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Neyland regain Duggie Morris Cup after beating Pembroke

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NEYLAND reclaimed the Duggie Morris Trophy on Sunday (Jul 17) as they beat Pembroke in the final at Burton.

Sean Hannon’s men had held on to the trophy for much of the 2010s but, having seen Lawrenny win the trophy last year, Neyland were keen to get their hands on it once again.

They came up against a determined Pembroke side who hadn’t just come to make up the numbers and who had also beaten two Division 1 sides on their way to the final.

A special mention must go to umpires Gareth Brace and Dave Bonner who stood in the middle all day in the near 30-degrees temperatures.

The Division 2 side won the toss and chose to field, meaning they would have to chase in the final innings.

Neyland reached 180-all out in their first twenty overs, with Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton providing an early platform.

They had lost Gregg Miller on a score of 10 (1 four, 1 six) when he was out to the bowling of Rob Smythe but Bellerby and Sutton shared 115 runs for the second wicket.

Bellerby had hit ten fours and two sixes in his score of 64 from 42 balls but he was then bowled by Andrew Price.

Paul Murray also hit a four and a six in his brief score of 14 before he was caught and bowled by Price before Sutton fell on a score of 55.

He had smashed three fours and four sixes in his score, which came off 35 balls, but he was then caught by Smythe off the bowling of Jack Harries.

That left Neyland on 157-4 as Pembroke began to hit back. Brad McDermott-Jenkins was caught by Luke Butler off the bowling of Price and Patrick Hannon was caught by Phil Hay off the bowling of Alan Webster.

That left Neyland on 159-6 but a stand of 18 between Sean Hannon and Andrew Miller took Neyland towards the 200-mark.

However, Webster had Sean Hannon caught by Andrew Price, Lewis Page caught by Andrew Hay before Jack John was run out.

Webster then bowled Gary Lloyd with the last ball of the innings to keepr Neyland’s score on 180.

Miller was unbeaten on 16 as Pembroke were given a tough task of trying to get a lead in the game.

Their task came even harder with the loss of two early wickets. Jack Harries was caught by Bellerby off the bowling of Gary Lloyd.

Phil Hay was then trapped leg before and, soon after, Luke Butler was trapped leg before by Gary Lloyd.

Luke Butler also fell to Gary Lloyd and when Andrew Price was caught off the bowling of Patrick Hannon, Pembroke were 39-4.

That soon became 44-5 as Alan Webster, on a score of 20, was trapped leg before by Patrick Hannon.

Andrew Hay scored 15 with a four and a six but he was bowled by Sean Hannon.

Paul White fell to Andrew Miller before Sam Davies was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Sean Hannon.

Hannon then also bowled Steve Durston, who had scored 18 from 15 balls (1 four, 1 six), leaving Pembroke on 82-9.

Smythe was then trapped leg before by Patrick Hannon as Pembroke were bowled by 83.

That gave Neyland a first innings lead of 97, and with them coming in to bat again, Pembroke knew they were going to face an uphill task to keep their lead down.

Patrick Bellerby hit a six on the third ball of Neyland’s second innings and their lead was already over 100.

There were no signs of letting up from the Division 1 Champions as Bellerby and Gregg Miller added 43 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby hit two fours to go with that six as he scored 19 from 12 balls but he was then bowled by Jack Harries.

Miller had hit four fours in a score of 30 from 22 balls but he was them stumped by Phil Hay off the bowling of Steve Durston.

Ashley Sutton and Paul Murray then shared 45 runs for the third wicket before Murray was bowled by Andrew Price on a score of 23.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins did not last long at the crease as he hit a four before falling to Sam Davies.

Ashley Sutton was only on 27 at that point but he began to cut loose, hitting five fours and three sixes in a score of 69 not out.

Ashley Sutton on his way to a half century

Neyland’s excellent second innings had set Pembroke an unlikely 272 to win the game but Pembroke were determined to see out their final innings of the day.

Luke Butler was the first to fall when he was caught and bowled by Sean Hannon and soon after he had Alan Webster caught by Gregg Miller.

Phil Hay was trapped leg before by Gary Lloyd before Sean Hannon bowled Andrew Price as Pembroke slipped to 40-4.

Andrew Hay was also bowled by Andrew Miller as Pembroke’s score became 52-5.

Whilst those wickets were falling, Jack Harries had three fours and a six in his score of 37 but he was then caught by Brad McDermott-Jenkins off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Steve Durston was stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Miller and Patrick bowled Aidan Fraser as Pembroke slipped to 89-8.

They were determined however to see the game out and Paul White finished unbeaten on 16 while Sam Davies was unbeaten on 7.

It meant that Pembroke had finished their second innings on 102-8 but also that Neyland were victorious by 169 runs.

Ashley Sutton was named as the player of the match for his two excellent batting displays.

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Second row Max Douglas becomes latest Scarlets signing

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THE SCARLETS say they are delighted to secure the signature of highly-rated Australian forward Max Douglas.

The 24-year-old has just completed his second season with the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan.

Before his move to the Japanese top division, the 6ft 7in Douglas, who has played in the second row and back row, featured for the Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Manly club in Sydney.

He will link up with the Scarlets in the summer.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “Max is a young, athletic second row who has experience in Super Rugby and more recently in Japan’s top division.

“He is comfortable with the ball hand, which suits how we are looking to play and is excited about coming on board and being part of the Scarlets journey over the coming years.

“Max is another strong addition to our forward pack following the signings of Marnus van der Merwe and Alec Hepburn and we are looking forward to welcoming him here to Parc y Scarlets this summer.”

Max Douglas said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Scarlets. This is a club with a strong history and I’m excited at the challenge of trying to contribute to that.

“I’m looking to bring over some of the experiences and learnings I’ve gained from my time in Australia and Japan to hopefully add to what is a really strong playing group.

“I can’t wait to meet all the players and staff and get into our work.”

Douglas is the Scarlets’ fourth signing to be announced ahead of the 2024-25 campaign with Exeter Chiefs prop Alec Hepburn, Toyota Cheetahs hooker Marnus van der Merwe and Nottingham full-back Ellis Mee on their way to West Wales.

Tongan second row Sam Lousi, Wales internationals Tom Rogers and Harri O’Connor and back-rowers Dan Davis and Ben Williams have also signed new contracts with the club.

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Castrol Team aims to ‘bounce back’ from Jim Clark Rally retirement

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THE CASTROL MEM RALLY TEAM is vowing to bounce back stronger than ever on the next round of the Probite British Rally Championship – especially with a second Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 joining its motorsport fleet soon – after what was looking like another victory turned into retirement on the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally.

Chris Ingram started extremely well, setting the fastest time on the opening four stages to establish a healthy 23.1 second lead in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. The 2019 FIA European rally champion eased off on the unfamiliar closed roads as darkness fell and the rain continued to make the surface extremely slippery, settling for second fastest time on SS5 and 6 and going into Friday’s overnight halt with an 8.6 second advantage. 
 
Co-driven by Alex Kihurani, the Suisscourtage-backed driver set another fastest time on Saturday’s opening stage before a slow puncture saw him stop with damaged suspension after SS8.
 
Meirion Evans lost time when he spun his Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 on SS2, initiating some immediate set up changes in first service to better suit the wet and slippery conditions. He and co-driver Jonathan Jackson completed Leg 1 in a strong eighth position and had just moved up to sixth when the car’s power steering pump sprung an oil leak and the Welshman was forced to call it a day after SS9.
 
Meirion Evans said: “Unfortunately it wasn’t the end to the rally that we had hoped for. We were beginning to make tracks up the leaderboard and had a chance of getting on the podium, but at the end of Saturday’s third stage we had a problem with the power steering which meant that we couldn’t continue. Whilst we might have been able to limp through the next stage, the issue would have been too big to fix in service anyway, so we decided to call it a day. It’s a shame that Chris retired from the lead as it was looking like another very good result for the team, but I’m sure we’ll bounce back stronger on the next round.”
 
Chris Ingram said: “We had a very strong start to the rally and had controlled our pace well to build a comfortable lead ahead of previous Jim Clark Rally winner Keith Cronin. It was thoroughly enjoyable in the car. Unfortunately, after setting another fastest time on Saturday’s opening stage, on the next stage we picked up a slow puncture and went off the road under braking, which broke the front left suspension. It’s a tough result for the team, but the potential showed makes me very excited for the rest of the season and the switch to the Toyota GR Yaris Rally2.”
 
Round 4 of the Probite British Rally Championship is the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally on 9 August, when the Castrol MEM Rally Team will field two Toyota GR Yaris Rally2s for Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson and Chris Ingram/Alex Kihurani.

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Red Bull Hardline Wales confirms rider list for 2024

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RED BULL Hardline, known as the most challenging downhill mountain bike race world wide, confirms the final rider list for this year’s Wales event. 

Following its first event overseas, with a stop Down Under, Red Bull Hardline returns to its home in Wales’ Dyfi valley to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The brainchild of Dan Atherton a decade ago, 34 of the brightest and best talents in downhill mountain biking are set to descend on the north Wales course. With the 2023 event sadly curtailed by the Welsh weather, there’s old scores to settle and it’s all to play for in 2024.

Confirmed Rider List:

NameNationality
Ronan DunneIRL
Bernard KerrUK
Brook MacDonaldNZL
Charlie HattonUK
Adam BraytonUK
Craig EvansUK
Theo ErlangsenSA
Matteo IniguezFRA
Juanfer VelezCOL
Gaetan VigeFRA
Jim MonroUK
Matt JonesUK
Edgar BrioleFRA
George BranniganNZ
Sam GaleNZ
Jono JonesUK
Sam BlenkinsopNZ
Brendan FaircloughUK
Josh BrycelandUK
Dennis LuffmanUK
Sam HockenhullUK
Josh LoweUK
Taylor VernonUK
Thibault LalyFRA
Thomas GenonBEL
Szymon GodziekPOL
Sebastian HolguinCOL
Alex StorrUK
Vincent TupinFRA
Harry MolloyUK
Matteo IniguezFRA

Female riders will begin training on Monday, giving them ample time to familiarise themselves with the new course, with Tahnée Seagrave, Cami Nogueira and Hannah Bergmann all set to continue to push the boundaries of their sport once again. Louise-Anna Ferguson will be returning to Wales fresh from her success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, putting on a gutsy performance to finish a full finals race run despite an early crash. New to Red Bull Hardline, Vaea Verbeeck will make her first appearance, bringing fresh fire power to the women’s lineup 

Following his stand-out success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, Ronan Dunne will be taking to the start line with aims of achieving the double. Nipping at his heels will be three-time winner Bernard Kerr, who placed second in Tasmania back in February. 2017 champion Craig Evans is back once again and eager to replicate his success of 7 years previous.

The breathtaking race will be broadcasted live globally on Red Bull TV on Sunday 2nd June at 2.30pm GMT. Ahead of the event, fans can enjoy the week’s best action from course walk and practice on the Red Bull Bike YouTube ahead of the main event. 

For further Red Bull Hardline rider updates and for more information visit www.redbull.com/hardline and make sure to save the link to Red Bull Bike YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@RedBullBike/featured to not miss out on the week’s best action.

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