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Alec Colley Cup final preview: Carew v Pembroke Dock

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THE Alec Colley Cup Final takes place this Sunday (Aug 14), between Carew and Pembroke Dock.

The game will be played at Pembroke and is sure to be another exciting final.

Both sides lost in the first round of last year’s competition but they have had an excellent run to the final and one of them will get their name etched on the trophy on Sunday evening.

Neyland won the 2021 tournament but they were beaten by Pembroke Dock this year while Carew won it in 2020.

Route to the final

Carew began with a trip to neighbours Cresselly in round 1. Carew were bowled out for 165 after scores of 41 from Gareth Lewis and Morgan Grieve.

Ceri Brace then took four wickets for Carew as they restricted Cresselly to 132-9.

In the second round, Carew faced Burton and came away with a narrow win. Carew could only score 129-8 in their innings following some good Burton bowling.

Brian Hall top scored with 49 for the hosts who then bowled equally as good as their opponents as they restricted Burton to 103-9.

Brace was again amongst the wickets as he took three, as did Rob Scourfield.

In the quarter final, Carew came up against St Ishmaels. Tish were kept to 138-8 in their innings as Mark White claimed three wickets while Max Brindley also took two.

Gareth Lewis then scored 53 before Nick Scourfield finished unbeaten on 55 to see Carew to an eight-wicket win and into the semis.

There they came up against another previous winner in Lawrenny and they again earned another big win.

Lawrenny scored 130-6 in their innings as four wickets from Barry Evans and two from Mark White prevented them pushing the score on.

Scott Richards scored 51 while Nick Scourfield, carrying on from where he left off in the previous round, finished unbeaten on 36.

Pembroke Dock enjoyed a comfortable win in their first round match against Llechryd.

Llechryd could only score 109-8 in their innings with Rob Hearn, Alfie Bowen and Niall Brunon were all amongst the wickets.

Jake Davies then finished unbeaten on 78 while Adam Phillips was unbeaten on 28 as the Dock earned a 10-wicket win.

In the second round, Pembroke Dock beat Narberth by 11 runs.

The Dock could only score 101-8 in their innings with Anton John scoring 27 and Adam Phillips adding 20.

John then took eight wickets to finish with outstanding figures of 8-12 to help bowl Narberth out for 90.

In the quarter final, they came up against holders Neyland. Neyland scored 162-5 in their innings with Bowyn Clark taking three wickets.

Anton Jonn’s score of 70 then set the Dock on their way to victory and Peter Kingdom finished unbeaten on 32 to see his side into the semis.

There they met Haverfordwest, in Llangwm, and it was Town who batted first, scoring 120-9. Anton John was again amongst the wickets with four and Bowyn Clark took two.

John then scored 33 before George Smith finished unbeaten on 41 to see his side into the final.

The final starts at 12pm and is set to be another exciting encounter.

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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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