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                                  HUNDLETON v LAMPHEY 30/08/15
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                    Hundleton (97) lost to Lamphey (99 for 3) by 7 wickets

The final game of the season saw the Stags - missing several regulars - travel to relegated Hundleton in a dead rubber of game with nothing to play for apart from pride and the aim of making it 5 wins in a row.

With heavy overnight rain the wicket was very wet and credit goes to Hundleton for not calling the game off as it must have been touch and go. With this in mind Cole was relieved to win the toss and invite the home side to have a bat. With wicket conditions expected to play a influencing role in the innings the visitors must have been surprised by how well the wicket played.  Despite this the home side lost their first wicket with just one on the board as Cole had Midgley caught behind by Haines for 0. The experienced pairing of Tysoe and Williams then played a key role taking the score on to 48 before the next wicket fell but good bowling from Brunton and Gibbs meant the run rate over the next 10 plummeted to just 2 an over. With Williams under pressure to up the rate it was effectively the death knell when he was next to go with the score on just 53. After this wickets continued to fall regularly as Brunton and Gibbs proved to be too hot for the Hundleton bats to handle as the pair shared another 4 wickets between them as wickets fell on 57,64 and 78. Brunton bowling an excellent spell of 3 for 13 off his 9 and Gibbs 2 for 20 off his 9. With the pair out of overs Cole turned to leading wicket taker Skeels senior and brought Vale back into the attack to finish off his allocation. With the overs ticking down Skeels snapped up 2 quick wickets with the score on 82 and 83 as Vale toiled and contained for no reward. With his spell over Shelmerdine came on for his first bowl of the season and it was apt that he should take the 9th wicket on 93 before Skeels wrapped up the innings with the home side all out for 97.

By the time the Stags came out to bat the wicket had dried out quite considerably and things looked in their favour. However they lost their first wicket with just 2 on the board as the wily Edwards had Haines out for 1. With the regular no 3, 4 and 5 bats not playing the opportunity presented itself for other senior players to enjoy some time in the middle. Shelmerdine in at 3 moved the score along to 30 before he was next to go to the bowling of Edwards for 10 which meant McGilloway - who had hardly seen his bat over the last 6 weeks - was thrown into the heat of the game. With the innings completing the first 10 overs the Stags were nicely placed at 41 for 2 though this became 3 as Brunton (26) became Edward’s 3rd victim of the day. In a déjŕ vu scenario this game then proceeded to replicate the outcome of the previous weeks game. In at 5 was Nic Johnson making only his second appearance of the season and with McGilloway the pair still needing 57 for victory took on the challenge. The ball regularly disappearing over the boundary as both players played some big shots – McGilloway in particular launching two big sixes whilst Johnson not wanted to be outshone responded with 2 of his own. Johnson though had the edge on the 4s tally with his 4 to McGilloways one. The outcome was the pair rattled off the required runs in an 8 over spell as Johnson finished undefeated on 36 and McGilloway on 25 with the Stags racing home with over half the innings to spare and 28 more points in the bag. For the home side Edwards finished with 3 for 32.

An excellent result which saw the Stags win their last 5 games by a very comfortable margin. A very satisfactory end to a season which maybe didn’t go quite as planned. Early season struggles due to availability meant results were not as had been expected but those who pulled on the shirt did their very best for the Stag and team morale whilst maybe dented by a lack of wins remained very strong and determined within. A special thanks must go to those who came into the side early on and gave their all.

The second half of the season saw the return of Skeels, Brunton, Trimarco, Shelmerdine and to some extent Gibbs who had missed big chunks of the season, Vale who came out of retirement - on occasions - as well as the signings of Griffiths and Williamson and the odd Johnson guest appearance meant competition for places in the side was strong.

The goal now is to retain all those who started and finished the season and that they make themselves available next season as the calibre of players available shows the club has more than enough good players to be challenging for the title. In an ideal scenario player retention as well as adding 3 or 4 may result (if allowed) in the revival of the second team which will help to ensure there are enough opportunities for all to play on a Saturday and work as a feeder for the first XI. 2016 could be year of the Stag, only time will tell.

Star Man – Scott Brunton – Another good performance sees him add 3 wickets and 26 runs to his seasons tally.

 


                              LAMPHEY v LAWRENNY II 15/08/15
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                Lamphey (138 for 3) beat Lawrenny II (135 for 5) by 7 wickets      

                 

With 2 games of the season remaining and the Stags on a role they entertained Lawrenny 2nds for what was the Stags final home game of the season.

Winning the toss Cole invited the visitors to bat first. With the visitors missing several players they opened the innings with Buckle and Beff and the pair made a steady start against a full strength Stags line up. With 10 overs of the innings complete they had advanced the score to 37 with Vale and Cole unable to make a breakthrough. Steadily they continued to evade dismissal and plough along,  ticking the scoreboard at just over 3 an over and when drinks were taken after 20 overs the scoreboard read 64 for 0. Despite the lack of wickets skipper Cole was content that the visitors were being kept in check and if they were to post any serious total they would need to attack the final 20 overs. The change in bowling brought the breakthrough with the score on 77 as Skeels senior took the wicket of Buckle (37) via a simple catch to Blackwell. 10 runs later and Lawrenny were two down as Lewis (6) was caught and bowled by Williamson, Skeels  then took his second of the afternoon with the scoreboard showing 91 this time Skeels junior taking the catch to dismiss Beff for 37. With the innings entering the final 10 the visitors had reached 92 for 3. It was on this score that the visitors found themselves another man down as Williamson picked up his second by bowling the dangerous Kidney (3) at a time where he was looking to hit out. With two new young bats at the crease the Stags looked to press further into the line up and increase the bonus points tally. However both youngster played some excellent cricket and showed the potential they have by taking the score up to 133 in the final over before Cole on for the last 6 deliveries dismissed his namesake caught and bowled for 19. With a final thrash the visitors increased their final total to 135 for 5 off the allocated 40 overs hoping they had posted enough to make a game of it.

The answer to that was not really. Opening with Brunton and Haines the pair put on 20 for the first wicket before Haines (9) skied one and was out caught. Trimarco in at 3 increased the tempo and the Stags reached 50 before Trimarco was caught for 11. James Skeels in at 4 looked to continue to good work but the Stags lost their 3rd wicket of the game when Brunton (24) was superbly caught by Kidney diving one handed in the slips. If the visitors thought they were in the game those thoughts soon evaporated as Skeels was joined by Blackwell in the middle. The pair in no mood to mess around and keen to wrap up the game proceeded to smash the visiting bowling to all parts of the ground. Such devastation saw the pair in a personal duel to see who could outscore who as they rattled up 84 in just 8 overs. Skeels hitting an impressive 40 off 19 balls including 3x6 and 4x4 and Blackwell hitting 46 off 29 balls including 2x6s and 7x4s. The Stags reaching 138 for 3 off just 17.5 overs to seal and impressive victory and notch up their 4th straight win of the season.

Star Man – James Skeels – Birthday boy just deserves the nod ahead of Blackwell.



LAMPHEY v CRYMYCH 25/07/15
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                    Lamphey (67 for 4) beat Crymcyh (64) by 6 wickets      

                 

The Stags continued their fight for survival with a 2nd victory in 2 games as they entertained Crymych at Lamphey on Saturday.

With the toss being won by the home side Cole invited the visitors to have a bat and opened the bowling with himself and Vale. It wasn’t long until the latter dismissed opener Houlden without scoring caught and bowled with just 2 on the board in the 3rd over. Although no further wickets fell in the next 7 overs the visitors were being pinned as only 21 runs came from the first 10. With this in mind a tiring Vale was replaced by Gibbs as Cole continued from the top end. After bowling 7 overs Cole came off and brought Brunton into the action. With Thorne and Thomas looking content to hang around it was inevitable that it would be a mistake that would lead to their demise. Looking for a quick single that was never there some good fielding from Skeels Jnr to Haines behind the stumps saw Thomas (15) stranded and dismissed. This brought Bevan to the crease and with Thorne moved the score along however Brunton made the breakthrough as Cole took the catch at mid on to dismiss Bevan for 18. Brunton then took the key wicket as he had danger man Thorne trapped LBW for 19. His dismissal started the rot as Cole brought Vale back into the action in place of the subdued Gibbs and in tandem with Brunton tore through the tail. Firstly Brunton had Luke caught behind by Haines for 1 before Vale finished off with 4 wickets in a 3 over burst with 3 being clean bowled and 1 caught by Trimarco. The visitors dismissed for just 64 in 28.5 overs. Vale finishing with 5 for 14 and Brunton 3 for 8.

As can be the problem with low totals the team batting second can sometimes struggle a little, maybe its over confidence or perhaps an eagerness to get to get the game over. Anyway the Stags opened once more with Griffiths and Brunton and Griffiths had a lovely pull shot for 6 only to be bowled by Thomas the very next ball. This brought Trimarco to the crease and with Brunton moved the score onto 22 before Brunton was bowled by Dunn for 3. Skeels Junior in at 4 was caught for 2 with the score on 34 and 8 runs later the Stags were 4 down as Trimarco, who had played some lovely shots, was caught behind for 22. Although the Stags had plenty of batting in reserve, at 42 for 4, it was important to finish the game off without the loss of further wickets which would gift the opposition valuable bonus point as they themselves get dragged into the relegation fight. The goal was achieved as Haines (19) and Shelmerdine (10) saw off the visiting bowling to take the score to 67 without the loss of further wickets and seal an important win.

Another good win by the Stags as they finally begin to show what they are capable of. With the side strengthened by returning players and new recruits it could be a case of what if they had this side all season, but as it is the fight for survival continues with 4 games to go. The ability in the side says a haul of 4 wins from the last 4 is very possible and no reason why a 4th or 5th place in the division is not out of the question. The Stags will take each game as it comes but confidence is high after 2 good wins against sides above them in the table. They will take that confidence into the next game away at Herbrandston where they will be gunning for revenge after the defeat at Lamphey earlier in the season.

Star Man – Stephen Vale – the part time player shows he still has the knack of taking wickets.




LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE DOCK 18/07/15
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                       Lamphey (83 for 4) beat Pembroke Dock (80) by 6 wickets       

With the Stags finding themselves in the bottom two with 6 games to go every point is priceless as they look to climb to safety. The visitors to Lamphey this week were the team directly above them and local rivals Pembroke Dock. A win for either side would boost their chances of avoiding the drop.

The first victory of the afternoon fell to the home side as Dock skipper Murray called wrong at the toss and Cole invited the visitors to have a bat.

Blackwell and Cole opened the bowling and it was Cole who struck first with 5 on the board as Shelmerdine caught Daley in the gulley for 5. 3 runs later and the Dock were two down as Blackwell bowled Griffiths (G) for 1. This brought Murray to the crease and with Griffiths (S) the pair slowly but surely brought the team back into the game. The pair added 50 for the 3rd wicket before Cole had his second victim of the day as Jake Griffiths caught his namesake Scott for 8. This wicket added as a catalyst for what was to follow. With Cole bowling out his nine over spell and Brunton replacing Blackwell the scalp of Murray was claimed as Brunton trapped him LBW for 38. 63 for 4 became 63 for 5 as Gibbs the other end bowled Camani with one that nipped back for 0. With 2 new faces at the crease the Stags exerted more pressure in the field. A further 10 runs were added before Kingdom was snapped up by Trimarco at extra cover for 8 and Butland was next out without adding to the scorel the visitors in real trouble at 73 for 7 . 2 runs later and Blackwell took an excellent catch close in to dismiss Scourfield for 2 off Brunton. Anton John hit Gibbs for 4 but the last laugh was with Gibbs as he bowled him the very next ball for 5 and last man Hallet lasted just one ball as he charged down the wicket to Gibbs but missed the ball and was stumped by Haines for 0. Gibbs finishing with 4 for 5 and is on a hat trick ball next game. The visitors all out for 80 in just under 28 overs.

Cole gave youth the opportunity with the batting and instead of opening he gave Griffiths and Brunton the opportunity. The pair moved the score onto 12 before Griffiths top edged one against his old team and was caught by John for 7. Trimarco joined Brunton and the pair added 14 to the score before Trimarco was adjudged to be LBW off the bowling of Camani for 10. Skeels in at 4 took time to settle whilst Brunton continued to make the scoreboard tick over. It was Skeels though who soon found his feet as he struck a rapid 21 including 2x6s and 1x4 before he was caught by Murray off the bowling of Scott Griffiths with the score on 55.  Blackwell in at 5 was unlucky to be superbly caught by Butland out on the boundary for 5 and the 4th wicket fell with the score on 68. The game was won with Brunton and Haines at the crease. Needing 3 to win, Haines hit his first ball for a huge 6 to seal a six wicket win for the Stags in just 20 overs. Brunton seeing the game through with an excellent 24 not out in his first game since returning to the Club.

A good performance by the Stags though still room for improvement in the field. Gibbs had the ball turning and ripped through the tail end whilst Brunton recovering from a broken finger to his bowling hand bowled excellently. Blackwell at times was just too quick for the visitors. With the bat Brunton built a patient innings to see the game through, Skeels added some fireworks with a couple of big sixes whilst Haines hit the biggest of the day to win the game with his very first ball.

A 27 point haul sees the Stags leapfrog the Dock and move out of the relegation zone. Crymych the next side to visit the Stags and a game which the Stags will be looking complete their first double of the season.

Star Man – Scott Brunton – First game back in a Stags shirt and recovering from a broken finger to his bowling hand didn’t stop him taking 3 wicket and top scoring with 24 not out.

 

Llechryd (181 for 9) beat Lamphey (180 for 9) by 1 wicket 

The Stags travelled to second placed Llechryd missing opening bowler Blackwell and spin king Gibbs who made a late withdrawal on the morning of the game. Despite this set back the Stags almost pulled off an unlikely victory but fell agonisingly short of a deserved victory as they lost by 1 wicket.

Batting first the Stags got off to a flyer as they put on 42 for the first wicket in just 6 overs as debutant Jake Griffiths got his Lamphey career off to a flyer cracking 38 in not time before being caught behind. Cole and Trimarco continued the run fest and added a further 41 in 8 overs before Trimarco was next out caught behind for 25. 10 runs later and the Stags were 3 down as Cole was bowled for 25. Unfortunately wickets tumbled at a regularly wicket number 4 fell on 103 as James Skeels was unfortunate to pick out the fielder on the boundary for 6. 4 runs later and McGilloway was adjudged to be LBW for 0. Haines and Shelmerdine added another 11 to the total but Shelmerdine playing his first game of the season was stumped for 1. Haines continued to plug away and looked comfortable against the home side’s bowling attack however 17 runs later wicket number 7 fell as Haines was bowled off his pads for 33.  5 runs later, with the score on 140 another wicket tumbled as Mike May was bowled for 1. Looking to at least push past the 150 mark with 9 overs remaining the inform Mounter and Vale came together in a productive partnership which yielded 26 runs before Mounter was bowled for 20 in the 36th over. Skeels joined Vale with the latter taking the attack to the home side with the pair adding an additional 14 in the final overs as the innings closed on a respectable 180 for 9.

The Stags response was dealt a big blow as McGilloway had to leave the game withs his expectant wife calling through to say the baby was on its way (it later turned out to be a false alarm). Taking to the field with 10 the Stags got off to a flyer as the home side lost two wickets with just 13 on the board as first Skeels (A) caught Davies off Vale for 5, then Trimarco caught Carter off Vale for 6. With the score moving to 29 Cole then got in on the act as he bowled Curran for 6. 8 runs later the hosts were in further trouble at 37 for 4 as Vale took his 3rd wicket of the day thanks to a shelmerdine catch. Cole changed the bowling and brought Skeels junior and senior into the attack, a move which was justified 14 runs later a junior bowled Betts for 9. 12 runs later and with 63 on the board Senior got in on the act as he bowled Betterley for 13. 63 for 6 and the Stags smelt blood. 27 runs later senior took his second of the day as Haines stumped Beard for 25 and things looked desperate for the home side as senior took his 3rd thanks to an excellent one hand catch from junior. The home side rocking on 106 for 8, however the game was turned on its head thanks to a great knock of 45 from number 7 batsman AJ but his luck came to an end when May had his man trapped LBW with the score on 156. Needing 25 to win the last pairing of Henneker and Keen kept their cool to inch towards the winning total; the winning runs coming in the 36th over, triggering scenes of jubilation from the home side as they somehow snatched an undeserved and unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat.

Deflated to lose by 1 wicket the Stags knew they had pushed a side in the mix for promotion all the way. The loss of McGilloway no doubt had a big effect on the outcome of the game as the additional body would have plugged gaps and he would have bowled.  However positives were there to take from the game; 5 players scored over 20 and Jake Griffiths on his debut top scored with an rapid 38, Haines 33, Trimarco and Cole 25 apiece and Mounter with 20 stands the club in good stead for the remaining fixtures. Useful bowling spells from the un-retired Vale and 3 wickets from Skeels gave the visitors a real chance of victory. May too bowled well in his cameo towards the end of the game.

Star Man – Jake Griffiths – Debutant Griffiths showed no nerves as he plundered a rapid 38 at the top of the innings




CAREW II v LAMPHEY 27/06/15
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                       Carew II (132 for 2) beat Lamphey (126) by 8 wickets

The Stags travelled to leaders Carew IIs for this latest game and were beaten by 8 wickets as a Shapcott 50 saw the home team win in relative comfort.

Batting first the Stags lost their first wicket in the first over as Trimarco was caught for 4. However with Cole and Blackwell at the crease some big hitting from Cole saw the score race to 25 off the first 4. After that though the Stags struggled to cope with a good bowling attack and an indifferent wicket. Cole departed for 15 caught behind with score on 26 and 2 run later Haines was bowled for 1. With wickets tumbling May was promoted up the order to 5 to add some steel and along with Blackwell the score had moved along to 47 before MNay was adjudged LBW for 2. Again the tumble of wickets took place as 47 for 4 became 48 for 5 as this time Lawrence was unfortunate to play on for 0. Gibbs in at 7 looked settled for a good knock and the pair moved the score on to 77 before Gibbs failed to follow through on a shot and was caught for 11. With 17 overs of the innings remaing usual number 11 batsman Skeels went into hold an end and allow Blackwell to take charge of scoring the runs. However runs were hard to come by and the next 10 overs only yielded 22 runs, perhaps aware of this Blackwell looked for a second run and Skeels unable to make his ground was run out for 7 with the score on 101. Blackwell then departed next with th score on 110 as he was bowled for a patient 45. Mounter in at 9  provided some fireworks in a quickfire 17 but as the tail end pushed for runs in the final couple of overs Hathaway was caught for 0 and May, J was bowled for 0 in the final over with the score on 126. Mounter remained undefeated on 17.

A total of 126 against a Carew side with a better batting line up than bowling was always going to be a tough ask.

Cole opened the attack with Blackwell and Lawrence and the pair well. Blackwell the first to strike as he forced Bevan to hit his own stumps with the score on 12. Richards joined Shapcott in the middle and Richards looked nervy early on. However despite some good bowling in particular by Gibbs the breakthrough was a long time coming. It arrived with the score on 65 as Gibbs bowled Richards for 34.

With several bowling options absent Cole turned to Trimarco who bowled well in an 8 over spell and despite a good battling effort from the Stags it wasnt enough to take an further wickets. Carew finally reached the required score in the 31st over as Shapcott finished undefeated on 59 and Rees on 22 as he hit 2 consecutive 6s to bring the victory home.

Star Man - Dave Blackwell - Held the innings together with a hard grafted 45.





                                      LAMPHEY v HUNDLETON 20/06/15
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Lamphey (136) drew with Hundleton (122 for 7)

Lamphey came away with a deserved winning draw against Hundleton on Saturday despite setting the visitors a target of only 137 for victory.

Batting first the Stags got off to a solid start as the opening pair of Haines and Cole put on 29 off 5 overs before Haines was caught behind for 16. Trimarco joined Cole and the score moved to 45 before Cole was bowled for 16. 45 for 2 became 45 for 3 as Trimarco was out the next over for 8. The Stags were in further trouble when Skeels  - back at the Club after returning from a brief spell at Pembroke -was out for 8. This brought the new pairing of Blackwell and McGilloway together and the pair played some sensible cricket to move the score onto 96 before McGilloway mis-timed a shot and caught for 19. The visitors then took the upper hand as the stags lost a further 3 wickets to 13 runs - Blackwell first to go for 25, Gibbs for 0 and Hathaway for 4 - leaving the side struggling on 109 for 8. With 11 overs of the game remaining the Stags looked to push toward the 150 mark and Kidney and Mounter did all the could to achieve that adding 26 for the 9th wicket before Mounter was caught for 17. Skeels senior joined Kidney for the final 3 overs but the pairing added just one further run before Skeels was caught for 1. Kidney remaining undefeated on 6.

If the home side were to get anything out of the game then they knew they had to exert the pressure from the off. Cole and Kidney opened the bowling and the first wicket came in the 7th over with the score on 21 courtesy of a Blackwell catch off the bowling of Kidney. Blackwell was in the action again soon after as he took his second catch of the match off the bowling of Cole and Hundleton were 24 for 2. With the score ticking over at 2 an over Cole made a double change after 14 overs bringing in Blackwell and Gibbs. The move paid off as with the score on 30 Gibbs had the dangerous Williams stumped for 0. 12 runs later Gibbs had his second thanks to a good catch by Hathaway at midwicket. The visitors then had their best spell of the match as they added 36 for the 5th wicket, mainly down to Tysoe looking to push the score on - again Gibbs was the man to do it as he bowled Adams. With Blackwell not having much luck, McGilloway was brought into the attack. With the game entering the last 10 overs the visitors needed a further 40 to win with 5 wickets left. They advanced the score to 99 before Tysoe was bowled by Skeels (J) for 49. With his departure the game swang into Lamphey's favour, the visitors requiring 38 from the last 6. The 7th and final wicket fell with the score on 108 as Skeels had Fox caught behind by Haines. With 4 overs remaining and 29 needed for vistory Cole came back to finish off his overs and with Skeels restricted the visitors to just an extra 14 runs leaving them stranded on 122 for 7 some 15 runs short of the win.

Star Man – Hywel Gibbs – A great spell of bowling to take 3 wickets for 20 off 9.




LAWRENNY II v LAMPHEY

The Stags travelled to Lawrenny on Saturday and came away with a deserved winning draw thanks in the main to Phil Kidneys maiden 50.

Batting first the Stags changed their opening partnership with Haines replacing McGilloway. The Stags lost their first wicket with the score on 11 as Cole was well caught in the covers for 4. Blackwell in at 3 looked to attack from the off, however with the score on 29 he tried to play across the line to a ball which didn’t come up and he was bowled for 13. Gibbs joined Haines in the middle and the pair tipped the balance back into the favour of the visitors. A partnership of 45 was only ended when  Haines chased a very wide delivery and gave a simple catch to cover, out for a very good 34. McGilloway down the order at 5 came and went without scoring to leave the visitors on 82 for 4. That soon became 90 for 5 as Gibbs was caught at mid on for 22. Lamphey then lost their 6th wicket with the score on 104 as Hathaway was stumped for 7. Things seemed to be slipping away from the Stags as the 7th wicket fell with just 117 on the board, this time Mounter being caught for 7. The 8th wicket wasn’t long behind as debutant May was bowled by Buckle for 1. With things looking ominous two senior players came together with just 6 and a half overs remaining. Kidney and Skeels then saw the visitos add a further 56 runs in the final overs. Kidney playing some delightful cricket along with some lusty blows as he brought up his maiden 50 in cricket after several decades of playing the sport. It was a thoroughly deserved and flawless innings as he brought up his 50 off 47 balls and included 7x4s and 3x6s. Skeels proved an able deputy as he chipped in with a valuable 11 not out and by the time the innings closed on 179 for 8 Kidney was undefeated on 61.

The Stags opened the attack with Kidney and McGilloway and both bowled very well without making the breakthrough. In fact the home side reached 73 before Kidney took an amazing one handed catch to see Harries depart for 40 off the bowling of Gibbs. 12 runs later and Blackwell on for Kidney dismissed the dangerous Eddison for 2. Cole then brought himself on to replace Gibbs  and with his second ball bowled Campbell for 60 with the score on 107. Blackwell then bagged his second of the afternoon as he bowled Buckle for 9. The home side still needing 61 to win off 7 Cole brought Skeels on from Blackwell’s end in a bid to buy some wickets. The move reaped dividends as Skeels took 2 wickets with the score on 135, first Beff was trapped LBW then Cole was stumped by Haines for 0. A stand of 17 for the 7th wicket gave the home side a very slim flicker of hope, however needing 36 to win from the final over Cole took 2 wickets with the final 2 balls of the innings as first Morton was well caught by Mounter on the boundary then Osbourne was bowled with the final ball. The innings closed on 152 for 8 resulting in the match being an honourable draw.

Plenty of positives from this match on which the Stags can build. Haines is beginning to find form and the innings of Kidney was a delight to watch, with useful knocks from Gibbs and Skeels. The fielding performance was a marked improvement from the previous week and the bowling was tight with wickets shared around with a special mention to James May who put in a great performance in the field

Next game is Neyland 2nds at home and one which the Stags can look forward to with rising confidence.

Star Man – Phil Kidney – An excellent maiden 50 finishing undefeated on 61, a good bowling spell and an amazing one handed catch.



LAMPHEY v HERBRANDSTON 30/05/15

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                       Lamphey (148) lost to Herbrandston (161 for 7) by 13 runs

Lamphey snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Herbrandston on Saturday, eventually losing by 15 runs.

Batting first the visitors scored 161 for 7 which was aided by a number of dropped catches by the Stags. Skeels made the breakthrough with the score on 57 as McClelland was caught by Haines. The next wicket didn’t fall until 106 and it was the Skeels/Haines combo again as this time Hood was out. 4 runs later and Skeels had his third of the afternoon as Williams smartly stumped Nicholas. Cole came into the attack in the 26th over, returning from injury and bowled Bennett with the score on 128. Wicket no 2 for Cole came with the score on 151 as he bowled Ouzman. Cole then struck twice in 2 balls with the score on 160 as he first had Molloy trapped LBW then bowled Nicholas the next ball. The visitors added a further single to close on 161.

McGilloway and Cole opened the attack but with the score on 2 McGilloway was bowled by Bennett for 2. Miller came in at 3 and with Cole moved the score onto 40 before Miller top edged one and was caught for 12. Ian Williams came in at 4 looking to play the foil to Cole who was looking to take on the visiting bowling, however with the score on 65 Cole was bowled for 35. The Stags then lost 2 quick wickets as first Skeels (1) and then Williams (12) were dismissed, caught and bowled respectively. With 2 new faces in the middle Blackwell and Haines both looked at ease with the visiting attack, progressing the score to 97 before Haines (15) was the first of three Stag players to be given out stumped by the visiting umpire. Kidney and Blackwell gave the Stags hope of the win with a 7th wicket partnership of 41 taking the score to 138 before Kidney was bowled for 10. 9 runs later and the game was effectively over as Blackwell played his shot too early and was bowled for 38. The Stags then lost their last 2 wickets for 1 run as firstly Weatherall was stumped for 0 and then Hathaway followed in the same way for 3. The Stags dismissed for 148, just 15 runs short of a deserved victory.

Star Man – Grant Cole – 4 wickets and 35 runs sees the captain lead by example.




CRYMYCH v LAMPHEY 2305/15
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                       Crymych (111) lost to Lamphey (172 for 8) by 61 runs

The Stags finally got their season off the ground on Saturday with a welcome, morale boosting win at Crymych.

With the home side winning the toss and inviting the visitors to have a bat the opening pairing of McGilloway and Cole moved the score on to 19 before a mix up in the middle - following a sharp piece of fielding - saw the dithering McGilloway run out for 10. Trimarco playing his first match of the season came into the fray at 3 and looked to play his attacking game with Cole playing the anchor. The pair moved the score onto 56 before Trimarco was caught for a swashbuckling 28. 1 run later and it was Cole (17) who was next out caught at point. With 2 new batsmen at the crease a period of stability was required and this was found in the pairing of Blackwell and Gibbs. The pair played sensibly, punishing the loose ball and had moved the score to 89 before Gibbs - whom had become bogged down somewhat - was caught for 10. One invariably brings two and that was the case 8 runs later as Blackwell was bowled by a daisy cutter for 23. Haines was joined in the middle by Lawrence whom was also making his seasonal bow, and wasted no time by launching his first delivery for 4. With Haines the pair batted together for 10 overs adding 55 to take the Stags onto 152 before Lawrence, looking to increase the tempo in the last 3 overs, was bowled for 34. From this point Haines took up the mantle and with Miller (1) and May (1) advanced the score to 172 for 8 off the 40 overs. Haines remaining undefeated on a seasonal best of 33 and Hathaway 0 not out.

Set 173 for victory the under strength home side were looking to Thorne to lead the way. However runs early on were hard to come by as both Lawrence and Blackwell bowled exceptionally well and aided by a lively field Crymych struggled to keep up with the rate, managing just over 2 an over. Despite being behind the home side still had all wickets in hand so after 12 overs Cole replaced Blackwell with McGilloway and the move reaped dividends as McGilloway bowled Davies for 10 in his first over. With Lawrence bowling his 9 over spell straight through, Gibbs came on to continue from the road end and in his first over trapped Thorne LBW for 36.  McGilloway then took the third wicket bowling Thomas for 10, with Gibbs not to be outshone he then bowled Luke for 13 and the Stags were on top. With limited batting left Cole turned to Skeels to replace McGilloway to see if his gentle left armers could tempt the batsmen into playing shots and it worked wonders as he ripped through the middle and lower order. First Blackwell took a simple catch at extra mid wicket, then Skeels bowled 2 in his next over. 2 overs later Skeels had his fourth as Cole took a catch at long off before Lawrence took at blinding reactionary catch fielding at silly mid off to give Skeels his 5th wicket. With overs ticking down Cole made one final change replacing Gibbs with Blackwell and with 3 overs remaining Blackwell made sure of the victory taking the final wicket as he bowled Dunn for 0.

A much needed win finally got the Stags off the mark (and off the bottom of the table). A victory made possible by a good batting display and a hwyl in the field which had not been seen so far this season. Good bowling spells from the 5 bowlers used and some good ground fielding saw the Stags in jovial spirits as they left Crymych with 30 very good points in the bag.

Stags Star Man - Dean Lawrence- Plenty of candidates but a great knock of 34 followed by a tight spell of bowling and a blinding catch gives him this weeks award.




PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 09/05/15
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                Pembroke Dock (197 for 1) beat Lamphey (196 for 9) by 9 wickets

The Stags travelled to their first away game of the season looking to secure victory against their local rivals Pembroke Dock on Saturday, despite having a much changed and depleted side.

Despite the player availability causing real problems for the Stags the side managed to reach a respectable 196 for 9 off their 40 overs however it was Luke Murray who was the star of the day as his unbeaten 151 saw the home side seal the win in just 24 overs.

Batting first the Stags got off to a flyer as McGilloway (26) and Cole (50 – 9x4, 2x6) put on 77 for the first wicket in just 12 overs before both fell 9 runs apart.  This brought Blackwell and Gibbs to the crease and the pair continued the good work adding a further 32 before Blackwell (24) was out first ball after the drinks break with the score on 118 after 20. Haines joined Gibbs and the pair pushed things on taking the score to 146 before Haines was out for 14. After his departure the innings somewhat lost its impetus and no real partnership prospered. Despite this Gibbs continued to play his attacking game and Vale chipped in with 8, Hathaway 9. Gibbs was finally out for 49 with the score on 186 in the 38th over. There was still time for a further 2 wickets to fall as May was run out for 5 and White was bowled for 0 the final ball of the innings. Skeels remained 6*. 196 for 9 gave the visitors some real hope.

However the opening pair of Daley and Murray got the home side off to a flyer. Murray, the more aggressive of the two, looked to smash anything that was served up. The pair played very well adding 161 for the first wicket in just 19 overs before part time bowler McGilloway struck to dismiss Daley courtesy of a simple catch to Blackwell at cover for 29. Kingdom in at 3 played the support role to Murray as he continued to hit the ball to all corners of the park. With 4 needed to win Murray sent the ball hurtling to boundary not only to clinch the game in super fast time but also to bring up his 151 off just 75 balls.

The saying catches win matches proved to be very true in this match as Murray was dropped with the score in the 60’s, a very costly mistake as he punished the Stags in impressive fashion.

Stags Man of the Match – Grant Cole - The vice skipper scored his first 50 of the season off just 38 balls.





                                       LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 02/05/15

                                                
                             
                           Lamphey (159 for 8) lost to Llechryd (160 for 4) by 6 wickets

Llechryd were the next side to visit Lamphey this season and they like Carew 2nds walked away with the points despite a much improved performance by the Stags.

Batting first the Stags were soon in trouble as they slumped to 9 for 2 with McGilloway and Blackwell back in the hutch. However despite this setback Cole and Johnson rebuilt the innings as they added 113 for the 3rd wicket. Johnson crashing his way to 80 (his 50 off 47 balls inc 3x6 and 7x4) and Cole 37 taking the score to 122 off 28 overs. Llechryd then got themselves back into the game as both players departed shortly after one another and the innings slowed with Haines (12) the only person to get into double figures as the innings closed on 159 for 8. Vale 9* and May 3* the two batsmen in at the end.

With the visitors requiring 160 to win Vale and Blackwell kept a tight rein on things early on without making the breakthrough. The first wicket did fall however with the score on 34 as Blackwell took his first wicket of the season courtesy of a Haines catch. Things were looking good for the Stags as Cole on at first change took the next wicket with the score on 49. 21 runs later Kidney who has bowled excellently so far this season dismissed Maerhlein for 21 and with the visitors still requiring 90 of the final 22 the game was still in the balance. However Cole then pulled up injured a change to the bowling was needed. This happened at the wrong time as it saw the bringing together of Curran and Smith whom had both scored big runs the previous week. They continued the good work as slowly but surely the picked off the runs as the overs ticked by. The Stags did take a further wicket as Vale back into the attack saw Curran (50) chip one to Gibbs (on as a sub fielder) at mid wicket for a simple catch. With 22 needed for victory the experienced Smith saw off the challenge, guiding his side to a 6 wicket win with 2.5 overs remaining.

A much improved Stags performance despite the defeat as the side begins to jell. However with much chopping and changing due to availability and players coming and going they know that they will have to start turning defeats into wins in what must be a season of consolidation.

Stags Star Man – Nic Johnson – Made the best of his luck to smash a swashbuckling 80.







                                       
LAMPHEY v CAREW II 26/4/15

                                    

                       Lamphey (76) lost to Carew II (77 for 1) by 9 wickets

The Stags kicked off the 2015 season with a home game against recently relegated Carew 2nds on Saturday. The result seeing a patched up Stags side - missing several key players due to departures and work commitments – slump to a 9 wicket defeat.

Batting first the home side lost wickets at regular intervals as only 4 players managed to reach double figures – Vale 13, Cole and Kidney 12 a piece and Mark Yea – playing his first Saturday game for a almost a decade – with 10. For the visitors HInchcliffe 3 for 10 and Harries 2 for 10 were the main wicket takers as the home side reached 76 all out.

Defending such a small total Vale and Kidney started well and a few early chances were put down giving Carew the impetus required to take advantage. The only wicket of their innings fell when Skeels bowled Shapcott for 16 with the score on 46. With Hinchcliffe reaching 39 and Hicks 18 the win was wrapped up in the 16th over.

Star Man -