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Wales take game to Armed Forces in special match

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WALES Women took the game to a determined UK Armed Forces side on Wednesday evening (Nov 8) at the Cardiff Arms Park, prevailing 39-22 in this special Remembrance Rugby fixture.

UKAF were evidently fired up in the opening exchanges (perhaps with memories from last year’s encounter still fresh in the mind), and attacked with gusto, with an equally zealous defense to boot.

That feistiness in the close quarters was found lacking out wide in the eighth minute, however, when North Walian speedster Jess Kavangh-Williams showed a clean pair of heels on halfway and sprinted all the way in for a try.

Alecs Donovan, the newcomer in the Welsh jersey, also looked lively in the early midfield exchanges, whilst flanker-turned-fly-half Lleucu George (pictured) was a creative as well as powerful presence with the ball in hand.

As the half-hour approached, patient work from the Welsh forwards paid dividends as they fashioned a score out wide through captain Carys Phillips for a 10-point lead.

It was then the turn of George, using all her considerable strength to fend off the UKAF defence and score from 5m out. Her successful conversion of her own try out wide was a striking effort.

UKAF weren’t to be humbled, and they struck back with aplomb through the evasiveness and sheer pace of centre Jade Mullen for a try which was converted by Wales’ very own Gemma Rowland just before the half-time break.

Two minutes into the second half, and Wales Women had got themselves into a good position deep inside UKAF territory, from where their driving maul allowed Phillips to touch down for her second try of the night.

The Welsh coaches made a raft of replacements in the 50th minute, which had the desired effect of re-energising an already high-tempo attack. Indeed, after five minutes of their introduction, they had once again breached the UKAF line – again by the indefatigable Phillips, who deservedly claimed her hat-trick.

The Armed Forces then showed that they too had try-scoring front rowers in their ranks, as loosehead Sarah Batley crashed over for her team’s second try with quarter of an hour left to play to make it 17-22.

Replacement back Rhi Nokes made a stirring impact late on as she broke away from the clutches of the UKAF defence to sprint away for a try, converted by Robyn Wilkins.

The last word was almost left to Kavanagh-Williams, who really put her stamp on the game with another scintillating try down the left wing with four minutes to go.

Then, with time already up on the clock, UKAF hit back with a mighty score from England hooker Amy Cokayne in what was a fitting end to a fiercely-fought contest between the two sides.

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Davies steers Pembs to victory

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PEMBROKESHIRE proved too strong for the South Wales Cricket Association on Sunday (Jun 10), as they beat them by four wickets.

The game was played on a fantastic afternoon at the home of Llandysul Cricket Club and it was the South Wales team who won the toss and opted to bat first.

Ieaun Paske and Julian Griffiths shared 69 runs for the first wicket before Paske was run out for a score of 43.

Kieron O’Connor then took a wicket for Pembrokeshire before Julian Griffiths was trapped leg before wicket by Matthew Davies for a score of 40.

Ben Edkins was also run out on a score of 11 while Davies picked up a second wicket.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins took three late wickets, two of which were stumpings from Sean Hannon as the South Wales team finished on 155-8 off their 40 overs.

Dan Sutton and Toby Hayman then shared 57 runs as Pembrokeshire got their reply off to a good start.

Hayman was trapped leg before for a score of 15 and soon after, Steffan James was out caught for a score of 12.

Kyle Marsh was caught off the bowling of Paske for a score of 2 and opener Sutton was then removed having played well for his score of 52 (eight fours).

That left the Pembrokeshire side on 92-4 but Ross Hardy and Brad McDermott-Jenkins soon got their side going again.

They shared 19 runs for the fifth wicket before McDermott-Jenkins was out for a score of 14.

Hardy was joined at the crease by Matthew Davies and the pair put on 31 runs for the sixth wicket. Hardy was out for a score of 21 but the South Wales team were unable to take any more wickets.

Henry Durrant finished not out on 9 while Davies guided Pembrokeshire to their total as he finished not out on 25 (four fours) as they won the game with just four balls to spare.

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Whitland too good for Neyland

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WHITLAND are through to the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup after they beat Neyland on Tuesday (Jun 12).

Whitland won the toss and batted first on a beautiful evening at the Athletic Ground in Neyland and they made a good score of 175-4 from their twenty overs.

Steffan James and David Lee shared an opening stand of 57 before Lee was caught by Callum Power off the bowling of Jamie Smith for a score of 24.

Gethin Scourfield followed soon after when he was caught by Stephen Murray off the bowling of Kieran Arran.

James and Iestyn Scourfield then shared 33 runs for the third wicket but Scourfield was out for a score of 10 when he was stumped by Murray off the bowling of George Evans.

Martin Thomas was also run out but that was the last wicket to fall as James and Wayne Howells smashed Whitland to their total.

Howells hit two late sixes in a score of 15 not out but the innings belonged to James who hit ten fours and five sixes in a knock of 110 not out.

Neyland lost both openers early in their reply as Callum Power was caught by James off the bowling of Howells and George Evans was caught by David Lee off the bowling of Ben Harvey.

Paul Miller hit a four and a six in a quick-fire 10 but he was also caught by Lee off the bowling of Howells and that left Neyland on 30-3.

Scott Jones and Stephen Murray did their best to try and get Neyland going again and the pair shared a stand of 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Murray played some excellent shots, splitting the fielders with two excellent fours and a six as Neyland reached 63-3 off ten overs.

Their partnership was eventually broken when Murray was caught on the boundary by Lee off the bowling of Conor Bowen for a score of 45.

Jones and Gavin Rowland shared 24 runs for the next wicket but Neyland were quickly running out of time as they only brought up their 100 in the fifteenth over.

Jones hit six fours in his knock of 32 but he was then bowled by Iestyn Scourfield. Rowland was then bowled by Bowen for a score of 11 as Neyland began to realise that the game had slipped away from them.

Jamie Smith and Tom Pritchard took Neyland to 124-6 in their innings but they were well beaten on the night by their opponents.

Carew are also through after they beat Llanrhian. Llanrhian reached 103-9 in their innings before scores of 40 from Robbie Hicks and 49 not out from Scott Richards saw Carew to victory.

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Cresselly lead as Neyland beaten again

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CRESSELLY are the new leaders of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League as they beat Kilgetty while Neyland suffered defeat against Whitland on Saturday (Jun 9).

Neyland made the trip to Whitland following the previous week’s defeat to Lawrenny and they struggled again as they only reached 145-7 in their innings.

Paul Murray scored 45 and Patrick Bellerby added 21 but they were unable to go on and make bigger scorers.

Wayne Howells took 3 for 34 and Mathew Davies 3 for 35 for Whitland.

Dylan Blain, who scored well against Cresselly the previous week, did so again as he scored 56 in Whitland’s reply.

Geraint Jones was out for 24 but Steff James hit four fours and a six to help Whitland to victory.

Cresselly made a big total of 271-6 in their innings as Adam Chandler scored 64, Iwan Izzard scored 53 and Dan Sutton added 51.

Liam Cullen took four wickets for Kilgetty who were all out for 203 in reply. Cullen scored 44 and Kyle Marsh added 33 while Kurtis Marsh top scored with 67.

Haverfordwest moved into second place as they beat Llangwm in a high scoring game at Pill Parks.

Llangwm batted first and made a good total of 234 in their innings with Richard Brock top scoring on 88 while there were scores in the twenties from James Venables, Matthew Kiff and Ewan Griffiths.

Town’s Johnnie White was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets while Simon Holliday took three wickets.

In reply, Holliday made another match-winning contribution as he scored 92 runs, well supported by Lee Summons who added 32.

Ollie Davies did take four wickets for the home side but his efforts proved in vain as Town won by four wickets.

Out: One of Johnston’s batters is bowled

Burton earned a second win of the season as they beat Johnston by nine wickets. Johnston were all out for 76 with only Hasiz Farooq making a real contribution with a knock of 34.

Johnnie Scale did the damage for Burton with six wickets as Johnston were dismissed cheaply.

In reply, despite losing one wicket, Burton were never really troubled and a score of 54 not out from Richard Jones guided the home side to victory.

Lawrenny earned a narrow one wicket win over St Ishmaels thanks to Joe Kidney who finished not out on 31.

Tish earlier made 195 thanks to Peter Bradshaw scoring 73 and Brennan Devonald finishing not out on 29.

In reply, Lawrenny lost wickets at regular intervals with Harry Thomas scoring 35.

Two late wickets saw Lawrenny reduced to 195-9 and one more wicket would have seen the game tied but Kidney held his nerve to help Lawrenny over the line.

On Saturday (Jun 16), new leaders Cresselly are on their travels as they take on Lawrenny.

Second placed Haverfordwest take on third placed Neyland in what could prove to be a crucial game in the title race.

Elsewhere, Johnston are at home to Llangwm, Kilgetty take on Whitland and St Ishmaels are at home to Burton.

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