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Cresselly hold off Town to seal win

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CRESSELLY picked up their seventh win of the season on Saturday (Jul 31), as they beat Haverfordwest by just seven runs.

Having lost the toss, Cresselly were asked to bat first and they made 199-7 from their 45 overs.

They lost opener Matthew Morgan early on as he was bowled by Ashley James but Dan Sutton, fresh from his double century the previous week, and Simon Cole added 42 runs for the second wicket.

Cole made a score of 16 but he suffered the same fate as Morgan as Cresselly were reduced to 54-2.

Sutton hit seven fours and a six as he reached a score of 55 but he was then caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Jake Merry.

Ollie Berry made a score of 29 with three fours but he was run out by Johnny White.

Chris Phillips and Charlie Arthur added another 39 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Phillips only hit two fours in his knock of 32 but he was then bowled by Archie Thomas.

Arthur fell soon after when he was caught and bowled by Clive Tucker on a score of 17 and that left Cresselly on 165-6.

Tucker also trapped Ryan Lewis leg before but Mike Venables and Tom Murphy were able to stay at the crease until the end.

Murphy was not out on 12 while Venables finished not out on a score of 21 from 16 balls.

Needing 200 to win, Town made a good start to their reply as Mikey Jones and Jake Merry shared 80 runs for the first wicket.

Chris Phillips then made the breakthrough as he had Jones stumped by Neilson Cole on a score of 28.

Merry had hit four fours in his score of 45 but he became Phillips’ second victim as he was caught by Simon Cole.

Dan Field could only add 12 before he was caught by Tom Arthur off the bowling of Phillips.

Phillips wasn’t finished there either as he had Danny Potter stumped by Cole as Town slipped from 80-1 to 104-4.

It was soon 111-5 as James Marchant was caught by Tom Arthur off the bowling of Cole.

Archie Thomas added 14 runs before suffering the same fate as Marchant as Town slipped into further trouble on 135-6.

However, Dai Davies and Jack Scriven added 42 runs for the seventh wicket to swing the game back in Town’s favour.

Scriven departed after being run out by Neilson Cole but with Davies nearing his half century, Town were still in with a chance.

Tom Murphy then had Ashley James caught by Matthew Morgan to reduce Town to 184-8.

Davies and Johnny White took the score into the 190s but Charlie Arthur bowled Davies on a score of 53 to all but end Town’s hopes of victory.

White and Clive Tucker were unable to find the runs needed as Cresselly held on for the win.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea

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HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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