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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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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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