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Lawrenny return to winning ways after beating Pembroke Dock

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LAWRENNY returned to winning ways on Saturday (May 28) as they beat Pembroke Dock by eight wickets.

They had lost their previous two games against Carew and Neyland and were keen to get their title challenge back on track.

Pembroke Dock won the toss and chose to bat but they were bowled out for just 144.

They lost Jake Davies early on as he was caught by James Phillips off the bowling of Rob Williams.

That left the Dock on 1-1 but Rhys Daley and Archie Hillier-Wood shared 32 runs for the second wicket to get the home side up and running.

Hillier-Wood scored 17 but he was then caught by Ryan Morton off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Daley was joined by Tom Grimwood and the pair added another 39 runs for the third wicket.

Grimwood hit four fours in his score of 27 but he was also caught by Morton off the bowling of Steve Lewis.

That brought Rhys’ father Nick to the crease but he didn’t last long as he fell in similar fashion Grimwood, leaving the Dock on 82-4.

Rhys Daley and Anton John then shared another 39-run stand for the fifth wicket, taking their score into three figures.

John hit two fours and a six in his score of 20 but he was then caught by Kyle Marsh off the bowling of Steve Lewis.

Daley then reached his half century, hitting seven fours as he reached a score of 54, but he was then caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

That left the Dock on 130-6 and that wicket seemed to spark a collapse as their last four wickets fell for just 14 runs.

Neil Gregory was caught and bowled by Jamie Lewis who then also bowled Niall Brunton to finish with figures of 4-18.

Rob Williams had Euan McDonald caught by Marsh and Connor Carroll caught by Steve Lewis to bring the innings to a close.

Lawrenny lost Harry Thomas on the first ball of their reply as he was caught by Jake Davies off the bowling of Euan McDonald.

Despite that, Finley Lewis and Troy Purslowe were untroubled as they shared a second wicket stand of 116 runs to all but win the game.

Purslowe smashed ten fours and four sixes in his score of 81 before being caught by Neil Gregory off the bowling of McDonald.

Lewis was joined by Kyle Marsh and the pair saw their side to victory in the 28th over.

Marsh hit a four and two sixes as he finished unbeaten on 16 from 12 balls while Lewis was not out on 40 after hitting eight fours.

The win sees Lawrenny move back up to fourth place, just two points behind third-placed Carew.

On Saturday, June 4, Lawrenny host Saundersfoot while Pembroke Dock go to Cresselly.

Photo: Troy Purslowe in action against Burton last week

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Crunch time in local Cup Competitions

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Recently we have lost so much local sport due to weather making pitches unplayable. This weekend however looks more promising and there are some huge cup ties due to take place. We’ve previewed the West Wales Cup and Senior Cup, with the second division cup preview to follow.

The West Wales Cup fifth round sees four Pembrokeshire based teams in action, with one all Pembs tie as Merlins Bridge host Kilgetty. Meanwhile Goodwick United travel to Seaside and Milford United host Penlan.

West Wales Cup Ties –

Seaside vs Goodwick United

Goodwick United are a team nobody wants to face in any competition in current form. However Seaside will be very confident themselves, they sit top of their division and are a massive sixteen points clear of second place. Last time out in this competition they beat Carew 2-1, and haven’t lost a game since October. A real test for Chris O’Sullivans men this one when they travel to Llanelli, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of support on the supporters bus too.

Milford United vs Penlan

Steve Parks and his men have been looking forward to this fixture since it was drawn, they are in excellent form this year and this will be a great match up. Penlan themselves are a strong outfit and beat Evans and Williams last time out in the competition. A mouthwatering match up down at Marble Hall which I’m sure will draw plenty of local support.

Merlins Bridge vs Kilgetty

The league table would suggest the Wizards are the stronger of the two Pembrokeshire teams in this tie. However Kilgetty have a lot of games in hand over the majority of the league and their league position is somewhat misleading. A team with plenty of quality and the hosts will have to be on top form to ensure the visitors don’t upset the party here.

Pembrokeshire Senior Cup Ties

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The hosts are not enjoying much success in their league campaign so far this season. The visitors are on the opposite end of the scale and have impressed in the league this year. Matthew Fox’ team have shown they have the quality to go all the way in this competition and he’ll be hoping for a good performance.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club vs Carew

Third division Haverfordwest Cricket Club are more than a potential banana skin for Carew. The visitors naturally will be confident going into this one however the hosts have plenty of experienced and quality players in their ranks and will be no push overs.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two first division teams who have had two close games already this season. Last time out it was a 2-2 draw and before that Tenby won a close game 2-1. Another close game is to be expected and both teams will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of this competition.

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Pembrokeshire Football Division One Round Up

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It was once again a weekend where the majority of the county’s scheduled football fell foul to waterlogged and unplayable pitches. A frustrating time for players, club members and referees alike as the last month to six weeks has been very wet and we’ve had a huge number of games called off.

In the first division Clarbeston Road continued their dominance over Hakin United as we reported in our feature game. Two other games were played in the top division Tenby made it three wins in a row when they beat Fishguard 4-2 at the Clicketts. Adam Muskett scored twice, both assisted by the man of the match Jerome Mansbridge who then scored twice to cap off a stand out performance. The result lifts the Seasiders into fifth place, while Fishguard look all but relegated as they sit rock bottom on just four points.

Tenby’s local rivals Kilgetty boosted their league position with an important win over Pennar Robins at Bush Camp. Robins missed a great opportunity to go one up when they were awarded a penalty but Edmundson failed to hit the target from the spot. Josh Bevans goal was enough to secure the three points for the visitors who now only sit two points behind Pennar with four games in hand over them. 

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