Lawrenny played Hook in the first round and came away with a convincing seven-wicket win.

They restricted Hook to 109-5 before easing to their target to book their quarter final tie with Neyland.

Neyland were restricted to 123-7 with Ryan Morton claiming four wickets.

Kurtis Marsh then finished not out on 65 to see Lawrenny to another seven-wicket win.

In the semi-final, Lawrenny took on Llangwm at Pembroke Dock cricket club. Lawrenny batted first and scored 166-6 with Marsh again on form with a score of 44.

They then bowled well to restrict Llangwm to 106-9 in their reply to seal their place in the final.

Carew had a bye in the first round and went straight into a quarter final tie with Narberth.

Carew batted first in that game and scored 146-8 with Luke Hicks scoring 25 and captain Shaun Whitfield scoring 24.

They were then able to bowl Narberth out for 124 with Sam Harts claiming four wickets while Whitfield claimed three.

That set up a semi-final tie with Whitland which was played at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Carew reached 133-3 in their innings with Luke Hicks scoring 54. They then restricted Whitland to 111-5 in their reply with James Hinchcliffe amongst the wickets.

The captain’s views

Carew captain Shaun Whitefield said: “We’re feeling good, it’s been way too long, for a team of Carew’s quality, since we were last in the final but we’re looking forward to it.

“We had some tough games against Narberth and against Whitland and we know Lawrenny are a good team as well.

“It should make for an interesting game, they have some top quality players, Kurtis Marsh will likely be one of the key players.

“We know how good they are so it will be good to play them and whoever wins will deserve it. We’ve got everyone available, it’s twenty-twenty where anyone can perform so we’ll be prepared.

“We will play hard as Mike would have wanted, and committed, and that’s all we have been doing.”

Lawrenny captain Joe Kidney said: “The team is pretty relaxed in all honesty, we’re just enjoying each game so not going to play this one any different.

“Carew are a good bunch of lads who will be a really tough team to beat on the day. We played them on the rearranged Sunday game and it was a good spirited game so hoping for the same again.”

Asked if being beaten in the last Duggie Morris final to be played in 2019 would play on their minds, Joe added: “I thought it would especially with the Harrison Allen situation that year too but since we’ve had that year off I feel it’s just like a fresh start. The boys have improved massively too so I feel we’re wiser now as a team.”

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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