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Lawrenny edge thriller with Town

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LAWRENNY kept themselves in contention for the Division 1 title with a narrow five-run win over Haverfordwest on Saturday (Aug 7).

Town won the toss and chose to field and they were able to bowl Lawrenny out for 159.

Kurtis Marsh and Harry Thomas shared 48 runs for the first wicket but Thomas was first to go on a score of 23 that included three fours and a six.

James Buckle and Marsh added another 24 runs but Buckle was then caught by Archie Thomas off the bowling of Simon Williams.

Williams wasn’t done there either as he picked up the wickets of James Phillips and Joe Kidney to leave Lawrenny on 101-4

James Marchant returned and he had Ryan Morton caught by Ben Field before also taking the big wicket of Kurtis Marsh.

Marsh had hit eight fours in his score of 60 but he was also caught by Field as those quick wickets put Lawrenny in deeper trouble on 106-6.

Matt Lewis and Tom Cole shared 39 runs for the seventh wicket as they looked to push the score on.

Lewis made 16 before he was bowled by Marchant and soon after Cole was run out by Jack Scriven on a score of 21.

Ashley James then bowled Patrick Elliot for a third-ball duck as the host slipped to 145-9.

Rob Williams made a late score of 11 but James struck to have Jamie Lewis caught by Field and to bring the innings to a close.

Mikey Jones and Paul Tough made a good start for Town in their reply as they shared 61 runs for the first wicket.

Jones made a score of 21 but he was caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Kurtis Marsh.

Harry Thomas then trapped Ben Field leg before and he also had Tough caught by Ryan Morton soon after on a score of 45.

Dan Field and Danny Potter added another 33 runs for the fourth wicket but Lewis then bowled Field.

Morton then bowled Archie Thomas and James Marchant in quick succession to leave Town on 117-6.

Potter had made his way to a score of 35 but he was then trapped leg before by Morton as Town’s hopes of a win were dented.

Jack Scriven and Ashley James then added 20 runs for the eighth wicket to take Town to within just eight runs of their target.

However, Lawrenny hit back as Rob Williams had Ashley James caught by Harry Thomas.

He also had Johnny White caught by James Phillips before trapping Simon Williams leg before to seal victory.

That left Scriven not out on 22 but Lawrenny breathed a sigh of relief.

On Saturday (Aug 14), Lawrenny are at home to Carew while Haverfordwest host Whitland.

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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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