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Third time lucky for Cresselly in Clive Huxley Cup final

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CRESSELLY were crowned winners of the Clive Huxley Cup Final on Sunday (July 25), at the third time of asking.

Cresselly had reached the previous two finals where they were beaten by Burton but it was third time lucky for Cresselly who prevailed over Whitland in Sunday’s final which was played at Stackpole Cricket Club.

Whitland batted first but they could only reach a score of 97-2. Caroline Cooper was out early on as she fell to the bowling of Lucy Johnson.

Kelly Rogers and Angharad Jenkins then shared a second wicket partnership of 47 runs. That partnership was broken by Ffion Ashman as she had Jenkins caght on a score of 25.

Whitland CC ladies before the final

Rogers batted well as she finished not out on 48 after hitting five fours while Lani Hogben was not out on 11.

Lucy Johnson and Lauren Arthur got Cresselly’s reply off to a good start as they shared 35 runs for the first wicket.

Johnson was first out as she was caught by Kelly Rogers off the bowling of Fflur Davies.

Rogers then caught and bowled Megan Arthur to reduce Cresselly to 40-2.

Lauren Arthur had batted well for her score of 28 (three fours) but she was bowled by Rogers as Whitland began to hit back.

Ffion Ashman and Elen Williams added another 24 runs for the fourth wicket before Williams was caught by Rogers off the bowling of Amy Morgan.

Ashman hit four fours in a score of 29 before she was caught by Caroline Cooper off the bowling of Davies as Cresselly slipped to five down with the score on 91.

Zoe Minnett and Han Truman took Cresselly into a lead before Truman was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Davies.

Minner went on to finish unbeaten on 20 while 26 extras from Whitland pumped Cresselly’s score to 125-6.

That gave Cresselly a lead of 28 at the interval giving Whitland a tough task to try and erase the deficit before posting a score for Cresselly to chase.

And Whitland struggled early on in their second innings as Meg Arthur trapped Caroline Cooper leg before for a duck.

Action from the final played at Stackpole Cricket Club

Arthur then bowled Kelly Rogers and Angharad Jenkins to leave Whitland reeling on 11-3.

That became 22-4 when Amy Morgan was out with Whitland still six runs away from building a lead.

Lani Hogben and Fflur Davies stopped the flow of wickets and shared a fifth wicket stand of 31 to put their side back into the lead.

Davies was then out for a score of 17 before another wicket fell to leave Whitland on 60-6.

Hogben and Mary Kirk shared another 39 runs for the seventh wicket as they took their side to the edge of a three figure score.

Hogben was out on a score of 47 while Kirk went on to finish unbeaten on 13.

It meant that Whitland finished their second innings on 100-7 meaning Cresselly would need 73 to win the game.

Lucy Johnson and Lauren Arthur fell early on in Cresselly’s reply but a stand of 25 between Megan Arthur and Ffion Ashman for the third wicket set them up for victory.

Caroline Cooper trapped Ashman leg before on a score of 13 before Arthur was bowled by Amy Morgan on a score of 17.

Williams finished unbeaten on 7 while Zoe Minnett finished unbeaten on 18 to see their side to victory.

Kelly Rogers, who had also taken two wickets in the final innings, was named the woman of the match.

For Cresselly, the win represented their first win in a final since 2012, when the cup was known as the Skelfayre Cup.

Kelly Rogers was named as the woman of the match
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Pembrokeshire Foootball Preview

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Once again we’ve had a wet week and groundsmen and volunteers up and down the county will be working hard today to try and ensure we get some games tomorrow. There are five cup ties due to take place tomorrow, three in the Senior Cup and two in the fifth division cup.

In the first division Clarbeston Road host Hakin United in what is a mouthwatering clash, the visitors will be extra motivated after Clarby have beaten the Vikings twice already this season. Elsewhere in the first division table toppers Goodwick United travel to Neyland in what looks likely to be a routine win for the visitors if form is anything to go by. Tenby United host Fishguard Sports at the Clicketts with the hosts looking very safely placed in mid-table, while Fishguard need a drastic change of form to have any chance of survival. Pennar Robins much like Tenby seem very safely positioned in the league, Carl Vincent’s team host Kilgetty who could do with a win or two to pull clear of the bottom two.

The second division has been full of interesting results of late and this weekend in form St Ishmaels host Monkton Swifts Reserves, the visitors have been faultless of late but the Mice are a tricky opponent. Promotion chasing Herbie also have a tricky game ahead as they travel to Johnston on the back of the Tigers win in the Senior Cup. Carew Reserves host St Clears in what really is a relegation six pointer and one neither team can afford to lose. Finally Broad Haven host Camrose in a mid table clash, the hosts would like a few more wins to be sure they won’t be sucked into any sort of relegation battle.

The Senior Cup has the potential for an upset this weekend with each of the three games having a strong favourite. In Cosheston there is likely to be plenty of passion and desire as they host local rivals Monkton Swifts and would love to knock their neighbours out of the cup. Solva who are having a good season in the third division host Merlins Bridge who on paper would be expected to win comfortably however the conditions in Solva are going to be more challenging than the perfect 4g surface they are used to at home. Finally in the cup, Haverfordwest Cricket Club host Carew in again will be a very different test for the visitors, Cricket Club have plenty of experience and quality in their ranks and the Rooks will have to be prepared to avoid any slip up here. 

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Saints revolution the real deal

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St Davids rugby club have always had a good junior set up, a good club house and a brilliant team spirit and culture off the pitch. However for the past decade the teams performances on the field were lacking, languishing at the bottom of division three west, hoping for a win or two a season. How times have changed!

This season they are in excellent form and sit fifth place in the league, above clubs who’ve sat above them in this league and leagues above very recently. Last Saturday saw the Saints host Pembroke, who last season were playing the likes of Llanelli Wanderers and Llangennech. However Saints are no longer a team clubs look forward to playing and they proved this once again Saturday coming out 31-24 winners.

Players such as Jack Jones, George Raymond, Ben Joyce and Morgan Griffiths are just a selection of the quality players at the Saints disposal this year. Under the guidance of club legend Jack Dudley the Saints are absolutely flying in comparison to what they’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

Off the field the clubhouse is always welcoming and there’s always a good atmosphere in there post game win or lose. The junior section is strong and all in all the future for our county’s only city rugby club looks very bright. It’s a credit to all involved with the club as we well know it takes so much work to keep a small club alive. I’m sure there have been numerous challenges over the years including covid and struggling for players. It’s times like that when the club’s characters really come to the fore and I’m sure everyone involved with the club is prouder than ever of their teams on field performance.

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Goodwick win again as Mice hammer Cosh

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Most games fell foul to the weather last weekend with pitches saturated after all the rain we’ve had. Five games however did go ahead, including two senior cup ties. As Goodwick booked their place in the next round after another impressive win.

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Goodwick United 5-0 Herbrandston

Will Haworths excellent hat-rick put the tie to bed for the hosts before half time. Despite having a good season in division two Herbie were unable to pose any real threat to Goodwick senior cup run. Jones and Delaney added two more for O’Sullivans men in the second half. The excellent form continues and we await to see who they’ll face in the next round.

Camrose 2-3 Johnston

A five thriller goal thriller between two mid table division two teams, ended with the Tigers progressing to the next round. The visitors came back after finding themselves 2-0 down after a Chalmers brace for the hosts. Joey George started the late comeback with a goal after 79 minutes, Richards soon added the equaliser, before Kieran Blundell got the vital goal to send his team into the next round.

Elsewhere in league action St Ishmaels hammered Cosheston who’s recent form has been good. Brennan Devonald was the man of the match with a hat-rick for the Mice. Tish’ league form in 2024 is now three wins out of three and they climb to sixth with a fair amount of games in hand over the teams above them.

In the third division Morgan Elliott’s hat-rick kept Solva’s promotion charge on track. The hosts beat St Florence 3-1, and Solva now sit second just two points off table toppers Lawrenny. In the fourth division Angle came out on top of an eight goal thriller when they hosted St Ishmaels reverses. A brace a piece for Niall Brunton and James Potter ensured the points for the hosts, which leaves them in fourth place and with an outside shot of promotion as it stands.

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