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Lawrenny claim first Duggie Morris trophy after beating Carew



LAWRENNY were crowned Duggie Morris Cup champions on Sunday (July 18) in a thrilling final at Burton Cricket Club.

Lawrenny were beaten finalists when the tournament was last played in 2019 while Carew had reached a first Duggie Morris final since 2009.

Carew team before the final

Played in the searing heat, both sides batted well with Carew opening up with a score of 154-5.

Lawrenny replied with the in-form Kurtis Marsh scoring another century, hitting a six off the last ball of the innings to reach a score of 100 not out.

That gave them a score of 182-2 and a lead of 28 runs at the interval.

Knowing they would need to erase that lead Carew looked to score quick runs but they struggled and could only reach 108-9 in their second innings.

That meant Lawrenny would need 82 to win the game and, although there were no Marsh heroics this time, they were able to knock off the runs needed to win the game.

Carew batted first after winning the toss and they had an early reprieve from a dropped catch in the field.

Rhys Davies scored 16 and Ian Sefton scored 17. Nick Davies added 22 and Luke Hicks scored 26 as all batted well.

Lewis Hicks was the star of the first innings though as he finished unbeaten on 51.

Lewis Hicks in action for Carew

Harry Thomas had good figures of 3-24 while Jamie Lewis and Kurtis Marsh each picked up a wicket.

Some good efforts in the field also kept the score down as Carew finished their first innings with 154 runs on the board.

The second innings became the Kurtis Marsh show as he peppered the boundaries on his way to finishing unbeaten on 100.

He had good support from brother Kyle Marsh who scored 65 while James Phillips added 13.

Kurtis Marsh on his way to his century

Shaun Whitfield and Sam Harts picked up the only wickets to fall.

Marsh’s super innings saw Lawrenny finish 28 runs ahead on 182 and Carew knew they would need to bat well if they were to give their opponents a three-figure target to chase.

However, they found runs hard to come by with Nick Scourfield their top scorer in the second innings with 34.

Shaun Whitfield added 23 and James Hinchcliffe finished unbeaten on 17 but Jamie Lewis took five wickets for 17 runs to help keep the score down.

Ryan Morton (2-15) and Kurtis Marsh (1-29) also bowled well as Carew’s final total of 108 meant Lawrenny would need just 82 to win the game.

Kurtis and Kyle Marsh both made scores of 22 in Lawrenny’s second innings to all but seal the win for their side.

Ceri Brace and Sam Harts picked up their wickets but they were unable to take any further wickets.

Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 18 and James Phillips was unbeaten on 14 as they saw Lawrenny to an eight-wicket win.

Lawrenny celebrate their victory

Kurtis Marsh was named as the man of the match for his outstanding century.

After the match, Lawrenny captain Joe Kidney said: “A massive thank you to Burton for being great hosts as usual, best wishes to Carew and very proud of the lads for bringing Lawrenny home its first Duggie Morris Cup. Onwards and upwards!”

Umpires Allan Hansen and Glyn Cole


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



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



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



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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