Dragons take on Usk in charity T20

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are hoping to hit Usk for six when they lock horns for another charity T20 cricket match.

The game takes place in Usk on Sunday, July 13 to raise proceeds for Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Society and St David’s Foundation Hospice Care.

Last year’s encounter fell victim to the weather, denying the hosts the chance to gain revenge after the Dragons won in 2012 thanks to scrum-half Jonathan Evans’ last-ball six.

"We are once again extremely grateful and privileged that the Dragons have agreed to play us in what's become a great day for the club and the town,” said Usk captain Henry Lewis.

“Regretfully last year’s event was rained off so we've had to bide our time to avenge 2012's last ball defeat, we know that they have strong cricketers amongst their squad so it won't be easy.

“Fingers crossed for some decent weather and a big crowd to help raise much needed money for our chosen charities, both of whom have given immeasurable personal support to several families at our club".

Centre Pat Leach, who played for Wales Minor Counties, leads a Dragons squad that features wing Aled Brew, flanker Lewis Evans and number eight Andy Powell.

The match starts at 3pm after a warm-up game featuring the club’s juniors. Entry is £3 for adults and £1 for children.

Dragons squad: P Leach, A Brew, R Buckley, J Evans, J Tovey, L Evans, K Burton, O Evans, A Powell, R Thomas, D Jones, R Jones, P Grzonka (commercial director), Mark Jones (head of operations).

NEWBRIDGE will pay tribute to club stalwart Leighton Rees when a Past and Present XI takes on an Invitational XI at the Welfare Ground on Sunday, July 13.

The club, with the help of his employers InBev, renovated their scorebox in honour of Rees, their former treasurer and player who died last summer from a brain tumour. They will officially unveil the new electronic scoreboard at the memorial game.

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