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LAMPHEY v LLANGWM II 25/8/12
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                               Lamphey (146 for 8) beat Llangwm (50) by 96 runs


This was it
, the final Saturday of the 2012 cricket season and the game hinged on the result at Stackpole and what the weather decided to do. As it was, out of the 5 games in the division, 3 had succumbed to the elements, two - at Lamphey and Stackpole - hadnt. For the Stags to be crowned as Div 3 champions they knew that a winning draw would be enough to pip Stackpole to the title - providing they beat 3rd placed Pembroke Dock of course.

So with the covers protecting the wicket against all the precipitation that had fallen in the week when no play would have been possible, it was. Llangwm called correctly and won the toss, Lamphey invited to bat.

Williams and Trimarco opened and had taken the score to 9 before Trimarco hit the ball straight to the fielder and Williams had no chance as a direct hit saw him run out for 4. 9 for 1 then became 10 for 2 as Shelmerdine in at 3 was yorked for 0. Gibbs in at 4 started to rebuild the innings with Trimarco slowly but surely and had taken the score to 23 off 10 overs. The pair added a further 12 and with the score on 35 Trimarco played kamikaze cricket once more, believing that the ball had found its way past Gully and in the process ran himself out as it was fielded and returned. Johnny Hyde in at 5 hit the young spinner for 16 off one over only for him to then be bowled off his pads by the same youngster and with the score now on 52 four of the top five were back in the hutch. With wickets tumbling too easily skipper Oatley promoted Skeels to 6 with the instruction to hold up an end and along with Gibbs took the score to 72 before Gibbs stepped back to a ball that kept low and was bowled for 24. Young Scott Brunton in at 7 played well in a partnership of 24 with Skeels before he was next man out for 12. After his batting heroics the previous game Haydn Cole in at 8 couldnt quite repeat his efforts although he did smash his first ball for 4. The next time he tried he only succeeded in mistiming his shot to mid wicket - who despite having a lot to do took a well held catch. After 30 overs the Stags were 107 for 7, with only Oatley, Cole and Vale left to bat, but still looking for that magical 150. Oatley in at 9 scored 4 in a partnership of 8 with Skeels and with the Stags now on 115 for 8 the visitors must have fancied their chances, however in the final 8 overs of the game Skeels (29 not out) and Cole (17 not out) combined to add another 31 runs to advance the score to 146 for 8, Skeels hitting a four from the last delivery of the innings to give the home side a defendible target against the 10 man visitors.

The Stags got of to an ideal start as Vale trapped the opener LBW with only 5 on the board. And with Cole exerted the pressure on the visitors so that after 10 overs only 15 runs were on the board. The second wicket came with the score on 22 as Vale made the batsman get a thick edge into the gloves of Williams and despite not being given by the umpire did the honourable thing and walked. With both Vale and Cole coming off after 6 overs a piece the usual change bowling of Gibbs and Skeels took over. The visitors did rally slightly and after a couple of overs Skeels came off to be replaced by Oatley. The visitors lost their 3rd wicket with the score on 43 courtesy of a Gibbs LBW. 43 for 3 then became 43 for 4 as Gibbs struck the very next ball and was on a hattrick for the 2nd time in 2 games but like the last the bat managed to see off the delivery. The Stags didnt have long to wait though as two further wickets fell on 44 as Haydn Cole at square leg and Stephen Vale at mid on both took catches to hammer home the advantage. With Oatley not wanting to miss out he tempted the opener to play straight to Shelmerdine at mid off and then bowled another with the score on 46 to finish with 2 for 7. With the game all but over and the last pair in at the middle Skeels came on to replace Gibbs - who had taken 5 for 10 off his allotted 9 over spell - and in the very first over the batsman attempted to take a quick single to the alert Vale at mid off who ran in, picked the ball up and hit the stumps directly to win the game and clinch the title for the jubilant Stags.

A victory by 96 runs and an all round team performance as has been the case this season - without a side of individuals this team has worked hard as a unit this year and justifiably earned promotion having won 8 drawn 2 and lost 2 of the 12 games that have been played. With news that Stackpole had won comfortably against the Dock the Stags were lucky that the showers held off long enough not to rain on their parade as at one stage the home side were just 1 point off clinching the title when rain stopped play for the 3rd time in the visitors innings. Had the game been abandoned the trophy would have gone to Stackpole who had a better points ratio. Still the cricketing gods rewarded the Club who had been top of the table since early on in the season.

Now the club can look forward to division 2 cricket next season and with a couple of new recruits to strengthen what is already a good side give it a real crack at getting back into the top echelon of Pembrokeshire cricket - now that would raise a few eyebrows around the County!.....8 months off now and nothing to do in the meantime - however nets will be arranged from late February as thoughts turn once more to the hallowed turf and the events that will unfold in the 2013 season.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - 24 runs and 5 for 10 from the all rounder does enough to edge it over Skeels who batted patiently for his 29 not out.

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JOHNSTON II v LAMPHEY 18/8/12
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LAMPHEY v NARBERTH II 11/8/12
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                                      Lamphey (171) beat Narberth II (73) by 98 runs



After a fortnight without cricket the Stags finally got back onto the field of play knowing that 3 wins from the last 3 games would mean they finish champions of Division regardless of what anyone else did.

With Lamphey batting first the target was to put a score of 150+ on the board and make the opposition chase. With usual opener Iain Williams out due to a knee injury Trimarco found himself opening alongside the skipper Oatley. The pair played superb cricket to race the score to 56 off the first 10 overs of the day and had 62 on the board before Trimarco was out for a positive knock of 25. With the platform set for a big score Brunton had the opportunity to bat at 3 in the absence of Shelmerdine and with Oatley continued playing cricket in the same vain, advancing the score to 79 before Brunton was unlucky to be bowled for 9. Gibbs in at 5 scored 4 as he was next out with 89 on the board after 20 overs. Skeels in at 5 suffered nose bleeds and vertigo from being in such a lofty position was in the middle with the skipper when he brought up a richly deserved 50 which included 7x4s and 1x6. However he only added another 2 before being caught in the deep with the score on 100. With 4 wickets down Cole (11) and Skeels added another 19 before the former top edged a delivery which the keeper made good ground to take a full length diving catch. 119 for 5 then became 119 for 6 as Skeels was out LBW for 6. With 2 new batsmen in the middle Vale and Cremin put on 6 before Cremin (1) was unlucky to get a ball that popped and all he could do was to return a simple catch to the bowler who even had the audacity to take it one handed. With the Stags on the rack at 125 for 7 the visitors hadnt counted on the enigma that is Haydn Cole. A batsmen who can as easily be out first ball as he can score big. Today it was the latter as Cole enjoyed the visiting bowling and in no time at all had smashed 4 huge sixes and several fours in a rapid innings of 39. In a partnership of 40 with Vale Cole had 39, Vale 1. Cole's fun was over for the afternoon though as he was bowled for 39 but by then the damage was done as the Stags had advanced to 165 for 8. Donohoe in at 10 was bowled for 0 with the score on 165 and Mathias in at 11 had a brief partnership of 6 with Vale before he too was bowled for 0 leaving the Stags all out for 171. Vale who played 2 lovely shots for four remained undefeated on 10. For the visitors Andrew Williams took 3 for 23 and ex-Stag Mike Williams 3 for 35.

With anything over 150 the Stags always feel confident of defending the total and the home side got off to the perfect start in the very first over as Andrew Williams cut Vale straight to Brunton at Point. With Cole and Vale both getting over injuries the pair were not quite their efficient selves however with 20 on the board Vale struck again to bowl the other opener and 10 runs later Vale this time had Trimarco to thank for another catch in the Covers. With 10 overs gone the visitors were on 34 for 3 but had O Richards batting well. At this point Oaltey took the decision to replace Cole with the spin of Gibbs and with the score on score on 49 Gibbs took his first wicket of the day. 49 for 4 then became 5 as Vale picked up his 4th of courtesy of another catch in the covers, this time Brunton taking his 2nd. 2 runs later and Gibbs made further inroads into the visitors - thanks to a Vale catch - before tempting Mike Williams to have a big heave at the next ball.Trimarco on the cover boundary showed great agility to cover a large distance before taking an excellent catch which must rank up there as one of the best of the season. With the dangerous Williams out and the visitors wilting on 51 for 7, the Stags, with Gibbs on a hat trick went for the kill. It wasnt to be though as the incoming bat played the ball back to Gibbs. Vale bowled through to finish with superb figures of 4 for 25 off 9. With Gibbs one end, his partner in crime Skeels then helped himself to two wickets with the score on 58 and 62 - the first a stumping by stand in keeper Oatley. With the visitors 9 down for 62 and Gibbs finishing his alloted 9 taking 3 for 16, Oatley threw the ball to youngster Brunton and with only 3 balls gone he picked up his 2nd 1st XI wicket as Cremin took a good catch at extra cover to wrap up the win.

A good all round performance from the Stags with the bat a good foundation was laid by Trimarco and Oatley before the home side lost their way. The innings was rescued by Haydn Cole and his 39 to give the Stags a very useful 171. When it came to take the field everyone fielded well and a 4 wicket haul from Vale, 3 from Gibbs, 2 from Skeels and 1 from Brunton was underpinned by some excellent catching as no less than 6 of the visitors were caught.

1 down, 2 to go and the Stags continue to sit pretty atop of division 3. With Crymych now seemingly out of contention after their loss at Llangwm it seems there are 3 in the hunt for 2 promotion spots. The Stags welcome back Williams and Shelmerdine for the trip to Johnston whilst both Stackpole and Pembroke Dock have difficult games at Crymych and Llechryd respectively. Hopefully by this time next week the Stags will have something to celebrate...


Star Man - Jason Oatley - The skipper led from the front - opening the batting to score a valuable 52 and did well filling in for Iain Williams behind the stumps.



HAVERFORDWEST III v LAMPHEY 4/8/12
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LAMPHEY v STACKPOLE 21/7/12
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                               Lamphey (119 for 7) drew with Stackpole (223 for 6)

This match was undoubtably the game of the day in div 3 as 1st took on 2nd in the league.

These games alway turn out to be a good affair and this was to be no different as the visitors extracted some revenge on the Stags for their home defeat earlier in the Season.

A warm day - the first for a long time - greeted both sides and skipper Oatley winning the toss took the decision to invite the visitors to bat. The visitors got off to a great start against the opening bowling and things got better for them as Cole had to pull out of the bowling attack with a side strain after just 8 overs gone; whilst at the other end Vale too was nursing an injury which didnt help his cause. With the inability of Hyde who too was nursing an injury to bowl, the spin of Skeels and Gibbs were introduced into the game earlier than anticipated. With the innings half way through the opening pair of Davies and Adie had moved the scored onto 87 but it was just 2 runs later when the first wicket fell and a second fell on 90. By the time Gibbs and Skeels had bowled out the advancing run rate had been halted somewhat with it sitting at 121 for 2 off 30. However with wickets in hand and  Cox and Adie at the crease the visitors upped the rate and first Adie then Cox brought up their 50's. Brunton in his first team debut come into the attack and succeeded in picking up his first wicket but all this did was bring the big hitting Williams to the crease. Shelmerdine, then Oatley bowled from the Fleimsh Court end and Vale and Trimarco had spells from the railway end during the last 10 however with the impetus firmly with the visitors they piled on the runs adding 101 in the final 10. The Stags did manage though to take further wickets as Trimarco had a catch on the boundary and Oatley and Vale had run outs. The run out from Vale being a superb effort from out deep in the field off the last ball of the innings a direct hit which gave the home side an extra point and may count come the end of the season.

A daunting total of 224 to win, the Stags knew that even if they were to pick up 1 draw point they needed to make 174. With this in mind Oatley opened the innings with two attacking bats in Trimarco and Hyde. The innings got off to a great start as Hyde got off the mark with a boundary. However before the over was out he was dismissed by MacKay without adding to his 4. Shelmerdine in 3 played patiently and after 10 overs the score had advanced to 27. It was with the score on 29 the Stags lost their second with with Shelmerdine (10) adjudged LBW and just 2 runs later Trimarco was out for 16. 31 for 3 became 42 for 4 as this time Gibbs (5) became the second player to be given out LBW. With the top order back in the hutch the game became a war of atrition as the Stags knew that they had to ensure they batted the full 40 overs to prevent Stackpole gaining maximum points. With Brunton in at 5 and Cole in at 6 the pair came together with the score on 42 and by the half way mark in the inning the home side had 52 on the board - still requiring 174 for victory. With the visitors keen to buy wickets the Lamphey pair batted sensibly to frustrate to visitors - Brunton in particular playing very well for his age and keen to dismiss anything loose. The pair added 44 for the 5th wicket before Cole was dismissed for 18. As with partnerships once one is out the other follows soon after and this was to happen as Brunton was dismissed - for an excellent 32 - via a great reflex catch in the slips. With only 10 overs of the ininnings left the Stags had reached 89 and with no chance of winning the game, still had pride to play for whilst ensuring they didnt slip to a morale sapping defeat. McGilloway in only his 3rd game of the season partnered Williams and the pair added 12 before McGilloway was unlucky to be bowled for 6. With two old heads in Williams and Skeels in the middle the pair shut up shop whilst still picking off the loose deliveries and took the score to 119 for 7 before play was finished for the day. Williams ended up 5 not out and Skeels on 13 not out ensured that the game finished a draw.

A hard game for the Stags, they will take some solace in the fact that they wont face a batting line up anything like they had before them in any of their remaining fixtures. Whilst they suffer a case of the wobbles its how they come back in the last 4 games which will determine whether they deserve promotion or not. With games against teams in the bottom 5 and all scrapping for survival it wont be a given however they must believe they have the ability to grind out the positive results needed. Coupled with the fact that Stackpole play Crymych and the Dock there are plenty of twist and turns left in a season that is shaping up to become a four horse race for promotion.

Whilst on the fielding side there were few positives; a good catch for Trimarco and a debut wicket for Brunton were positives - the run out from Vale too was a great piece of fielding. With the bat Brunton in his first league game for the 1st XI showed the rest of the side how to do it with an accomplished 32, whilst Cole, Trimarco, Skeels and Shelmerdine all got into double figures.
   
A blank weekend now sees the Stags able to regroup, refocus and those with injuries recover. Its all about points from now on in, performances are secondary....as Brucie says points make prizes......
  
Star Man - Scott Brunton - The talented youngster showed a glimpse of the future; it looks promising.


PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 14/7/12
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                               Pembroke Dock (159) beat Lamphey (138) by 21 runs

The Stags tasted the bitter pill that is defeat on Saturday as Pembroke Dock had an opening partnership of 94 from Davies (66) and Daley (22) to thank. The first defeat for the Stags since the opening game of the season and they only had themselves to blame.

On winning the toss the Stags skipper invited the home side to bat on a wet wicket. The opening pair of Vale and Cole having no luck in the early overs and with Hyde also not creating the threat of a breakthrough it was the turn of the spin kings - Gibbs and Skeels - to have a go. The introduction of the pair immediately paid dividends as once the first wicket fell on 94 wickets continued to tumble during their 9 over spells, Skeels in particular being the most effective on a slow wicket scooping up 5 wickets for 21 runs; during the spell good catches from Cremin and Trimarco aided his cause, whilst Gibbs had an Oatley catch and Williams stumping to thank for his 2. By the time the pair had bowled out the home side had lost 7 wickets for 27 runs and the Stags were back in the game. With the game winding down the reintroduction of Vale (2) and Cole (1) saw the remainder of the home side dismissed however the tail wagged to add a further 38 off the last 6 overs and they finished their innings on 159 in the final over.

With one short boundary and an ever drying wicket the Stags felt confident of a run chase and they got off to the perfect start as Trimarco smashed Alford around the park. His luck only ran out when he chased a wide ball from Davies and gave him a catch he gratefully took. With the first wicket falling on 35, Trimarco had scored 32. Shelmerdine (10) in at 3 added 21 for the 2nd wicket with Williams before the former chipped a ball to mid wicket. 56 for 2 then became 68 for 3 as Gibbs (5) lofted a ball straight to mid off and just 5 runs later the home team were back in the game as Williams (15) was caught attempting to pull and only suceeded in toe-ing his shot to square leg. With the score on 73 Cole joined Hyde in the middle and the pair worked the score to 94 before Cole (4) became the fifth player to be caught - this time a fell length forward diving catch in the gully with the score on 94 for 5 the game was evenly poised. With the two big hitters at the crease Hyde and Oatley never had the chance to cause any mayhem as 12 runs later Oatley was bowled for 2. With the pressure of scoring runs lying on the shoulders of Hyde he continued to play his attacking role however he was bowled for 32 with the score on 115. From then wickets continued to tumble as Powell (2) was caught in the slips and Vale (5) was caught at point with the score on 126. With overs not being an issue the Stags were down to the last pair of Cremin and Skeels the two made a go of it adding 12 before Cremin was caught at mid off for 7. Skeels remained undefeated on 7 as the Stags were dismissed 21 runs short but with 8 overs remaining.

A disappointing effort from the Stags, a game lost by Lamphey rather than a game won by the Dock. 159 on an ever drying pitch with a short boundary one side should have been a formality. However poor batting from a number of players and a home side who wanted it that bit more means the Stags now have to knuckle down and spend more time at the crease. With only 5 games to go and after sitting at the top of the table for most of the season the Stags will have to up their game if they are to continue to remain in 1st place. Their promotion credentials will be thoroughly put to the sword this weekend as they entertain 2nd placed Stackpole at Lamphey whom have only lost one game this season - to Lamphey - and they will be looking for revenge and to close the gap at the top.

With 150 points left to play for the Stags have a 49 point gap over 3rd place therefore they know that they will need to ensure they obtain at least 3 wins from their last 5 games to be in with a shout of promotion....only time will tell if they deserve it or not.....
  
Star Man - Andrew Skeels - The experienced campaigner shows his left arm round still does the business with 5 for 21 off 9.



LAMPHEY v FISHGUARD 7/7/12
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                                    Lamphey (110) beat Fishguard (57) by 53 runs

The Stags entertained lowly Fishguard on Saturday in a game where every point counts. Making home advantage count the Stags were boosted by the news that two of their fellow promotion hopefuls had seen their away matches called off.

Fishguard won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. Iain Williams in his first game back after a months absence opened the innings with Trimarco and the pair battled away to add 23 for the first wicket before Trimarco was bowled for 15. Tom Powell in at 3 had scored 1 but with the total on 35 tickled one to the keeper to leave the Stags on 35 for 2. The inform Gibbs joined Williams at the crease and the pair found the going slow against the visitors and by the half way mark in the innings the score had limped to 41 for 2. The pair added another 6 before Williams was run out for 21in strange fashion - wandering out of his crease at the non strikers end he reacted slowly to get back to safety. Cole in at 5 scored 5 before he was bowled trying to up the run rate to leave the Stags 4 down for 55. That then became 55 for 5 as Gareth Nicholas was caught superbly in the gully first ball and just 7 runs later the homeside found themselves another wicket down as Shelmerdine (2) was caught at midwicket to leave the Stags struggling on 62 for 6 off 30 overs. Skipper Oatley in at 8, struggling with a knee injury salvaged some return to normality (despite having to have a runner) with Gibbs as the pair played sensible cricket adding 29 for the 7th wicket before Gibbs was dismissed for 24. The onus was then on Oatley to try and steer the home side past the 100 mark however Vale in at 9 was dismissed for 0 bringing Skeels to the crease. With the innings coming to a close the Stags did manage to break the 100 barrier before Oatley departed for 22 with the score on 107. Skeels and Cremin added another 3 to the total before Skeels was dismissed for 4 in the final over of the innings. The Stags reaching 110 all out.

The home side has a great confidence in their fielding abilities and with the visitors also confident of a victory something had to give. With 9 coming from the first over Fishguard must have thought they would have no problem knocking off the runs, however the game then turned on its head as firstly Cole removed the dangerous Dalling for 9. The next over Vale got in on the act, now controlling a ball which was swinging like a banana he removed two batsmen in an over to leave them on 9 for 3. This then changed to 9 for 4 and 9 for 5 as in his next over he cleaned 2 more up. With the visitors side in a state of shock Cole then took his 2nd to leave the visitors rocking on 12 for 6. Cole and Vale continued to exert the pressure and after 10 overs the visitors were on 12. A brief partnership of 13 ensued before Vale picked up his 5th wicket of the afternoon and things could have been far worse for the visitors if a caught behind chance had gone the home sides way and a sharp caught and bowled effort had been taken both off the bowling of Cole. As it was the pair bowled their allotted 9 overs to leave the hosts on 37 for 7 off 18. The change bowling of Gibbs and Skeels continued to exert the pressure and despite a partnership of 17 for the 8th wicket Gibbs made the breakthrough as he tempted the batsman to drive a ball straight to Cole at mid off with the score on 42. A partnership of 15 for the 9th wicket was then broken by another Gibbs/Cole combo this time a good one handed catch at extra mid wicket. 57 for 9 then became 57 all out as Skeels not to be left out, trapped the number 10 bat LBW to give the Stags an excellent 53 run win and 28 points which further extended their lead at the top of Div 3. Those 28 points could make all the difference in the final 6 game run in as they look to finish the season in 1st place. A lot of cricket is left to play and the Stags have a good team morale and wont give up their stranglehold on the division without a fight....it should be an interesting final third of the season.....  
  
Star Man - Stephen Vale - Went for 9 in his first over but then bowled a devastating spell of 8 overs for 10 runs taking 5 wickets on the way.


LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 30/6/12
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                            Lamphey (104 for 7) beat Llechryd (103 for 9) by 3 wickets

With the next two games at home the Stags started their double header with the visit of 4th placed Llechryd.

Llechryd called the toss and on losing, Skipper Oatley invited the side to bat. With the the weather for the afternoon being somewhat uncertain no chances could be taken. The usual opening pair of Vale and Cole continued their miserly spells of bowling to restrict the visitors and with just one on the board, Vale made the breakthrough. Donohoe taking a regulation cacth and 8 runs later the visitors were 2 down as Hyde took a good diving catch again off Vale. The opening pair continued with their tight spells and after 12 overs only 12 runs were on the scoreboard. The smooth running of the afternoon however was to be disrupted as Shelmerdine keeping damaged a finger which required an x-ray at withybush - fears of a broken digit a possibility. It must be mentioned though that Llechryd were kind enough to provide the Stags with one of their players as a sub fielder for the remainder of the innings.

With a change after 12 overs Hyde and Gibbs came into the fray and the visitors upped the run rate slightly but with 23 on the board the 3rd wicket fell as Hyde struck. Gibbs bowling the other end picked up his 1st wicket with the score on 42 with an LBW before taking his 2nd 16 runs later, Donohoe taking a superb catch. 58 for 5 was then 58 for 6 as Gibbs then took his 3rd of the afternoon bowling the batsman. Skeels replaced Hyde from the railway end and not to be outdone he took his first with the score on 60 thanks to a Vale catch on the long off boundary.
With the overs ticking down Oatley brought himself into the attack replacing the bowled out Gibbs and this coincided with the visitors having their best partnership of the day - a stand of 28 before Skeels picked up his 2nd bowling the no. 9 bat. Vale replaced Oatley from the Flemish End and picked up the 9th wicket with his first ball to leave the visitors on 90 for 9. Skeels could have wrapped it up had a chance not gone down to Donohoe on the deep long on boundary but as it was the visitors only picked up a few more runs closing their innings on 103 for 9 off their allocated 40.

With the Stags missing Dean Lawrence - currently hospitalised with a badly broken arm - Get well soon Deano - the Stgas had hoped to elevate Shelmerdine to opener with Trimarco - however he too was in the same hospital. This reshuffle led to skipper Oatley promoting Tom Powell to open alongside fellow 17 year old Trimarco. The pair faced a very good opening bowling attack and did well to get the Stags to 26 before Trimarco (10) missed a straight one. Vale also shunted up the order to 3 lasted one ball to leave the Stags 2 down for 26. Gibbs managed to avoid being the hat-trick man seeing out the remainder of the over. Although there was no hattrick the Stags did lose a 3rd wicket on 26 as Powell played on for 7 the very next over. Gethin Llewellyn promoted from the 2nd XI after his 50 the week before was bowled for 1 with the score on 28. Hyde in at 6 was the 5th player out bowled for 4 -with the score on just 33 - after playing an excellent cover shot for 4 the previous ball. 33 for 5 was effectively 6 as Shelmerdine was still in the hospital and things looked bleak. Cole in at 7 joined Gibbs in the middle and the pair steadied the ship whilst scoring runs at a pace - Cole in particular took the lead hitting 3x4s and 1x6 in a rapid 25 before he was caught with the score on 80. With just 24 needed to win the cause was given a big boost with the return of Shelmerdine who had suffered a dislocation rather than a break - he quickly got into his whites and not before time as Oatley was caught behind for 1 with the score on 84. Shelmerdine finally got his chance to bat at number 9 and with Gibbs the pair took their time to chip away the remaining runs. It was Shelmerdine who hit the winning runs with a glance off his legs that went for 4 and he remained 12 not out along with Gibbs who batted patiently to end up with 25 not out.

A fraught afternoon of cricket with wickets tumbling for the Stags - a partnership of 47 between Gibbs and Cole and 20 between Gibbs and Shelmerdine being enough to see the Stags gain their 5th win of the season and maintain the top spot in Div 3. With 7 games to go the Stags have opened up a 31 point gap over 2nd and a 46 point gap over 3rd but nothing is certain yet with another potential 210 points left to play for.
  
Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - An all round display from Gibbs - taking 3 for 22 off 9 then seeing the side home with 25 not out.



CRYMYCH v LAMPHEY 23/6/12
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                  Crymych (184 for 6) v Lamphey (4 for 1) Match Abandoned Due to Rain

The Stags travelled to second place Crymych on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top. Skipper Oatley won the toss and invited the home side into bat on a green but dry wicket.

Vale and Cole opened the bowling for the visitors and a strengthened home side got off to a solid start putting on 55 for the 1st wicket. Gibbs having Vittle caught by Weatherall for 39. Rhydian Wyn and Sam Kurtz then had a torrid time against the pure pace of Hyde. The pair though were able to dab outside the off stump edging fours through the off side. Hydes pace continued to cause problems and it was a bizzare sight to see most of the slips fielding on the boundary as the ball flew through.

Vale replaced the tiring Hyde and Vale made the breakthrough when he bowled Kurtz for 49. With the score on 122 the home side were in control. However the introduction of Skeels with Gibbs saw a bit of a mini collapse as 3 wickets fell in a 6 run spell to leave the hosts on 136 for 5. As the final overs ticked down some end of innings slogging took the home team to 184 for 6 off 40.

With the teams in for tea the rain began to start. With both sides looking to get a result the Stags lost their 1st wicket with 4 on the board as Trimarco was caught in the gully for 4. At this point the heavens opened and the players took the senisble decision to retire to the pavilion and the game was abandoned.

The home side picked up 12 points; the Stags 10 in a game which did little to alter the top of the table. Both teams retain their 1, 2 placings and look forward to the next game.

Star Man - Johnny Hyde - An electric spell of fast bowling which must be up there as the quickest in the County.


                                          CAMROSE & SPITTAL v LAMPHEY 18/6/12

                    Camrose & Spittal (77 for 8) beat Lamphey (76) by 2 wickets

A near full strength Lamphey team travelled to 4th division Camrose & Spittal in the quarter finals of the Alan Brown.

Batting first the Stags could only muster 76 all out thanks mainly to Dean Lawrence (32) and Johnny Hyde (12).

The Stags did at least making a fighting effort and made the home side work hard for victory with them winning the match with just two wickets remaining. for the Stags Stephen Vale took 3, Hywel Gibbs and Jason Oatley 2 apiece and Dean Lawrence 1.

Star Man - Dean Lawrence - Scored 32 of the 66 runs to come off the bat.


                                                 LLANGWM II v LAMPHEY 16/6/12
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LAMPHEY v JOHNSTON II 9/6/12

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                       Lamphey (135) beat Johnston II (65) by 70 runs

It was 2nd v 3rd at Lamphey on Saturday and the Stags received a pre match boost when the visitors arrived with only 9 players.

With Lamphey's luck with the toss deserting them yet again the visitors surprisingly asked the hosts to bat on a good, somewhat lively wicket which had been covered since Wednesday.

With Trimarco and Lawrence firmly establishing the opening berths as their own the pair advanced the score to 17 before Trimarco was caught in the gully for 4. Just 1 run later the Stags were two down as Haines was bowled for 0. Gibbs joined Lawrence in the middle with the pair adding a further 18 to the board before Lawrence was bowled for 19 by the lively Hood. Johnny Hyde fresh from his 77 the week before was promoted up the order to 5 and contributed 2 to a partnership of 14 before he was next out and the Stags were 50 for 4. Man of the hour Vale in next played some nice shots and with Gibbs the pair were going along nicely advancing the score to 65 before hesitation between the wickets saw Gibbs run out for an important 23. At this stage 9 man Johnston were looking to pull off a shock by pinning the Stags to 65 for 5. Cole in at 7 joined Vale. The pair moving the score to 80 off 20 overs started about rebuilding a platform. Vale in particular in the mood for boundaries scoring the bulk of the runs, the pair advanced the score passed the 100 mark with little difficults before with the score on the infamous Nelson (111) Cole tried to run one through the slips but only succeeded in  being bowled for 10. Skipper Oatley the next into bat, helped to support Vale advance the score to 122 before the latter departed for 48 (8x4s) bowled by Hood who returned to the firing line. Oatley was the next to go caught superbly by Hood for 10 with the score on 128 and despite some resistance by Skeels (4*) and Powell (4), the score moved slowly to 135 before Powell was bowled for 4 and Donohoe in at 11 was adjudged LBW for 0. The Stags being dismissed in the 36th over

With the Stags hoping to attain 150 plus against a 9 man side; they had confidence in the knowledge that the visitors only had 9 men and the fact that no other team had scored more than 102 against them this season.

Vale and Cole opened the bowling and early on pinned the batsmen back. Several early opportunities were put down but with the score on 6 Vale tempted the left handed opener to drive one to Oatley at mid off. Vale and Cole continued to strangle the batsmen to such an extent that after 13 overs there were only 13 runs on the board. This being said no further wickets were added to the tally. At this point the skipper decided on a double change and turned to the spin of Gibbs in place of Cole and the pace and aggression of Hyde to replace Vale. Gibbs worked his normal length and Hyde his normal pace, however Goodridge took a liking to Hyde in one particular over to hit him for 3 4s leading to the Skipper replacing Hyde for Skeels and opting for spin from both ends. As has the case been this year Gibbs and Skeels have been instrumental in running through the middle and lower order and this was to be the case once again. The pair trading 7 wickets between them as the visitors lost 7 wickets for only 25 runs. Firstly Gibbs struck bowling Goodridge for 20 and Cole and Hyde both took further catches for Gibbs and Skeels respectively. Gibbs trapped one LBW before Skeels wrapped the game up taking the final two wickets with the score on 65, firstly Haines keeping in the absence of Shelmerdine, caught Price for 32 then Skeels bowled the final Johnston player 2nd ball to wrap up a valuable 70 run victory.

This latest win, the fourth on the bounce moves the Stags to the top of Division 3 for the 1st time this season. Saturday the Stags travel to Llangwm strengthened by Shelmerdine returning to the squad. The game will see the Stags looking for a 5th win of the season to further increase their hold onto top spot as the season moves to the midway point.

Good knocks with the bat from Lawrence, Gibbs and Vale. In the field early pressure from Cole and Vale paved the way for Skeels (4) and Gibbs (3) to run through the visiting batsmen. In the field 4 catches were held as the team proved to have a fielding side to rival any in the division.

Star Man - Stephen Vale - Top scored with a priceless 48 before bowling 7 overs for 4 runs and 1 wicket.


NARBERTH II v LAMPHEY 4/6/12
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                    Narberth II (102) lost to Lamphey (164) by 62 runs

With two wins on the bounce the Stags travelled to their bogey ground expecting nothing less than a win over struggling Narberth. However the curse threatened to strike once more.

With Lamphey being asked to bat on a damp, soft wicket the early indications were, well, that it was going to be another one of those days. A Lamphey side boosted by the return of Haines, Hyde and McGilloway got off to the worst possible start to find themselves 2 down with only 4 on the board as Trimarco (0) and Lawrence (4) departed. Shelmerdine and McGilloway took the score to 12 before the former top edge to the keeper and just 4 runs later the Stags were 4 down as McGilloway was bowled by Williams (M) for 8. 16 for 4 soon became 20 for 5 as Haines was caught and bowled for 1 by Williams. Oatley in at 7 hit a quickfire 9 but he too was then caught and the 6th wicket was down for 29. Cole in at 8 joined Williams in the middle and the pair added 5 before Williams (2) fell to the change bowler Davies. Skeels and Cole then moved the score to 51 before Skeels was stumped for 1 and with the scoreboard reading 51 for 8 the home side were in the ascendency. What happened next though stunned the home side and their supporters as Cole and Hyde in at 10 added 109 in just 9 overs. Hyde in particular treating the bowling with disdain to smash a rapid 50 in just 16 scoring shots (hitting 6x4s and 3x6s) before Cole (39) was bowled with the score on 160. Vale in at 11 hit a 4 before Hyde who had advanced to 77 was finally dismissed caught on the boundary to end an exhilarating display of hitting. The Stags finally all out in the 30th over.

With the Stags pleased to reach 164 after being 51 for 8; the team took to the field full of confidence; however knew they would have to bring their A game to the table as the hosts had 50 overs to get 165.

The home side opening pair got off to a good start adding 22 for the first wicket, before Williams with a leading edge presented Trimarco with a difficult effort which he did well to get to. They advanced the score to 33 before Keane sky-ed one to Vale at square leg off Oatley and one run later the 3rd wicket fell as Williams at square leg took a superb reactionary one handed catch to his left off Vale. Opener Richards was joined in the middle by Bowen-Rees who certainly led a charmed life to score 25 before he was finally caught on the 5th attempt by Vale again off the bowling of Skeels. The pair had added 36 for the 4th wicket and was an important partnership to break as the game began to edge in favour of the home team. 9 runs later and the Stags struck twice - Skeels with his 2nd and 3rd of the innings both caught by one by McGilloway and one by Haines. With the score on 81 the hosts lost their 7th man as Skeels and Haines combined again. With skipper Davies in at 9 playing an anchor role it allowed opener Richards to play some shots. The pair moved the score along to 96 before Skeels and Haines combined for the third time as Davies departed for 3. Skeels still had more in the tank and just one run later he tempted Richards to tamely play one back to him and he was out for 26 and was Skeels' 5th victim of the day. With the last pair at the crease the game was still not over as the dangerous Williams, who had last season won the game for Narberth with 72no came in to bat.

With the wicket favouring slow to medium pace bowling, Oatley turned to Williams and with his first ball he tempted Hughes to drive one to Lawrence fielding a silly mid off a shot with resulted in Lawrence taking a smart, one handed catch to his left. The home side who had been well placed at 70 for 3 collapsed to 102 all out.

A great team effort by the Stags - the batting of firstly Williams to stop the rot; then Cole and Hyde gave the team a total that looked completely unlikely at one stage. The bowlers then did well to restrict the home side as Skeels with 5, Oatley and Vale with 2 apiece and Williams with his first wicket for the club did the business. It must also be noted that although Bowen-Rees was caught at the 5th attempt every single Narberth batsman was out caught so the fielders too have to be credited for being sharp and alert.

Saturday sees the Stags entertain Johnston II at home and its sure to be another tough game as the visitors are showing some promising early form. The Stags though with 3 wins and a winning draw in the last 4 games will go into the game full of confidence.

Star Man - Johnny Hyde - An explosive batsman who scored 77 whilst batting at no. 10



                                           LAMPHEY v HAVERFORDWEST III 2/6/12
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                          Lamphey (216 for 4 dec) beat Haverfordwest III (100) by 116 runs                 

The Stags entertained Haverfordwest IIIs on Saturday full of confidence after their win at Stackpole and cup exploits in the week.

With Lamphey losing the toss the visitors decided to field. A decision which was put to the sword from the off as Trimarco and Lawrence took on the bowling. By the time the 1st wicket fell (Trimarco for 22) in the 6th over the board was already on 31. With the 50 up in the 11th over Lawrence and Shelmerdine continued the attacking cricket until with the score on 61, Lawrence (21) toed one to extra cover. A partnership of 59 between Shelmerdine and Gibbs advanced the score to 120 in the 25th over  before Gibbs was bowled 3 short of his 50. Skipper Oatley in at 5 added 38 for the 4th wicket before Shelmerdine departed for an excellent 54 (inc 9x4s). Cole in at 6 added 58 with Oatley as the skipper wasted no time in bringing up his 50 off just 28 balls (inc 4x4s and 3x6s) and with the score on 216 took the decision to declare after 35 overs. Cole remained 15 not out.

A mammoth total for the visitors to get. With the bowling line up the Stags posess this year confidence was high.

With such a total the Stags attacked from the off and the opening pair of Vale and Lawrence bowled tightly. With the score on 26 the visitors lost their 1st wicket bowled by Vale. Wickets continued to tumble on 26, 32 and 47 as Vale claimed all 4. Gibbs and Skeels then took over the bowling responsibilities and the spin pair did the business. Firstly Gibbs claimed his 2 wickets on 62 and 72 - a bowled and caught and bowled, then Skeels took his first and second with the score on 74. The visitors rallied slightly as Tooze and Flood put on 15 for the 9th wicket before Skeels had the former caught by keeper Shelmerdine. With the last bat in Flood resisted until with score on 100 he chanced his luck by attemtping to come down the wicket to Skeels, the result of which was Shelmerdine stumping Flood who was in no mans land.

A big win for the Stags, great performances with the bat - Oatley 55*, Shelmerdine 54, Gibbs 47 - as the bowlers (and fielders) did their part too - Vale 4 for 25, Skeels 4 for 23 and Gibbs 2 for 20.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - chipped in with a valuable 47 runs, took 2 wickets and 2 catches for an all round display.


LAMPHEY v LLANGWM 29/5/12  

                              Lamphey (154 for 7) lost to Llangwm (166 for 5) by 12 runs

Once again the Stags played a cup match against first division opposition with a mixed side; and once again they nearly pulled off another shock result.

With Llangwm batting first the visitors wracked up a healthy 166 off their 22 overs thanks mainly to Steven Mills (51), Andrew Harries (29) and Joseph Kiff (20). For the home side Dean Lawrence was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 30 off his 6. Johnny Hyde, Jason Oatley and Craig Turner each taking one a piece.

Set 7.5 an over to win the game Trimarco and Lawrence took on the challenge - after 14 overs of the game the home side had reach 91for 0 as the openers played excellenty to see off the 1st division bowling. With the run rate now creeping up to 10 an over both openers continued to attack, However the Stags lost their 1st wicket with the score on 92 as Lawrence was caught for 30. 11 runs later and Trimarco was also caught for 60 a top innings on which his 50 came off 40 balls and inc 8x 4s and 1x6. With the run rate increasing it was inevietable that so too would wickets as the Stags lost their 3rd wicket 2 runs later, Shelmerdine out for 7. The next pairing of Hyde and Oatley added 23 before Oatley was run out for 13. With 339 needed off the last 3 overs, Hyde pushed the total close scoring 34 not out whilst at the other end Turner (0) was caught and Donohoe (1) and S Trimarco (0) were both run out whilst looking for runs - in the end the total proved one just slightly too big with the Stags finishing on 154 for 7.

A valiant effort by the home side against a team 2 divisions higher. A game which once again everyone who took part did the club proud. A team shorn of 4 regular first team bowlers performed admirably, maybe the 16 wides (compared to the visitors 2) was the difference between the teams.

Star Man - Luca Trimarco - Starting to develop into a quality cricketer with 60. 
    


  STACKPOLE v LAMPHEY 26/5/12
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                            Stackpole (100) lost to Lamphey (149 for 8) by 49 runs                 

The Stags travelled the short distance to local rivals Stackpole on Saturday in a game which always produces good value for money. For the neutral they wouldnt be disappointed by this serving of Pembrokeshire cricket either.

On losing the toss Lamphey were invited to bat on a good looking wicket. With regular opener Haines missing the duty went to Dean Lawrence. Lawrence and Trimarco both settled well and made sure that the poor ball was dispatched. Keeping the scoreboard ticking over the Stags had made 39 off the first 10 overs for no wicket and the new pairing continued to flourish reaching 60 before Trimarco was finally dismissed for 28. Shelmerdine fresh from his 50 the week before joined Lawrence in the middle and the pair added 20 for the second wicket before Lawrence was bowled for an excellent 36. With Gibbs in at 4 the game went through a lull where only 5 runs were scored in 7 overs before Gibbs took the initiative to hit Adie for a consecutive 6 and 4. His innings was short lived however as he departed for 13 caught on the boundary trying to dispatch Cox. With the game approaching the final 10 overs the Stags were well placed for the final push on 95 with 7 wickets remaining. Shelmerdine and Hyde added 20 for the 4th wicket before Shelmerdine was out for 11 and 6 runs later Hyde was out for a quickfire 12. With Cole and Oatley in the middle the pair added 16 before Oatley was bowled by MacKay for 10, 6 runs later and Vale was his next victim bowled for 2 and Turner (1) his 3rd. With the Stags 8 down for 144, 6 was required from the final 2 overs to get the extra batting point however they fell one short to end the innings on 149 for 8 as Cole (16 not out) and Skeels (0 not out) ran out of overs.

A score of 150 to win was an interesting target, although missing a key batsman the home side did have danger men in MacKay, Cox and Williams. A good start was imperative if the Stags were to prevail.

With the opening pair of Vale and Hyde the Stags struck twice with the score on 4 as both Adie and Mackay were dismissed and 5 runs later the Stags were running rampant as Vale dismissed Cox 2nd ball to leave the home side reeling. A partnership of 16 for the 4th wicket was then broken as Vale picked up his 3rd wicket of the game and with 10 overs gone the visitors were well in the driving seat as the home side stuttered to 30 for 4. The home team did provide some fight back though as they added 16 for the 5th wicket before Cole dismissed Gibby thanks to a great diving catch from Skeels at square leg. With the dangerous John Williams then at the crease he provided able support to the determined Edwards and the pair added 33 before the introduction of Hyde back to the attack shifted the latter. With just Williams left as the last recognised batter the slow left arm of Skeels proved too much of a temptation and he snapped up 2 quick wickets including Williams, with the score on 87. With the final 2 wickets needed skipper Oatley (who had assumed keeping duties) swapped the pads for the ball and it was his medium pace which finally weeded out the remaining two batsmen as they were finally dismissed for 100.

A great victory for the Stags against a team that will be vying for promotion this season. A great opening partnership between Trimarco and Lawrence, with 5 other batsmen getting into double figures. On the fielding side the guile of Vale (3 for 13) and the raw pace and venom of Hyde (2 for 16) set the Stags on the way, Skeels and Oatley 2 wickets apiece and Cole the other complemented each other in the bowling attack. Finally in the field 6 catches tells the story of a complete all round performance which will give the side the confidence for next weekends double header.

Star Man - Dean Lawrence - Opened the batting for the first time in 1st XI colours, did a great job laying the foundation with Trimarco by scoring 36.

                                
                                                  NARBERTH v LAMPHEY 24/5/12  

                                    Narberth (88 for 4) beat Lamphey (87) by 6 wickets

A mixed Stags side travelled to first division Narberth in the Duggie Morris game on Thursday. The game represented something of an occasion as Cole led the 1st XI for the first time and it marked the return of the talented Mark Yea in Stags colours for the first time in 8 years.  

On winning the toss Cole elected to bat, a decision which soon looked ill adjudged as the Stags were 3 down with only 7 on the board, Trimarco (4), Haines (0) and Gibbs (0) all back in the hutch. The Stags did recover though and despite his hiatus is was down to Yea and the explosive Hyde who formed a partnership which added 25 for the 4th wicket before Hyde was out for 19 (which included 3x6s). Cole in at 6 came and went bowled for 0 and the Stags had to rely on Yea and Lawrence to add 22 for the 6th wicket before that became 7 as Donohoe was out for 0 also. 4 runs later Yea's innings came to an end as he was bowled for 11, showing signs of his old self but also a little out with his timing he gave a glimpse of what can be expected in the coming months. Now 8 down for 56 the home side in the ascendency took their foot of the gas a little and allowed the Stags to add 31 for the final 2 wickets as Craig Turner blasted a quick 12 and Tom Powell (3*) and Dan Cremin (4) took the Stags to 87.

With the score being 30 or 40 less than required the Stags took to the field determined to put on a show. Cole and Hyde opened the bowling  and after only 4 overs the home side had 24 on the board. Cole brought himself out of the attack and introduced the spin of Gibbs and after 6 overs the home side had advanced to 46. Cole made the decision to bring Hyde out of the attack and give Lawrence a chance with his inswing bowling. With the score on 50 the home side lost their first wicket as Powell on the long on boundary took a blinding diving catch off the bowling of Gibbs to send the Stags confidence into orbit. One run later and the home team were two down as Cole at square leg took a smart catch low down to dismiss Adams who had scored a quickfire 35. With the home side stunned they lost their third and Gibbs 3rd as a mis-timed pull lobbed a dolly to Donohoe at mid-wicket. 55 for 3 beacme 55 for 4 as the very next over Lawrence got in on the act bowling Quatermaine for 0. On a high the Stags looked for the 5th wicket however the home side regained in initiative as Keane looked to hit everything out of the park and for his efforts it worked as he smashed a rapid 28 to see the 1st division side home in the 16th over.

The Stags players who took the field can be proud of the effort they put into this game. Had there been one or two more of the 1st XI available - an extra 30 runs to chase - a shock victory wouldnt have been out of the question; however that edge of being 2 divisions higher just proved to be enough on the night for the home team.

Star Man - Johnny Hyde - took on the home bowling, whilst showing he has the pace and aggression to worry first division batsmen  


 LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE DOCK 19/5/12
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                            Lamphey (184 for 9) drew with Pembroke Dock (111 for 8)                 

The old rivalry between the two teams as well as the friends in the sides made this an interesting game. Both sides secretly harbouring ideas of promotion this season knew not only bragging rights but valuable points were on offer.

With the Dock winning the toss the Stags were invited to bat and with the pairing of Trimarco and Haines opening the innings the Stags found runs easy to come by. It was infact not until  there was 50 on the board, in 10 overs, that the first wicket fell, Trimarco out for 23. As so often is associated with the Stags a 2nd wicket was just around the corner as Haines then departed for 19. This brought a fresh pair to the crease in Shelmerdine and Gibbs, both playing their first games of 2012. Both looking good from the off set they continued the good start and advanced the score to 92 before Gibbs was bowled for 13. Skeels Junior in at 5 contributed to a partnership of 37 with Shelmerdine before he was LBW for 14. In the meantime Shelmerdine continued to bat flawlessly to reach a well deserved 50 and even had the opportunity to watch some fireworks from Johnny Hyde making his 2nd debut for the club. Shelmerdine was finally out for 54 with the score on 159. SKipper Oatley in a 7 added 2 before being caught, Hyde was caught for 28 and Dean Lawrence (1) was out as veteran John Davies caused a bit of a fight back with his spin resulting in the Stags being pinned back at 165 for 8. Cole and Iain WIlliams at 9 and 10 played the last 6 overs of the innings around to take the score to 183 before Davies claimed Willaims as his 5th scalp and with only 2 balls to go Skeels senior added 1 to make the final score 184 for 9. Cole remaining unbeaten on 17.

A good score to defend and one which the visitors made an effort to reach, Nick Daley in particular taking up the challenge. The Dock lost their first wicket with the score on 26 as Oatley dismissed the opener, by the time the 2nd wicket fell at 72 Daley had reached his 50 and the innings was at the half way point. With an extra 6 runs on the board Daley departed for 53 and the challenge was all but extinguished. The introduction of Hyde to attack was a pleasure to witness, true genuine pace which as the weeks go by will no doubt rank him up there as one of the fastest bolwers in the county. However Saturday wasnt to be his day and it was the spin kings of Gibbs and Skeels began to exert the pressure,bowling with great aplomb. Gibbs snapping up two wickets with the score on 90. After 30 overs the visitors still needed 90 to win however any hope was over as Skeels took 3 wickets in 3 balls to claim the first hat-trick of his long career to leave the Dock on 95 for 8. The introduction of Lawrence in place of Gibbs gave an insight into the combinations of bowling available to the skipper this season, Lawrence bowled a good line and length, swinging the ball with pace to the extent where he caused experienced batsman John Davies plenty of problems. With the game petering out though the 2 Dock men dug deep and held firm fending off Lawrence and Skeels for the last 6 overs of the game to end on 111 for 8.

A good result for the Stags and although not a win the result meant point wise it was almost as good as. 24 points gained out of a possible 30 sees the home side get their campaign finally under way after the opening day disaster and 2 cancelled games. With the trip to Stackpole next, a win there will make things look very good indeed in the table. its sure to be a tough game as always but one the Stags will go to full of confidence.

Finally congratulations to Andrew Skeels on his first ever hattrick....that makes it two hattricks in 2 weeks for the Stags bowlers after Hadyn Cole had his the week before.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - a flawless batting display resulted in a well deserved 50 in what was his first game of the season.


FISHGUARD v LAMPHEY 12/5/12

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Llechryd v Lamphey 7/5/12
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                                                      LAMPHEY v CRYMYCH 5/5/12
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                              Lamphey (60) lost to Crymych (61 for 2) by 8 wickets


It may be a new season but the result seems all to familiar. To be fair whoever won the toss had a massive advantage with a very soft wicket and wet outfield aiding the fielding side.

With a much changed Crymych side winning the toss, Lamphey were invited to bat first. Although very wet and soft the wicket performed a lot better than the Lamphey batting. With the medium pace, line and length from Jenkins - bowling fom the railway end - the Stags found themselves in trouble with just 4 on the board as Ian Williams on debut departed for 0. Haines (0) in at 3 lasted 2 balls with the score also on 4. Peter McGilloway and Gareth Nicholas playing their first games for the Stags for sometime moved the score to double figures before Nicholas departed for 7. The score advanced to 17 before the home side lost 3 wickets for 3 runs as Skeels (1), McGilloway (7) and Lawrence (0) all fell to the bowling of Jenkins. 19 for 6 then became 23 for 7 as Luca Trimarco departed for 4 and on 29 the 8th wicket fell as Vale on his return to Lamphey colours departed for 6. 2 runs later and the 9th wicket fell as Cole (1) was out LBW. At 31 for 9 things looked completely bleak however skipper Oatley and the experienced Skeels senior made the final score a little more respectable adding 29 for the 10th wicket as Oatley (14) Skeels (3*) took the total to 60. For the visitors Jenkins took 6 for 8 on a day where all he had to do was put it on the spot and M Thomas 3 for 14.

With little to lose Oatley opened with Vale and the breakthrough came with 9 on the board. A combination of a slow delivery and the wicket resulted in Oatley bowling the Crymych opener. With such a low total to protect Oatley mixed the bowling shortly after and the spin of Skeels and Williams came into effect. With the score on 28 Skeels struck in his first over as Vale at extra cover took a smart catch. A couple of quick wickets may have made this game exciting however the impressive Kurtz smashed a rapid 46 to steer his side home in 13 overs. The visitors cruising to victory with another 43 overs left to bat.

A thoroughly disappointing display from the Stags against a Crymych side who only fielded two of their side from last year. If the home side harbours desires of promotion they need to improve their game no end otherwise they forget about playing at a higher level before the season fully gets under way.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - the skipper top scored with 14 and took one of the 2 wickets to fall.