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Finals day serves up a treat

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THE annual Pembrokeshire County Tennis Tournament was back with a bang this month with spectators blessed with glorious weather and some incredible matches.

Now in its 72nd year, 95 competitors entered the junior and senior tournaments which culminated in finals day at Haverfordwest Tennis Club on Saturday, July 17.

In all those years, Club President Brian Hearne said he could not remember a higher quality men’s final, which was contested between ex-Great Britain and Jersey’s most decorated tennis player Jeremy Cross and the club’s very own professional coach Tom Hole.

The Parade could well have been mistaken for Wimbledon with the standard on show, with Cross clinching the title Hole had won in the previous year.

Cross went on to add the mixed doubles trophy to his collection with the women’s singles champion Ceri Coleman-Phillips, who produced an unlikely comeback to beat Sarah Newman. Together they beat the holders Hole and Sarah Keogh in the final match of the day.

Hole picked up silverware in the men’s doubles with Nathan Jones as did Newman in the women’s doubles with partner Laura Davies.

Hole and Jones beat Laurie Haworth and Jack Britton, while Newman and Davies edged the experienced duo of Keogh and Jane Allen.

The junior tournament was just as hotly contested, with Robbie Stirling and Josie Hawke crowned the under 12s singles champions, while Levi Jones and Honey Johnston won the under 14s titles.

William Phillips won the boys under 16s crown, while Ned Rees-Wigmore and Jay Thomas won the under 12s boys doubles.

Club chairman Dean Richards declared the tournament a huge success, with “players having to contend with the heat as well as their opponents”.

“The tournament was well supported throughout the fortnight with crowds gathering every night to watch the matches in good spirit,” he said.

“A special mention to the Haworth family who came out in force to support their five entries.”

Mr Richards also thanked the tournament sponsors and umpires.

“Putting on a tournament does not happen on its own, there is a team of dedicated people to ensure it runs smoothly and is enjoyed by all.

“I’d like to thank tournament referee Tom Hole for all his hard work, ably assisted by Sarah Keogh who puts her heart and soul into the club.”

If you would like to give tennis a go, there are discounted memberships available for new players. Visit the club website or Facebook page. Alternatively contact membership secretary Sue Jones on 01437 711088.

Results in full:

Men’s singles

Jeremy Cross beat Tom Hole 6-1 6-3

Ladies singles

Ceri Coleman-Phillips beat Sarah Newman 1-6 6-4 1-0

Men’s doubles

Tom Hole and Nathan Jones beat Laurie Haworth and Jack Britton 6-0 6-1

Ladies doubles

Sarah Newman and Laura Davies beat Sarah Keogh and Jane Allen 6-2 6-3

Mixed doubles

Jeremy Cross and Ceri Coleman-Phillips beat Tom Hole and Sarah Keogh 5-7 6-2 1-0

Under 12s boys singles

Robbie Stirling beat Fynn Price 6-2 6-2

Under 12s girls singles

Josie Hawke beat Amelia Williams 7-6

Under 14s boys singles

Levi Jones beat Danny Thomas 6-2 6-2

Under 14s girls singles

Honey Johnston beat Charlotte Owen 6-2 6-3

Under 16s boys singles

William Phillips beat Tim Chadwick 6-3 6-2

Under 12s boys doubles

Ned Rees-Wigmore and Jay Thomas beat Sean Bolger and Fynn Price 6-2 3-6 1-0

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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