Wales put trust in family values

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Lynda Watkin, whose brother is Steve, the Glamorgan and former England opening bowler, has been selected to captain Wales against the Czech Republic on Saturday at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

The vastly experienced Watkin leads a side which contains eight players currently playing in the English National League, including four from the present League leaders, Clifton.

The only uncapped player, is Aldridge's 21-year-old student Lucie Beim. When the teams met last April in Prague, Wales won the three-Test series 2-0.

Lauren Williams, daughter of the legendary Welsh rugby full-back, JPR, is included in the Under-21 side to play the Czech Under-21s on Friday and Sunday, also at Cardiff.

Lewes and Fareham march on at the top of the Nastro Azzurro South Premier as a result of the weekend's games. Nick Coleman scored twice and Jeremy Boyse got the winner as Lewes beat Chichester 3-2 while Fareham held on to second place with an inferior goal difference after first-half goals from Scott Shirley and Nigel Cook provided them with a 2-0 win at Maidenhead.

Two goals from Nick Avery and a third from Tim Clarke gave Gore Court a 3-0 win at Winchester to keep them in third place.

In the Adnams East Premier, Ipswich's 5-0 win at Chelmsford, with Bryan Bayley scoring twice, moved them two points clear at the top, after Peterborough went down 2-3 at Colchester in spite of two penalty stroke conversions from Steve Gregory.

WALES SENIOR SQUAD (v Czech Republic, Sophia Gardens, Saturday): L Watkin (capt), E Dodd, L Ellis, R Bradford, R O'Bryan, J Williams, N Swan, S Powell, E James, Y Williams, B Lloyd, M Robertson, F Morgan-Rees, L Beim, C Merrett, C Jones.

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