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Narberth seal Griffiths Cup in tight affair



NARBERTH won the Griffiths Cup on Good Friday (Apr 15) as they beat Crymych in the final, played at Neyland.

The clouds cleared on Friday afternoon for the final of the under 18s competition which is sponsored by the Griffiths family of Neyland.

This year’s finalists were old rivals Narberth and Crymych who over the years at Junior level have had many thrilling encounters.

This was no exception and a large crowd were entertained by running rugby and ferocious forward exchanges.

There was no quarter given with the game in the balance to the last minute.Narberth played down the hill in the first half with the wind in their favour. They had the bulk of the early possession and had several good passages of play but superb Crymych defence held out.

The pressure had to tell and Narberth scored from a  smart blindside move from a scrum involving Cian Rogers and Elliot Evans releasing Owen Llewellyn in the corner.

They scored again following a sweeping move that went touchline to touchline with Owen Llewellyn again scoring. Crymych responded well and had several attacks with their forwards generating excellent fast ball but strong defence held on. The half time score was 10 nil to Narberth.

The young otters scored first in the second half with great work from Kyle Day and Yori Evans resulting in James Price scoring in the corner.

As expected Crymych came roaring back with an excellent try through 16 year old Jake Noot converted by Owain Davies.

They added a further try from impressive winger Hedd George with Davies again converting.

It was now a one point game with the momentum and the elements with Crymych. Narberth nerves were settled with a well struck penalty from Fraser Jones.

The action continued with several breakouts from Narberth and sustained pressure from their opponents. There was one last attack from Crymych which fell agonising short in the corner as the final whistle went. This had been a game of fine running skills and exchanges “red in tooth and claw”.

Outstanding for Crymych were Macs Page, Cai Evans, and Iestyn Wood and for Narberth, the back row of Yori Evans, Cian Rogers and skipper Ioan Phillips had tremendous games alongside wingers James Price and Owen Llewellyn.

However Man of the match went to Narberth’s Kyle day who showed amazing athleticism and pace from his second row berth.This was a credit to Pembrokeshire rugby with two well coached sides. It was officiated by Ceri Harries with assistants Martyn Rudd and Dave Byrne.

Crymych: Tomos Davies: Hedd George; Deian Davies; Macs Page; Dylan Bowen: Owain Davies; Gruffydd Edwards: Ben Mansfield; Rhys Jones; Gad Bowen: Iestyn Wood; Steffan Morris: Cai Ifans; Aneurin Vaughan: Ptolemy Alleyne. Replacements: Lloyd Hughes; Jake Noott; Iwan Laugharne; Huw Reed; Dyfrig Deller; Charlie Fenn; Iolo Phillips; Ellis James.
Coaches: Aled Harries; Barry Davies.  Team Manager: Ann-Marie Wood.

Narberth: Fraser Jones: James Price; Bradley Cramb; Shayne Norcross; Owen Llewellyn: Charlie Phillips; Elliott Evans: Jack Davies; Harley Young; Owain Jones: Kyle Day; Aaron Thompson: Ioan Phillips; Cean Rogers; Iori Morgan. Replacements: James Morgan; Jamie Goldsworthy; Jayden Scourfield; Hugo Kessels; Harri Harries; Tom Monk; George Jones; Will Nicholas.
Coaches: Randal Evans; Shane Higgon; Rob NicholasTeam Manager:Simon Phillips.


Division 2: Llanrhian go fourth after beating Herbie



LLANRHIAN moved into to fourth place in Division 2 after they beat second placed Herbrandston by 79 runs on Saturday (Jul 2).

Herbie won the toss and chose to field but they saw Llanrhian post 251-8 in their 45 overs.

Paul Lewis scored 63 for the home side and Jack Jones added 53 but their top scorer was Jonathan Strawbridge who hit nine fours and three sixes in his score of 72.

There was a score of 14 from Russell Watkins while Simon Bachelor finished unbeaten on 20.

Kristian Bennett took 2-38 for Herbie while Dean John also finished with two wickets to his name.

In reply, Dai Malloy scored 19, Charlie Malloy scored 33 while Alan McLelland added 31. Jack Nicholas scored 15 and Jack Wilson scored 35.

Gwyn Watson took two wickets for the loss of 20 runs while Gareth Davies finished with figures of 2-33 and Tom Clarke had 2-37.

Herbie’s scores were not enough as they were bowled out for 172.

Llanrhian now sit just seven points behind the leaders and six off second place with seven games still to play.

On Saturday, July 9, Llanrhian travel to Llechryd while Herbie are at home against Johnston.

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Division 2: Whitland win to close gap on top two



WHITLAND closed the gap to the top two as they beat leaders Burton by 79 runs on Saturday (Jul 2).

Burton won the toss and chose to field but WHitland scored 193-9 in their 45 overs.

Kevin Pearce scored 33 and Wayne Howells scored 31. Scott Newton reached a half century before falling on a score of 61 while there was a score of 30 from Gethin Scourfield and 19 from Harry Fuller.

Matthew John took 4-29 for Burton while Martyn Tweedie finished with figures of 2-32. Dan Ridge also bowled well to finish with 2-33.

In reply, Tweedie scored 48 and Dan Ridge added 36 while the only other batsman to make it into double figures was Dan Wilks who scored 14 before being run out.

Wayne Howells bowled well for Whitland as he took 3-33 while Conor Bowen had figures of 2-27.

Cian Rees also bowled well for his figures of 2-16 while Scott Newtown claimed one wicket.

It saw Burton bowled out for just 119 as they suffered just their second defeat of the season.

It moves Whitland to within five points of second placed Herbrandston and to within six of Burton.

On Saturday, July 9, Whitland host Lamphey while Burton host Hook.

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Narberth keep pressure on with win over Pembroke Dock



NARBERTH kept the pressure on league leaders Neyland as they beat Pembroke Dock by four wickets on Saturday (Jul 2).

Narberth had lost to Neyland the previous week and were looking to bounce back and when they won the toss they chose to field first.

It proved a good decision as the Dock struggled before being bowled out for just 79.

They lost Rhys Daley early on when he was run out by Rhodri Dyer. Jake Davies and Scott Griffiths added 24 runs for the second wicket but Davies was caught off the bowling of Lewis Hough.

Wickets then began to tumble as Jake Griffiths was trapped leg before by Loui Davies and with the next ball he did the same to Tom Grimwood.

There was no hat trick for Davies but his wickets had seen the Dock slip to 32-4.

That soon turned into 39-6 as Billy Wood was bowled by Hough and soon after Scott Griffith was bowled on a score of 22 by Davies.

It was then Hough’s turn to take two wickets in two balls as he bowled Nick Daley before trapping George Smith leg before, leaving the Dock in trouble on 41-8.

Anton John was out to the bowling of Ben Hughes to reduce the home side to 54-9.

Euan McDonald and Rob Hearn added 25 runs for the final wicket as they looked to give their side a total they could defend.

Hearn hit three fours in a score of 15 but he was out to the bowling of Ben Hughes. It left McDonald not out on 12 (two fours) but Narberth would need just 80 to win.

McDonald bowled Richard Adams early in Narberth’s reply but Loui Davies and Lewis Hough shared 33 runs for the second wicket.

Davies hit two fours in a score of 13 but he was caught by Tom Grimwodd off the bowling of Billy Wood.

That sparked a mini collapse as Narberth soon slipped to 48-5.

Jordan Howell was caught by Scott Griffiths off the bowling of Wood and the same pairing combined to dismiss Hough on a score of 21 (one four, two sixes).

Wood then removed Dan Hughes for a duck as the Dock’s tails were up.

Will Nicholas and Ben Hughes stopped the flow of wickets though as they 22 runs for the sixth wicket.

Nicholas scored 15 but was then caught and bowled by Scott Griffiths. Hughes then saw Narberth to their total as he finished unbeaten on 19 (four fours).

Despite the win, Narberth dropped to third place in the table but they are now only two points behind leaders Neyland.

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