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Lawrenny earn narrow win over Tish

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LAWRENNY earned a narrow win over St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 31) as they beat them by just two wickets.

Visitors Lawrenny won the toss and chose to field first but Tish made a good total of 200-7 from their 45 overs.

Karl Rhead and Peter Bradshaw made a steady start to the innings with an opening stand of 39 runs.

Kurtis Marsh made the breakthrough as he had Rhead stumped by James Phillips on a score of 29.

Soon after Harry Thomas had Ieuan Hawkins caught by Marsh to reduce Tish to 41-2.

Bradshaw and Phillip Cockburn then shared a good third wicket partnership worth 90 runs to put Tish into a strong position.

That partnership was eventually broken by Marsh who had Bradshaw caught by Thomas on a score of 54. Bradshaw’s knock included seven fours and a six.

Cockburn fell soon after on a score of 43 and it was Marsh involved again as he took the catch to give Rob Williams his first wicket.

Brennan Devonald made a score of 17 from 15 balls but he was also stumped by Phillips to give Thomas his second wicket.

Lawrenny began to hit back as Ryan Morton then bowled Andrew Pawlett before Rob Williams trapped namesake Andrew leg before.

That left Tish on 182-7 but Jonathan Pawlett and Lewis Rhead shared 28 runs to take the score to 200-7.

Pawlett finished not out on 32 while Rhead hit a late six to help push the score up.

Lawrenny made a good start to their reply as Kurtis Marsh and Harry Thomas shared 69 runs for the first wicket.

Marsh hit nine fours on his way to a score of 52 but he was then bowled by Jordan Milich.

Moments after, Thomas was caught by Jonathan Pawlett off the bowling of Andrew Williams on a score of 11.

Steven Campbell was out for an unlucky 13 as he was caught by Pawlett off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett.

That left Lawrenny on 89-3 but James Phillips and Joe Kidney shared 33 runs for the fourth wicket to take the visitors into three figures.

Joe Kidney was caught by Jonathan Pawlett off the bowling of Lewis Rhead on a score of 22 and soon after another Lawrenny wicket fell.

This time it was Andrew Pawlett who had Ryan Morton caught by Lewis Rhead as Lawrenny were reduced to 124-5.

Phillips and Tom Cole then added another 32 runs for the sixth wicket but Tish broke through again as Cole was caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Lewis Rhead.

Cole had hit two fours and a six in his 14-ball cameo which saw him add 21 runs to the total.

Phillips had also hit two fours and a six to make his way to a score of 30 but he was then trapped leg before by Brennan Devonald to leave the visitors on 174-7.

Tish’s tails were up as they sensed an upset victory but Rob Williams made his way to a score of 15 before Matt Lewis was caught by Andrew Williams off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett.

Needing only 6 to win, James Buckle and Rob Williams held their nerve to see Lawrenny over the line.

Lawrenny’s score was also helped along by 24 extras leaving Tish to wonder what might have been had they not given so many runs away.

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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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