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CRESSELLY BOOK FINAL PLACE

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cresselleyCresselly 204-8 beat Narberth 190-5 by 14 runs

A HEROIC man-of-the-match performance from Mark Hughes was not enough to see Narberth beat Cresselly in a blistering Harrison Allen semi final, as his side fell 14 runs short of Cresselly’s mammoth total. 

Winning the toss and batting first, Cresselly made steady progress through openers Matthew Morgan (26) and Phil Williams (32) before the slow left arm of Ian Hughes took both their wickets. Simon Cole then starred for Cresselly with the bat as he struck eights fours, and ran between the wickets hard to top score with 59, before a communication error saw him unluckily run out. Iwan Izzard scored an impressive 33, before he was caught on the boundary by Nick Evans. Only 180 runs were scored off the Cresselly bat, as 24 extras (including 18 wides) helped push their total past the 200 mark. Ben Hughes was the pick of the Narberth bowlers as he claimed three wickets for an expensive 57 runs, with Ian Hughes picking up 2 for 36 and Ben Quartermaine 1-42. Narberth took on the challenge of chasing such a huge target, and after five overs they were above the required run rate poised nicely on 51. Openers Mark Hughes and Ritchie Adams batted superbly against the pace of 15-year-old Tom Murphy. Murphy then claimed the wicket of Adams, after Adams tried to glance the ball to third man, but the ball came off the edge and into the gloves of wicket keeper Neilson Cole. Man-of-the-match Mark Hughes continued to dominate the Cresselly bowlers, as he struck 13 fours and two sixes in a very impressive innings of 96. Ben Quartermaine also batted well, scoring two sixes in an explosive 29, before he was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Steffan Jenkins. Narberth were still very much in the game at the 20th over, but youngster Tom Murphy bowled a hugely mature over at the death, taking the wicket of Aaron Kean, as Neilson Cole took a spectacular one handed diving catch to his right. Only one run (a wide) came from Murphy’s final over, completely shifting the balance of the game. Mark Hughes knew boundaries were needed, and looked to go aerial of the first ball of the final over, but he miss judged and lofted the ball high into the air for Simon Cole to catch, sealing Narberth’s fate in this exceptional advertisement for Pembrokeshire cricket.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth

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HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish

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CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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