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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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Phillips takes a hat trick as Cresselly seal Alec Colley final spot

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CRESSELLY are through to the final of the Alec Colley Cup after beating Hook on Wednesday night (July 21) at Narberth Cricket Club.

Chris Phillips took a hat trick for Cresselly as they restricted Hook to 133-8 in their innings before going to pass their target for the loss of only one wicket.

Hook won the toss and batted first on another warm evening and openers Jamie Phelps and George James shared 37 runs for the first wicket.

Phelps scored 18 but he was then caught and bowled as Phillips picked up the first of his four wickets.

James hit five fours and six in his score of 33 but Phillips had him caught by Scott Arthur.

Phillips then removed Brennan Martin with the next ball before bowling Oscar Willington to claim his hat trick.

It left Hook reeling on 64-4 but scores of 32 from Liam Miller and 21 from Will Goronwy rescued Hook.

Matthew Lewis claimed the wicket of Miller and he later bowled Andrew Thomas to finish with figures of 2-29.

There was also two wickets for Corey Lewis but it was Phillips’ figures of 4-33 that stood out.

Scott Arthur and Neil Williams got Cresselly’s reply off to a great start as they shared 50 runs for the first wicket.

Williams was bowled by Oscar Willington on a score of 6 but that was the only wicket to fall.

Arthur and Chris Phillips shared 84 runs to take Cresselly into the Alec Colley Cup final.

Phillips added to his earlier wickets with a score of 25 not out that included four fours.

Arthur was the star of the innings however, as he hit 12 fours to finish not out on 73.

They will now play the winners of the tie between Neyland and Saundersfoot who play tonight at Carew Cricket Club.

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Serrant-Green signs for Haverfordwest County

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY AFC has announced the signing of forward Jack Serrant-Green.

The 27-year-old puts pen-to-paper on a deal that will see him play his football at the Bridge Meadow Stadium for the 2021/22 Cymru Premier season.

Serrant-Green arrives in West Wales having recently played in the League of Ireland for Finn Harps and becomes the Bluebirds’ sixth signing of the summer.

Born in Nottingham, he began his career at Burton Albion, playing for their Under-18s side.

In 2013, he moved abroad to play for Swedish outfit Gottne IF. After two years in the Ettan Norra, he moved around to other clubs like Gällivare-Malmbergets, IFK Umeå, Kiruna FF, Söderhamns FF and Bodens BK.

The prolific striker accumulated a total of 92 goals in 149 appearances during his spell in the third, fourth and fifth tiers of Sweden.

Jack has been assigned the number 15 shirt and is available for sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring our newest recruit, please contact r.edwards@hcafc1899.football.

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Pembroke U11s earn first win of season

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PEMBROKE Under 11s earned their first win of the season recently as they beat Lamphey.

Pembroke scored 255-4 while Lamphey could only reach 245-4. Elsewhere in the Under 11s leagues, Narberth beat Haverfordwest.

Narberth U11s (250-5) beat Haverfordwest U11s (231-7)

Narberth: Iddgoda 2/2 & 9, O Johns 3/2, Z Aspurra 2/10.

Haverfordwest: Will D 1/6, Brandon D 2/5, Osian M 1/2, Imogen H 1/2.

The Under 11’s Semi Finals will both be played on Monday July 26.

Hook will host St Ishmaels and Saundersfoot are at home to Llechryd. The winners of the two games will contest the final which will be played at Hook on Monday, August 9.

Under 13’s

Hook (121-2) beat St Ishmaels (34-all out)

Hook: Oscar Willington 27 retired & 3-0, Ifan Williams 25 retired & 1-0, Rhys Phelps 17, William Harries 13 retired, Charlie Holder 7, Edward Johnson 2-6, Callum Nutty 1-6, Harri Evans 1-7

St Ishmaels: Dylan McGuire 4, Alfie Thomas 4, Ethan Dawes 4, Sammy Wilson 1-14

Under 15’s

Whitland (73-5) beat Llechryd (72-6)

Whitland: Charles Bujega 27 not out, Rhys Jones 18, Ethan Ryan 13, Cai lewis 1-3, Dai James 1-12 Cian Rees 1-16

Llechryd: Tomos Lewis 19 & 2-7, Ifan WJ 9, Joe Dow 1-8

Cresselly (28-all out) lost to Lawrenny (29-0)

Cresselly: Charlie Arthur 9, Ollie Arthur 9

Lawrenny: Finley Lewis 17 not out, Will Allen 10 not out, Rhydian Eynon 1-0, Mark White 1-3, Corey Hall 3-9, Noah Williams 5-1

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