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Harrison Allen Final: Llangwm v Haverfordwest

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THE final of the Harrison Allen Bowl takes place this Saturday, August 27, with two teams battling for the most coveted prize in Pembrokeshire cricket.

As always the game takes place in Cresselly and it sees Llangwm take on Haverfordwest and both sides are confident they can win the big one.

Whoever wins there will be a new name on the trophy after holders Neyland were knocked out in one of the earlier rounds.

Llangwm finished second in the league, their best finish to a Division 1 season since 1969, and they will be looking to make it even more memorable.

Haverfordwest were relegated from Division 1 but they have players who have Harrison Allen final experience and they too are looking to end their season on a positive note.

The only league game between the two saw Llangwm take a comfortable eight-wicket win after bowling Town out for 97. The other game was abandoned because of rain.

It promises to be another exciting encounter with lots of action to look forward too.

Will we see a repeat of last year’s final when Neyland’s Patrick Bellerby cracked 15 fours and nine sixes in an unbeaten score of 134 or will it be a tight game between two good teams?

Haverfordwest were beaten finalists in 2020 but won it in 2019 and in 2016.

Llangwm were beaten finalists in 2013 while their last Harrison Allen final win came in 1993.

A stunning catch helps Llangwm to victory over St Ishmaels

ROUTE TO THE FINAL

Haverfordwest began their route to the final with a 59-run win over Narberth. Haverfordwest scored 159-5 in their innings with Ben Field scoring 80. Will Phillips then took five wickets for Town as they bowled Narberth out for 100.

They were drawn to play Johnston in the second round but as they could not get a team they were forced to concede.

In the quarter finals Haverfordwest played Kilgetty and scored 166-8 batting first. Adam James hit 66 from 33 balls before Dai Davies finished unbeaten on 44.

Archie Thomas claimed a five wicket haul as they bowled Kilgetty out for 131.

In the semi-finals, Town played Herbrandston at St Ishmaels and again batted first, scoring 184-7.

Ben Field scored 64 before Dai Davies again finished unbeaten on 48.

Archie Thomas took three wickets while Kieran O’Connor, Ashley James and Clive Tucker all took two wickets to bowl Herbie out for 84.

Llangwm began their run to the final in the second round after receiving a bye from the first round.

In round 2, they faced St Ishmaels at Pill Parks, scoring 146-9 batting first. Noah Davies and Joe Kiff both made scores of 27.

Steve Mills also scored 16 and then took 4-28 to help Llangwm restrict Tish to 142-6 to win by four runs.

In the quarter finals, Llangwm faced Carew. Carew scored 139-9 as Steve Mills took three wickets while Joe Phillips and Chris Inward both struck twice.

Inward then scored 33, Mills scored 30 and Joe Kiff scored 29 as Llangwm reached their target with five wickets in hand.

In the semi-final, Llangwm scored 198-2 against Lawrenny with Joe Kiff scoring 63. Steve Inward then finished not out on 92 and Mills was unbeaten on 31.

Chris Inward then took three wickets for Llangwm and Steve Mills also struck twice as Lawrenny finished short on 186-7.

Haverfordwest beat Kilgetty in the quarter final

WHAT THE CAPTAINS SAY

Haverfordwest captain Dai Davies said: “The team is feeling good going into the final, we are looking to finish on a high from a disappointing league campaign. Really excited for the day, up for the challenge against a very strong Llangwm side. Played really well in cup cricket this year and looking to produce another solid all round good performance.

“Llangwm are a very strong side, with great depth in there batting order, plenty of bowling options, I feel if they played a consistent side they would have won the league, great achievement to finish runners up.

“They outplayed us in the league game we played, we didn’t have a strong enough side on the day but credit to them they were very professional and won the game comfortably. Only played them at there place as game was rained off at Hwest.

“We feel relaxed going into it, being underdogs we believe will suit us, most of our side have been there and won it before, we feel that for us to come up with the win that our experience of big finals could be vital, we will need to be in the game at halfway stage and play better than them under pressure in the second half. Just hoping for a great day and a competitive game of cricket.”

(We are awaiting comments from Llangwm’s captain)

HIGHLIGHTS

There have been some excellent moments in this year’s competition including Lawrenny’s defeat of Neyland in the first round.

Toby Hayman scored a century for Burton in their first round win over Lamphey while second division Herbrandston made the semi-finals before losing to Haverfordwest.

In the semi-final Steve Inward finished unbeaten on 92 in Llangwm’s score of 198-2. Lawrenny’s Kyle Marsh scored 125 not out in their reply but it wasn’t enough for his side to go through.

Haverfordwest Ben Field scored 64 in their semi-final win and Dai Davies finished unbeaten on 48.

Action from the game between Llangwm and Haverfordwest at Pill Parks

PREDICTIONS

We asked some of the captains from around the county for their predictions for the game.

Pembroke Dock captain Nick Daley said: “I’m just swaying towards llangwm as they are in inform team with top players who have had a great season finishing second in the league. But if Adam James gets going anything can happen and it will be a brilliant final and he could win it on his own. Haverfordwest have been here before and won it but I think it will be Llangwm’s year. Good luck both teams.”

Lawrenny’s Joe Kidney added: “You can never predict a Harrison Allen final but I’ll go for Llangwm as they have a strong bowling attack and will post decent scores in both innings with that batting lineup.”

Cresselly captain Iwan Izzard said: “My money would be on Llangwm. Although Haverfordwest have a couple of big game players with Harrison Allen final experience. I think Llangwm are stronger all around as a team and will pinch a tight game.”

Saundersfoot captain Yannic Parker said: “After playing both teams twice in the season Llangwn’s strength in depth is only rivalled by Cresselly. I see only a comprehensive Llangwn win!”

Burton captain Luke Hayman: “I think Llangwm will win it this year. They have strong batting at the top of the order but I think it’s their depth in the bowling that will be too much for Harverfordwest.”

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Scarlets great Jonathan Davies awarded testimonial year

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IT has been confirmed that Scarlets, Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies has been awarded a testimonial year.

‘Foxy’, as he is popularly known, has played 209 games in a Scarlets jersey over 16 seasons, making his debut for the club against Northampton Saints as an eighteen-year-old back in 2006.

From Bancyfelin in Carmarthenshire, Jonathan played his junior club rugby for St Clears and Whitland before coming through the ranks of the Scarlets Academy and going on to become one of the leading centres in world rugby.

He twice toured with the Lions – to Australia (2013) and New Zealand (2017), where he was named player of the series in the epic Test battle against the All Blacks. He has also played 96 Tests for Wales, featuring in two Grand Slam-winning sides, a further two championship wins, and two Rugby World Cups in New Zealand (2011) and Japan (2019). During his time playing for Wales, Jonathan also had the honour of captaining the national side on four occasions.

After a couple of years in France with Clermont Auvergne, he returned to his home club ahead of the 2016-17 campaign and was an integral member of the Scarlets side that lifted the Guinness PRO12 title in exhilarating fashion in Dublin that season.

He continues to be an influential figure and role model in the Scarlets squad at the age of 36.

“Never could I have imagined when I was a kid running out onto the field at Stradey Park after the final whistle, trying to get as many player autographs as I could, that I would be lucky enough to become a player myself and play for the Scarlets, let alone more than 200 times,” he said.

“I have made memories that I will never forget whilst wearing the famous Scarlets shirt. From beating London Irish at the Madjeski in Europe, where travelling support was immense, to my favourite moment, winning the league in 2016-17 alongside team-mates who were also friends.

“I am extremely grateful to the Scarlets for all their support over the years and for awarding me this testimonial year.”

The testimonial year runs from June 2024 to May 2025 and has events planned for Llanelli, Cardiff, London and Dubai. It will also be supporting Jonathan’s chosen charity LATCH, who provide support for children and their families who are being treated by the Oncology Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Wales.

Tim Griffiths, the chair of Jonathan’s testimonial committee, said: “I am proud and honoured to be chair of Jon’s testimonial committee. Jon has been a champion of our national game; one of the modern-day greats of Welsh rugby, who has achieved so much in the jersey of the Scarlets, Wales and the Lions.

“We are looking forward to celebrating all his achievements during an exciting testimonial calendar, while also raising money for the fantastic work of his chosen charity LATCH.”

Scarlets Executive Chairman Simon Muderack said: “We wish Jon all the best for his testimonial year. He is a player who has given much to the game, a proud West Walian who became one of the finest centres in world rugby.”

Welsh Rugby Union CEO Abi Tierney added: “Jonathan Davies has been one of Welsh rugby’s greatest servants. At the peak of his powers he was one of the best centres in the world game over a sustained period of time and he is still delighting fans at Parc y Scarlets on a regular basis.

“Certainly, during that successful Lions tour of Australia in 2013, everyone knew he was one of the first names on the team sheet for the Lions coaches and Warren Gatland has regularly, since, named him as one of the best players he has ever coached.

“Jonathan is a credit to his origins, to his family and to the schools and coaches of his youth, always paying them tribute and often back at the clubs and institutions who supported him as a youngster.

“He is a hugely impressive individual, humble about his achievements as one of the finest professional rugby players Wales has produced and he deserves all the accolades and credit that will follow him in his testimonial year with his beloved Scarlets.”

The JD13 first event, a dinner in the Quinnell Lounge at Parc y Scarlets, will also support the Phil Bennett Foundation and take place in June. Full information on that event will follow.

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Dominant Goodwick crowned Champions

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Another convincing win for Goodwick United this season, this time over Milford United saw them confirmed as first division champions.

The outstanding Goodwick have dominated the first division all season and the league has been over as a contest since around Christmas time. Having not lost a league game and only failed to win two nobody’s come close to challenging them.

We asked the question earlier in the season is this one of the best teams if not the best Pembrokeshire has seen? The West Wales Cup and the treble may have settled this debate however they were unlucky to lose in the semi finals of that competition. The senior cup is still to play for and Goodwick will be strong favourites for this.

Undoubtedly an outstanding team and congratulations to everyone involved from the management to the ground staff and everyone in between.

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Title-Chasing Goodwick Reserves Secure Victory Against Haverfordwest Cricket Club

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In a highly anticipated clash at Phoenix Park, title contenders Goodwick seconds squared off against Haverfordwest Cricket Club in a thrilling encounter.

Fresh from celebrating the triumph of their first team in Division One the previous night, Goodwick seconds, led by captain Kyle Smith, entered the match with high spirits. Despite recent poor weather, Phoenix Park looked great, setting the stage for an exhilarating showdown.

The early exchanges saw both teams displaying resilience, with Haverfordwest Cricket Club showcasing solid defensive prowess. However, Goodwick’s midfield maestro Niall Kinsella orchestrated the play adeptly, supported by the dynamic Ethan Priestley’s commendable efforts.

The deadlock was broken when a contentious challenge in the box led to referee Marty Jones awarding a penalty to Goodwick. Dan Bryce clinically dispatched the spot-kick, giving the hosts a vital lead.

Shortly after, Goodwick doubled their advantage with a clinical finish from Josh Wellan, courtesy of a pinpoint assist from Kinsella. The halftime whistle blew with Goodwick enjoying a 2-0 lead, leaving Haverfordwest Cricket Club with an uphill task.

The second half witnessed Goodwick’s dominance, as Priestley’s energetic display resulted in two more goals, further cementing the home team’s superiority.

Despite the scoreline, both teams exhibited commendable sportsmanship and respect throughout the game, earning praise from the referee for their conduct.

With another successful outing at Phoenix Park, Goodwick seconds have bolstered their aspirations for promotion. The victory serves as a testament to their quality and determination, while Haverfordwest Cricket Club showcased glimpses of promise despite the defeat.

Final Score: Goodwick Reserves 4-0 Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

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