LAMPHEY V NEYLAND II 07/07/2018

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        Lamphey (134) lost to Neyland III (135 for 7) by 3 wickets

The Stags entertained Neyland 2nds on Saturday starting the game with only 9 players. A sad state of affairs considering they fielded two sides the weekend before for the league match and cup final. With this in mind the Stags were happy when the visiting captain won the toss and invited home side to bat.

With Johnson absent through injury Skeels (J) opened the innings with Haines and things didn’t get off to a great start when Haines was caught for 6. McGilloway and Skeels restored some fight and the pair advanced the score to 43 in the 10th over before McGilloway (8) was bowled by an excellent delivery. Shelmerdine looked in fine form batting at 4 and the pair added 33 for the 3rd wicket before Shelmerdine was stumped for 15 trying to hit the spin of Miller out of the ground. Skipper Gibbs pushed himself up the order to 5 and looked at ease out in the middle. Skeels brought up his 50 off 62 balls (7x4s, 3x6s) but the Stags lost their 4th wicket in the 26th over with 113 on the board as Gibbs was caught for 8. Then without adding to the total disaster struck with Skeels who had batted superbly was caught for 74. In the meantime Trimarco boosted the Stags numbers to 10 and wasted no time getting his pads on to go in at 6. The home side then lost 2 further wickets in 2 balls as first James White returning to the fold after over a decade away was unfortunate to be caught for 0 then Cole was caught in the gully the next ball….113 for 3 had become 121 for 7. Thankfully Trimarco felt in hitting mood and blasted 3 big sixes in a rapid 19 to advance the score to 133 but when he fell, bowled round his legs, it left last pair Andrew Skeels and Julian White to face the visiting attack. Unfortunately the pair only managed to add one to the total before White was caught for 0 and the innings closed on 134 in the 32nd over.


With a score probably 40 runs too little the Stags knew they had to make early inroads. Skeels and Cole opened the attack and it was the latter who made the breakthrough in the 6th over and with 26 on the board. Cole tempted Rowland to play at a wide delivery and the resulting edge found Haines waiting to take it one handed behind the stumps. The visitors then pressed the self-destruct button as 4 further wickets fell in quick succession. McGilloway replacing Skeels struck next having Mathias-Millsom caught by Haines for 1. Cole bowled Hughes for 6, McGilloway bowled Page for 2 and Cole had Booth caught by McGilloway for 0. With the visitors rocking on 35 for 5 the Stags were flying. However the game swung on a missed catch with the score on 40 Shelmerdine fielding in close was unable to react quickly enough to a shot from Murray. Unfortunately for the Stags it was to prove a big chance missed as with Miller the pair added 68 for the 6th wicket. The stand only broken when Murray was caught by Haines off the bowling of Skeels senior for 42 and with the score on 105. It only took another 5 runs for the 7th wicket to fall as Skeels junior bowled Smith for 1. Unfortunately for the 9 man Stags the gaps in the field proved their undoing as Murray used it to his advantage hitting the winning runs off Skeels junior to finish undefeated on 38 and Murphy on 6 in just 25 overs.

Star Man – James Skeels – Revelled in his openers role and probably should have got his ton.


                      HERBRANDSTON v LAMPHEY 30/06/2018

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        Herbrandston (137 for 3) beat Lamphey (135) by 7 wickets

The Stags travelled to Herbrandston for this latest match and winning the toss the Stags elected to bat as a sweltering heat ensured the majority of the Lamphey players could remain in the shade.

Johnson and Haines shared a stand of 56 for the first wicket before Johnson was bowled for 17, just 9 runs later Haines was next to go bowled for 27, unfortunately as usually happens wickets fell at regular periods as Skeels was bowled for 1 and McGilloway was caught for 13 to leave the Stags on 76 for 4. Hood taking all 4. With Brunton and Dan Williams (no not that one) making his debut for the visitors the pair added 17 for the 5th wicket before Williams was caught for 8. The score moved on 10 before Brunton was caught for 10 and then the next wicket fell adding a further single to the score as Gibbs was caught for 6. Cole and Hathaway added 28 for the 8th wicket before the latter was caught in the slips for 8. The final 2 wickets fell in the space of 3 runs as first Dan Williams (that one) was stumped for 0 and White was caught for 2. The innings closed on 135 and Cole undefeated on 14

The home side got off to a solid start and had 61 on the board in just the 10th over before the Stags made the breakthrough as Marchant was caught by Cole off the bowling of Skeels for 35. The second wicket wasn’t long coming as just 8 runs later Bowles was caught off the bowling off Gibbs by Dan Williams for 18. The final wicket to fall came with 81 on the board as Cole caught Bennett off the bowling of debutant Dan Williams for 10. With Davies and Wilson at the crease it only took a further 5 overs for them to knock off the remaining runs as they eased to a 7 wicket win in just 19 overs.

Star Man -

                        LLANRHIAN v LAMPHEY 23/06/18
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           Llanrhian (152 for 4) beat Lamphey (151) by 6 wickets

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