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                               Johnston II (202 for 7) beat Lamphey (88) by 114 runs

Lamphey travelled to Johnston with only 10 men and several stand in players in this final game of the season. Johnston on the other hand were still in danger of relegation strengthened their side with a number of their better 1st XI players as they looked for the win.

Lamphey won the toss and elected to field however the home side got off to a flying start and the opening pair added 70 odd before the first wicket fell. After 20 overs they had passed the 100 mark and a big score looked odds on. The Stags did however show some fightback as Skipper Oatley set the benchmark taking 4 home wickets, Gibbs, Skeels senior and Cole 1 apiece as the home side reached 202 for 7 off their allocated 40 overs. In the field there were 2 catches for Cole and one a piece for Skeels, Carroll and Lewis.

The Stags were dealt a further blow at the interval with Gibbs having to leave the match. A daunting score of 203 to win the aim of the Stags was just to hang in for the draw. Trimarco and Haines got the side off to a good start adding 27 for the 1st wicket before Haines was out for 15. Trimarco soon joined him in the hutch as he departed for 8. Oatley played a cameo role with a quickfire 19 before the game slipped away from the Stags. Mathias in at 4 being the only person to get a hold of the home sides bowling attack to finish with 33 not out as those around him crumbled. Cole, Skeels, Carroll and White all departed for 0 and Jon Mathias 2. The Stags disappointingly dismissed for 88 as Johnston first team bowler Summons finished with 5 for 24.

A disappointing result and it would have been nice if the Stags could have finished the season on a high, however with a side shorn of its first XI players the side that went out onto the field managed to reach the objective of the day by securing the necessary points to finish 3rd in the league. With 3rd secure after a topsy turvy season where the Stags won as many as they lost they will be left to reflect on games lost which should have been won and they know that with a bit of strenghtening over the winter - 3 or 4 new faces - could have the impetus needed to look at a promotion charge. With the likes of old foes Pembroke Dock and Stackpole coming straight back down and Llangwm IIs and Haverfordwest IIIs coming up there should be nothing for the Stags to fear in 2012.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - A good job skippering during 2011 and showed with his 4 wickets and 19 runs that their is still plenty left in the tank.

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                                 Lamphey (178 for 8) beat Kilgetty (127) by 51runs

Due to availability the Stags started this penultimate game of the season with only 9 men, however a late arrival meant the game ended 10 a side as the visitors had their own selection problems too.

With the Stags being invited to bat on a good wicket things didnt get off to a great start. With only 24 on the board the Stags had already lost 5 wickets (Haines 0, Skeels (J) 0, Cole 8, Oatley 7 and Trimarco (L) 0) and things were looking bleak. The visitors at this stage were quietly confident of an early finish however two important partnerships both involving Mathias turned this game on its head. The first partnership was unqestionably the most important and came in the unlikely shape of Seppe 'Chef' Trimarco who only playing his 6th game all season formed a 64 run partnership with Mathias for the 6th wicket. Trimarco was the man to be dismissed with the score on 88 after he had scored an impressive knock of 40, more so as he had been a virtual stranger to the crease this year. Skeels senior in at 8 scored 1 in a partnership of 10 before Lawrence joined Mathias with the score on 98 for 7 off 30 overs. In the next 10 overs Mathias accelerated and brought up his first 50 of the season in style and not to be outdone Lawrence kept the scoreboard ticking along to such an extent the pair added 80 i 10 overs for the 8th wicket. Lawrence was bowled last ball of the innings for a vital 23 and Mathias remained undefeated on 82 which included 2x 6s.

With the visitors visibly demoralised by the let off they had presented to the Stags the home side were gunning for a very welcome 30 point haul. Cole and Oatley opened the bowling and kept the runs in check. The visitors lost their 1st wicket with the score on 18 as Oatley made the breakthrough and 12 runs later they were 2 down as Skeels senior took his first of the afternoon. A partnership of 32 for the 3rd wicket saw the vistors reach 62 before Skeels struck again and by the half way mark Kilgetty were 68 for 3. A further partnership of 30 between Bevan and Cope saw the game tilt and whilst they were at the crease the scales could have shifted to their favour. However the key breakthrough came as Skeels tempted left hander Cope to sweep out deep to Haines who took the catch so nonchantly it was unbelievable. With this partnership broken the Stags upped their game and Skeels claimed his 4th courtesy of an LBW. With all the Kilgetty dangermen dismissed it was left to Lawrence bowling for the first time in the 1st XI to make hay. The left arm swing bowler ripped through the tail to take 4 for 22 (one courtesy of a great improvised stumping from Mathias) as the visitors crumbled  to lose their last 4 wickets for only 4 runs.

A game where Lamphey showed true grit. Starting the game with only 9 players the omens werent good and got even worse as early wickets tumbled. However 3 batsmen stepped up to the mark and pulled the Stags out of the 'Lamphey Treacle' to ensure the bowlers had something to work to.  4 wickets apiece from Skeels Senior and Lawrence showed the dvision that the Stags are side with ability and fight. This win all but seals 3rd place in the division and considering the same side hasnt been picked 2 weeks in a row is a great achievement. A further 2 points on Saturday to relegation candidates Johnston will be enough to take 3rd and will top off a season which has showed that the side could be ready for a serious promotion challenge next season. 

Star Man - Rob Mathias - One of 3 candidates for the award; however his fine 82 not out just shades it ahead of Lawrence and Seppe Trimarco


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                                 Lamphey (223 for 8) beat Carew III (67) by 156 runs

Cricket returned after a week off due to the Harrison Allen final and the Stags entertained bottom side Carew IIIs in this final run in.

Taking the field with only 10 men for most of the match Lamphey lost the toss and were invited to bat.With the Stags having little to play for other than pride, skipper Oatley opened the batting with Dean Lawrence and Lewis Haines. A couple of early boundaries - one apiece - moved the score to 14 before Lawrence (6) was decieved by a delivery. Rob Mathias in at 3 formed an excellent partnership with Haines with both batting well.  Haines being the aggressor early on, playing some fine cricket and after 10 overs the Stags had moved to 54. It didnt take Haines long however to move onto his first league 50 for the 1st XI and the pair moved the score onto 110 before Haines' innings was over caught on the boundary for 54. With 110 on the board after 20 overs the game turned slightly to the visitors as Mathias departed soon after sweeping the wrong ball and being bowled for 30, 2 runs later and Trimarco (0) was adjudged LBW. With their tails up the Stags 5th wicket fell with the score on 122 as a fleeting appearance from Seppe Trimarco was just that - stumped for 5. Skeels junior and Rhys Miller (who ealier in the day thought a rain shower was someone with a hose!) repaired the damage adding 20 for the 6th wicket before the latter departed for 4. Skipper Oatley batted at 8 in this rearranged order and his stay at the crease was short lived as he was bowled for 2. Skeels Junior and Gibbs added a further 16 for the 8th wicket taking it to 160 before Skeels was caught for 29. Cole in at 9 joined with Gibbs for the final 9 overs of the innnings and the pair took advantage of the bowling to move the score to 223;  both players finishing the innings undefeated on 27 apiece. A good total of 223 for 8 off 40 meant Carew knew they would have to do something special to pass that target.

Even with 10 men in the field the Stags were confident of defending this total - particularly with the bowling options they had at their disposal. Oatley and Cole opened the innings and the pair traded wickets as first Oatley struck (courtesy of a Skeels junior catch), then Cole (bowled), Oatley (LBW), Cole (bowled) and finally Oatley (bowled). With the pair both bowling out their 9 overs apeice Carew were reeling at 30 odd for 5. This gave Gibbs and Skeels senior the perfect opportunity to wipe up the tail and thats exactly what they did as they mirrored the opening pair. First Gibbs struck (caught by Luca Trimarco), Skeels (caught by Lawrence), Gibbs (bowled), Skeels (caught by junior) and the game ended with the score on 67 as Gibbs took the final wicket courtesy of a catch by the skipper. a top display in the field by the 10 man Stags and for Gibbs who took 3 for 9, Oatley 3 for 24, Skeels 2 for 9 and Cole 2 for 19.

An accomplished display and a pick me up which was much needed after the last league fixture. Carew will know that next season they will more than likely be playing in div 4, however this result more or less confirms that the Stags will once again be facing life in div 3 for one more season.

A big game on Saturday away to 3rd placed Fishguard and the Stags will be keen on getting a victory as they look to finish the season as high as possible. 

Star Man - Lewis Haines - Scored his 2nd fifty in the first XI this season.

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                                 Pembroke (194) beat Lamphey (74) by 120 runs

Lamphey slipped from a position of power to one of submission in the final 10 overs of this latest game. Early on good bowling from Cole (2) and Oatley (1) saw the hosts reach 34 for 3 before the introduction of spin. A partnership of 54 for the 4th wicket ensued until the breakthrough was made by Skeels senior courtesy of a stupendous diving catch from Lawrence in the covers. This led to the Stags having possibly their best spell of the game as the hosts struggled then to reach 115 for 5 off 30 overs. The game though was turned on its head as the introduction of Andrew Price (42) to the crease caused carnage amongst the bowling figures. His quickfire innings including 3 massive sixes swung the power back to the hosts as they ammassed 190 for 7. The stags did pull things back a little late on as Cole took 2 wickets in an over and Shelmerdine closed the innings bowling the last man to leave a total of 195 needed for victory, the other wickets in the innings belonged to Skeels senior who finished with 3 for 28 and Skeels junior who ran out the impressive Price.

The Stags reply was disappointing to say the least as wickets were lost at regular intervals and only Lewis Haines (26) managed to reach double figures. The visitors capitulated miserably slumping from 46 for 2 to 74 all out.

There isnt much that can be said for this game hence the length of the report. A thoroughly disappointing performance from a Lamphey side who must take a good look at themselves and ask where they went wrong. There were a few positives to glean from this game, namely the fielding performance of Lawrence, the bowling of Cole and Skeels senior and the batting of Haines without whom the Stags wouldnt have made 50.

At least the Stags can play freely now for the rest of the season with the chance of promotion extinguished and they know that the this type of performance is the exception rather than the rule. A home game next to Carew IIIs, a side who are battling to survive in Div 3. This will be a tough test but is just the opportunity needed to try and restore some battered pride.

Star Man - Grant Cole - Bowled superbly to take 4 for 27 and was joint second highest scorer on a bad day for the batsmen.

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                                 Lamphey (80 for 3) beat Crymcyh (79) by 7 wickets

The Stags entertained one of their annual bogey sides in Crymych on Saturday. The home side however were left rather surprised by the visitors turning up with just 9 players. This gave the boys a real lift and an even greater lift when Crymych called wrong at the toss and skipper Oatley invited Crymych to bat on a wet wicket.

With the sense that this was an opportunity to grasp and following a moving pep talk by Gibbs the Stags took to the pitch with great belief. Oatley opened the bowling with Cole and the pair did a great job in restricting the visitors to just 20 from the first 10 overs. Oatley then took himself out of the attack and brought on the spin of Gibbs and the move paid dividends as just 7 runs later Gibbs bowled the opening bat. Cole not to be out done then took a further wicket bowling the other opener with the score on 31. This signalled somewhat of a collapse with Gibbs taking 3 further wickets in a 19 run spell - all caught - courtesy of Carroll, Trimarco and a sharp caught and bowled effort himself. With the weakened visitors now 5 down for 50 things were looking ominous. Cole bowled out his allocated 9 overs for only 13 runs and was replaced by the other spin twin Skeels senior. Along with Gibbs he tempted the batsmen to play their shots. A 16 run partnership for the 6th wicket was finally broken when the Skeels Skeels combo took action. 66 for 7 then became 69 for 8 as Gibbs deservedly took his 5th wicket of the game bowling the lower order batsman. The visitors innings was finally wrapped up just 10 runs later when the Skeels Skeels partnership formed for the 2nd time. The 9 man visitors dismissed for 79 with Rob Couzens left stranded and top scorer on 21.

Although a low total to win and with 54 overs to get 80, the fact that this was not a score to be taken lightly was drilled into the minds of the batsmen. With another new opening partnership - Trimarco and Oatley - things for the Stags got off to a bad start when the too eager Trimarco nicked a delivery behind for 3. With Haines in at 3 the Stags had two explosive batsmen in the middle; however the pair batted patiently on a wicket which still offerred a bit to the bowler. The pair took the score to 36 before Oatley stretched and chipped a simple catch to extra cover for 15. Gibbs moving down to 4 played an anchor role as Haines played some attacking shots with the pair adding 21 for the 3rd wicket before Haines was caught one handed for 30 (which included 1x6). With only 23 needed to win Skeels Junior joined Gibbs and the pair, mainly under the stroke play of Gibbs took the Stags home to victory off just 16 overs. Gibbs finished undefeated on 23 including one effortless straight 6 and Skeels finishing on 5.

With the game completed by 5.15 and a welcome 27 points in the bag the Stags were finally able to savour a win over the visitors - something which hasnt happened too often in the past. The visitors efforts werent helped by only fielding 9 however the Stags showed little mercy in driving home the victory and the side will now be full of confidence for the local derby at Pembroke on Saturday. With 150 points left to play for the Stags still have a chance of 2nd place and promotion; for this to happen the Stags need to win the majority of their remaining fixtures whilst hoping results go their way, but they'll take it one week at a time, giving it all they got.  

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs- The spin bowler back to form with both bat and ball; taking his first 5 wicket haul of the season and chipping in with 23 crucial runs.

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                                   Llechryd (117 for 6) drew with Lamphey (121)

The Stags took the long scenic journey up through the Preselis to play in Ceredigion on Saturday - destination Llechryd.

With the skipper losing the toss the Stags were invited to bat on a pudding of a wicket and the visitors made hard work of it early on as wickets fell at regular intervals. Mathias (0), Trimarco (4) and Gibbs (0) were all back in the hutch with just 14 on the board. Pete McGilloway (12) - on one of his rare forages into West Wales - forged a partnership of 18 before he chipped an easy catch to mid wicket. Slowly the score edged its way up to 45 before Oatley departed for 13. With Skeels senior and Junior both at the crease the scoreboard only had the chance to move on 1 run before Senior was superbly caught in the slips for 1. The Stags now in all sorts of trouble were looking down and out at 46 for 6 off 19 overs. In at 8 Cole played the perfect foil to Skeels junior, shoring one end whilst allowing Skeels to express himself. The pair added 47 for the 8th wicket moving the score onto 93 before Skeels who had batted well tried to cut too close to the stumps and was bowled for a much welcome 40 (including 1x6). Powell in at 9 lasted just one ball and Carroll in at 10 had the unenviable task of fending off the hat-trick ball. Cole now having to take the initiative started to push the tally on. Carroll at the other end did superb to assist, playing sensibly and chipping in with a valuable 6 runs whilst ensuring the Stags used up their allocation of overs. He was finally out with only a couple of overs left and Andrew Dodd playing his first match of the season came out to bat with the instruction of getting Cole on strike. The final wicket yielded 12 runs going right down to the last ball where Cole (27) was caught out deep looking for a boundary. As it was the Stags had somehow managed to cobble together 121 and give themselves something to bowl at on what was a difficult wicket. For the home side Curran took 3 for 22.

With the same score not being enough the week before the Stags were determined to not let that dictate. Cole and Oatley opened the bowling and both bowled a good tight line. Despite several near chances Oatley finally made the breakthrough with the score on 18 courtesy of a McGilloway catch. The home side then managed to push the score along with Curran being the dominant batsman. This changed however in the space of 3 runs as between 49 and 52 they lost 3 quick wickets - courtesy of one each for Skeels senior and Gibbs and a Skeels junior run out. With the game at the half way stage the home side found themselves in somewhat of a dilema whilst only requiring 70 runs in just under 20 overs and 6 wickets in hand did they go for it or play out the draw. With Curran still at the crease the win was possible, however with the score on 69 that option was taken from them as he was superbly stumped by Mathias off the bowling of Skeels senior for 34. After 30 overs LLecryd were on 77 for 5, needing just 45 to win. However due to a combination of good bowling and fielding by the Stags and a lack of effort, the challenge from the hosts never really materialised. Skeels junior came into the bowling attack bowling spin instead of his usual pace after tight spells from Gibbs and Skeels senior and he quickly took a wicket with a delivery that cut back a good 12 inches to leave the home side 6 down for 90. The game petering out for a draw and with 2 overs left Llechryd still needed 19 to win. Cole came into the attack for one over going for 6, Skeels junior at the other end bowled well to only conceed 8 as the dormant Davies (24*) suddenly realised there was a game to be won. In the end the home side fell short of the victory by just 5 runs as they closed on 117 for 6.

The Stags deserved the winning draw on their fielding performance alone, performances of note in the field from several and in particular Carroll who epitomised the spirit in the side. Although not the win it will feel like one after the disappointment of the defeat the week before and it just showed that with the right mindset and determination it is possible to pull results out of the bag when the game may not be going your way.

A difficult game at home on saturday against Crymych who won for the first time in 6 games last weekend. The Stags will be looking for another positive result as they aim to finish the season in the top 4.


Star Man - James Skeels - Rescued the Stags with a top nock of 40 before adding another bow to his arrow by bowling spin instead of his normal pace at the death.

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                         Narberth II (123 for 6) beat Lamphey (121) by 4 wickets

The Stags travelled to mid table Narberth knowing this ground was somewhat of a bogey ground. Batting first the Stags under performed against some average bowling to be dismissed for 121. The most disappointing fact of the innings was that of the 10 players to be dismissed only 3 or 4 knew they hadnt given their wicket away cheaply. The main run scorers for the Stags were Jason Oatley, who battin at 9 scored 21no, Grant Cole chipped in with 18, Nic Shelmerdine 16, Luca Trimarco 12, Rob Mathias 11 and Hywel Gibbs 10. For the home side the wily Nick Evans took 4 for 23 off 9.

With such a lowly total to defend the Stags knew it would take a first class performance in the field if they were to register the victory. Oatley opened alongside the fit again Cole and after 10 overs the score had advanced to 31 for no loss. With both Cole and Oatley then removed from the attack, Gibbs and Shelmerdine took over. The impact was almost immediate as with the score on 37 the first wicket fell as Cole caught John off Shelmerdine. 3 runs later wicket number 2 fell again Shelmerdine the bowler with Trimarco the catcher. Without adding to the score a 3
rd wicket fell as Oatley at deepish mid off took a scintillating catch off the bowling of Gibbs diving to his right to take a one handed effort. Just 4 runs later another with fell, this time Shelmerdine taking a sharp caught and bowled and one run later Trimarco took his second of the game again from Shelmerdine. With the homeside losing 5 wickets for 7 runs the shift of balance had moved to a buoyant Stags side and when with the score on 53 the 6th wicket fell to Shelmerdine and his 5th - courtesy of a Mathias catch behind the stumps - there only seemed to be one likely winner. That is until ex Lamphey player Mike Williams strode to the middle. A player renowned for his attacking prowess and a dangerous player if allowed to settle he showed exactly what he is about. In front of his father who was watching him play for the first time he proceeded to take Gibbs - who had bowled 7 overs for 12 runs - to the cleaners. Gibbs will be hoping to forget the next two overs ever happened as Willams hammered him for 36. With Williams surviving several difficult catching chances he continued to take the game by the scruff of the neck and even the re-introduction of Oatley could not prevent the inevitable as Williams brought up his 50 before continuing and finishing the game with a 4 to finish undefeated on 72. The home side once again having the upper hand in this home tie against a Stag side who have forgotten what it feels like to win at Narberth.

With this latest set back promotion chances for the Stags now seems to be an outside chance at best, realistically the side now has to go unbeaten for the rest of the season if they are to retain the hope of moving up to div 2. A disappointing day in the way the side performed with the bat, compounded further by 2nd place Llanrhian losing to leaders Pembroke. Victory for the Stags would have seen them move within one win of 2nd however as it happens they slip 2 places to 5th in the table.

Saturday sees the team travel to strugglers Llechryd and they know they have to get back on track and restore some damaged pride. It'll be a tough game in Ceredigion but one which will put the smile back on the faces if they can get a win and may keep those faint promotion hopes flickering.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - Usually known for his runs showed his all round abilities by taking 5 wickets, a catch and 16 runs

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                         Lamphey (154 for 8) lost to Llanrhian (155 for 3) by 7 wickets

As fixtures go this fixture will probably define Lamphey's season. With second place and undefeated Llanrhian this weeks visitors a win for the Stags would have brought them to less than 10 points off a promotion place but defeat would have made that closer to 40.

With Lamphey having the hindsight to cover their wicket before Fridays rain this game took on even more significance as it was the only one to survive in the division. The Llanrhian skipper won the toss and invited the Stags to bat on a good wicket. Lewis Haines and Hywel Gibbs opened up and the pair batted well, with Gibbs hitting a delightful straight six early on, however he was first out for 16 with the score on 34. Cole in at 3 only managed 2 before he was bowled by Bennett and 3 runs later Haines was out for 16. With the Stags losing 3 wickets in the space of 7 runs a period of stability was called for. With two fresh men at the crease Mathias and Trimarco the pair moved the score onto 61 before the latter was dismissed for 11. Shelmedine in at 6 and after 20 overs the score had move along to 64 for 4, but a fifth wicket fell as Shelmerdine played on for 11 to leave the Stags 80 for 5. With the skipper next in a telling partnership was crucial against the visitors and it duly arrived. With 30 overs passing the score had moved onto 104 as Mathias and Oatley rightly nudged and nurdled the singles giving the platform for a final 10 over assault. Oatley played a good innings hitting one 6 in his 31 before he was the 6th wicket to fall with the score on 133. A welcome return to the side was Pete McGilloway playing only his 2nd match of the season due to living too far away from the Shire to come home more often. He looked good as he along with Mathias nudged quick singles. However his stay in the middle was short lived as he was superbly caught in the slips for 6. Tom Powell in at 9 played well allowing Mathias to take the strike where possible however in the penultimate over Mathias looking to wield the willow was stumped for a patient 39 with the score on 152. Donohoe joined Powell for the last few deliveries of the innings and ended up clipping a delivery legside for 2 but the game ended with the pair out of overs. The innings was closed at 154 for 8.

For Lamphey to get a result, early wickets were critical. With Skeels Junior unavailable to play due to work committments, the skipper opened the bowling alongside Shelmerdine. The visitors moved the score to 13 before Oatley made the breakthrough by bowling their skipper. With 10 overs passing the visitors were moving along with the required rate reaching 35. The 2nd wicket partnership was broken with the score on 49 as Tom Powell did well to take a testing catch at point from Gibbs. With their tails up the Stags took another wicket just 3 runs later as Skeels who had replaced Shelmerdine took his first of the match courtesy of a Shelmerdine catch. With llanrhian's danger man - Davies - still at the crease he found an allie in the shape of Bennett and the pair batted sensibly to move the score on. Despite a couple of opportunities being put down Davies batted well to reach his 50. With Skeels senior bowling out; Cole who hadnt bowled for 6 weeks due to an ankle injury was brought back into the attack. By the 30 over mark the visitors had progressed the score to 119 and 6 overs later the game was over as Bennett hit the winning runs off the bowling of Donohoe to clinch a 7 wicket win.

Realistically a score of 180 plus was needed to ensure at least a draw in this game. Unfortunately Llanrhian were able to rely on the batting prowess of Davies who finished undefeated on 85 and despite those two opportunties batted very well. The Stags now have to dust themselves down and go again this Saturday at Narberth knowing that there will be a few more twists and turns before the season is over.

Star Man - Rob Mathias - Looking back to his best with his 2nd good knock in a row

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                                      Lamphey (163) beat Johnston II (94) by 69 runs

It was 5th against 6th on Saturday as a resurgent Lamphey side took on a Johnston side who included two key first XI players due to their games postponement.

After a showery morning a wet wicket made winning the toss, so it seemed, key to the outcome of the game. With Johnston calling correctly Lamphey were asked to bat first. With the re-jigged batting line-up doing well the week before at Kilgetty skipper Oatley gave the thumbs up for same again. However with 16 on the board the Stags lost their first wicket as Haines was caught at mid off for 8. Cole in at 3 joined Gibbs and the pair advanced the score to 55 before Gibbs was bowled for 23. 3 runs later and the home side were 3 down as it was Cole (17) this time toe-ing a delivery to give a simple catch to extra cover. With Gibbs and Cole having done the hard work in seeing off the opening attack Mathias in at 4 and the recalled Luca Trimarco at 5 were able to bed themselves in and in doing so, established the biggest partnership of the innings. The pair added 62 for the third wicket before Trimarco departed for 18 with 120 on the board. The visitors having broken through then struck again straight away tempting Mathias to give his wicket away but not before he had played himself back into form with a valuable 42. With the innings entering the final 10 overs of the game the Stags looked to push on. With 2 new batsmen at the crease - Skeels junior and Miller - a further four was added to the total before Miller was bowled for 0. With attack minded Oatley in at 8 the scene was set for a grandstand finish. Oatley wasted no time and quickly moved to 13 including 1 six before he was bowled. With Skeels now the last recognised batsman he took it upon himself to take on the visiting bowling hitting a rapid 25 inc 1x6  before he was dismissed with the score on 163. With only a couple of overs remaining Powell played some nice shots to pick up 3 runs whilst Donohoe was unlucky to be run out off his own bat for 0. Into the final over and Skeels senior the last man in couldnt get the ball away to add to the total and was himself out for 0 as the over wound down.

With 164 to win the Stags knew that they needed to be on their toes to ensure the win. Things got off to a great start with just 5 on the board. The opening pair decided to take a quick single to Powell, Powell did well to field and return the ball leaving the batsman stranded and run out. With Oatley opening the bowling along with Skeels junior the Stags had to wait another 16 runs before the second wicket fell courtesy of Oatley as he bowled the remaining opener. This now meant that the number 3 and 4 batsmen were the visitors 2 1st XI batsman and as the pair showed their ability by punishing anything short after 10 overs they had moved the score onto 53. With no further wicket forthcoming and the score rattling along Oatley took both himself and Skeels Junior out of the firing line and brought on the spin duo of Gibbs and Skeels. This proved a master stroke as with 65 on the board Gibbs bowled Summons for 19. However with Mills still at the other end the runs continued to creep up. Mills brought up his 50 in next to no time and the outcome of the game was dependant on the Stags shifting the dangerous batsman. With Skeels deploying 3 men on the leg side boundary he tossed up a delivery which Mills couldnt resist and smashed it out to the legside boundary where Haines was waiting to take a regulation catch. The visitors were now 81 for 4 but this then became 81 for 5 as Gibbs struck again bowling James. With Johnston now stuttering and the Stags with the upper hand the score moved tentatively to 92 before Gibbs struck LBW for his 3rd of the day and one ball later he had no.4 as Cole took a catch at square leg to leave him on a hat-trick ball. Skeels feeling left out then - courtesy of two catches from junior (one of which was a great one handed catch) - took wickets 8 and 9 with the score on 93. With the last man in at the crease only one further run was added before Skeels then claimed his fourth of the match bowling the no.11 bat for 0.

With the visitors dismissed for 94 the Stags showed a great determination in the field, some great ground fielding and good catching, a fired up side is now proving to themselves that they do have the ability to perform and they will look to continue that vibe. A good winning run has bred confidence within the camp, the side has moved to third in the table and can boast being the highest run scorers in the division. Although this is only the third game where the Stags have bowled out the opposition things are finally begining to click into place. Saturdays home game to unbeaten Llanrhian will be a yard stick to just how far they have come.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Scored 23 runs then took 4 wickets with his deadly spin bowling

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                               Kilgetty (209 for 4) lost to Lamphey (210 for 7) by 3 wickets

This was a case of revenge is sweet as the Stags made up for the disappointment of a cup exit at the hands of Kilgetty only days before.

Skipper Oatley won the toss inviting the home side to bat on a wicket which looked hard and firm. Skeels junior opened the bowling with Shelmerdine. The home pair pushed the score onto 30 before Oatley took a regulation catch at mid off off Shelmerdine with the score on 30. With Skeels junior having little luck he was replaced by Senior and the skippers decision soon paid off as a loose delivery from Skeels tempted the experienced Hall to pop a catch out to Rhys Miller. The home side now 44 for 2 and the Stags had some impetus however a  partnership of 73 between Gwyther (38) and Flook (35) restored the balance. With the score on 121 a mix up between Gwyther and Flook saw Flook run out for 35 and 4 runs later Gwyther also departed after being bowled by Oatley. This brought the young pairing of Cope and Marsh to the wicket and with the score on 122 for 4 going into the final 10 overs. With the innings in the balance the youngsters pushed the tempo and scored at will as the Stags became somewhat ragged in the field. It was little surprise when Marsh brough up his 50 in next to no time and Cope (32) chipped in with vital runs. with the innings complete the pair had added 88 in the last 10 overs taking the total for the home side to 209 for 4 off 40.

A score of 210 to win may have seemed a tall order but with a quick outfield and relatively small boundary meant a little of 5 an over was an achievable target. Skipper Oatley took the opportunity to mix his top order and the new pair of Gibbs and Haines went out to bat. Things soon went wrong though as Gibbs was bowled first ball by a peach of a delivery from Cope. This brought Cole to the middle promoted from middle order to 3. With Haines the pair took on the home side and advanced the score to 27 before Haines (16) was decieved by a ball which popped up resulting in a simple catch. Oatley too promoted himself up the order to 4 and took on the home sides attack. However with the 50 on the board the Stags lost their 3rd wicket as Cole became Copes 3rd victim of the day, bowled for 15. With the Stags keeping up with the run rate the question was whether they would run out of wickets before getting the runs and it looked likely as just 4 runs later Oatley (17) was bowled by change bowler Powling. With usual opener Mathias already at the crease he was joined by the in form Shelmerdine. The pair steadied the ship for a while before Mathias sky-ed one and a simple catch was taken leaving Lamphey on 63 for 5 and staring possible defeat in the face. However the scene was set for Shelmerdine and James Skeels to show the fighting spirit. The pair moved the score onto 79 off 20 overs and worked the ball about, picking up the odd boundary along the way from any loose bowling. In the next 10 overs they advanced the score to 158, bang on target with the required run rate. The pair by now well into the groove displaying no mercy. Each over that advanced the run rate was being achieved, inevitably with the runs being wracked up it was a question of who would reach their 50 first. The race was run by Skeels who brought up his maiden 50 off just 44 balls and not to be outshone Shelmerdine then brought up his 50 off 59 balls. As the overs ticked by the target was whittled down and became 30 needed off the final 6 overs. With it looking likely that the pair would finish the game together it was a shame that Shelmerdine with the score on 197 was bowled for 60 by Powling. Rhys Miller joined Skeels and played a lovely leg side pull for 4 however the nerves were jangling as Miller was then given LBW with just 9 balls left and 8 runs needed to win. Skeels senior joined junior in the middle and couldnt get balls 4 or 5 away but did manage to cut the last ball of the over for a single. A nerve wracking final over saw all Stags players together on the boundary, Skeels senior fresh to the crease faced ball one from Powling, no run, 7 needed to win off 5 balls, ball 2 Senior managed to chip over covers for a single, 6 needed off 3. Powling bowled ball 3 to Junior who launched the ball high towards the deep extra mid wicket boundary, would it clear the boundary or would the fielder waiting for it take the catch.......tension was thick, the anticipation nerve wracking.......up it went......fielder ready.....time seemed to stand still....however much to the jubilation of the Stags over the fielders head it flew......6 runs and the game won with 3 balls to spare. Phew.......

A great game of cricket, both sides score 200+ which was courtesy of a good wicket and perhaps some generous bowling from both sides.....Revenge was gained and Tuesday nights cup defeat forgotten as the players ran onto the pitch to congratulate Skeels on hitting the winning runs and finshing on 76 not out..... 
Star Man - James Skeels - His finest moment in a Stags shirt scoring his maiden 50 for the Club

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                                 Lamphey (91) lost to Kilgetty (94 for 3) by 7 wickets

The Stags cup campaign ended at home on Tuesday night after falling to Kilgetty in the Alan Brown.

Lamphey won the toss however lost key wickets at early stages, crucially Mathias and Shelmerdine were both out for 0. With only 4 people getting into double figures - Lewis Haines (19), Jason Oatley (14), Grant Cole (12) and Hywel Gibbs (10) it was no surprise that the home side were dismissed for 91.

Kilgetty did lose an early wicket with the score on 7, however with wily old campaigner and ex-Stag Peter Hall controlling the innings the visitors won with 8 balls to go. Fittingly it was 'Horlicks' who hit the winning runs whilst bringing up his 50. There were wickets for Skeels senior, Gibbs and Oatley and catches for Cole, Shelmerdine and Haines.

A disappointing exit at this the quarter final stage but will only increase the Stags desire to inflict defeat in the league match with Kilgetty on Saturday. 

Star Man - Lewis Haines - Top scored with 19 and took a good catch after juggling with it.

                                                     LAMPHEY v FISHGUARD 4/6/11
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                              Lamphey (224 for 8) drew with Fishguard (158 for 6)

Lamphey buoyed from victory against Carew IIIs last Saturday went into this home fixture looking to make it two in a row.

Fishguard won the toss and the Stags were invited to bat (although they would have done even if they had have won the toss!). With 4 on the board and the game in its first over Gibbs in a makeshift opening roll was bowled for 2. Trimarco and Shelmerdine regrouped and advanced the score to 28 before Trimarco was out for 9. The inform Lewis Haines promoted up the order to 4 came and went for a duck as the Stags found themselves 3 down for 32. James Skeels in at 5 looked to be playing himself into form but was run out for 12 due to a bounce of luck in the field. Oatley installed Skeels senior at 6 to hold an end up as although the run rate was good wickets were tumbling. Unfortunately another did tumble as the reliable Shelmerdine was dismissed for 31. Cole in at 7 saw his partner change just 6 runs later as Skeels was cut in two from the spin of Dalling for 5. The skipper in at 8 and with 71 on the board after 20 overs the need to form a partnership was evident. Both batsman known for the hitting prowess, showed great restraint to play the ball around whilst punishing the bat. The pair batted with such confidence that they added 78 in the next 10 overs and continued to dominant the visitors bowling to such an extent it was no surprise that Cole soon brought up his first 50 for a number of years. With the pair looking to accelerate in the last 10 they advanced the score to 186 before Oatley was bowled just 6 short of his 50. Miller in at 9 chipped in with 5 but Cole took on the impetus as the 8th wicket partnership was worth 34. Donohoe in at 10 faced the last over and hit a four which meant the Stags completed their innings on 224 for 8 after being 71 for 6. Cole remained undefeated on 78 not out hitting 3x6s and 11x4s off just 65 balls.

With such a daunting total the visitors had not been strangers to scores of over 200 themselves, however they hadnt factored in a fired up James Skeels who was bowling with true pace and aggresion. The first wicket fell with no runs on the board thanks to Shelmerdines' peach of a delivery. This brought the inform Dalling to the crease but he too departed quickly with Skeels digging one in short and Miller taking the catch at square leg. The game then went into a bit of a lull as the visitors tried to ensure they lost no further wickets. A 51 partnership was formed before wicket number 3 arrived. With the spin pair in action Gibbs and Skeels senior restricted the flow of runs before Gibbs picked up 2 wickets with the score on 78 and 80 and after 30 overs Fishguard had limped to 100 for 5.  Another 5 wickets needed to win and with Fishguard needing another 74 to get a draw point it was a question of who wanted it more. Skeels junior brought back into the attack did pick up another wicket but despite some late blows Fihguard had to settle for a draw as they finished on 158 for 6. The Stags slightly disappointed not to weed out the remaining batsmen but still finished with 23 points in the bag.

A trip to Kilgetty Saturday and they will be going to the bottom placed side looking for revenge for the cup defeat handed out on Tuesday. A good result there could set up the Stags for an interesting 2nd half to the season.

Star Man - Grant Cole - Set a personal best of 78not out to help steer the Stags back on course.


                            Hundleton (144 for 7)  lost to Lamphey (155 for 3) by 11 runs

Tuesday night saw both teams try again after last weeks game was abandoned due to rain. It was a case of deja vu too as Lamphey once again batted first. However unlike last week the opening pair of Trimarco and Gibbs didnt quite get the same early run rate going. Nonetheless the pair did add 38 for the first wicket as Trimarco (20) was bowled going for one swing too many. Shelmerdine in at 3 avoided repeating his duck from the first game and slowly but surely worked the ball about. With the score on 45 the Stags lost their 2nd wicket with Gibbs being caught behind for 24. With half the innings gone and the score on 45 the need to turn on the burners was evident. Replacing Gibbs in the middle was Lewis Haines fresh from his 110 on Saturday and he wasnt to disappoint as both he and Shelmerdine pulverised the home side to all corners of the field, the pair adding 50 in the next 5 overs with the bulk of the runs from Haines. Shelmerdine was the next to lose his wicket for 24 as he and Haines couldnt decide whether to take a quick single or not and only succeded in running himself out, but his 24  was more than useful. The next landmark in the game was Haines bringing up his 50 as he went looking for the bowling and with Oatley the pair continued the good work to ensure the Stags ended the innings on 155 for 3. Lewis Haines undefeated on an excellent 70 not out off just 27 balls (3x6s and 10x4s) with Oatley undefeated on 13. With the last 5 overs of the game going for 60 runs the Stags went from 45 in the first 10 overs to scoring an extra 110 in the last 10.

Hundleton knew that they would need to come out fighting and to be fair to them they did. The opening pair of Tysoe and Williams took apart Skipper Oatley and Shelmerdine early on and by the time they lost their first wicket - from the bowling of Gibbs -  they had 40 on the board in just 5 overs. With the pressure being exerted the home side then lost their 2nd opener with the score on 43 - Tysoe departing thanks to a solid Gibbs catch on the boundary. The next breakthrough came with the score on 61 as Brunton bowled the no.3 batsman. With 10 overs of the match gone the Stags had managed to stem the flow of runs, but the home side were just 11 runs off target leaving the game evenly poised. A 4th wicket was lost with the score on 69 as Gibbs weaved his magic, however this only brought the prolific Williams to the crease. The Stags knew he was key to the outcome of the game and if he was allowed to play his natural game then it could slip away. Despite a partnership of 26 the home side lost their 5th wicket as the injured Cole bowling off a shortened run up removed Walkey. Oatley replaced Dilworth at the top end and the turning point of the game came when he tempted Williams to flick one off his leg to Shelmerdine who made a fine diving catch at mid wicket. With 15 overs of the game gone the score was 112 for 6, another  44 needed to win, but just 3 runs later the 7th wicket of the match fell as Cole took his 2nd courtesy of Gibbs out deep. The game wasnt over though and Strydom weilding his bat to good effect left the home side requiring 25 from the final 2 overs. Skipper Oatley bowled the penultimate conceeding 10 to leave 15 needed from 1. Cole bowling the last over proceeded to bowl 2 dot balls, followed by 4 singles ensuring the Stags ended the match victorious by 11 runs.

A close game played in good spirits which could have gone either way. A great platform laid on by those who batted, particularly Lewis Haines who finished undefeated on 70 and also Gibbs, Trimarco and Shelmerdine who all scored 20 plus. In the bowling stakes Oatley, Gibbs and Cole all took 2 each with Brunton one, whilst there were 4 catches - Gibbs (2), Miller and Shelmerdine.

A good performance from all sees Lamphey rewarded with a home tie to fellow division 3 side Kilgetty on 7 June.

Star Man - Lewis Haines - Took the home side apart to score 70 from just 27 balls.

                                                    CAREW III v LAMPHEY 28/5/11
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                            Carew III (125)  lost to Lamphey (127 for 8) by 2 wickets

A Lamphey side depleted by the wedding of the Rob Mathias saw a make shift side travel the short distance to take on Carew IIIs at their new picturesque 2nd pitch on Saturday. It wasnt all that long ago that the Stags were rubbing shoulders with their 1st XI however a sign of the times meant this game was to use footballing parlance a 6 pointer.

The day got off to a positive start when skipper Oatley won the toss and invited the home side to bat. The first wicket fell in the 3rd over as Skeels junior made the breakthrough. A Hicks father and son partnership restored balance for the home side. The pair taking the score into the 60s before Skeels senior took his first wicket of the afternoon courtesy of a Carroll catch. Wickets then began to fall regularly as tight bowling from Skeels and Oatley slowed the runrate and increased the pressure. Skeels senior took 2 further wickets in an over as he bowled Hicks senior for 25 then had Harris caught by Miller for 0. Oatley not to be outdone then took a wicket the following over bowling Whitfield for 0. With Carew now rocking from losing 5 quick wickets it was down to the experienced heads of debutant Greg Morris and Gethin Evans to stem the flow. Morris who hadnt played for 20 months was soon back into the groove and only the reintroduction of Skeels junior to the attack stopped the pair from retaking the initiative. First he had Evans (17) brilliantly caught in the slips by Sean Donohoe and in his next over he removed Morris (33) courtesy of a simple catch at midwicket by Skeels senior. With Cole unable to bowl Dilworth and Donohoe filled in to make up the extra overs and it was Donohoe who claimed his first wicket in the 1st XI as he bowled M Read for 3. With 9 wickets down for 125 the number XI bat declined to bat and the innings was over.

With 126 to win the Stags knew they would need to be cautious particularly without the prolific Mathias and Shelmerdine. With Trimarco opening alongside Oatley the visitors were soon in trouble as Oatley (2) put one up in the air 2 for 1 then became 9 for 2 as Trimarco was bowled for 3. Rhys Miller promoted to 3 played himself in and with Gibbs looked to up the ante, however Miller was next out for 3 and the Stags were in trouble at 16 for 3. The partnership of the game however then took place as Gibbs and Skeels junior took on the bowling attack. With the score on 58 Skeels (21) lofted one out to deep mid off to the Carew skipper. Cole in at 6 added 6 before he was bowled  and the Stags were in trouble at 66 for 6. Dilworth in at 7 continued his vein of form cracking Harris for 13 in one over to tip the game back into the Stags favour. Gibbs meanwhile was growing in confidence and playing a pivotal role in proceedings dispatching loose bowling as and when. Dilworth departed for 14 with the score in the 90s. With old head Skeels senior joining Gibbs in the middle the pair took the score to 100. Gibbs cracked a couple of 4s through extra cover and Skeels chipped in with a leg side tickle and the score moved to within 10 runs of victory before Skeels tried cutting one over the top of slips only for Knox to take a good catch above his head. 7 wickets down and 10 to win, Carroll on his first team debut came and went for 0 and another 3 needed to win. Gibbs pushed a single first ball of the over to leave Donohoe on strike, he played the first delivery back to Morris before finishing the game with a sweep for 4.

A tense game played in good spirits. The match ebbing and flowing from side to side throughout the day. This game could have gone either way in all honesty however perhaps the resilience of Gibbs to bat for 25 overs, coupled with telling knocks from Skeels junior and senior along with Dilworth just edged the game the Stags way. 

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Scored 47 for the 2nd week running to steer the Stags home

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                   Lamphey (128)  vs Pembroke (11 for 0) - Match abandoned due to rain

Saturday saw the local derby take place between Lamphey and Pembroke. With the weather dictating the match the game was started in a misty drizzle as both sides were keen to play. Both sides must be congratulated for giving it a go but the game was finally abandoned in the 2nd over of the 2nd innings.

On being asked to bat first, Lamphey were dealt an immediate blow as Mathias was bowled first ball. This brought the inform Shelmerdine to the crease and he scored 5 before he was adjudged LBW. The next wicket fell with the score on 37 as Luca Trimarco went for a battling 10. His replacement in the middle Oatley departed for 0 and the Stags were 37 for 4. James Skeels in at 6 played a cameo innings to score a quickfire 13, supporting Gibbs who was playing some great attacking cricket. Sean Donohoe promoted up the order made 6 before he was next out, experienced Andrew Skeels made 3 and Cole made 5. Gibbs was fast in danger of being left stranded with the score on 93 for 8. in at 10 was Barry Dilworth, batting for the 1st time this season although it didnt show. He along with Gibbs added 24 for the 9th wicket as Gibbs fell agonosingly 3 short of his first 50 of the season. Dilworth and youth player Tom Powell batted well against both the Pembroke attack and the conditions to take the score to 128 before Powell was the second player to be out LBW with the score on 128. Dilworth remained undefeated on 20 (1x6 and 2x4).

It was little surprise that when the forecast rain returned ten balls into the Pembroke innings that the game was not going to be finished. For the visitors White hit a boundary as the game was abandoned with 11 on the board.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - a top performance with the bat, falling just 3 short of his 50

                                       HERBRANDSTON v LAMPHEY 19/5/11

                  Herbrandston (114 for 7) beat Lamphey (113) by 3 wickets

Lamphey kicked off this seasons Harrison and Allen campaign with a trip to 1st division side Herbrandston. If Lamphey were to get top division opposition this would have been the type of side which would have given the Stags with the best chance of claiming a top flight scalp.

Batting first the Stags found the opening pair bowling a tight line and length however the first wicket fell when Trimarco departed for 0, Shelmerdine joined Mathias in the middle and the pair moved the score along before the former departed for 8. Gibbs in at 4 played some great shots and with Mathias started to get on top of the home side bowling. Mathias was next to be out with 14. The partnership of the innings was soon to develop as skipper Oatley  (34) and Gibbs (28) pushed the score into the late 80's before they finally succumbed to Camani. With overs running out and with quick runs needed the Stags threw caution to the wind but unfortunately wickets tumbled before the team was dismissed in the last over with 113 runs on the board.

Not a bad total although a score of 130/140 could have been achieved. With the Stags up for a fight, a gee'd up side went on the attack. Cole opened with Skeels and both bowled well. Cole making the breakthrough twice early on with the help of Oatley who took similar catches at mid off. With the home side 2 down, it was the turn of their skipper to anchor the innings. Around him wickets fell at regular intervals as Gibbs replaced Cole after his 6 over spell and Oatley replaced Skeels after he bowled 4 overs. Gibbs picked up 3 wickets 2 courtesy of catches from Luca Trimarco and Sean Donohoe. Oatley at the other end bowled Davies. With the home side relying heavily on Skipper Bennett the Stags still felt the game was there. If they could dismiss Bennett there was belief a shock victory could be pulled off. Bennett did give several half chances but to his credit he led from the front. With the darkness closing in and the home side 7 wickets down the game finally went the way of the home side in the final over of the game. Needing four to win Bennett charged down the wicket to hit Gibbs over mid off for four, the field having been pulled in to save the single.

A great fight by the Stags, another 20 runs and the game would have been theirs. Top performance in the field and a self belief almost delivered the shock of the round. The Stags now have to carry that fight and belief into the following league and cup games and there will undoubtedly be more successes than failures

Star Man - Jason Oatley - Skipper led from the front with 34 runs, 2 catches and a wicket


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                  Crymych (137 for 1) beat Lamphey (131) by 9 wickets

Lamphey travelled to the mountain men knowing it would take an excellent performance if they were to pull off a positive result.

On losing the toss Lamphey were invited to bat on a very green wicket which offered a bit for the bowler, whilst for the batsman the outfield was like lightning. Trimarco and Mathias continued their blosoming opening partnership and the pair batted sensibly before Trimarco was caught for 10 and the score on 29. The impressive Shelmerdine in at 3 built up a good partnership with Mathias to advance the score to 73 before Mathias (33) played a leg side delivery which came off his bat and onto leg stump. Gibbs in at 4 added a quickfire 12 before was adjudged LBW and the Stags were 98 for 3. With upwards of 15 overs remaining and with the change bowlers in action the Stags were looking for a score of 170 plus however as so often is the case a succession of quick wickets saw the visitors plummet from 98 for 2 to 131 all out. Shelmerdine hitting a superb 43 as no other batsman from 4 down reached double figures. For the home side Davies ended with figures of 6 for 33 despite being lose early on.

With a monumental task needed in the field to pull this result out of the bag the Stags started brightly without any luck. The opening pair playing with a great deal of confidence had advanced the score to 69 before Gibbs struck to remove Davies for 45. Gibbs nearly took his 2nd in the same over as Kurtz managed to keep his stumps intact however he soon plundered a quick fire 43 and Wyn 30 as the home team romped home inside 24 overs with the loss of no further wickets. A comprehensive 9 wicket win underlines why they are one of the favourites for automatic promotion.

With 4 games gone the Stags have played both Llanrhian and Crymych who must be serious contenders for promotion. With them now out of the way the Stags will look to improve results with the local derby against Pembroke on Saturday and hope this can provide the catalyst for positive results against the likes of  Carew IIIs, Kilgetty, Johnston IIs and Fishguard who are on the list of fixtures for June.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - Has been in the most impressive form of his cricketing life averaging over 40 after

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                 Lamphey (107 for 1) beat Llechryd (106 for 8) by 9 wickets

The omens' for this game looked good from the off set as skipper Oatley won his first toss of the campaign and promptly asked the visitors to bat on a damp wicket.

The Stags looking to bounce back from two defeats included Shaun Donohoe for his first XI debut, welcomed back Barry Dilworth and Grant Cole to the starting line up and gave young keeper Tom Powell his debut behind the stumps for the first XI.

It was the combination of Cole and Powell who got the Stags off to a flying start as Cole tempted the dangerous Curran to tickle one leg side into the waiting gloves of Powell first ball. Cole was unlucky again as he had a Davies catch put down by Powell in the same over. After this early set back the visitors regrouped and the pairing of Davies and Carter defended stoically. With no further wickets Cole and Skeels (jnr) were replaced by the spin kings of Gibbs and Skeels - who exerted a real stranglehold on the runs -  and then Shelmerdine replacing Gibbs. All the time Llechryd plodded on at 2 an over and with the first 20 overs complete had reached 42 for 1. The visitors advanced the score to 70 before Shelmerdine struck Davies departing for 42. With three quarters of their innings complete and 75 on the board  the need to increase the run rate saw the fall of wickets at a regular occurrence. Shelmerdine took his second of the game with the score on 81 thanks to Tom Powell snapping up his second catch of the day. With Skeels completing his allocated 9 overs, skipper Oatley brought himself into the attack and with the aid of Mathias picked up two quick wickets and the miserly Gibbs at the other end took his first wicket of the season as the visitors were on the ropes at 99 for 6. The Stags with their tails up snapped up a 7th wicket with the score on 100 as Tom Powell assisted Oatley for his 3rd catch and Oatleys' 3rd wicket. With the last over of the game the skipper turned to Dilworth who then proceeded to snap up his first wicket in his 3rd ball as the 10 man visitors managed to survive the last 3 balls to reach 103 for 8 at the close of play.

With the Stags needing 107 to win skipper Oatley showed confidence in youth by electing to open the batting with 16 year old Luca Trimarco alongside the seasoned campaigner Mathias. The Stags got off to a good solid start as both players took their time and played with sense. However with the score on 21 Trimarco creamed a ball flat to the deep cover boundary - which no doubt had 6 written all over it - was gutted to see a Llechryd youngster right in its path. The youngster pulled off a great catch and although had to go off injured as a result must be commended for taking the catch as the ball was motoring at a rate of knotts. With Trimarco unlucky to be out - the bowler later admitted he forgot to move the fielder - all it succeded in doing was bring the inform Shelmerdine to the crease and with the visitors struggling for bowlers the pair picked off the bowling at a rate of 5 an over as they raced to 103 off 20 overs. With only 4 remaining to win it was left to Shelmerdine (41 not out) to hit the winning four as the Stags raced home with just under 20 overs left, Mathias at the other end finished 3 short of his first 50 of the season on 47. A very welcome first win of the campaign and 27 points was gratefully welcomed.

A much needed morale booster for the side before going into a difficult game at early season favourites Crymych on Saturday. A pleasing performance from all and in particular the youngsters who showed that the conveyor belt is well and truly churning them out at Lamphey.

Star Man - Tom Powell - an almost faultless display behind the stumps on his 1st XI debut and took 3 good catches which will no doubt cement his position in the side as keeper.

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           Lamphey (114 all out) lost to Narberth II (120 for 2) by 8 wickets

Lamphey kicked off their first home game of the season with a game against Narberth II. Batting first the Stags - missing first team regulars McGilloway, Johnson and Cole -  made 114 all out thanks mainly to the inform Shelmerdine (29), Skeels senior (25) and skipper Oatley (17). For the visitors the wily Nick Evans took 4-26 and ex-Stag Mike Williams 2 for 7.

Defending a low total the home side managed to take 2 wickets as the visitors won by 8 wickets with the stubborn Mike Johns forever a thorn in the Stags side scoring 47 not out and Ceri Davies 47 not out.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - early form which the Stags hope will continue for the season


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                           Llanrhian (136 for 3) beat Lamphey (134 for 9) by 7 wickets
It was a case of deja vu as the Stags travelled to Llanrhian for their opening game of the season for the second time in three years. It wasnt the only moment of deja vu either as the Stags succumbed to the same result - a comprehensive win for the home side.

However things got of to a slow but steady start for the Stags as they batted first reaching 25 for the first wicket  before McGilloway departed for 12. The 2nd wicket fell on 56 as Mathias was caught behind for a patient 18. Gibbs in at 4 didnt hang around and smashed a quick fire 22 including 2 sixes as the Stags looked set to push on at 101 for 3. This is where the day went downhill as a furthe 2 wickets fell on 105 as James Skeels departed for 3 and Cole was run out for 0 in the space of 2 overs. All the while with Shelmerdine holding the innings together and with the last 10 overs remaining a score of 150 looked possible. Young Luca Trimarco scored 4 before sky-ing one which brought skipper Oatley to the crease, however the late charge suffered a set back as Shelmerdine departed for an excellent 44. Oatley now taking repsonsibility to push on the score with Skeels senior nurdling the ball about. The 7th wicket fell with the score on 117 as Oatley was out for 9. Batting at 10 and making his 1st XI debut was teenager Tom Powell and with Skeels he managed to push the score to 126 before he was bowled late on for 5. With the last over in play it was left to Skeels (2*) and Jeff Moseley (1*) to deny the home side the maximum 5 bowling points. The innings closed on 134 for 9

Cole and Skeels junior opened the bowling and with only 5 on the board Cole struck to dismiss the opener LBW. The very next ball Cole had J Jones dropped at point to a difficult chance, however the game was then to swing into Llanrhians favour. Despite several optimistic appeals Skeels was unlucky with one or two LBW shouts. With no further breakthrough both openers were replaced by Gibbs and Oatley. Oatley replaced by Skeels senior after 1 over. Spin from both ends allowed the  home batsmen to take their time and pick the singles and punish the loose balls. The home side brought up the 100 without any further loss and advanced the score to 121 before Davies (54) became Skeels' first victim of 2011. With the win in sight Oatley changed the bowling bringing young Trimarco into the attack and his good line and length paid off when he bowled the number 4 bat with the score on 126. With only a couple of runs needed to win, the game ended with an over throw which went for 4 and the home side had won at a canter in just 26 overs and with 7 wickets left.

A disappointing day but with a little effort the season will improve. Good to see early runs for Shelmerdine, Oatley and Mathias and positive to see Trimarco and Powell performing well in the field.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - held the innings together with a well played 44.