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Carew claim Alec Colley Cup after beating Pembroke Dock in final

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CAREW won the Alec Colley Cup final on Sunday (Aug 14) as they beat Pembroke Dock by 138 runs.

The final was played in Pembroke in the hot weather and a good crowd gathered to cheer on both teams.

Carew, who won the competition in 2020, won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good score of 187-3 from their first 20 overs.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield made a good start for Carew as they shared 105 runs for the first wicket.

Scourfield hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Adam Phillips off the bowling of Anton John.

Richards and Morgan Grieve added another 40 runs for the second wicket. Richards had hit 13 fours in his score of 78 from 58 balls but he was then caught by George Smith off the bowling of Owen Hughes.

Grieve was joined by Gareth Lewis and the pair added another 29 runs for the third wicket.

Grieve smashed six fours and three sixes in his score of 49 from 31 balls but he was caught by Camran Robinson off the bowling of Rob Hearn.

Dai Rees hit a late four for the Dock to push the score on and to give Carew a good start.

In reply, Anton John and Adam Phillips shared 54 runs for the first wicket. John hit two fours in his score of 20 before he was caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Kerry Waters.

Phillips hit four fours in his score of 25 but he fell soon after when he was stumped by Grieve off the bowling of Barry Evans.

The same two combined again to remove Peter Kingdom as the Dock slipped to 65-3.

George Smith and Rob Hearn added another 18 runs for the fourth wicket but Evans and Grieve again combined to remove Smith on a score of 21.

Hearn and Bowyn Clark added 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to push the score on in the final couple of overs.

Hearn scored 15 but he was then caught by Dai Rees off the bowling of Max Brindley.

In the last over Jacob Knox bowled Owen Hughes as the Dock recorded a total of 111-6 from their 20 overs.

That gave Carew a commanding 76-run lead at the interval.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield shared 39 runs for the first wicket of their second innings as they took their lead past 100 runs.

The Dock’s Anton John made the breakthrough as he had Scourfield caught by Alfie Brown on a score of 12.

Soon after George Smith bowled Richards on a score of 20 to leave Carew on 43-2.

Morgan Grieve and Gareth Lewis then shared another 140 runs as they continued to pile the runs on.

Grieve hit seven fours and three sixes in his score of 65 from 44 balls while Lewis hit nine fours as he finished unbeaten on 68 from 41 balls.

It saw Carew finish on 183-2 and it meant the Dock would need an unlikely 260 to win the game.

Max Brindley then bowled Anton John with the first ball. George Smith hit five fours in a score of 23 but he was then trapped leg before by Brindley.

Adam Phillips and Peter Kingdom then shared 81 runs for the third wicket. Phillips hit three fours in his score of 49 but he was then caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Brindley.

Brindley then also bowled Rob Hearn for a second ball duck to leave the Dock on 105-4.

Kingdom hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Jacob Knox off the bowling of Rhys Grigg.

Bowyn Clark and Owen Hughes finished unbeaten as they batted out their overs, the Dock finishing on 121-5.

It meant that Carew had once again won the Alec Colley Cup and afterwards, Carew’s Morgan Grieve was named man of the match.

Kevin Jenkins with Man of the Match Morgan Grieve
Pembroke Dock
Umpires: Trefor Evans & Chris Stapleton

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Narberth Athletic seal big win over Emlyn

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THIS was a game of two halves, with Narberth playing at home on a very cold Saturday (Sept 24).

The visitors caused Narberth all sorts of problems at the breakdown in a frustrating first half of 40 minutes, the home team conceded 14 penalties but scored one try through Ryan Scourfield. Half time score 7-3.

After a good half time team talk from coaches Matt Davies and James Merriman, Narberth came out in the second half with a bit more enthusiasm and started to play at their renowned fast-running tempo creating some quick ball for the backs to work off, soon the tries started to come, scoring five tries in a purple ten-minute patch through players Ryan Scourfield, Shane Rossiter, Jordie James and Will (Pop) Davies.

During the second half, with Ryan Scourfield going over for his hat trick, two more tries followed from outside centre Llew Jones and Owain Hughes finishing off a superb display of running rugby.

Llew Jones moves the ball on

Shane Rossiter added four conversions to take the tally over 50 points. The running and linking play of the Narberth backs outclassed the visitors who never managed to breakdown the Narberth defence so they were unable to score any tries throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to flanker No 6 Jack Tucker on his first game back after a spell in Tenby.

A large crowd turned out to watch the squad and were well entertained. They enjoyed a social gathering in the clubhouse afterwards to finish the day off.

Sadly, one of the substitutes of the Newcastle Emlyn team, No. 6 Flanker Shaun Hawkins, suffered a leg and groin injury five minutes into the second half so he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a review. Narberth RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

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Narberth hold on for thrilling win over Bedwas

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NARBERTH travelled to Bedwas on Saturday (Sept 24) and came away with an excellent win at a ground where they hadn’t won for many years.

The young Otters team started well and within minutes a break from the base of a Narberth scrum led to centre Ilan Phillips sprinting in near the posts for a try which was converted by fly half Ianto Griffiths (0-7).

Shortly afterwards swift passing of the ball along the Narberth back line resulted in wing Josh Davies scoring in the corner. The try went unconverted (0-12).

Bedwas got themselves back into the game when the Bedwas scrum half took a quick penalty five metres from the Narberth line and scored under the posts. The Bedwas fly half converted to make the score 7-12.

Both teams attempted to run the ball at every opportunity but defences held firm until the ball unexpectedly popped out of the back of the Bedwas scrum and flanker Tom Powell was on hand to receive a pass and charge downfield. He raced a full 50 yards with no-one able to catch him until he reached the Bedwas try line and scored under the posts. Griffiths converted (7-19).

Then just before the break Bedwas were guilty of holding onto the ball on the ground and Griffiths kicked the penalty to make the half time score 7-22.

In the second half Bedwas came out far more determined and the Otters were forced to defend for long periods close to their try line. Eventually the Bedwas openside flanker raced over to score in the corner. The conversion attempt failed (12-22).

Within minutes Bedwas had scored again when from a lineout on the Narberth 5 metre line a rolling maul enabled the Bedwas hooker to score a try wide out and the conversion attempt was successful (19-22).

The Otters were now under constant pressure and the home crowd were jubilant when a further try was scored in the corner by the Bedwas right wing which was again converted to put the home team in the lead for the first time in the match by 26 points to 22.

However Narberth refused to give up and with ten minutes remaining they managed to score their fourth try when Josh Davies beat his man along the left touchline and passed inside to his supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby who scored the winning try wide out. The conversion attempt failed but the Otters held out for the remaining minutes to win an exciting and enthralling match 26-27.

After the match coach Sean Gale said: “I’m very pleased to come away with a win. We had 7 players in the squad today who were under 23 years of age and as a coaching team we feel we are doing our best to develop the young players in the area which augurs well for the future of the Club.”

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St Clears earn bonus-point win over Neyland

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ST CLEARS kept up their winning start to the season with a 38-19 win away at Neyland on Saturday (Sept 24).

The Saints were ahead after just two minutes as Ifan Davies touched the ball down. The conversion was missed.

Neyland hit back though and Ollie Rothero scored the try before adding the extras to put the home side ahead.

St Clears scored next though as Jac Howells went over and Dan Griffiths added the extras.

Shortly before the break the Saints had their thirdy try as Ifan Davies went over for his second and Griffiths added the extras once more to make it 19-7 at the break.

They soon had their bonus point in the second half as Tom Williams scored the try and Griffiths added the conversion to stretch the lead to 26-7.

Gareth Jones then scored again for the Saints to make it 31-7. The conversion was missed.

Straigt from kick off, Neyland hit back with a try from Andrew Slark but the conversion was missed.

Jones then scored his second try for the Saints and Griffiths added the extras again to take the score to 38-12.

Neyland had the final say though as Mark Jones touched down and Ollie Rothero added the extras to make it 38-19.

On Saturday, October 1, Neyland travel to Lampeter Town while St Clears host table toppers Pembroke Dock Quins.

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