Llanrhian hold Ted Joyce Memorial game at Llandigige

Teams pose before memorial game

The memory of one Llanrhian’s most renowned figures was honoured this month when a Club XI hosted the Pembrokeshire over 45s in a special memorial match.

Ted Joyce, a club stalwart at Llandigige as a player and committee man, passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning the club were unable to given him the send-off he merited. But the belated tribute could not have gone better with searing sunshine accompanying the day.

It was the visitors who ran out winners, batting first and racking up 206-5 in their 35 overs. Dave Haynes top scored with 52 not out before sportingly retiring as fellow opener Paul Webb made 26.

And it was Jason Phillips (29 not out) and Alan Webster who then added late impetus, the latter hitting eight fours and a six in his 46. For the hosts, Gareth Davies (1-23) and Amanda John (1-18) took wickets alongside three run outs.

Llanrhian were then 155 all out in reply, as open Gareth Davies made 30 before Andrew Jenkins rolled back the years eight boundaries in his 46. Julian Harries (20) and Paul Casson (20) also had good knocks but the Over 45s kept on top as skipper Ian Milson led the way with 3-20.

Webb (2-9), Matthew Vaughan (2-18), Stuart Carpenter (1-22), Webster (1-33) and Julian Forster (1-15) took the rest of the wickets.

And afterwards, Llanrhian secretary Fraser Watson thanked those involved and Ted’s partner, Jane Jenkins, presented Milson with the trophy as well as the bowler of the match award. Jenkins too the batsman of the match award, and all players then returned to the Sloop Inn for the post-match hospitality.