LLANGWM claimed their first Harrison Allen Bowl title since 1993 on Saturday (Aug 27) as they beat Haverfordwest in the final.
A good crowd gathered in Cresselly for the game and they witnessed an excellent final between two good teams.
Llangwm held an 81-run lead after the first innings and following Town’s second innings, Llangwm needed 81 to win the game.
Haverfordwest took a couple of early wickets but Llangwm held their nerve to win the bowl.
On a bright day, Haverfordwest won the toss and chose to bat first and they made a good start early on with Adam James and Mikey Jones sharing 35 runs.
Joe Phillips made the breakthrough for Llangwm as he had James caught by Chris Inward.
Town then lost three quick wickets as firstly Jones, who had hit three fours and two sixes in a score of 26 from 16 balls, was caught by Kiff off the bowling of Phillips.
Noah Davies then had Ben Field caught by Steven Mills and he also caught and bowled Jake Merry to reduce Town to 44-4.
Phillips then claimed his third wicket as he had Dai Davies caught by Steven Inward before Chris Inward had Chris Phillips caught by Steven again, on a score of 11.
That saw Town slip to 58-6 as their progress stalled.
Archie Thomas and Jack Scriven steadied the ship as they put on 45 runs for the seventh wicket.
Thomas hit a six in his score of 13 but he was then caught by Joseph Kiff off the bowling of Steven Mills.
Ashley James hit two fours as he scored 12 but he was then run out as Town looked to up their total.
Johnny White was also run out before, Scriven, who had hit four fours in his score of 40, was ran out by James Lewis.
That brought their innings to a close with their score reading 126-all out.
Llangwm started their reply well, Steven Inward and Joe Kiff sharing 44 runs for the first wicket.
Inward scored 13 but he was then caught behind by Jack Scriven off the bowling of Archie Thomas.
Kiff and Steven Mills then added another 62 runs for the second wicket as they edged closer to putting their side into the lead.
There had been a huge shout for a caught behind but nothing was given and the pair continued to put runs on the board.
Mills also had a reprieve on 20 as he was brilliantly caught but it came off a no ball.
Kiff hit six fours and two sixes as he reached his 50. He then hit a seventh four but was then bowled by Johnny White.
Matthew Kiff joined Mills in the middle and they took Llangwm into the lead as they reached 133-2 off 17 overs.
Mills then brought up his 50 but he wasn’t done there. In the 20th over, Kiff had hit another six and Mills then hit two in a row as they punished Town’s bowlers.
Kiff hit two fours and five sixes as he reached his 50 from 22 balls.
He took a single off the penultimate ball of the innings and then Mills finished off in style with another big six.
That was his fifth of the innings as he finished unbeaten on 76 fron 45 balls.
That saw Llangwm finish on 207-2 and gave them a lead of 81 runs.
Town knew they would need to bat well if they were to wipe that lead out quickly and they came out determined to do just that.
Adam James hit a big six with the second ball of the innings and then hit a 4 as Town reached 14-0 off the first over.
James then hit three fours and a six in the second over to move on to a score of 29.
However, at the end of the third over Noah Davies bowled James and Town’s danger man had gone.
Archie Thomas hit two sixes in his score of 19 but he was then run out.
Mikey Jones and Ben Field then put Town into the lead but Jones was then bowled by Chris Inward on a score of 24.
Field and Dai Davies then shared 32 runs for the fourth wicket but Field was caught by Steven Inward off the bowling of Joe Phillips.
Ashley James was then bowled by Phillips before Chris Inward had Dai Davies caught by Matthew Kiff.
Joe Phillips then caught and bowled Jack Scriven before bowling Jake Merry, leaving Town on 141-8.
Chris Phillips then hit two big sixes before being caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Joe Phillips.
Phillips then bowled Johnny White as he finished with excellent figures of 6-41.
That meant that Town were bowled out again for 162, a lead of only 81 runs.
Joe Kiff started Llangwm’s second reply well as he hit three straight fours but he was then caught by Adam James off the bowling of Johnny White.
Mills hit two boundaries but he was trapped leg before by Adam James as Llangwm slipped to 24-2.
Soon after it was 24-3 as Steven Inward was caught by Jake Merry off the bowling of White.
Matthew Kiff was then caught by Chris Phillips off the bowling of Clive Tucker as Llangwm were reduced to 40-4.
Town had their tails up but Luke Brock and Noah Davies then steadied themselves and they were able to steer Llangwm to victory.
They took some quick singles and twos and were able to punish a bad ball.
Brock hit two sixes in his knock, one of which was dropped over the boundary, as he finished unbeaten on 27.
Davies scored 20 as Llangwm edged towards victory and a wide gave them the Bowl.
Afterwards, there were scenes of celebration amongst the Llangwm players as they celebrated a first Bowl since 1993.
Llangwm’s Joe Phillips was named as man of the match for his excellent bowling.
More photos can be found on The Herald Sports Page
Wales 10 – Ireland 34: Clinical Ireland outfox wasteful Wales
RUGBY is often described as a game of inches, where the tiniest errors significantly affect games’ outcomes. That was the case on Saturday, where Ireland won convincingly by making fewer unforced errors than Wales.
As a contest, the game was all but over in the first 25 minutes. Ireland did nothing flash, nothing extraordinary. They were just better at the basics. It’s what you’d expect when the first-ranked team in the world play the ninth.
Conceding a try after two minutes was a bad start, but again and again thereafter, Wales either coughed the ball up or conceded penalties in clutch positions.
Ireland’s game management showed the confidence of being a settled group under a single coach with a defined game plan. Ireland’s players constantly worked off the ball to close gaps and shut off running lines. The Irish slowed down the Welsh ball and applied pressure with clinical precision. The Irish scrum and lineout gave the visitors’ backline time to play.
Whatever the Welsh game plan was before Wayne Pivac left as the coach (answers on a postcard for that one), on Saturday, Wales showed signs of trying to create a pattern of play based on phase play creating the space to allow Wales’s backs to punch through stretched defensive formations. However, a plan is only as good as its execution. And Wales repeatedly created good positions only to make sometimes desperately disappointing mistakes.
Twice Wales had the throw near the Irish line, and twice Irish forwards picked off the ball. On another occasion, Wales went long at the lineout in their half, only for the ball to land on the Irish side. Add that to a crooked throw in a promising position, and Wales lost momentum at crucial stages.
Ireland stormed into an early lead with their first attack ending with Number Eight Doris smashing his way over from close range. It got worse six minutes later when James Ryan scored with almost a carbon copy play.
Wales’s best chance of the opening quarter came when Irish full-back Hugo Keenan got to a loose ball over the Irish line before Welsh winger Rio Dyer.
Although Biggar got the home side off the mark with a penalty, within minutes, a telegraphed pass ended in the hands of Lowe, who streaked over unopposed for Ireland’s third try.
24-3 down soon became 27-3 following another Sexton penalty following Welsh indiscipline at the breakdown. Realistically, that score ended the game. However, in the half’s dying moments, Wales again applied pressure. Jac Morgan, who had a good game in a losing cause, crossed the Irish line only to be held up by a strong Irish defence.
It looked grim at half-time. Wales had been disorganised and disjointed, while every time the Irish got the ball in the Welsh half, they looked like they would come away with points.
Whatever Warren Gatland said at half-time got the Welsh players’ attention.
Wales came steaming out of the blocks in the second half, looking better organised and less frantic. Good phase play opened a gap in the Irish midfield, and Liam Williams sped through the gap to touch down near the posts, making Biggar’s conversion a formality. Wales continued to work through the phases, and only an uncharacteristically poor pass from Justin Tipuric spoiled a good chance for Rio Dyer to get a clear run at the Irish line.
Wales still tried to keep up the pressure but lacked accuracy at key moments when cooler heads might have produced more. As if that wasn’t bad enough, with fifteen minutes of normal time to go, Liam Williams was – maybe a little unluckily – yellow-carded for making contact with the ducking, bobbing and weaving Jonny Sexton’s head.
The man advantage was all Ireland needed to break Wales’s stranglehold on the match. They kept kicking for space behind the Welsh midfield and used Bundi Aki as a midfield battering ram to keep the Welsh players tied in at the breakdown. With Wales stretched and gaps appearing in the defensive live, Van der Flier had the simplest of tasks to add a fourth try for Ireland.
As the clock ticked down – and with Wales 34-10 down – the Irish pressed for the score that would give them a record win in Cardiff. Wales tried again to break out for a consolation score, more in hope than expectation, and it was all Ireland when the final whistle blew.
Warren Gatland said he was “strangely not that disappointed” after the game.
The Wales coach said: “The things I’m disappointed with are things we can put right: the slow start and giving away needless penalties. When you look at the game we put ourselves in positions we could’ve taken advantage of. We can take away the positives, look at our second half performance and improve on that.”
Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners
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.
Funding boost on offer for local sports groups
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 email@example.com for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.
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