THE SOUTH WALES CRICKET ASSOCIATION were beaten in Pembrokeshire on Sunday (Jun 10) as they were bowled out 33 runs short of their target.
The Pembrokeshire side exacted revenge for their defeat three weeks ago in Llandysul at the hands of the South Wales Cricket Association, whose skipper Greg Fisher [Gorseinon] again asked his counterpart Sean Hannon [Neyland] to bat first at Hannon’s home ground of the Athletic Ground on Sunday.
Daniel Sutton [Johnston], Ashley Sutton [Neyland] and Nick Kooman [Neyland] departed cheaply to Josh Symmonds [Gorseinon] before opening batsman Simon Holliday [Haverfordwest] formed a fourth wicket partnership with Patrick Bellerby [Neyland], who was drafted into the side to replace the injured Ben Field [Haverfordwest].
Once Bellerby fell to a stumping from Fisher off Daniel Allen [Gorseinon] for 46, Lee Summons [Johnston] fell for a duck and the lower order contributed runs through Henry Durrant [Neyland] with 12, Brad McDermott-Jenkins [Lawrenny], 16 and teenager Kurtis Marsh [Kilgetty] 11, alongside Holiday who was dismissed for 56.
Opening bowler Symmonds took 3-24, whilst Connor Barry [Merthyr: 3-36] and Allen [3-37] also bowled well and Pembrokeshire finished on a final score of 181-9 from their 40 overs. The SWCA reply was built around a third wicket partnership between Steffan Davies [22; Clydach] and Symmonds  before James Garland [Clydach] scored 35, leaving the visitors well placed to win the game.
However, inspired bowling from McDermott Jenkins [4-18] in tandem with Daniel Sutton [2-13] saw four of the last five batsmen record ducks as the innings closed on 148ao with eight overs still available to chase down the runs.
Neil Hobbs on behalf of the SWCA was ‘complimentary of the fixture and to Neyland Club, particularly their ground staff who worked diligently to ensure the game was played after the heavy rain wiped out the majority of the Saturday cricket programme.’
Hobbs, Chairman of the SWCA and the newly formed Cricket wales South West Board is very keen to ensure that the ‘games between the two Associations continue, fostering better relations whilst also allowing the best players in the area to show case their talents.’
Richard Merriman, Vice Chairman of Pembroke County Cricket Club said: “Delighted to secure the win on a difficult pitch, which our top order had to battle hard on at first. The team spirit engendered by Sean Hannon has set the ground beat for the sides performance and the middle / lower order responded with crucial late runs.
“We did make some errors in the field but Brad McDermott Jenkins spell from the Scoreboard end was superb and despite the non-availability of some players due to the Village cup its testament to our strength as a County that we can compete and beat the SWCA. They have been two excellent fixtures and we look forward already to next year to play each other again.”
Pembrokeshire also scheduled to play Glamorgan 2nds on Wednesday, June 28, at Cresselly CC, Wales U17’s on Thursday, July 6, at Carew CC and the MCC on Wednesday, August 2, at Whitland CC., whilst the SWCA also host the MCC, at Bronwydd CC on Tuesday, August 8, starting at 11:30am.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
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