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Crusaders march into Welsh Final

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THE Cleddau Crusaders have reached the Welsh final of the Natwest U19T20 competition after defeating Pwllheli Penguins in a dramatic bowl out at the Swalec Satdium on Sunday (Sept 10).

The Crusaders emerged victorious in the same way from a quarter final against Clydach Crusaders, triumphing 10-5 to set up a final against Maesteg Celtic Warriors.

With two point for hitting the wickets if the ball bounces and one if it is a direct hit the Crusders got off to a dream start as Noah Davies collected four points from his two deliveries, followed up with two point hauls from Aled Phelps, skipper Phil Llewellyn and Quarter Final hero Toby Asson.

Llewellyn won the toss and elected for his bowlers to take first shy at the stumps and the pressure they applied on their North Walian opponents ensured victory.

Accompanied on the journey by a loud and vociferous support from the two villages of Hook and Llangwm the crowd was swelled as exiles now living in and around the capital city made their way to the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

Having triumphed in a curtailed tournament as Pembrokeshire champions the Crusaders are putting the County name out across Wales, where one exile in attendance, Richard ‘Isaac’ Hughes explained further: “I played for both village teams when I was living in Pembrokeshire and I just had to get down and support the boy’s efforts. It’s about making memories for them and they have had the opportunity to perform today at a Test match ground.

“The weather has unfortunately curtailed that but hopefully their enthusiasm for the game and perhaps aspiration to be the next Andrew Salter may flourish.  Personally, I’ve had a great day catching up with old friends in Evan Martin, Keith James and Dai Davies, who was my first captain when I played for Llangwm 2nds back in the distant past.”

Coach Alistair Platten said he was “proud of all the players today, where we had wicketkeeper Tom Carrington travelling from his school in Sheffield to ensure we were at full strength. This isn’t just about the players now as the hard work of Chairman Phil Griffiths, my fellow coach Jamie Phelps alongside our PR ‘guru’ Lyn Thomas and Joy James have galvanised the two villages support.”

The Crusaders are now preparing their stampede to Pontardullais for the Wales Natwest U19T20 final on Sunday (Sept 17) when a supporter’s bus will operate for those who wish to attend. Further details available from Phil Griffiths on 077974180308.

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Young jockey joins Henderson’s yard

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PEMBROKESHIRE jockey James Bowen will join Champion trainer Nicky Henderson’s yard as a conditional from next month.

The 16-year-old riding sensation had been the subject of much speculation as to where he would end up but Henderson was the number 1 choice.

Bowen, who has been touted as a future champion jockey, earlier this year set a new record with 30 winners as a novice point-to-point rider this season.

That was five more than the totals managed by Nick Scholfield in 2007 and Rhys Flint in 2008, who both went on to become professional riders.

Henderson has partnered ten winners under rules so far this season and will be looking forward to having James join his team from October 1.

Speaking to the Herald, James said: “It is a big opportunity for me, it’s a big stable owned by a Champion Trainer. There are plenty of great horses so I’m hopeful it will go well.

“My parents are trainers so I was always brought up around race horses, I started at the age of 9 and then moved to pointing at the age of 16 and it has all been a good experience.”

James also said that there were a number of other places that he could have gone too but added: “At the moment, Nicky’s seemed like the best place to go. I had a day at his yard last Friday where we sorted it out and I’ll be starting at the beginning of October.”

He is looking forward to starting there and wants to ride as much as possible and told us that he would have liked to have won more races than he has.

If the opportunity came up James says he would love to ride in the Grand National but keeping his feet on the ground he said “I’m a long way off being at the top at the moment.”

Brother Sean is also a jockey and James says he is constantly talking to him about tactics for different races.

James adds: “My parents are up for it so that’s good and they’re backing me all the way.”

Coming up James has a couple of rides at Newton Abbot on Friday and another at Plumpton on Sunday before making the move to Nicky Henderson’s yard.

All at the Herald would like to wish James all the best in his time with Mr Henderson.

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Bowl second round draw made

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THE draw has taken place for the second round of the WRU National Bowl and has once again thrown up a host of interesting and competitive fixtures for the weekend of October 7.

All the teams are dreaming of staying to the end of the road that leads to Finals Day at the Principality Stadium. With reigning champions Amman United now playing in the WRU National Plate there will be a different winner.

Neyland’s reward for beating Llandovery Seconds is a home tie against the side who knocked out their local rivals Milford, Cefneithin.

Pembroke, who beat Haverfordwest 31-24 on Saturday (Sept 16), are at home to Aberaeron.

Nantgaredig head west to meet Pembroke Dock Quins looking to build on their unbeaten start to the new season. They currently top Division 3B West with a maximum 10 points along with Burry Port and Lampeter Town.

Lampeter will host Llangadog, a team they beat 55-10 in the second round of their league campaign. The 2016 champions, Burry Port, head to league rivals New Dock Stars.

WRU National Bowl – Round 2 – selected ties

(Matches to be played the weekend 7 October)

Ferryside or Cardigan v Crymych II or Newcastle Emlyn II

Lampeter v Llangadog

Laugharne v Llangwm

Neyland v Cefneithin

New Dock Stars v Burry Port

Pembroke v Aberaeron

Pembroke Dock Quins v Nantgaredig

Penybanc v Llandeilo

Trimsaran v Furnace Utd

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County publishes best figures for 2017

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club (PCCC) has once again published the first division batting and bowling averages for the 2017 season.

Top of the runs scored column is Johnston’s Daniel Sutton (pictured) who scored a staggering 936 runs over the course of the 18 game campaign to help his side avoid the drop into Division 2.

Behind him is Iwan Izzard with 618 runs and another Johnston player, Lee Summons, was third.

It is a different story in the batting averages as Cresselly’s Dan Cherry scored at an average of 159.5.

Tim Hicks of Carew was second and Johnston’s Sutton was third with an average of 72.

The top bowler for the 2017 season was Neyland’s Andrew Miller who took 37 wickets, one more than Carew’s Tom Davies while Daniel Flynn of St Ishmaels was third with 34 wickets.

Top of the bowling averages was Whitland’s Iestyn Scourfield with an average of 10.23 with Shaun Whitfield of Carew in second and Haverfordwest’s Simon Holliday in third.

Tom Davies: Batting for Carew, took the second most wickets in 2017

Batting (Runs Scored)

  1. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 936
  2. Iwan Izzard – Cresselly – 618
  3. Lee Summons – Johnston – 532

Batting averages

  1. Dan Cherry – Cresselly – 159.5
  2. Tim Hicks – Carew – 72.14
  3. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 72

Bowling (Wickets taken)

  1. Andrew Miller – Neyland – 37
  2. Tom Davies – Carew – 36
  3. Daniel Flynn – St Ishmaels – 34

Bowling averages

  1. Iestyn Scourfield – Whitland – 10.23
  2. Shaun Whitfield – Carew – 10.46
  3. Simon Holliday – Haverfordwest – 11.08

Congratulations to all on an excellent season and as always a thank you to Paul and Janice Webb for their hard work.

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