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Neyland seal home Village Cup semi-final after win in Derbyshire



NEYLAND will have a home tie in the semi-finals of the Village Cup after they beat Derbyshire side South Wingfield by five wickets on Sunday (July 18).

The Pembrokeshire side had already made the long trip to Mansfield for their abandoned last 16 tie and they made the slightly shorter trip to Derbyshire for their quarter final.

South Wingfield won the toss and chose to bat first but they were eventually bowled out for 101 in the 34th over.

The hosts made a steady start but Nathan Banner had opener Steven Wilson caught by Henry Durrant and Banner also bowled Andrew Wilson soon after.

That left the score on 18-2 but opener Richard Fenn and Alex Mace could only add another 22 runs before the next wicket fell.

Fenn had hit six fours in a score of 31 but he was then trapped leg before by Ross Hardy.

Mace fell on a score of 11 when he was caught and bowled by Andrew Miller who also ran out Charles Jones on the same score to leave the hosts on 57-5.

Sam Colclough did not last long in the middle as he was caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Miller for a duck.

Liam Mitchell scored 10 but he also fell to Miller when he was caught by Banner.

Harry Brown and Kyle Mitchell did their best to push the score on into three figures but after an eighth wicket stand of 25, Brown, who hit two fours and six in his score of 21, was caught by Patrick Hannon off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

That left South Wingfield on 96-8 and it was soon 97-9 when Brad McDermott-Jenkins trapped Mitchell leg before on a score of 9.

The home side were in danger of missing out on a three-figure score before Dan Connolly’s late boundary pushed the score to 101.

That was as good as it got though as Connolly was caught by Hardy off the bowling of McDermott-Jenkins.

Needing 102 to win Neyland made a steady start as Nick Koomen and Gregg Miller opened with a partnership of 31.

Miller departed first as he was caught by Kyle Mitchell off the bowling of Lewis Radford.

Soon after Ashley Sutton was caught by Sam Colclough off the bowling of Harry Brown as Neyland slipped to 40-2.

The Derbyshire side had their tails up with those two wickets but Koomen and Nathan Banner shared a third wicket stand of 54 to all but seal victory.

Banner was caught and bowled by Mitchell on a score of 23 and with the next ball, Mitchell had Ross Hardy caught by Liam Mitchell for a duck.

Sean Hannon was then caught by Steven Wilson off the bowling of Kyle Mitchell to reduce Neyland to 96-5.

However, with the very next ball, Koomen smashed the ball over the ropes to send Neyland to victory.

Koomen finished unbeaten on 68 with 11 fours and that late six to book a home semi-final tie for Neyland.

After the game, Neyland captain Sean Hannon said: “Delighted with another great win on the road. It will be nice to have home advantage in the semis which is reward for the effort the boys have put into travelling in the previous three rounds! Not only that but it’s nice for the supporters too, they will be able to come up and watch for once!”


Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest



SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event



CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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Pembrokeshire street footballers to represent Wales



A WALES team full of Pembrokeshire footballers is heading to Dublin with their eyes on a major international prize.

Street Football Team Wales is taking part in the Irish Homeless Street League 20th Anniversary International Tournament between June 7th and 10th.

As well as a squad full of Pembrokeshire players, the Head Coach is also from the county.

Jo Price is a former Arsenal and Wales goalkeeper and now works as a Community Regeneration Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Jo is a big advocate for Street Football, run through social inclusion charity Street Football Wales.

The squad train at The Garth Youth Project, known as the Hive, in Haverfordwest.

The national team training sessions have been taking place since February to prepare for the tournament.

Jo said: “It is always an honour to play for your country and to have a Wales team made up entirely of Pembrokeshire players is such a wonderful achievement for our county.

“Each of the players is an inspiration but a special shout-out must go to Captain Marie Tilley who has overcome cancer to lead her country.

“Last week the players were surprised with the news that when they take to the pitch in Dublin they will be wearing the official Wales football kit, their faces were a picture and our thanks goes to the Football Association of Wales who are also providing training and travel kit.”

Wales will take on Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland and Scotland during the tournament.

Representing Wales are: Marie Tilley (C), Cerys Phillips, Freya Marshall, Niamh Mathias, Bryony Davies, Claire Mantripp, Shauna Bennett, Kayleigh Summers and Megan Tinley.

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