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Neyland extend lead at the top

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NEYLAND extended their lead at the top of Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 25) as they beat Narberth by 22 runs.

Narberth won the toss and chose to field and they were able to bowl Neyland our for 170 inside 44 overs.

They lost Callum Power early on when he was bowled by Loui Davies. Lewis Page hit 16 before being caught by David Johns and when Andrew Miller departed for a score of 11, after being bowled by Johns, Neyland were 37-3.

Paul Murray and Brad McDermott-Jenkins then shared 29 runs for the fourth wicket with both finding the boundaries on a number of occasions. Murray hit three fours and a six in his score of 23 but he was then caught by Jamie McCormack off the bowling of Johns.

McDermott-Jenkins and Patrick Hannon then shared 76 runs for the fifth wicket, the former reaching his half century.

He smashed three fours and six sixes in his run-a-ball 58 but he then saw himself bowled by Davies.

Ben Quartermaine then trapped Gregg Miller leg before and then bowled Jack John for a duck to reduce Neyland to 157-7.

Tom Pritchard did not last long before falling to the bowling of Matthew Johns who then also took the wickets of Jamie Smith and Gary Lloyd to bring the innings to a close.

That left Patrick Hannon unbeaten on a score of 35 (four fours) and it meant Narberth would need 171 to win.

Narberth were in trouble early on in their reply as they slipped to 6-2. Richard Adams was bowled by Patrick Hannon for a duck and Loui Davies was caught by Paul Murray off the bowling of Jack John.

Ben Quartermaine and Jamie McCormack then shared 26 runs for the third wicket but McCormack was out on a score of 18 as he was caught by Hannon off the bowling of John.

Jordan Howell hit two fours but was then caught by John off the bowling of Jamie Smith.

Quartermaine was then run out by Hannon on a score of 12 and when Aaron Keane also fell to Smith, Narberth were in danger of being bowled out with the score on 48-6.

Will Nicholas only scored 8 before being trapped leg before by Andrew Miller and Shay Norcross was out for a score of 17 having hit one four and one six.

Ben Hughes hit the same in his score of 15 but he was then bowled by John as Narberth slipped to 87-9.

David and Matthew Johns offeres some resistance and some late hope for Narberth as they shared 61 runs for the final wicket.

Matthew Johns hit six fours in his score of 30 from 22 balls but he was caught by Murray off the bowling of Smith.

It left David Johns not out on 26 from 25 balls (three fours, 1 six) but the game was over for the home side.

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Hook seal win in Under 11s final

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Hook (246-6) beat Cresselly (217-10) by 29 runs

THIS year’s final was between the top two sides from both zones with Cresselly beating Haverfordwest in the one semi final and Hook beating Narberth in the other.

The Under11s game is played in a pairs format and Hook Captain Charlie Holder won the toss against his counter part Phoenix Phillips and decided to bowl first.

Some tight bowling from Hook saw St Cresselly lose wickets on a regular basis. The batting pairs of Phoenix and Ollie Toy put on 13, Arthur Jenkins and Elin Edwards 7, Caden Jones and Jack Mears 7 and Cody Jones and Finley Rowlands 7.

For Hook the pick of the bowlers were Olly Nutty 1-11, Rhys Tennick 2-10, Charlie Holder 2-10, Mason Hughes 2-12 and George Wonnacott 3-11. Cresselly finished on 217-10.

After Mondays rained off game where the Cresselly bowlers dominated the Hook batters came in with a bit more determination and Cresselly found wickets a little harder to take despite their best efforts.

Ollie Nutty and Mason Hughes put on 13 for the opening stand followed by Rhys Tennick and George Wonnacott 19, Jack llewellyn and Joe Warrender 14 and Charlie Holder and Oliver Stamp 18.

For Cresselly Jack Mears 1-12 , Phoenix Phillips 1-9 and an excellent direct hit run out, Cadyn Jones 3-8 and no doubt the fieder of the match with two suburb catches was Finley Rowlands.

Hook finished on 246-6.

This final was the inaugural year of the Evan Martin Trophy, a stalwart of Hook CC for many years, and after deliberations with the Umpires the trophy was awarded to a jubilant George Wonnacott of Hook

Again it was great to see a large crowd of knowledgable spectators who certainly saw some entertaining Cricket . It was great to see the two teams enjoying the aftermath game celebrations with Hook playing all sort of games on the field.

In the presentation after the match Martin Jones (Junior Organiser) congratulated both sides on reaching the Final with some excellent play by both and Hook for their victory. Both sides should be proud of their Junior sections.

He thanked Hook for hosting the final including Andrew Thomas & Keith James the grounds staff. Afterwards the Club l refreshments for the players, which was well received.

He thanked Umpires Allan Hansen and Robert Ridge, Scorers Natalie Jones & Jon Willington who all contributed to the evenings entertainment.

Last and by no means least he thanked Sponsors Colin John of Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants for his continued and valuable support of Junior Cricket in the County togerther with Richard Merriman County Chairman.

Cresselly Squad: Rhys White, Bobby Shapcott, Mari Cole, Lilly & George

Hook Squad: Dylan Keen, Nico Quinn, Morgan Jones, Rowan Nickerson

Sponsor: Colin John – Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants

Umpires: Allan Hansen & Robert Ridge

Scorers: Natalie Jones & Jon Willington

Coaches: Simon Cole/ Christian Phillips and Matthew Holder

Venue: Hook CC

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Evan Martin Trophy winner George Wonnacott
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Wales senior men’s assistant coach Gareth Williams departs

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GARETH Williams, Wales senior men’s assistant coach with responsibility for the contact area, has left his role to join the Scarlets as defence coach.

Williams departed following the three-Test Series in South Africa where Wales’ senior men’s side secured its first ever win over the Springboks in South Africa in the second Test.

The 40-year old started working as part of head coach Wayne Pivac’s coaching team during the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup and 2021 title-winning Guinness Six Nations campaigns, combining the role with his previous position with the Welsh Rugby Union as head of transitional players and head coach of Wales men’s U20, before being appointed on a full-time basis in June 2021.

Prior to this Williams spent a decade coaching Wales Sevens on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, during which time he helped his country win Rugby World Cup Sevens, as well as assisting Team GB in claiming silver at the Rio Olympics.

Pivac said: “I’d like to thank Gareth for his work over the last two years. It’s a shame to lose one of the coaching team just over a year out to Rugby World Cup, but I understand Gareth’s decision and am pleased for him.

“He’s not going far and it will be great having a good young coach moving from the national team into the regional system to further their development. This is also an important element in increasing alignment between international and domestic rugby in Wales.”

Williams said: “I’m incredibly proud to have been able to work with the men’s national team over the past two years. This is a such a great group of talented and hard-working players and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It is not an easy decision to leave and I’d like to thank Wayne, the other coaches and staff for all their support during my time with the squad.”

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Lawrenny beat Saundersfoot to ease relegation fears

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LAWRENNY eased their relegation fears on Saturday (Aug 6) as they beat Saundersfoot to go 31 points clear of the bottom two with two games to play.

Saundersfoot won the toss and chose to field but they saw Lawrenny score 221-5 from their 45 overs.

Harry Thomas top scored with 65 while James Buckle added 37.

Danny Caine claimed two wickets for Saundersfoot as he finished with figures of 2-43.

In reply, James Caine scored 27 but that was as good as it got for the home side as they were bowled out for 118.

Harry Thomas added to his earlier runs with figures of 3-19 while Jamie Lewis again bowled well to finish with 4-31.

The win moves Lawrenny level on points with Saundersfoot with the two needing at least a win and/or a high scoring loss (bonus points), in either of those two games, to ensure their Division 1 status.

On Saturday, August 13, Saundersfoot travel to Narberth while Lawrenny host Llangwm.

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