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Duggie Morris: Holders Lawrenny through to semi-finals

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LAWRENNY booked their place in the semi-finals of the Duggie Morris Cup on Tuesday (Jun 7) as they beat Carew.

The holders batted first and made 195-9 from their 20 overs.

Kyle Marsh and Steve Lewis opened up with a stand of 28 but Marsh departed having been caught by James Hinchliffe off the bowling of Shaun Whitfield.

Lewis and Troy Purslowe then shared 36 runs for the second wicket but Lewis was caught by Luke Hicks off the bowling of Kerry Waters on a score of 36.

Purslowe and Morton continued to put runs on the board as they added 35 runs for the third wicket.

Morton scored 10 but he was caught by Nick Davies off the bowling of Waters.

The good partnerships continued as Purslowe and Tom Cole added 27 runs for the fourth wicket with the former reaching his half century.

Purslowe could not add to it though as, having hit three fours and three sixes in his score of 53, he was bowled by Waters.

That left Lawrenny on 126-4 and they were soon five down as Jamie Phillips was caught by Brian Hall off the bowling of Sion Jenkins.

Lawrenny still had five overs to play with and Cole and Harry Thomas looked to push the score on with a stand of 21 for the sixth wicket.

Cole had hit a four and two sixes in his score of 25 but he was bowled by Whitfield.

The runs continued to come as Thomas and Joe Kidney added another 24 runs. Thomas was then bowled by Hinchliffe on a score of 18.

Hinchliffe bowled Rob Williams and Finley Lewis late on as Carew prevented Lawrenny’s score from going over the 200-mark.

Kidney finished unbeaten on 15 and Carew would need 196 to win the game.

Carew lost Nick Davies early in their reply as he was caught by Kyle Marsh off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Tim Hicks and Rhys Davies then shared 62 runs for the second wicket to put their side in a strong position.

Hicks hit four fours and a six in his score of 33 but he was stumped by Jamie Phillips off the bowling of Steve Lewis.

Davies hit five fours and a six in his score of 39 but he was then bowled by Ryan Morton to leave Carew on 97-3.

Finley Lewis then had Shaun Whitfield caught by Troy Purslowe as Carew slipped to 101-4 in the 12th over.

Lewis also bowled Gareth Lewis in the fifteenth over before doing the same to Luke Hicks, who had reached a score of 20, moments later.

That left Carew on 125-6 and they only had five overs left to get their remaining 71 runs needed.

Brian Hall and Ceri Brace added 21 runs for the seventh wicket but Hall was then bowled on a score of 7 by Harry Thomas.

Thomas also bowled Brace on a score of 11 before Lewis bowled Sion Jenkins.

Carew could only reach 157-9 from their 20 overs meaning Lawrenny had secured their place in the last four.

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Narberth Athletic seal big win over Emlyn

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THIS was a game of two halves, with Narberth playing at home on a very cold Saturday (Sept 24).

The visitors caused Narberth all sorts of problems at the breakdown in a frustrating first half of 40 minutes, the home team conceded 14 penalties but scored one try through Ryan Scourfield. Half time score 7-3.

After a good half time team talk from coaches Matt Davies and James Merriman, Narberth came out in the second half with a bit more enthusiasm and started to play at their renowned fast-running tempo creating some quick ball for the backs to work off, soon the tries started to come, scoring five tries in a purple ten-minute patch through players Ryan Scourfield, Shane Rossiter, Jordie James and Will (Pop) Davies.

During the second half, with Ryan Scourfield going over for his hat trick, two more tries followed from outside centre Llew Jones and Owain Hughes finishing off a superb display of running rugby.

Llew Jones moves the ball on

Shane Rossiter added four conversions to take the tally over 50 points. The running and linking play of the Narberth backs outclassed the visitors who never managed to breakdown the Narberth defence so they were unable to score any tries throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to flanker No 6 Jack Tucker on his first game back after a spell in Tenby.

A large crowd turned out to watch the squad and were well entertained. They enjoyed a social gathering in the clubhouse afterwards to finish the day off.

Sadly, one of the substitutes of the Newcastle Emlyn team, No. 6 Flanker Shaun Hawkins, suffered a leg and groin injury five minutes into the second half so he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a review. Narberth RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

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Narberth hold on for thrilling win over Bedwas

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NARBERTH travelled to Bedwas on Saturday (Sept 24) and came away with an excellent win at a ground where they hadn’t won for many years.

The young Otters team started well and within minutes a break from the base of a Narberth scrum led to centre Ilan Phillips sprinting in near the posts for a try which was converted by fly half Ianto Griffiths (0-7).

Shortly afterwards swift passing of the ball along the Narberth back line resulted in wing Josh Davies scoring in the corner. The try went unconverted (0-12).

Bedwas got themselves back into the game when the Bedwas scrum half took a quick penalty five metres from the Narberth line and scored under the posts. The Bedwas fly half converted to make the score 7-12.

Both teams attempted to run the ball at every opportunity but defences held firm until the ball unexpectedly popped out of the back of the Bedwas scrum and flanker Tom Powell was on hand to receive a pass and charge downfield. He raced a full 50 yards with no-one able to catch him until he reached the Bedwas try line and scored under the posts. Griffiths converted (7-19).

Then just before the break Bedwas were guilty of holding onto the ball on the ground and Griffiths kicked the penalty to make the half time score 7-22.

In the second half Bedwas came out far more determined and the Otters were forced to defend for long periods close to their try line. Eventually the Bedwas openside flanker raced over to score in the corner. The conversion attempt failed (12-22).

Within minutes Bedwas had scored again when from a lineout on the Narberth 5 metre line a rolling maul enabled the Bedwas hooker to score a try wide out and the conversion attempt was successful (19-22).

The Otters were now under constant pressure and the home crowd were jubilant when a further try was scored in the corner by the Bedwas right wing which was again converted to put the home team in the lead for the first time in the match by 26 points to 22.

However Narberth refused to give up and with ten minutes remaining they managed to score their fourth try when Josh Davies beat his man along the left touchline and passed inside to his supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby who scored the winning try wide out. The conversion attempt failed but the Otters held out for the remaining minutes to win an exciting and enthralling match 26-27.

After the match coach Sean Gale said: “I’m very pleased to come away with a win. We had 7 players in the squad today who were under 23 years of age and as a coaching team we feel we are doing our best to develop the young players in the area which augurs well for the future of the Club.”

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St Clears earn bonus-point win over Neyland

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ST CLEARS kept up their winning start to the season with a 38-19 win away at Neyland on Saturday (Sept 24).

The Saints were ahead after just two minutes as Ifan Davies touched the ball down. The conversion was missed.

Neyland hit back though and Ollie Rothero scored the try before adding the extras to put the home side ahead.

St Clears scored next though as Jac Howells went over and Dan Griffiths added the extras.

Shortly before the break the Saints had their thirdy try as Ifan Davies went over for his second and Griffiths added the extras once more to make it 19-7 at the break.

They soon had their bonus point in the second half as Tom Williams scored the try and Griffiths added the conversion to stretch the lead to 26-7.

Gareth Jones then scored again for the Saints to make it 31-7. The conversion was missed.

Straigt from kick off, Neyland hit back with a try from Andrew Slark but the conversion was missed.

Jones then scored his second try for the Saints and Griffiths added the extras again to take the score to 38-12.

Neyland had the final say though as Mark Jones touched down and Ollie Rothero added the extras to make it 38-19.

On Saturday, October 1, Neyland travel to Lampeter Town while St Clears host table toppers Pembroke Dock Quins.

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