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County team begin season with a win

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THE new season began with an excellent win for the County Team playing for the first time since the Covid Lockdown.

It was to be expected that the players showed a rustiness on the board and this showed in some of the averages but overall it was a good start to the new season under the banner of the UKDA who have taken over the Inter Counties from the BDO.

On the Saturday the winners for the Ladies ‘B’ were Julie Gore 17.30, Natalie Alker 17.58, Avril Evans and Lady of the Match, making her debut on the stage, Jess Rees who had an excellent 18.79. This gave them a good start with a 4-2 win.

The Mens ‘B’ team were next and John Phillips started the ball rolling with a 3-1 win 15.22, followed by Paul James, 20.88, and a 3-0 win. Wins then came from Peter Wilcox, 3-2, 18.06, Ryan Jones, 3-0 18.7, Chris Webber, 3-0, 25.05, Mark Allchin 3-0, 19.82, Barry Powell 3-1, 22.17, Steven Smith 3-1, 20.61 and Llew Bevan (former Youth Player) who was the Man of the Match, winning 3-1 and a 25.91 average. This made the score 9-3 to Pembrokeshire and an overall score of 13-5 to carry on to the Sunday Games.

The Ladies ‘A’ started with a 3-1 win for Anghared Bessant followed by wins from Liz Williams 3-2, Sue Phillips 3-0 and Lady of the Match Tina Phillips with a 17.01 average making the score 4-2.

The Mens ‘A’ Captain Jason Davies showed his Players what he was expecting with a 4-1 win and the Man of the Match average of 28.75.

Further wins came from Les Morgan 4-1, 20.71, Andrew Smith 4-0, 25.05, Nathan Burdett 4-3, 22.39, Steve Alker 4-3, 25.44, Stuart Davies 4-0, 21.0, Gareth Powell 4-0, 23.30, Mikey Rees 4-1, 25.7 and Kieran Harris 4-0, 23.30.

This gave the county a comfortable 9-3 win and an overall score of 26-20 plus the three Bonus Points to make the weekends tally 29-10 to Pembrokeshire.

All Players and Officials were thanked for their stirling efforts over the weekend and now look forward to their next game AWAY to Gloucestershire on November 27-28.

The Welsh Open in Prestatyn takes place between October 14-17.

Milford Super League are requested to contact Malcolm Hawkins before the next Super League Game.

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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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