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Venables’ treble sends Bluebirds packing

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BALA Town’s Chris Venables scored a six minute second half hat trick to knock Haverfordwest County out of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Oct 16).

After a goalless first-half at the Ogi Bridge Meadow, the tie was turned on its head by the Lakesiders forward, who netted three goals in six minutes to see his side through to the quarter-finals.

Mason Jones-Thomas’ fantastic solo effort gave the Bluebirds hope with just over a quarter of an hour remaining, but the north Walians were able to see out the remainder of the match to take the spoils.

Wayne Jones’ side could have been behind early on if it wasn’t for the sharp reactions of goalkeeper Wojciech Gajda, who did well to deny Venables’ headed effort from close range, with Kieran Smith fired the rebound over the crossbar.

There were precious few clear-cut opportunities in the remainder of the opening period, with Jack Wilson’s free-kick just evading the head of a teammate, before Bala’s Ollie Shannon played a ball into the area which somehow beat everyone and rolled to safety.

The Bluebirds went close to taking the lead just one minute after the break when Wilson’s cross found Danny Williams, with the striker’s improvised flicked effort went just wide.

The visitors went ahead when an unmarked Venables met Steven Leslie’s free-kick to head past Gajda.

Colin Caton’s side doubled their lead two minutes later when a shot was blocked inside the area, eventually falling to the Venables, who was able to prod home from close range.

The Lakesiders marksman completed his hat-trick just after the hour mark with a carbon copy of his first goal, as he once again got on the end of a Leslie set-piece to score and complete an impressive afternoon’s work.

County didn’t give up the fight in the last half an hour, and were rewarded for their efforts when Jones-Thomas fired a stunning effort into the top right corner, after the winger had cut inside and beat a couple of opposition players.

The Bluebirds return to JD Cymru Premier action next Saturday (October 23) with a home game against Cefn Druids at the Ogi Bridge Meadow (Kick-off: 14:30).

Mason Jones-Thomas fires in County’s consolation effort

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Harrison Allen: Lawrenny go through to quarter finals

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LAWRENNY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Lawrenny won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Burton out for just 93.

Burton lost James Davies early on as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Ryan Morton also claimed two wickets as Burton slipped to 58-3.

That brought Luke Hayman into the middle with brother Toby and the pair took the score to 67-3 after 13 overs.

Toby reached a score of 37 before heading back to the pavilion while Luke added 12.

Steve Lewis was in fine form for Lawrenny as he took five wickets to finish with 5-13 while Ryan Morton finished with 2-26.

There were also wickets from Jamie Lewis (1-14) and Finley Lewis (1-7).

In reply, Steve Lewis scored 23 before he was sent back. Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 23 while Troy Purslowe was not out on 45.

It sets up a quarter final against the winners of the game between Hundleton and Cresselly.

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Llangwm edge past Tish to book Harrison Allen quarter final spot

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LLANGWM secured their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat St Ishmaels by 4 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to field and they restricted Llangwm to 146-9 in their 22 overs.

Noah Davies and Joe Kiff made a good start for the hosts as they shared 67 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff was the first man to go as he was caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 27 that had included two fours and two sixes.

Soon after, Davies, who had hit one of each boundary in his score of 27, was also following Kiff back to the pavilion after being bowled by Jonathan Pawlett.

Pawlett also claimed the wicket of Will Beresford before Steven Mills departed on a score of 16 (1 four, 1 six) when he was caught and bowled by Devonald.

That left Llangwm on 107-4 but scores of 15 from Matthew Kiff and 16 not out from David Lewis saw them to their total.

For Tish, Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 4-41 while Devonald finished with 3-25.

Peter Bradshaw hit two early fours in his score of 12 but he was run out.

Karl Rhead and Andrew Palmer shared 42 runs for the second wicket as Palmer made his way to a score of 35.

Rhead was bowled by Steven Mills who then did the same to Brennan Devonald moments later.

Palmer had reached 42 with five fours and a six but when he was brilliantly caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Mills, Tish had slipped to 77-4.

Phil Cockburn and Jonathan Pawlett then shared 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep Tish in the game.

Pawlett hit a six but was then caught by Oliver Davies to give Mills his fourth wicket and figures of 4-28.

Cockburn and Andew Pawlett then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket as they took the tie down to the final over of the game.

They scored 17 runs off the 20th over and 18 runs off the 21st over meaning they would need 11 off the final over to win it.

Cockburn took a run off the first to bring Pawlett on strike. After missing the third ball he went for a run that wasn’t there and keeper Beresford ran out Cockburn.

He had hit two fours and three sixes in his score of 39 from 30 balls.

Andrew Pawlett and Andrew Williams could only take five runs from the next five balls but it wasn’t enough for victory.

Pawlett finished unbeaten on a score of 20 from 11 balls with one four and two sixes.

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Crymych Panthers hold Boccia competition

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CRYMYCH Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members competing in two categories: BC1&2 (participants with a physical impairment) and BC8 (participants with an intellectual impairment).

Games were played in a round robin style competition. The final of the BC1&2 between Racheal Bailey and James Pugh was a very close game with James winning by 3 points to 1. The BC 8 final was between Yvonne Berry and Dewi Evans. Dewi won by 10 points to nil, back on form as a former Welsh international Special Olympic team member.

The competition was sponsored by Andrew Scott Davies of Pembroke who took part in the 2021 CARTEN 100 bike to assist the club.

Andrew Scott Davies presenting the winners and runners up with their trophies. All participants received a certificate of attendance.

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