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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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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

Cresselly Under 11s
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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