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Harrison Allen: Town prove too strong for gutsy Herbie

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HAVERFORDWEST proved too strong for Herbrandston on Thursday night (Jul 28) as they booked their place in the final of the Harrison Allen Bowl.

The game was played at St Ishmaels and the Division 2 leaders put up a good fight but ultimately fell short in their chase of Town’s score of 184-7.

Ashley James and Mikey Jones opened up for Town, after they were asked to bat by Herbie, and they shared 21 runs for the first wicket.

James fell on a score of 16 when he was caught by David Malloy off the bowling of Dean John.

Jones and Ben Field then added 39 runs for the second wicket before Jones fell on 25 when he was caught by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Rob Hood.

Field was joined by Dai Davies and the pair shared an excellent stand of 98 with the former reaching his half century.

Field hit six fours and two sixes in his knock of 64 but he was then caught by Kristian Bennett off the bowling of Paul Nicholas.

Town then lost quick wickets as their innings faltered as Kieran O’Connor was run out while Archie Thomas hit a six from his three balls before he was bowled by Paul Nicholas.

Jake Merry was also bowled by Dean John and Chris Phillips was run out late on.

That left Dai Davies not out on 48 from 41 balls (four fours) as Town set Herbie a target of 185 to win the game.

Herbie lost Jonathan Bennett early in their reply when he was bowled by Archie Thomas.

Ryan Davies was also bowled by Thomas as Herbie slipped to 13-2.

Harry Nicholas and Kristian Bennett added 13 for the third wicket but Bennett was caught by Chris Phillips off the bowling of Thomas.

Nicholas also fell on a score of 10 when he was caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Ashley James.

Herbie’s chances of victory were beginning to slip away as Charlie Malloy was then trapped leg before by Clive Tucker and soon after Dean John was caught and bowled by Tucker.

That left Herbie on 36-6 and it soon became 41-7 when Rob Hood was caught by Jake Merry off the bowling of James.

Jack Nicholas and David Malloy then offered some resistance as they shared 41 runs for the eighth wicket.

Malloy scored 12 but he was bowled by Johnny White.

Nicholas had hit four fours in his score of 30 but he was then caught and bowled by Kieran O’Connor.

O’Connor then bowled Paul Nicholas to bring the game to a close and to secure a 100-run win for Town.

Town will now look forward to the final against Llangwm, to be played on Saturday, August 27 in Cresselly.

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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