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Lawrenny take advantage in title race after beating Neyland



LAWRENNY took advantage in the Division 1 title race on Sunday (Aug 1) as they beat Neyland by eight wickets to go top of the table.

The game had been called off earlier in the season for covid reasons and was rearranged to today in what will be the start of a busy month for Neyland.

As well as their league campaign, they also have Village and Welsh Cup games to look forward too.

Both sides went into Sunday’s game having won on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten seasons so something had to give.

Lawrenny won the toss and chose to field and openers Nick Koomen and Scott Jones, who kept his place in the team after a half century on Saturday (Jul 31), shared 51 runs for the first wicket.

Koomen hit six fours in a score of 31 but he was then caught by James Buckle off the bowling of Harry Thomas to give Lawrenny the breakthrough they wanted.

Thomas then took another wicket as he had Ashley Sutton caught by Joe Kidney.

53-2 then became 53-3 as Nathan Banner played a defensive shot only to see the ball bounce back onto the wicket to give Thomas a third.

Thomas wasn’t done their either as he then had Ross Hardy caught behind by keeper Will Allen to leave Neyland in trouble on 61-4.

Scott Jones was joined by Gregg Miller and the fifth-wicket pair shared 54 runs as they looked to get Neyland into a strong position.

Miller made his way to a score of 26 with one boundary but he was then run out by Joe Kidney.

Jones hit five fours and a six in his score of 65 but he was then caught by Kidney off the bowling of James Buckle as Neyland slipped to 136-6.

Buckle then got his second wicket as he had Brad McDermott-Jenkins caught by Patrick Elliot.

Henry Durrant became Buckle’s third victim when he was caught by Harry Thomas.

Ryan Morton then got in on the act as he had Andrew Miller caught by Buckle. Sean and Patrick Hannon finished unbeaten but they could only take Neyland to 155-9.

Kurtis Marsh and Harry Thomas kept their nerve early on and they were able to share 151 runs for the first wicket to all but win the game for Lawrenny.

Ross Hardy made the breakthrough for Neyland as he had Marsh caught by Gregg Miller. Marsh’s score of 69 included nine fours and a six.

Hardy then had James Buckle caught by Nick Koomen but it mattered little as Lawrenny got themselves over the line in the 35th over.

Thomas finished unbeaten on 82 after hitting nine fours and four sixes to complete an excellent all-round display after his earlier 4-wicket haul.

The win puts Lawrenny back on top of the table ahead of another big game next Saturday (Aug 7) which sees them welcome Haverfordwest.

Neyland’s defeat is their first in the league since 2019, when they were beaten by Saundersfoot, and they will be keen to put the pressure back on as they travel to Whitland.

The two sides are scheduled to do battle once again in Neyland on the final day of the season.


Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny



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



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



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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