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Cresselly victorious in Under 13s final

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Cresselly 108-3 beat Kilgetty 104-3 by 7 wickets

THIS years’ final was between the top two sides from the North group and promised to be an exciting affair with a tie in their league encounter.

Cresselly had won their group and defeated St Ishmaels in the semi final with Kilgetty runners up in the group winning against the previous unbeaten Haverfordwest who won the South group.

Captain of Cresselly Tyler James won the toss against his counterpart Logan Hall of Kilgetty and decided to bowl. The game was a superb advert for Pembrokeshire Under 13’s cricket and certainly lived up to its expectation with an excellent and a high standard of cricket in all three departments by both teams

Cresselly struck early with wickets from Oscar lewis (1-10) and Tyler himself (1-11) However Olly Cook with some excellent straight drives built slowly eventually retiring on 25 assisted by George Morgan 13 (one 6) and some fine strokes by Ollie Tucker 25* and 11 from Dylan Sine.

Milo Jones (1-19) was the other wicket taker and Ollie Arthur had a tight spell of bowling conceding only 6 runs off his 3 overs.

Kilgetty needed a good start and they got it with Olly Cook (2-13) striking early but a powerful knock by Griff Jenkins (25*) despatching the ball to all parts of the ground gave Cresselly a solid start.

Lewis Mason continued the good work (25* one 6). There was an excellent run out by Olly Cook with one stump to aim at from square leg and despite the best efforts of all the Kilgetty bowlers a strong inninings at the end by Iori Thomas (25* one big 6 over the hedge at mid wicket) saw Cresselly home after an exciting game that on another day could have gone either way.

It was great to see a large supportive crowd at the game who enjoyed an excellent evening of entertaining cricket.

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

He thanked Cresselly for hosting the final including Richard Arthur and Glyn Cole the grounds staff. Afterwards the Club on refreshments for the players, which was well received. Thanks to Steffan Jenkins for his organisation.

He thanked Umpires Chris Stapleton and Dave Bonner, Scorers Becky Badham & Cerys Jenkins 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. It was also great to see Richard Merriman, County Chairman present.

The player of the match award sponsored by the Williams family in memory of the late John Williams, who had umpired this final for countless years who was a distinguished umpire, highly respected by all in Pembrokeshire cricket and further afield was presented by Hilary Williams, widow and her son Mark togerther with his brother Phil.

The award this year went to Olly Cook (Kilgetty) for his all round performance with the bat, ball, and in the field.
Cresselly Team and Squad: Tyler James (C), Will Morgan (WK), Oscar Lewis, Griff Jenkins, Ollie Arthur, Milo Jones, Lewis Mason, Iori Thomas, Sophie Cole, Lucian Thornton, Josh Richards, Rhys Barnes. Corin Thornton, Sam Warder and Oliver Rowlands

Kilgetty Team and Squad: Logan Hall (C), Dylan Sine (WK), George Morgan, Ollie Tucker, Maddoc Evans, Euan Gottwaltz, George Macdonald, Olly Cook, Taylor Lewis. George Schulz, Dan Broomhall, Arlo Jones, Morgan Chinsammy, Evan Jones and Adam Kettle

Kilgetty Under 13s

Sponsor Colin John – Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants

Umpires Dave Bonner & Chris Stapleton

Scorers Becky Badham & Cerys Jenkins

Coaches Thomas Arthur & Grant James / Trevor Badham & Colin Williams

Venue: Cresselly CC

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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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