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JOHNSTON II v LAMPHEY 28/8/10
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                                    Johnston II (128 for 4) drew with Lamphey (166)


With nothing riding on this game for the Stags (they couldnt finish any higher or lower than 4th) skipper Mathias gave the opportunity to those who usually bat lower down the order to have a go. Johnson who hadnt played for over a month due to work commitments opened with Giusseppe Trimarco. With 1 on the board Johnson was bowled for 1. John Mathias in at 3 and there was soon a pattern emerging as with the score on 2 the Stags lost another wicket - Mathias LBW for 0. Oatley in at 4 batted sensibly and with Trimarco increasing in confidence advanced the score to 32 before the latter was bowled for 7. Cole joined Oatley in the middle, the wet wicket and low bounce making batting a nightmare. With the score on 37 Oatley became the next victim to be bowled for 19. Dan Eddison who since batting well at Stackpole has struggled a little came to the crease and with Cole and the pair moved the score over the 50 mark. With the game moving into the 19th over and the score on 63 Cole played and missed at a delivery and was trudging back to the pavilion having scored 12. James Skeels came and went for 0 as he too was bowled and with Eddison being adjudged LBW for 13 with the score on 65, the Stags had lost 3 wickets for 3 runs and were in trouble at 65 for 7. The home side understandibly cock a hoop hadnt accounted for the number 8 and 9 batsmen being Shelmerdine and Mathias - the pair batting superbly on a wicket which was still difficult but begining to dry. The pair advanced the score to 100 and both batsmen keeping par with one another, 110, 120, 130 the score advanced. Shelmerdine who had been almost faultless up until then was dismissed for an excellent 33. With only 4 overs remaining usual opener McGilloway came in at 10. Mathias seeing the overs tick by began to open up and played some big shots, smashing a couple of sixes and numerous 4s as he brought up his 50 (off 57 balls). McGilloway departed, bowled for 3 and Skeels Senior in at 11 had a partnership of 26 for the last wicket before he too was bowled for 1. With the side all out for 166 (after being 65 for 7) Mathias remained undefeated on 56.

Lamphey were keen to end the game on a high and set about with vigour. Oatley was given the opportunity to open with Cole and with the game in its 2nd over and only 4 on the board Cole tempted James to chop a wide delivery onto his stumps. Karma then swung a full circle as Goodrige in at number 3 took a liking to Cole's bowling to smash 30 off him in 3 overs and after 10 overs the home side were coasting at 55 for 1. With Cole out of the attack Shelmerdine became the target of his attention but after being hit for a 4 and 6 Shelmerdine got his man and Goodridge departed for a rapid 41. Meanwhile Oatley at the other end bowled with a great line and length and held the run rate in check. With Shelmerdine being replaced by Trimarco the youngster showed the older heads how it should be done bowling well to take 1 for 12 off his allowed 7 overs. At the half way mark the score was 79 for 3 and with only 24 runs coming off the 2nd 10 overs it set the scene for the remaining 20. Oatley bowled without luck to complete his 12 over stint with 0 for 15. Skeels senior replaced him and bowled a 7 over spell for 13 runs and 1 wicket as Johnosn took a simple catch. With the home side shutting up shop the Stags took the opportunity to see Skeels Junior bowl spin and Dan Eddison showed what he had in his locker in an impressive short burst of pace and accuracy. With the final 2 overs remaining and neither side going to win Jon Mathias and Nic Johnson saw the game to a close. The home side securing the draw needed to stay up and the Stags finishing the season with a winning draw and contemplating what if.......

Overall an average season 6 wins, 6 draws and 5 defeats....but what if we hadnt capitulated aginst Stackpole early in the season when only 32 was needed with 8 wickets remaining, what if we had been just a little more consistent with the bat....well what we do know is 2011 will see the Stags line up in Division 3 for at least one more season and will entertain the likes of Pembroke and Llanrhian who were relegated from division 2 and Carew IIIs and Kilgetty who were promoted from division 5......the season is over, a long winter ahead - the next season seems an eternity away, well maybe not - just 8 months!....   

Star Man - Robert Mathias - A great display batting in the unusual position of number 9 to end with 56 not out

CRYMYCH v LAMPHEY 14/8/10
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                                  Crymych (153 for 5) beat Lamphey (152 for 9) by 5 wickets


Whoever lost this game would have their season terminated, whilst the other remained in the hunt for another week.

On batting first skipper Mathias plumped for the pairing of McGilloway and Oatley. With 9 on the board Oatley was unlucky to be caught by a very good catch in the covers for 4. Without adding to the score McGilloway then lost his wicket too, playing a loose shot to point for 5. With the inform Shelmerdine and Mathias at the crease the score advanced to 28 before Shelmerdine was the next to go for 11 and 3 runs later George Eddison was given out LBW for 1. With the Stags in real trouble at 28 for 4 a case for stability was evident and the pairing of Mathias and Gibbs advanced the score to 60 before the former departed for 18. James Skeels in at 7 played a cameo innings dispatching 3 lovely shots to the boundary but his luck ran out as he was next out for 14. Skeels senior supported Gibbs in the middle and the pair added 51 for the 7th wicket before Skeels was out of 14. In the meantime Gibbs played some graceful shots and bided his time, getting into the groove he then brought up his first 50 of the season. Dan Eddison in at 9 came and went without scoring and with only 10 and 11 to go the Stags still needed another 16 to reach the 150 mark. Cole suported Gibbs in a stand of 18 before Cole was caught in the gulley for 10. With one over remaining John Mathias was unable to get the ball away for any additional runs and the innings closed on 152 for 9.

The Stags knew early wickets were crucial against a very strong home batting line up. With the score on 4 Cole made the break through as a full toss caught the opener off guard and all he could do was flick the ball to Jon Mathias at square leg for a simple catch. The 2nd wicket fell on 29 as Cole once again tempted Dearden to play outside the off stump, resulting in Dan Eddison taking a breathtaking full length 2 handed diving catch in the covers - a contender for catch of the season. Any ideas Lamphey had for further wickets quite literally fell on deaf ears as Cole had 3 good successive LBW shouts turned down by the home umpire and perhaps a combination of this and some scincillating batting from skipper Lewis, Crymych went run crazy as Lewis smashed a quickfire 50 off just 20 balls. With the Stags reeling Crymych did lose their 3rd wicket with the score on 100 as Gibbs took his first wicket of the afternoon and just 5 runs later there was a glimmer of hope as Gibbs picked up number 2. With the home side advancing to 111 for 4 off 20 overs they were firmly in the driving seat and a 5th wicket partnership of 36 took the score to 141 before Oatley on to replace Skeels senior picked up his only wicket of the day. With just a further 12 runs needed to win it was left to Gary Nicholas (33 not out) to hit the winning runs and extend Crymych's season for another week. Lamphey unfortunately have to look forward to next season and another attempt to leave division 3.

The team to play Fishguard is: R Mathias, N Shelmerdine, H Gibbs, J Oatley, J Skeels, A Skeels, G Eddison, D Eddison, J Mathias, T Powell, G Trimarco. 

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Finally showed the potential we all know he has with a great 68 not out


LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 7/8/10
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                                  Lamphey (125 for 9) beat Llechryd (91) by 34 runs


Lamphey had Nick Shelmerdine to thank for this latest win at home on Saturday. With the skipper losing the toss things got off to a good start but the innings was undoubtedly held together by Shelmerdine who finished undefeated on 64.

The opening partnership of Mathias and McGilloway put 25 for the 1st wicket before the former departed for 5. A mini collapse then ensued as McGilloway (17) and James Skeels (0) also departed with the score on 25. Gibbs and Shelmerdine then repaired the damage as slowly but surely they advanced the score to 50 before Gibbs was out for 4. Oatley was the next to go to the middle and the pair added 17 before Oatley was bowled for 8. The Stags fell into deeper trouble as wickets fell with the score on 75 and 76 as Dan Eddison and Cole both departed for 0. Shelmerdine continued to plod away as wickets fell all around him and George Eddison helped with a quickfird 7 which included a nice leg side chip which just fell short of being a 6. However he was unable to stay and the 8th wicket fell on 92. Skeels senior in at 10 scored 1 before he too departed and at 95 for 9 Llechryd must have been cock a hoop. With just John Mathias left to bat the home side figured anything 110 plus would be a useful score on a damp wicket. In the meantime Shelmerdine brought up his 3rd 50 of the season and Mathias showed he knows how to hold a bat as he ably supported Shelmerdine with the remaining overs. He wasnt to be outdone either and square cut a four off one of the returning opening bolwers whilst playing an exquisite cover drive for 4 off the other. Shelmerdine now knowing every single run would be valuable opened his shoulders too as the pair added 30 for the last wicket and finished the innings on 125 for 9. Shelmerdine 64 not out and Mathias 10 not out.

A fairly confident Stags side knew that this score could be tricky and things got off to a great start as James Skeels tempted the opener to get a nick to the waiting Mathias gloves 5 for 1 soon became 11 for 2 as Cole from the other end dismissed young Curran courtesy of an excellent one handed reflex diving catch by Oatley close in. Just one run later Cole struck again as this time it was Shelmerdine who took a fine catch in gulley to dismiss the visitors No4. The visitors then established a partnership of 17 before Cole this time got the skipper to play a short ball which resulted in mistimed shot for Cole to gratefully snap up. At the other end Smith the Llechryd number 2 bat patiently bided his time and played the ball and pitch on merit. 11 runs later however with the score on 41 Cole struck for the 4th time as he bowled the no5 bat all ends up. With Gibbs bowling a tight line and length at the other end the visitors 6th and 7th wicket fell with the score on 41 as Gibbs first bowled then trapped LBW the next two. With Stags on top and with some fine fielding the 8th wicket fell with the score on 53. This time a smart piece of fielding from Jon Mathias saw him run out the number 9 bat as he called for a single which Smith didnt want. Skeels senior replaced Cole from the railway end and was uncharacteristically taken for a few as Smith sensing it was down to him to win the match for the oppo launched Skeels for 4 sixes, one of which George Eddison caught on the boundary but just put his foot on the rope. At the other end Gibbs tempted Smith, who had brought up his 50, to charge a delivery but only succeded in missing the ball and being stumped courtesy of skipper Mathias' quick hands. With Smith departed the Stags raised their game and the final wicket fell to Gibbs as he tempted the number 11 into a shot which saw Mathias once again whip of the bails to finish the game. Both Cole and Gibbs finishing with 4 a piece and the win in the bag by 34 runs.

A good team performance in the field with an excellent knock of 64no from Shelmerdine, 17 from McGilloway and a valuable 10no from Mathias; in the field Cole and Gibbs did the business with the ball and smart catches from Oatley and Shelmerdine coupled with 2 stumpings from the skipper rounded off a satisfactory day at the office. However with the top 3 all winning chances of promotion remain slim although mathematically possible. A tough make or break game to third placed Crymych on Saturday will either extend or finish this seasons challenge. Its sure to be a tense affair.

The team to play Crymych is: R Mathias, P McGilloway, N Shelmerdine, G Cole, H Gibbs, J Oatley, J Skeels, A Skeels, G Eddison, D Eddison, J Mathias. 

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - A patient batting display saw him reach his 3rd 50 of the season

STACKPOLE v LAMPHEY 24/7/10
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                                  Stackpole (158 for 2) beat Lamphey (154) by 8 wickets


The Stags travelled to Stackpole knwoing that a win would be needed if they were to enforce their promotion credential against a strong home side with similar aspirations. Early morning rain meant winning the toss was critical and unfortunately for the Stags skipper Mathias called wrongly.

Batting on a wet wicket and the usual opening pair of McGilloway and Johnson absent the skipper decided to open alongside young George Eddison. With the latter the 1st to depart with the score on 11 a partnership of 29 then ensued between Mathias and Shelmerdine as they steadied the ship. Shelmerdine looking good then departed due a great take from Owen Cox behind. Gibbs continued with his good form batting at 4 and the score advanced to 72 before he departed for 20 courtesy of a second Cox catch. Just 8 runs later and Mathias became the 5th Stag back in the hutch as he was well caught in the gully also for 20. With a fresh pair in the middle a mix up between Oatley and Skeels junior saw the former run out for 11 just as he was begining to find his rhythym. This brought about the father and son combo and the pair nudged the score to the 100 mark before junior skied one to mid off departing for 5. Cole joined Senior and the parnership lasted for 15 runs with Cole contributing 13. At 100 for 7 the Stags were really up against it and things were looking bleak. However Eddison batting for the 1st time this season and in only his 2nd game played as though he had been there all season. His aggressive style pushing the score up towards something respectable. in the meanwhile Skeels senior departed for 5 and the young Eddison was joined by Giuesseppe Trimarco, the pair adding the biggest visiting partnership of the day (41) before Trimarco was run out for 11, the result of a direct hit from the field. With the score on 154 for 9 the Stags lost their final wicket on the final ball of the innings as Dodd departed for 0. Eddison unbeaten on an excellent 31 to give the Stags a fighting chance.

With the visitors probably a bit more pleased than the home side the Stags took to the field buoyed by Eddisons Cameo. Cole opened with Skeels Junior, the latter struggling to find his line and length but nonetheless restricted runs so that the home side had reached 29 off 10. Hay was lucky to escape a half chance behind as Mathias was unable to react in time and Hay and Wilkes made Lamphey suffer, patiently building a good partnership, whilst getting the odd stroke of luck as catches were spurned. With the innings at the half way mark the home side were in control at 65 for 0. With Cole and Skeels replaced the usually effective combo of Gibbs and Skeels senior came into play, although it has to be said that although they slowed the run rate they werent enjoying much luck until with the score on 86 Skeels picked up his first wicket as a catch was finally taken with junior pouching an easy chance from Wilkes.This brought the aggressive Cox to the crease and he wasted no time in trying to smash the ball out of the ground with every attempt, struggling early on he soon found his timing as with Hay he kept the run rate ticking. With Gibbs replaced by Oatley the Stags made their 2nd and final breathough of the game when Shelmerdine took a fine catch at extra cover to dismiss Hay who finally departed but not before making a match winning 93. With just 15 runs required and 5 overs remaining, Mathias turned to George Eddison and unfortunately Cox decided that this was the over he was going to finish the game picking up the required runs to finish on 41 not out and steering the home side to a comfortable 8 wicket win.

A thoroughly disappointing result for the Stags sees Stackpole in 2nd place now pull further ahead by some 49 points with 4 games to go. Promotion is still a possibility with 120 points on the table however with tough fixtures coming up against fellow promotion hopefuls Crymych and tough ties against Fishguard, Llechryd and Johnston the Stags will have to hope that lady luck is smiling on them just a little.

Star Man - Dan Eddison- A great display of hitting from the youngster saw him finish on 31 not out in a short space of time

LAMPHEY v HUNDLETON 17/7/10
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                                  Lamphey (169) drew with Hundleton (158 for 7)



The Stags entertained Hundleton with both teams needing a positive result for contrasting reasons; and as a result the game proved to be a good spectacle for the neutral.

Hundleton drew first blood by winning the toss and electing to field with Lamphey batting on a damp wicket. The decision proved spot on as Johnson departed with the very first ball of the innings mis-judging the pace of the pitch and only succeeding in looping a soft catch to mid on.

Shelmerdine in next joined McGilloway and against difficult conditions the pair worked the score to 28 before the former departed for 13. The inform Gibbs in at 4 maintained the cautious approach, the pair adding 29 before Gibbs (16) was trapped LBW. 3 runs later and the Stags had lost Oatley for 1, caught by pal Tysoe at square leg. Skeels Junior in at 5 steadied the ship and by playing some agressive cricket took the score to 107 before he was next to depart, out for a entertaining 26 including the days first 6. Skipper Mathias returning to the team after a week out with hamstring problems came in at 7, but with the score moving on by just 7 runs the next wicket fell, McGilloway (34) caught off a full toss the very ball after hitting a 6. Skeels senior who has been somewhat of a revelation with the bat since getting glasses worked well with Mathias, the pair adding 47 before a restricted Mathias departed for a solid 35. After this wickets began to tumble as 9,10 and 11 tried to push on the total, Cole departed for 2, Eddison for 0 as did Giusseppe Trimarco in the final over leaving Skeels undefeated on 22. 169 all out, maybe a few less than would have been liked but nevertheless a good target which would coax the chase.

With the opening pair of Skeels Junior and Cole having little luck early on it was no surprise that the skipper turned to the pairing of Skeels and Gibbs who have nearly 70 wickets between them this season. The change worked too as with the score on 31 the visitors lost 2 wickets. The next wicket fell with the score on 66, but a resilient Hundleton side who were getting the better of a drying wicket dug in deep and with Williams at the crease were always in the hunt. After a partnership of 47, Shelmerdine (on for Skeels senior) made the breakthrough  and just one run later he made it two as the vistors were 5 down for 114. Mathias replaced Gibbs with Oatley and he took wicket number 6 with the score on 128. Lamphey then found themselves with 9 men for the final 6 overs of the game, Cole returned at the village hall end and within 3 runs Hundleton were 7 down courtesy of a Shelmerdine run out. With the clock ticking down the Stags were unable to make further inroads and with only 3 overs remaining the visitors needed 35 to win - a stalemate had ensued as Hundleton and Williams in particular, exploited the gaps in the field, to take their score to 158 off the allocated 40 overs. Williams finishing undefeated on 67.

A drawn game which doesnt help the Stags push for promotion. If Williams had not chosen correctly at the toss the Stags would have been confident to chase down a total; however the resilience of the visitors who are the divisions draw specialists meant the Stags travel to 2nd placed Stackpole knowing a win is crucial if their season is to remain alive.

The team to play at Stackpole will appear in the News section later this week.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine- Helped to steady the ship early on with his patient batting, took two important wickets as well as a catch and a run out.

PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 10/7/10

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                            Pembroke Dock (101) lost to Lamphey (102 for 3) by 7 wickets



The Stags travelled to their local rivals and table topping opponents on Saturday knowing anything other than a victory could put a big dent in the promotion hopes, victory on the other hand would throw the division wide open.

With skipper Mathias absent due to his hamstring injury it was down to vice skipper McGilloway to get the first thing right - the toss - winning the toss on a green wicket which had been covered for several days was key.

Inviting the home side to bat it didnt take a fired up Stags side long to make the breakthrough. Skeels junior bowling with good pace and at an end which showed tremendous lift saw keeper Johnson poach his first of four catches. With Cole bowling into the wind he soon joined in on the act as the 2nd wicket fell 4 runs later via Johnson. With their tails up Cole struck twice more with the score on 19 to see the top order in ruins.  Luckily for the home side they found some salvation in the pairing of Kingdom (43) and Griffiths (34) who played well to put on a stand of 74 for the 5th wicket, the pair batting together for almost 30 overs before spin king Skeels senior was introduced into the attack. With the score on 93 he produced the partnership breaking delivery to dismiss Griffiths and this signalled the beginning of the end for the home side as with Oatley the pair set about dismantling the tail. Skeels finishing with impressive figures of 4 for 2 off 3 overs courtesy on a Johnson stumping and catches from Skeels junior, Cole and McGilloway. Oatley finished the innings bowling the no 11 bat around his legs to end with 2 for 21 off 6

A total of 102 to win and by no means an easy total against the league leaders. Skipper Daley caused the openers problems - Johnson in particular - as he bowled from the same as as Skeels. However together Johnson and McGilloway went about laying the platform for victory with an opening partnership of 44, before McGilloway (18) was caught at the 3rd attempt as the fielder did his best to drop it. Skeels junior joined Johnson in the middle and lasted only a short while before being caught in the gully for 2. Johnson continued to ride his luck as Gibbs at the other end provided the stability. The pair adding another 31 before Johnson (34) became wicket no 3 chipping a dolly to Daley at short mid-off. Any butterflies which may have lingered soon departed as Gibbs (17no) grew in confidence and was ably supported by Oatley (8no). The game was won as Gibbs pulled a short ball for four, sealing the points much to the delight of his watching team mates.

A great result and a much needed morale booster after the disappointing result at Narberth the week before. A great performance in the field and those who batted did the job asked of them. A first game as skipper for McGilloway sees him with a win under the belt and he will be keen to make it 2 out of 2 as the Stags entertain Hundleton on Saturday.  

Saturday sees the 1st XI entertain Hundleton, the team is from:
P McGilloway, N Johnson, J Oatley, H Gibbs, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, G  Eddison, D Eddison, N Shelmerdine and Seppe Trimarco

Star Man - Nic Johnson - A top day for the man with a hangover - 4 catches, a stumping and 34 runs helped seal the all important victory.


LAMPHEY v CAREW 5/7/10

                           Lamphey (85 for 7) lost to Carew (89 for 0)

Lamphey took on the biggest challenge possible in this Harrison Allen quarter final tie. On winning the toss skipper Mathias elected to bat and although the Stags managed to play the visitors bowling runs were hard to come by. For the home side only Mathias (19 not out) Oatley (11), McGilloway (11) and Gibbs (10 not out) reached double figures. Mathias more seriously pulling his hamstring running a single and taking no further part in the game, an injury likely to keep hi out for several weeks.

With a low total the Carew openers of Sefton and Scourfield took their time, playing the good and dispatching the bad. Skeels junior bowled well but it was in vain as the superior pair comfortably reached the target in the 14th over. Sefton finishing on 50 and Scourfield 25.

Star Man - Robert Mathias - Looked at ease against the top clubs attack until injury cut his stay at the middle short 


NARBERTH II v LAMPHEY 3/7/10
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                               Narberth II (120 for 7) beat Lamphey (114) by 3 wickets



The Stags travelled to their hoodoo ground in Narberth on Saturday in a game which would have enforced their promotion crudentials. However preperations didnt get of to the best of starts with the late withdrawal of opener Johnson.

On winning the toss the home side put Lamphey into bat and made the break through on a wicket that was doing a bit when Hywel Gibbs (4) chopped one on with the score on 9. McGilloway back after a week off to see Paul McCartney (!) was woken from his 'Golden Slumbers' and left dreaming of 'Another Day' as he was trapped LBW for 0 and it was now 15 for 2. Skeels junior joined Mathias and moved the score along to 31 before Mathias ran a suicidal 2 as he was run out for 19. With 10 overs gone the Stags had advanced to 39 albeit for the loss of 3. Skeels and Oatley played some nice cricket and despite a niggly incident managed to advance the total to 54 before Skeels departed for 11. 4 runs later and the Stags were crumbling with Oatley now on his way back to the pavilion for 14. George Eddison and Skeels senior were now the fresh pair at the middle and Eddison played some nice shots in this his first team debut before he was adjudged LBW for 9 with the score on 74. Cole in at 8 scored a quickfire 15 before he became the 7th wicket to fall with the score on 96 and things got worse as Seppe Trimarco was dismissed first ball to leave Williams on a hat-trick. With 10 overs of the innings remaining Dilworth chipped in with 4 before he returned a caught and bowled on 104 and the last pair of Skeels, who has found form in the last few weeks and Luca Trimarco added another 10 to take the total to 114 before Skeels departed for 18. Trimarco remained unbeaten on 7.

With a total of 114 to defend it was imperative to get off to a good start and the opening pair of Skeels junior and Cole didnt disappoint. The first wicket fell to Skeels with the score on 7 and then Cole joined in with wickets when the scoreboard was on 7 and 13, All 3 catches falling courtesy of catches by Mathias and McGilloway (2). Narberth slowly got a foothold into the game and advanced the score to 35 before Cole struck once more another catch this time snapped up by Eddison at short mid on. Gibbs and Skeels senior replaced the opening pair with Mike Johns looking set but with the score on 51 Gibbs struck and the home side were now 51 for 5, this rallied the Stags and Skeels senior who is in direct competition with Gibbs then accounted for the stubborn Johns (35) with the score on 73, 8 runs later and the game turned in favour of the Stags as Oatley replacing Gibbs made a further breakthrough by dismissing the dangerous Williams to leave Narberth 81 for 7. With the game evenly poised Lamphey hadnt counted on J Williams to come in at the crease and swing at every delivery he faced, numerous chances fell just short of fielders and one or two great efforts just eluded the outstretched hands. Riding this luck Williams and Howell took full advantage to guide Narberth home by 3 wickets, Williams hitting a 6 to win the game off Skeels and in the process earn the extra batting point to go with the win points.

A disappointing result, not helped by a poor batting display - 5 players reaching double figures but not progressing and half a dozen half chances going begging in the field contributed to a bad day at the office for the Stags. A performance they will want to put behind them starting this weekend when they travel to division leaders Pembroke Dock.        
Saturday sees the 1st XI travel to Pembroke Dock in a make or break match, the team is:    
P McGilloway, N Johnson, J Oatley, H Gibbs, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, G  Eddison, D Eddison, N Shelmerdine or Seppe Trimarco

Star Man - Grant Cole - A great spell of bowling saw the opener return to form with 3 for 26 off 10 and chipped in with 15 runs

LAMPHEY v JOHNSTON II 26/6/10

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                          Lamphey (157 for 8) drew with Haverfordwest III (109 for 9)



Lamphey played their 2nd home game in a row against strugglers Haverfordwest IIIs. Haverfordwest would have been glad to note that the Stags were missing opening pair Johnson and McGilloway who put on a century stand in the reverse fixture on the opening weekend.

On a good hard wicket Lamphey batted and opening the innings with skipper Mathias and Gibbs. Despite this makeshift pairing they batted sensibly and patiently to take the score to 37 off 10 and added another 9 before Mathias (24) played around a delivery from Flood. 46 for 1 became 47 for 2 as Gibbs (17) succumbed shortly after to Flood and things were to get much worse as Shelmerdine was caught superbly in the slips for 0 and the inform James Skeels (0) departed just 4 runs later to leave the Stags rocking on 51 for 4. So often this season it has been all about a team effort and when one fails another takes up the mantle, this week it was to be the turn of Messrs Oatley and Skeels senior who was promoted up the order to number 6. The pair showing their experience restored the parity and took the score to 75 off 20, then 111 off 30, Skeels being the foil to the more attack minded Oatley. Not surprisngly Oatley brought up his second 50 of the season off just 59 balls and by now the visitors were begining to run out of ideas. However with the score on 137 Oatley departed for a match saving 63. Cole in at 7 joined Skeels and moved the score to 149 before Skeels departed for an excellent 29. With the overs ticking by Giusseppe Trimarco came and went in a ball and as the last over arrived Luca Trimarco chipped in with 2 as he tried in vain to get Cole on strike he was unable to get the 5 wicket Williams away. With the last ball of the innings Williams claimed that 5th wicket as he bowled Trimarco (2) and the innings was closed on 157 for 8. Cole remained undefeated on 13.

The Haverfordwest opening pair of Holmes and White got the visitors off to a great start, adding 33 off the first 10 overs. With Skeels junior and Cole having no luck the skipper turned to Gibbs and Shelmerdine and the first wicket duly arrived with the score on 45 as Gibbs struck. Despite this setback the visitors remained on course and with 20 overs gone had reached 67 for the loss of just the 1 wicket. However with a further 8 runs added Gibbs stuck again. From the railway end Mathias replace Shelemrdine with leading wicket taker Skeels and the spin duo weaved their magic as wickets began to tumble 75 for 2 became 80 for 3, 80 for 4 and 82 for 5 as the pair tore through the middle order. Skeels picked up his 3rd of the afternoon with a great caught and bowled to leave Haverfodwest on the ropes at 93 for 6. With the game entering the last 10 overs Holmes who had batted from the start effectively shut up shop and along with his resistance the score slowly made its way to 108 before Cole took a catch on the long off boundary off Skeels to give him great figures of 4 for 15. Oatley entered the attack with 4 overs to play and in the 40th over finally disposed of Holmes, courtesy of a catch from keeper Mathias, batting a mammoth 39.5 overs for just 46 runs. Flood in at 10 lasted one ball - the last of the innings- as a wild swing saw Oatley take his 2nd and Lampheys' 9th wicket and the game was over. The visitors hanging on to secure a losing draw as the Stags desperately ran out of overs.

A winning draw and 21 points sees the Stags remain in 2nd place in the league and with just 8 games to play the hunt for promotion continues. A tough division where as many as 6 teams harbour the prospect of Div 2 cricket. A tough challenge lies ahead with as many as 5 wins needed, coupled with a draw or two if promotion is to be a reality. The hard work continues with Saturdays trip to Narberth IIs where Lamphey will be boosted by the return of Johnson, McGilloway and Dilworth to the squad    

Saturday sees the 1st XI travel to Narberth in another must win game. Squad is: 
R Mathias, P McGilloway, N Johnson, N Shelmerdine, J Oatley, H Gibbs, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, Giusseppe Trimarco and Luca Trimarco

Star Man - Jason Oatley - An impressive 63 with the bat and 2 late wickets nearly gave the Stags maximum points and just shades Skeels Senior for the award.


LAMPHEY v JOHNSTON II 19 /6/10

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                          Lamphey (199 for 9) beat Johnston II (129) by 70 runs


Lamphey entertained Johnston IIs on Saturday in a game which saw the sides in 3rd and 4th place at the start of play.

Batting first on a good hard wicket Lamphey soon made hay as Nic Johnson in particular took the Johnston openers apart. The first wicket to fall was with the score on 44 as Peter McGilloway departed for 12. This didnt effect the onslaught as Mathias Joined Johnson in the middle and with only 10 overs gone the Stags had 72 on the board. The second wicket fell with the score on 91 and Johnson who had not long seen up his 50 departed for 58 (6x4s and 4x6). Shelmerdine and Mathias advanced the score to 128 before the former departed for 17. Skeels junior in at 5 continued in the good vain of form witnessed recently but on reaching 17 he too departed with the score on 150. Just one run later Mathias after a patient 34 became the 5th Stag back in the pavilion. With 2 new batsmen at the crease Gibbs and Cole advanced the score to 170 before Cole was dismissed for 10. With the innings in its final quarter the visitors began to reign in the runs and Oatley (5) and Dilworth (0) fell in successive deliveries. Experienced Skeels senior joined Gibbs and the pair managed to add 24 valuable runs for the 9th wicket as Skeels, run out off the last ball contributed 12 with the bat and Gibbs remained unbeaten with 19. A total of 199 for 9 and 11 happy Stags.

It was important that the Stags got off to a good start with the ball as they were all to aware that Johnston had chased down some big totals this season. The opening responsibility falling to Skeels junior and Cole. With the runs at a premium it was Skeels who made the breakthrough with the score on 19 and just 2 runs later he repeated the trick. After 10 overs the visitors were already behind the rate with only 22 on the board. Oatley and Gibbs replaced the opening pair with 15 overs gone. The 3rd and 4th wicket fell with the score on 47 as Gibbs saw off the batsmen LBW and bowled. Johnston then came back into the game and moved the score onto 79 before Oatley claimed his first of the match and one run later the Stags were firmly in the driving seat as Oatley and Gibbs picked up their 2nd and 3rd wickets of the game to leave Johnston struggling on 80 for 7. With 10 overs of the game remaining the game was stacked in Lampheys favour with Johnston 7 down for 99, however it was the final bowling change that sealed the win as Shelmerdine replaced Oatley and he struck with the score on 103 and 115 leaving the visitors 6 overs to hang on for the draw. The final wicket came with the score on 130 as Shelmerdine finished the game with a caught and bowled earning the Stags a valuable 30 points.

With the season at the half way mark the Stags sit 2nd in the league and can be pleased with the way things have gone so far, with the exception of the capitulation against Stackpole. Its good to see every player making a contribution to the side and it will be important for the side to remain united as they go into the second half, if their are to achieve their hopes of division 2 cricket next season.

Next saturday sees the 1st XI entertain Haverfordwest IIIs the team will be confirmed later in the week


Star Man - Nic Johnson - a blistering 58 set the pace for the Lamphey innings


                                                  LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 10/6/10
                                                                                              

                                                                    
                     
                 Lamphey (111 for 7) lost to Llechryd (114 for 8) by 2 wickets

Lamphey entertained Llelchryd in the semi final of the Alan Brown on Wednesday. Batting first Lamphey found it hard going against a much changed Llechryd side. So much so that only 3 or 4 of the players had played in the league game a fortnight before. With wickets falling at regular intervals it was no surprise that the only score of note fell to skipper Mathias who carried his bat throughout the 20 overs for 51. Giusseppe Trimarco provided a moment to savour with a big six into the field other than that no other batsman managed to get going against some tight bowling from the visitors.

The reply from Llechryd got off to a good start as they hit 9 off the 1st over, however they committed suicide as the number 1 and 3 batsmen were run out and with the score on 16 for 2 the Stags had some impetus. 2 nearly turned into 3 as a 3rd run out was just avoided by the Llechryd batsman who made the difference. Surviving a run out shout with only a couple of runs to his name he proceeded to be their main man contributing 39 before departing. Once departed and mainly due to the bowling of Gibbs and Skeels further wickets began to fall and the game could have gone either way at one stage. However the winning runs were hit of the 5th ball of the 19th over as Llechryd scraped home by 2 wickets.

A thoroughly disappointing performance from the Stags who will take no consolation from the fact that an extra 10 runs would have undoubtedly seen them victorious, however it wasnt to be and Lamphey offers their good wishes to Llechryd for the final.
  

Star Man - Robert Mathias - A skippers innings of 51 just wasnt enough to see his side victorious


  FISHGUARD v LAMPHEY 12 /6/10
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                          Fishguard (125) lost to Lamphey (126 for 5) by 5 wickets


Lamphey travelled to Fishguard shorn of several 1st team members as Gibbs, Oatley and Dilworth were all unavailable for one reason or another. This resulted in both Trimarco's and Dodd being called up in their place.

With Mathias winning the toss he elected to field and it looked as though the home side were going to make the most of the decision as they started brightly. They did however lose their 1st wicket on 19 as Skeels junior trapped the dangerous Haynes LBW. They then progressed the score to 43 off 10 and had reached 72 before fellow opener Watson departed for 26 off the bowling of Skeels senior. At the half way mark the home side had reached 84 for the loss of 2 wickets and things began to look ominous. However Skeels senior had a day to remember as his slow left arm round seemed to cause the Fishguard batsmen no end of problems as he proceeded to take wicket after wicket and despite 55 from Rhys Dalling no other batsman had an answer to Skeels as he proceeded to take 7 for 30 off 11 overs. At the other end Shelmerdine bowled a great spell to take 1 for 27 off 10. The home side collapsing from 90 for 3 to 125 all out.

The Stags got their innings off to a good start as both McGilloway and Johnson batted with purpose, however with the score on 29 McGilloway played all around a straight delivery to depart for 10. There was further concern raised just 2 runs later as skipper Mathias calling for a quick single was left stranded for 0, his 2nd in 3 days. The inform Skeels junior joined Johnson at the crease and the pair batted patiently, dispatching the bad and playing the good to advance the score to 73 before Johnson played no shot to a ball which cut back off the seam and he departed for 43 (inc 2x6s). This meant Skeels now became the senior player at 16 as U15 skipper Luca Triamarco joined him in the middle. The pair adding 31 for the 4th wicket before Trimarco was out LBW for 5. Shelmerdine in at 6 scored 2 before he toed a ball to mid on and the Stags were on 107 for 5, needing another 19 to win Cole (12 not out) saw the game home with Skeels (43 not out) to give the Stags 29 very valuable points in their quest for promotion.

An excellent batting display from Johnson and a very mature performance form James Skeels to finish with 43 not out which included a great clubbing 6 that cleared the boundary by some distance. However it must be said that Skeels senior gave the side a great chance of victory by producing a top spell of 7 for 30 to turn the game around.

Next saturday sees the 1st XI entertain fellow promotion hopefulls Johnston IIs the team to play them is: -
R Mathias, P McGilloway, N Johnson, N Shelmerdine, J Oatley, H Gibbs, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, J Mathias 

Star Man - Andrew Skeels - The wily old fox still has the magic to take 7 for 30


                                         PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 10/6/10
                                                                                              

                                                                    
                     
                    Pembroke Dock (128) lost to Lamphey (143 for 9)  by 15 runs

Lamphey travelled the short distance to play Pembroke Dock for the 3rd time this season in the quarter finals of the Alan Brown cup. Batting first the Stags got off to a ropey start as they were 2 down with only 2 on the board as Oatley, first ball and Mathias both departed for 0. Shelmerdine and Johnson added 20 before the former was adjudged LBW for 5. The stags progressed the score to 31 off 5 overs before Johnson (11) departed with the score on 39. Cole in at 6 joined Gibbs, the pair adding 31 before Gibbs (15), left a ball which cut back a touch to leave Lamphey on 70 for 5 at the half way point. Skeels junior signalled his intent from the off as he struck Daley for 6 off his 2nd ball and with Cole took the score to 92 before Cole was caught for 22 at deep gulley. At 92 for 6 it was the turn of Skeels senior to accompany his son and together they advanced the score to 110 off 15. The partnership was broken just 10 runs later as senior departed for 7, Giusseppe Trimarco scored 2 and then Skeels junior (15) departed with the score on 138. With just one overr remaining it was left to Barry 'Happy Gilmore' Dilworth and Luca Trimarco to set a target and they accomplished a great over as Dilworth hit 13 incuding one big six that had snow on it when it came down and Trimarco who charged down the wicket to hit the last ball for 4. A pleasing score of 143 meant the home side needed to go at a shade of just over 7 an over to win.

Cole, back to full fitness and Oatley opened the bowling and the Dock struggled. In the 5th over Cole made the breakthrough as he bowled Kingdom with the score on 14. The Dock then began to find some parity as both Daley and Barford took on the challenge. With the score advancing to 47 the Dock lost their 2nd wicket as Gibbs tempted Barford to slice a shot to Skeels senior at backward point. Dunfee in at 4 proved to be a good foil to Daley and the pair advanced the score to 51 off 10. With the usually effective Gibbs struggling to bowl line and length skipper Mathias brought Shelmerdine into the attack and with Skeels junior at the other end both Daley and Dunfee seemed set, however the breakthrough came with the score on 85 as Daley played a shot straight to Mathias at short mid wicket who took a fine catch low down, This signalled the beginning of the slump as the Dock lost 2 further wickets with the score on 95 and 2 more on 100 as both Skeels and Shelmerdine did the business by bowling line and length. With the hosts 6 down for 100 off 15, they needed 44 to win off 5, things were to get worse at the lost another wicket with the score on 101, and despite a cameo from Camani who briefly threatened to win it for the Dock he departed for 16 with the Dock on 123. Just 5 runs later the game was over as Skeels junior finished the game off by clean bowling the number 10 batsman and the Stags had the game won by 15 runs.

The winners getting the luxury of a semi final home tie and surprisingly face Llechryd who beat Crymych in the other quarter final face a place in the final. The game will be played on Wenesday 16 June the day after the other semi final between St Clears and Fishguard.

The team for the semi final is: R Mathias, P McGilloway, N Johnson, N Shelmerdine, J Oatley, H Gibbs, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, Giusseppe Trimarco. 12th man Luca Trimarco  

Star Man - James Skeels - An important 15 runs with the bat and 4 wickets to halt the Dock



LAMPHEY v CRYMYCH 5/6/10

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                    Lamphey (128 for 9) lost to Crymych (132 for 5) by 5 wickets


Lamphey entertained fellow promotion hopefuls Crymych on Saturday in a game anticipated to be a close run thing.

On losing the toss Skippper Mathias was asked to bat, something he would have done anyhow. With usual opener Johnson absent due to work commitments the task of opening with McGilloway was given to Oatley. The visitors opening pair made things difficult for the Stags and runs werent easy to come by early on. With just 14 on the board the home side lost their 1st wicket as Oatley departed for 11. They then lost 3 quick wickets in a space of just 3 runs as further wickets fell on 25,25 and 28, those departing McGilloway for 8, Shelemrdine unluckily for 0 and Mathias for 3. After this start it took some work from the new pair of Skeels junior and Gibbs to get things moving and after 20 overs the Stags had just 40 runs on the board. The pair occupying the creasesteadily moved things along and Gibbs played some attacking shots for 4s. With the 50 partnership nearing Lamphey lost their 5th wicket on 77 as Skeels departed for a hard grafted 12. Cole in at 7 continued the good work Skeels had started however he lost Gibbs just 8 runs later for an excellent 39. With 30 overs completed the Stags had reached 85 for 6 and things were looking ominous. 1 run later Luca Trimarco departed for 0 and Dilworth soon followed for 3 as both were out LBW and the score on 92 for 8. Cole and Skeels senior with 8 overs to go took the quick singles and Cole hitting 2 6s helped advance the score to 128 for 9 off the 40 overs. Cole departing for 32 run out on the last ball of the over. Skeels unbeaten on 9

The visitors must have been confident of victory, started well as they reached 34 off 10 overs with Cole and Oatley not having an impact. However with the score on 44 Crymych lost their first wicket as Gibbs struck and with just one extra run added to the total Skeels senior took the 2nd. The 3rd wicket fell on 67 as Skeels picked up his 2nd and just 8 runs later Oatley picked up his first of the day. Golden arm Dilworth came into the equation after his good spell at Llechryd and promptly took a wicket with his 1st ball courtesy of a Skeels junior catch. However with the visitors in control and with Wyn on 53 he along with Dearden advanced the score to the winning target with 4 overs to spare. 

A game where the Stags needed a score of 160-180 to be sure of a positive result sees them fall from 2nd to 6th in a tight 3rd division where 6 or 7 sides are more than capable of fighting for the 2 promotion places. Saturday Lamphey travel to one of those sides - Fishguard - who lie just one place above them.

Team for Saturday v Fishguard:  R Mathias, N Johnson, P McGilloway, N Shelmerdine, G Cole, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, J Mathias, A Dodd, AN Other


Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - An all to rare treat with the bat shows what he is capable of doing every week.


LLECHRYD v LAMPHEY 31/5/10


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                    Llechryd (97) lost to Lamphey (169 for 5) by 72 runs

The Stags made the long journey to Llechryd on Monday with only one thing on their minds and that was to eradicate the memory of the catastrophic collapse against Stackpole on Saturday.

Winning the toss skipper Mathias elected to bat and on a very difficult pitch which offered little to bowler or batsman the Stags found the going hard going early on. McGilloway and Johnson moved the score onto 16 before the latter left a ball from young Curran which took his off stump, 1 run later the Stags found themselves 2 down as McGilloway (1) checked half way through his shot to loop up a simple catch to mid on. Thankfully for the Stags the return of Shelmerdine after his Saturday absence restored the balance of play. With him and Mathias at the middle they advanced the score to 31 off 10 and then 71 off 20. However with the score on 76 Mathias played on for 29. Oatley proved to be an able support for Shelmerdine and the pair  added 20 before Oatley (11) was bowled. Skeels junior in at 6 played some good shots against the home attack and the Stags reached 104 off 30 overs. With the last 10 coming into play Shelmerdine continued his impressive display of batting and it was in this spell that he deservedly reached his second 50 of the season with some great timed shots. Lamphey lost their 5th wicket with the score on 133 as Skeels departed for 19, bringing Gibbs to the crease. Shelmerdine seeing the ball like a beach ball continued to make hay as he finished the innings on 70 not out and Gibbs chipped in with a useful 10 and the side closed on a satisfactory 169 for 5.

The second half was opened by Skeels junior and Oatley and with just 4 runs on the board Skeels with the assistance of the wicket dispatched the opener. After this the home side found their feet and  moved on to 33 for 1 off 10. With this in mind Mathias chopped the bowling to bring in Gibbs and Cole to the attack. A move which paid dividends from the start as Cole bowled the no3 batsman with Llechryd on 35. Gibbs meanwhile the other end bowled a good line and length and 4 runs later the home side were 3 down and 7 runs later they were 4 down as Johnson took a good catch in the slips. Skeels Senior replaced Cole and he too soon got in on the act as he picked up his first of 2 wickets. The 5th wicket for the home side fell with the score on 52 as the Stags stepped up the pressure. However with the home side reaching 64 for 5 off 30 there was still a lot of work needed to get the maximum points on offer. At this point the game tilted in favour of the home side as a partnership of 32 for the 6th wicket seemed to have the game heading for a draw with only 8 overs remaining. However Mathias played his trump card as he brought Dilworth into the attack and the game turned one final time as Skeels junior fielding at short mid wicket pulled off an excellent diving stop and pick up off the bowling of Dilworth which saw the Llechryd batsman stranded and Mathias had the easy job of whipping off the bails. Dilworth then produced an excellent spell of bowling mixing line and length with a good pace to snap up 3 wickets - with the score on 86, 86 and 95 - including the stubborn Curran who had batted many overs for 23. with the game going into the final over and the Stags needing one wicket Gibbs was brought back from the top end. The batsman succeeded in seeing off the 1st delivery, however for Gibbs' second ball he delivered his 'pace ball' which decieved the no 11 batsman clattering his wickets before he had time to react.

An excellent result for the Stags, going down to the wire showed that the determination is there to succeed. A great performance with the bat from Shelmerdine and a top bowling spell from Dilworth late on meant the victory was there for the taking. A tough home game on Saturday against fellow promotion rivals Crymych will determine if we are to be considered serious contenders this season.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - a great knock of 70 not out just edged Dilworth to the MOM award


                                                   LAMPHEY v STACKPOLE 29/5/10

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                             Lamphey (114) lost to Stackpole (125) by 11 runs


The Stags entertained local rivals Stackpole in this first game of a double header weekend. Bowling first the home side found the visitors in resilient form and it wasnt until the double change of Gibbs for Skeels Junior and Cole for Oatley the game turned. With the visitors finding runs hard to come by as a result of tight bowling by birthday boys Gibbs and Cole returning from injury the run rate was never more than 3 an over whilst Gibbs picked up four wickets which was matched by Cole at the other end. Oatley returning at the end picked up a further wicket as the visitors finished on 125 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs.

With usual opener Johson picking up an arm injury in the field, skipper Mathias deployed the attacking Oatley as opener with the inform McGilloway. Things however didnt get off to the best of starts as McGilloway had scored 2 before being bamboozled as he was bowled around his legs. With the Skipper in at 3 he ably supported Oatley who attacked the opening pair of MacKay and Gibbs and it wasnt long before he brought up his first 50 of the season. With Mathias playing a more subdued role he and Oatley pushed the score along at the required rate. However with the score on 91 Oatley holed out to deep mid off for an excellent 69. 1 run later and this became 3 as Mathias became the 2nd of Huw Cox's 5 victims....what happened next has been seen all to often on the field a Lamphey as the Stags imploded. The 4th wicket fell at 100 as Cole departed for 8, then Skeels junior was out to a good catch in the covers with the score on 103, Trimarco went for 1, Gibbs run out for 8, Skeels senior LBW for 0, Dilworth caught at short mid wicket for 0 and Johnson (0) played tamely to give the point fielder a simple catch to win the game.....A thoroughly delighted Stackpole side couldnt believe their luck as the Lamphey batsmen threw their wickets away and a massive collapse had seen the Stags lose their last 9 wickets for only 23 runs....

A bitterly disappointing result and a very poor batting display from Lamphey consigned the Stags to their first league defeat of the season and a performance with the bat that they will want to forget about quickly....luckily the opportunity to rectify matters is only 2 days away as they travel to bottom side Llechryd looking for a win to restore confidence.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - A great knock of 69 should have been enough to see his side home to victory, just shades good performances with the ball from Gibbs and Cole.



 HUNDLETON V LAMPHEY 27/5/10

                              Hundleton (127 for 6) lost to Lamphey (128 for 0)

The two sides locked horns for the 3rd time in 10 days this time in the Harrison Allen. With the home team having to chase over 450 runs in the two previous encounters they decided to bat first on winning the toss.

This decision seemed to be the right one as Skeels Junior went for 17 off his first over as the injured Tysoe had only one thing in mind. Oatley at the other end bowled well during his spell without any luck. The home side lost their 1st wicket with the score on 23, Tysoe charging down the wicket to Skeels junior only succeeding in nicking one to Mathias behind. Skeels soon picked up his 2nd of the night as he trapped Luke Williams LBW for 4 and just 6 runs later Gibbs on to replace Skeels took the wicket of Walkey LBW for 19. Scott Richards and Taffy Williams then led a recovery as Skeels senior was put out of the park by Williams who hit 3 massive consecutive 6s but once Gibbs tempted Williams to come down the wicket he got his man bowled for 32. With dangerous Williams gone the Stags continued to turn the screw and the boundaries dried up for the home side. Shelmerdine ran out Chris Stapleton for 15, and Trimarco took a good catch to give Gibbs his 3rd wicket as Richards departed for 19. At the end it was Williams 10* and Liam Williams 1* who saw the home side finish on 127 for 6.

With the Stags reasonably confident of passing this score, the challenge got off to a great start as Mr Extras kicked into overdrive, with 7 on the board after the first over Walkey was punished for some loose bowling as his first over consisted of 7 wides. This seemed to be the pattern the opening bowlers followed as Williams then bowled 5 wides in his 3rd over. This gave the Stags the platform to build on as after 5 overs 34 runs had been acheived and the 50 followed in the 7th over. McGilloway although looking out of sorts early on then found the form which he displayed 2 days earlier and with the unsual scenario of Johnson playing the supporting role the runs started to flow from the bat of McGilloway. In the 9th over McGilloway brought up his 2nd 50 of the week - 6x4s and 2x6s and with 93 on the board after 10 overs the result was only ever going to go one way. Stapleton replaced Walkey and found himself in the firing line as both openers hit him for 6 in his first over and with Scott Richards going for 23 in his first over the victory was wrapped up off the first ball of the 13th over as fittingly McGilloway hit the winning run to finish on 79* and Johnson a patient 24*.

A sharper approach in the field for the Stags and some good throwing saw the stumps rattled on a number of occasions, restricting the home side to 127. The batting display of both openers was a joy to witness particularly batting in poor light couldnt have been easy

The winners of this game now face a weeks wait to see whether they entertain Neyland or Carew in the quarter finals.


Star Man - Peter McGilloway - What a week to remember - 79 not out to go with his 89 two days earlier





PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY  25/5/10                                       

                              Pembroke Dock (183 for 6) beat Lamphey (159) by 24 runs

Lamphey travelled to close rivals the Dock in this Duggie Morris tie on Tuesday night. Batting first the Dock wracked up a large 183 off their 20 overs thanks for good knocks from J Edwards (49), D Dunfee (49) and N Daley (41). With the Stags putting down every catch it was no surprise that heads were down and the Dock took full control of the game. Wickets were shared one a piece for each of the five bowlers - Oatley, Gibbs, Skeels junior, Skeels Senior and Shelmerdine. Shelmerdine also provided one memorable fielding moment as he ran out Dunfee.

Chasing the 183 the Stags knew other than the dangerous Dunfee there was nothing to be wary of and with a quick outfield and a bit of PMA the total was there to chase. With McGilloway opening the batting with Oatley the first wicket fell on 9 as the latter holed out on the boundary. The Skipper in at 3 added 35 before he too was caught. Skeels junior then joined McGilloway in the middle and was mainly a spectator in their partnership of 48 as McGilloway played some glorious shots as he took on the challenge. Skeels departed for 9 run out and Shelmerdine added 4 to a partnership of 24 as McGilloway brought up his first 50 of the season playing some truly great shots. Cole scored 12 and the Stags were
on 129 for 5 and keeping up with the 9 an over run rate. Gibbs scored 5 before hole-ing out to Daley at mid off and Guisseppe Trimarco scored 9 as he and McGilloway took the visitors to 154 for 7. With the game still anyones to win and with the light fading the home side brought back the effective Dunfee and Lamphey lost 2 quick wickets as Skeels senior (0) and Luca Trimarco (0) fell to him. With 2 overs remaining the Stags needed 24 to win. With McGilloway on 89 and sensing the result of the game was in his hands, he unfortunately played on to leave the Stags stranded on 159.

A great game of cricket for the neutral. Lamphey were made to pay for at least 6 dropped catches which would no doubt have affected the result of the game. The Dock must have felt nervous as the Stags kept up with the run rate throughout the game. McGilloway played the innings of his life as he scored 89 including 8x4s and 5x6s whilst for the home side 3 players reaching the 40s and J Davies taking 4 for 25 just gave them the edge.

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - The opener provided a batting master class which was great to see.


 HUNDLETON v LAMPHEY 22/5/10

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                     Hundleton (130 for 6) drew with Lamphey  (251 for 5)

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A glorious day in Pembrokeshire and Lamphey cc travelled to 2nd placed Hundleton confident of victory after the midweek slaying of the same opponents. Never one for over-excitement however, skipper Mathias calmed his troops and reminded them of their duty to the village, urging them not to take this game for granted.

Perhaps a good toss to lose, Lamphey were put in to bat first and the usual opening partnership of Johnson and McGilloway was restored. It was a strong start for the stags in the sweltering heat as they reached 30-0 from only 3 overs. This wasn’t to last however as Johnson played around a straight one and was on his way back to the pavilion. With Mathias in at 3, the run rate dropped slightly as some good straight bowling from the Hundleton attack restricted the runs until McGilloway departed for a patient 26. With the skipper’s great friend Nick Shelmerdine in at 4 the run rate was never likely to remain low and the pair set about brutalising the attack. Nick, always strong on the leg side pulled runs at a glorious pace and Mathias went about his work in the same diligent manner we’ve come to expect from the great hero, with a smattering of big 6’s. The pair soon reached their respective half-centuries and were roundly applauded by the watching supporters. However Nick departed for a scintillating 65 and brought the in-form thoroughbred James Skeels to the crease who continued his rich vein of batting form as he stroked a tasty 29 in double quick time. Mathias finally departed for an excellent 79 and some late runs from Gibbs and Oatley brought the score to a very healthy 251, Lamphey’s highest score in a long time, including plenty of maximums and some fine stroke making from all involved in the endeavour.

Knowing they had runs on the board, the stags felt confident of taking the 10 wickets required in the 40 overs allotted. A dogged opening pair proved hard to separate as Tysoe shut up shop. However the young Skeels was bowling with purpose and venom and had both batsmen in all sorts of trouble, finding the edge 4 times in one over only to see it ‘slip through’ the slip cordon. Lamphey’s future kept his head however and bowled his opening spell of 7 overs as well as this reporter has ever seen him bowl, ably supported by the wily medium pace of the canny Oatley at the other end. Sensing time for a change, the skipper brought the spin twins of Skeels senior and Gibbs to the fold and kept the run rate right down. Wickets for Ike Skeels came, with Gibbs bowling tight lines at the other end and it became apparent that a draw was likely. With the overs fast running out, Mathias brought Barry Dilworth into the attack and he made the most of his chance with 2 good wickets (or 1 valuable extra point for the club). Some cameo bowling from the sharp looking Shelmerdine and unorthodox McGilloway rounded off the innings as it came to the inevitable draw. A shame not to get the win but 23 points for LCC all the same.

Some very encouraging stuff for the proud villagers with big runs on the board and a good and varied bowling attack missing their star opener Grant Cole. With more cup matches and league to come this week they can be confident of big things this season, with some application and a dose of Lamphey pride.

 
Star Man - Run close by James Skeels and Nick Shelmerdine but with Lamphey’s highest individual score for some years, Rob Mathias takes the title.

HUNDLETON v LAMPHEY 18/5/10

               Hundleton (134 for 6) lost to Lamphey (201 for 8) by 67 runs

Lamphey travelled to Hundleton for the first of 3 fixtures in 7 days to take part in the first round of the Alan Brown on Tuesday night.

On winning the toss Stags skipper Mathias decided to bat and with the shortened game getting underway decided to open with the attacking pair of Johnson and Oatley. Early signs were good as Johnson scored 6 off the 1st over, however with the first ball of the 2nd over Oatley was out as he was bowled via a inside edge. 6 for 1 soon became 15 for 2 as Mathias in at 3 was dismissed for 1 decieved by a ball which cut back sharply off the seam. Shelmerdine in 4 advanced the score with Johnson to 35 before he was out caught for 12 chasing a loose delivery. The inform Skeels junior joined Johnson in the middle and started to pummel the home bowling taking the score from 35 for 3 to 70 for 3 by the 10th over. Skeels batted well to reach 24 (inc. 2x6s) before with the score on 107 became the fourth player out. Cole in at 6 took on the bowling and with Johnson pushed the total to 129 before Johnson departed for an excellent 55 (inc 4x6s). Gibbs kept the pressure on as he and Cole punished anything loose. After 15 overs the Stags had moved onto 152 - an incredible 82 runs added in just 5 overs - before with the score on 156 Cole bottom edged a wide-ish delivery on to his off stump and his innings of 31 (inc 3x6s) was over. Usual opener McGilloway picked up the baton from Cole but with the score on 198 Gibbs holed out on the boundary for 18. During this spell McGilloway smashed Walkey for an incredible 28 off just one over (2x6s and 4x4s). Trimarco in at 9 soon departed for 0. As the innings closed Dilworth finished 1 not out and McGilloway on 30 not out as the Stags reached a mammoth 201 for 8 off just 20 overs.

With a run chase resting firmly on the shoulders of Tysoe it looked like it could be on as he got hold of Oatley early on, however with little coming from the other end the pressure was on for Tysoe to take charge. With the score on 21 this charge was halted as he came down the wicket to Gibbs only to miss and be bowled. With the home side needing 10 an over to win it was no surprise that with only 5 overs gone the game as a contest was effectively over as they reached 25. The second Hundleton wicket fell with the score on 43 as Skeels senior replaced Gibbs, and by the half way mark of the innings the home side had only 51 on the board. With the Stags in the driving seat, Skeels picked up his 2nd with the score on 59. Tight bowling from all involved saw the scoreboard show 78 for 3 off 15 and as the home side reached 98 Skeels picked up wicket no.3. Further wickets fell with the score on 119 as Dilworth caused an easy run out and Trimarco picked up his first wicket - bowled. Hundleton reaching 134 for 6 by the end of the match, thanks largely to John Williams who remained undefeated on 59.

A comprehensive victory for the Stags who didnt even use regular opening bowlers Skeels junior and Cole. This performance will give the Stags a much needed confidence boost and they will be looking for a repeat performance this Saturday as the pair tussle in game 2 of the week long battle.

Star Man - Nic Johnson - a top innings of 55 provided the launch pad for Lampheys' mammoth total

The team for the Hundleton league game on Saturday is: R Mathias, P McGilloway, H Gibbs, N Shelmerdine, J Oatley, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, Guisseppe Trimarco, J Mathias, A. Dodd


                                       
LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE DOCK 15/5/10

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                     Lamphey (147 for 9) drew with Pembroke Dock  (212 for 7)



This top of the table clash saw Lamphey entertain Pembroke Dock on Saturday. After winning the toss skipper Mathias invited the visitors to have a bat. The Dock in agressive mood set the scene of things to come as they quickly moved the score along. Things werent helped as the home side lost opener Cole after bowling just 4 overs with a groin strain.

The Dock had advanced the score to 48 off 10 overs when Oatley bowling instead of Cole took the first wicket of the innings trapping the opener LBW. This helped to slow the pace slightly and with the score on 70 the visitors lost two more wickets as Oatley and Gibbs did the damage. An extra 8 runs added and the Dock were pegged back again at 78 for 4 as Oatley took his 3rd of the game. A partnership of 58 for the 5th wicket saw the Dock restore their upper hand before with the score on 136 Skeels senior took his first wicket of the afternoon. With a further 11 runs added Skeels was in the thick of it again as he took his 2nd and the games 5th courtesy of a Nic Johnson catch. With 10 overs of the innings remaining the game was evenly poised at 146 for 5, however the hosts struck once more as Oatley finished his day with a four wicket haul and the Dock on 153 for 6. This was as good as it was going to get as the visitors piled on an extra 58 runs to surpass the 200 mark finishing on 212 for 7, with S Griffiths finishing on 31 not out. Oatley finished with 4 for 50 off 12, Skeels 2 for 37 and Gibbs usually so economical, 1 for 52 off 9.

The Lamphey reply did not get off to the best of starts as McGilloway (0) was beaten by Dunfee with the score on 1. With the Skipper in at 3 a further 12 runs were added before Johnson (2) swished at a wide one only to be caught in the gully. Shelmerdine in at 4 had the measure of the visitors bowling and with Mathias pushed the score onto 27 before a moment of controversy saw Shelmerdine adjudged LBW. With the home side somewhat off the pace and at 29 for 3 off 10 the game as a competition was slipping away. Skeels Junior in at 5 showed the potential he possesses as with the skipper blunted the visitors attack to such an extent that the pair saw the next 10 overs off without any problems. At the half way mark the score was 65 for 3 and Skeels and Mathias were playing some truly lovely attacking cricket, the pair advanced the score to 122 for 3 off 30 overs and as Skeels approached his maiden 50 was bowled by the returning Dunfee for 49. The pair adding 103 for the 4th wicket and the score on 130. This is where the famous Lamphey collapse returned. The first to go was Mathias who departed for 50, his second 50 in 2 weeks, followed by Oatley out 1st ball, Gibbs for 5, Trimarco out first ball and Skeels senior out for 0 off the last ball. The game finished with the home side reaching 147 for 9 - the last 6 wickets fell for only 17 runs - as Dunfee took 6 for 19 off 12. Cole remained undefeated on 7 not out. 

A hard game which although a dissapointing result showed some character as the Stags clung on for a draw. Good performance with the ball from Oatley and with the bat from Mathias and Skeels junior. Another tough game on Saturday against an unbeaten Hundleton side who replace the Stags in 2nd place.

The team for the Hundleton Cup game on Tuesday is: R Mathias, P McGilloway, H Gibbs, G Cole, N Shelmerdine, N Johnson, J Oatley, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, Guisseppe Trimarco   

Star Man - James Skeels - A great innings ended one short of his maiden 50.


LAMPHEY v NARBERTH II 8/5/10

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                            Lamphey (148) drew with Narberth 11 (122 for 8)



The first home game of the season for the 1st XI saw the Stags entertain Narberth 2nds in a closely fought game in which the result could have gone either way.

Skipper Mathias unlucky with the toss was invited to bat by his opposite number on a wet wicket despite being covered from any overnight rain. Keeping faith with the same opening pair who had put on over 100 the previous weekend with the hope of a repeat performance didnt last long. With the game only 2 balls old last weeks hero Nic Johnson found his off peg leaning back as he left a delivery from the young opener Howell. This brought Mathias to the crease and like the previous two encounters the pair added a 50 partnership exactly before McGilloway was run out for 22. Oatley and Mathias continued to pile on the runs before, with the score on 74, Oatley was caught in the deep for a quickfire 14. Young James Skeels keen to shine in 2010 started well playing an exquisite drive through the covers and then guided one through the slips for boundaries before he was yorked by a good delivery for 10 by Davies. Gibbs in at 6 helped Mathias to advance the score to 93 off 20 and the score over 100 before he played on for 5. Shortly after Mathias who led by example soon reached his 50 which included one big hooked 6 off Nick Evans. Although he only added 4 more before slipping and being bowled the Stags had reached 114 for 6 and it was the new pair of Dilworth and Cole at the crease. Dilworth confusing the bowling attack by first batting right handed then left took the score to 117 before he too played on for 4. With young Guiseppe Trimarco joining Cole at the crease the Stags had two players who dont mess around and Cole took a liking to Davies to dispatch him for a straight 6 and several through the slip cordons, Trimarco at the other end scored a 4 before he was caught at mid off for 5 and the score advancing to 140 for the loss of 8. Skeel joined Cole in the middle and Cole added another 4 before he got a top edge to Evans' delivery and was caught on the 45 for 21. Skeels and Llewellyn added another 4 to the total before Skeels gave a simple return caught and bowled as the Stags were dismissed for 148 off just 33.4 overs.

Confident that the total should see the Stags at least scrape a share of the points, Skeels junior and Cole opened the attack with both restraining the visitors early on. With the score on 20 Skeels made a double breakthrough in the same over as he had Williams caught behind by Mathias before Oatley took a blinding slip catch to see Narberth on 20 for 2. With 10 overs played the visitors had reached 25 and in the 13th over Mathias turned to spin. The move was to pay off as Gibbs took his first wicket with the score on 33. 19 runs later and Cole reacting quickly to an attempted run returned the ball to Gibbs who with plenty of time whipped the bails off and Narberth were 4 down for 52. By the midway point  the visitors had reached 54 - mainly down to the resistance of Johns - and continued slowly towards the target but with the score on 80, Gibbs took his second wicket of the match. This brought the dangerous Mike Williams striding to the crease, thankfully though Gibbs bowled Williams 1st ball and the game lurched back to the home side with the visitors now 80 for 6. However a 7th wicket partnership between Johns and Hughes (16) saw Narberth reach 112 before the latter was shifted by Oatley. with just the extra 6 overs remaining the Stags needed 3 wickets and the visitors needed 37 to win. Cole replaced Gibbs after his 12 over spell went for 14 and despite the best efforts of Oatley and Cole they only succeeded in taking one more wicket with the score on 121 as Cole finally removed Johns who had batted 44 overs for 52 runs. Narberth shut up shop, adding only one more run to finish on 122 for 8 and salvaging a draw. 

A good battling display from all involved and a confidence booster before the big test on saturday as the Stags entertain the early season leaders to the LCG. 

The team for the Pembroke Dock game is: R Mathias, P McGilloway, H Gibbs, G Cole, N Shelmerdine, N Johnson, J Oatley, J Skeels, A Skeels, B Dilworth, Guisseppe Trimarco   

Star Man - Robert Mathias - A captains innings laid the foundations for the Stags total



HAVERFORDWEST III v LAMPHEY 1/5/10

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Haverfordwest III (99) lost to Lamphey (103 for 0) by 10 wickets



The new season finally arrived on Saturday with the Stags travelling to the County town to take on Haverfordwest III's who were promoted from division 4. A solid performance from the visitors saw an emphatic victory for a buoyant Lamphey team.

Rob Mathias newly installed for 2010 as Skipper did the first thing asked of him by winning the toss and sticking in the home side on a wet wicket. With the opening responsibilities now with Grant Cole and James Skeels (as Stephen Vale has ventured to pastures new), it was good to see both bowl well to restrict the home side early on. In fact it could have been a great start to the game if Skeels had managed to keep hold of a caught and bowled effort. With the home side making just 21 off the first 10 overs, after the 12th over Mathias made the bold move to bring in Gibbs to the attack in place of Skeels, and it proved a key decision as Gibbs soon brought about the 1st wicket with the score on 38. After 16 overs Mathias replaced Cole with Skeels senior and he too joined Gibbs with claiming his first wicket of the season as the home side reached 45 for the loss of 2 wickets. In truth the home side had little or no answer to the bowling of Gibbs and Skeels apart from Mark White who rode his luck as he was dropped no less than 4 times. Wickets fell at regular intervals as Skeels bowled an excellent line and length and Gibbs caused no ends of problems to the newly promoted side. Wickets fell at 53, 61, 72, 72, 77, 77 as Gibbs finished with 2 for 40 off his 12. Skeels at the other end was on a Michelle (Pfeiffer) as Cole came back into the attack for the last 4 overs. It was Cole who made the breakthrough with the score on 98 for the loss of the 9th wicket and Skeels wrapped up the innings in the 39th over to finish with excellent figures of 6 for 17 off 11.4 overs. The home side all out for 99.

Several key components of the Lamphey team were missing last year in the shape of Johnson and McGilloway who can both play a crucial role with the bat, providing stability and runs to an all too often fragile batting line up. Luckily both are available for the 2010 season and it was the pair of them who opened the innings for the Stags. Despite Johnson looking a  bit too cavalier in the early overs he soon knuckled down and with McGilloway playing a very solid role at the other end it was no surprise that they both had the measure of the home sides bowling with the pair taking the score to 29 off 10 overs. However, once the home side had replaced their opening attack their second change had very little to offer and it was no surprise to see Johnson take the bowling apart as he helped pile on the runs to such an extent that with the score on 75 he had notched up his first 50 of the season. McGilloway too played some lovely shots in a supporting role but it was to be Johnson's day as he continued to pummel to bowling all around the ground and the game was finished in the 20th over as with the score tied a four was hit to win the game. An excellent unbeaten partnership of 103 saw Johnson finish on 72* off 62 balls including 3x6s and 6x4's and McGilloway undefeated on a flawless 27*.

A great start to the season, however the Stags are likely to face sterner tests as the season goes on. Good performances in the field by Skeels and Gibbs although some catching practice is needed. Batting wise both Johnson and McGilloway can be proud of their 103 opening partnership.

Star Man - Andrew Skeels and Nic Johnson - Impossible to split the pair for their star performances