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Lamphey (88 for 1) beat Johnston II by 9 wickets


Lamphey entertained a Johnston side rooted to the bottom of the division and still seeking their first league win of the season. With the second half of the season underway the Stags know that every game counts in their promotion quest and these type of games have to be put to bed. As it was the home side were handed a boost when the opposition arrived with only 10 players though the Stags themselves were missing skipper Skeels and Brunton who are sunning themselves in Croatia and Gregson who was raving away in Ibiza; they did however welcome back Blackwell after a 6 game absence.

With McGilloway taking over the skippers mantel, he duly won the toss and invited Johnston to bat. Lawrence and Cole opened the attack and the Johnston opening pair showed their intent from the off – get runs on the board. With the pair playing some attacking cricket the score had advanced to 33 off 8 overs when McGilloway made the decision to bring himself and Gibbs into the attack.  This move paid dividends as within 5 balls Johnston were 1 down as McGilloway caught Goodridge (19) off his own bowling. It was McGilloway who struck again just 15 runs later; this time Blackwell fielding in close made up a good amount of ground to snaffle up a catch which popped of James’ bat. James out for 25. 51 for 2 then became 51 for 4 as Farooq (0) was run out by some distance thanks to McGilloway’s quick thinking. Gibbs then bowled Lewis for 0.

In a 11 run spell McGilloway then took his 3rd, 4th and 5th of the afternoon as he firstly had the stubborn Nelson caught by Powell at mid off for 7, then bowled Morris for 1 before completing his fiver by bowling Turnbull for 0. With the visitors on 66 for 7 a brief resistance was staged by Badham and Summons to take the score up to 82 however it was the former next to fall for 21 thanks to a smart catch by Griffiths off Blackwell. The innings was complete without any further score added as Skeels bowling his slow left arm dismissed Norris without scoring.

With only 82 to win the Stags approached this in the knowledge that they hadn’t scored more than 77 in their last 3 league and cup games. However any lingering doubts were put to bed early as the opening pair of Griffiths and Haines put the visiting bowling to the sword. After a fairly innocuous start the Stags had 9 on the board after 2 overs, but by the time Haines (40) was caught on the long on boundary in the 8th over the game was all but over as the scoreboard read 75 for 1. With Lawrence in at 3 it only took another 8 balls to finish the game and in some style as Griffiths launched a huge 6 to finish the game on 88 for 1 in 9.3 overs. Griffiths finishing undefeated on a fine 46 which included no less than 8 fours and 1 six and Lawrence 4 not out.

A comprehensive victory for the Stags against a struggling Johnston side. This game had to be won and no complacency was shown by the home side and no doubt tougher tests will present themselves as the second half of the season unfolds. Presently it looks as though there is a division within a division with a big gap beginning to develop between the top 5 and the bottom 5. The Stags travel next to Lawrenny who have 3 wins to their name however the visit to the Gavenyards always proves to be a close and tricky tie.

Star Man – Pete McGilloway – Stand in skipper takes his best figures for the Stags.   





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Lamphey (77) beat Pembroke Dock (55) by 22 runs

The Stags entertained local rivals Pembroke Dock on Saturday in this final game of the first half of the season.

On winning the toss skipper Skeels elected to bat on a white wicket which looked primed for runs. Early indications were that might be the case as the opening pair of McGilloway and Haines advanced the score to 19 before an out of sorts McGilloway who faced 26 balls for 3 was put out of his misery caught by Butland off the bowling of Camani. Skeels in at 3 along with Haines doubled the score to 38 in the 8th over before the latter, who had looked set, was deceived by the change bowling of Carroll as he was bowled off his pads for 22. Unfortunately things weren’t to get much better for the Stags as the famous middle order collapse reared its ugly ahead once more. With 2 wickets falling on 41, firstly Skeels bowled by a beauty of delivery from Carroll for 5 then Trimarco lasting 2 balls for a blob. A further collapse happened with the score on 45 as two more wickets fell firstly Brunton bowled by Carroll for 2 then Shelmerdine bowled by the same player for 4. With the visitors clearly delighted at the way the Lamphey batting was collapsing like a pack of cards they sensed blood. Powell and Cole did their best to stem the flow of wickets and Powell to his testament hung around for 30 minutes and faced 18 balls, but he fell for a duck as the Stags were reeling at 52 for 7. Powell caught behind by Kingdom to give Carroll his 5th of the afternoon. With the experienced Gibbs in at 9 the score moved on to 62 before Gibbs ticked one to Kingdom off White for 1. Gregson and Cole added a further 11 runs for the 9th wicket before the former was bowled off his pads by Camani for 4. With Skeels senior the last man in for the Stags Cole looked to push on however he too fell just 4 runs later as he holed out to the deep extra cover for 27. The Stags dismissed for a paltry 77 in 25 overs.

No doubt the visitors must have been cock-a-hoop to be set such a low total, surely it would be a simple victory for them, wouldn’t it? Well……

Cole and Brunton opened the attack and within 8 runs the visitors were 1 down as Smith-Wrench (4) was caught by Powell off Brunton. With 6 overs completed Skeels replaced Cole with McGilloway, a move which proved a master stroke as within 2 balls of his introduction he had removed the inform Daley for 3 and the visitors now 17 for 2. Mixing things up further McGilloway was then brought off after a 3 over spell for the spin of Gibbs with 12 overs complete and again proved an instant success as with his 3rd ball Gibbs bowled the dangerous Murray who looked to smash Gibbs out of the ground, but didn’t! 27 for 3 became 28 for 4 as next to go was Kingdom who smashed a Brunton delivery straight to Shelmerdine at cover who did a bit of a juggling act before holding on tight. With Brunton continuing to bowl fast and accurate a short ball popped on Butland (19) who could only glove to keeper Haines and now it was the visitors turn to wobble at 33 for 5. With 2 new bats in the middle in the shape of Camani and White the pair made some headway into the target. Brunton bowled out taking an excellent 3 for 17 and was replaced by McGilloway at the railway end. Once more the McGilloway magic was in effect as with the score on 48 he dismissed Camani for 8 thanks to a good Haines catch. I run later Alford looking to hit Gibbs out of the ground only succeeded at putting one straight down Brunton’s throat at deep mid off. With wickets tumbling at a rate of knots McGilloway bowled White for 5 with 50 on the board, the 9th came with 52 as Owen was bowled by Gibbs. The final man Scott didn’t hang around long either as McGilloway picked up his 4th of the afternoon clean bowling Scott for 1 and the Dock were all out for 55, 22 runs short of the Stags seemingly paltry 77.

Star Man - Grant Cole - Crucial 27 runs for the Stags paved the way for victory  


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 Lamphey (81 for 3) beat Llanrhian 2nds (80) by 7 wickets 

The Stags entertained division 3 newcomers Llanrhian 2nds on Saturday in this latest league match. With the home side looking to get back to winning ways after 2 weeks without a win they had the perfect opportunity to do so against the visitors who are anchored to the bottom of the division after a difficult start to the season.

It was perhaps no surprise then when the visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which had been covered for the past 36 hours. Skeels opened the attack with Cole and Kidney whom was making a welcome return to the side after missing last season through work commitments. Both bowlers bowled tightly and Kidney in particular was unlucky not to make the breakthrough as Skeels and Trimarco put down efforts and a 3rd chance fell between 2 fielders. As a result of this fortune the opening pair of Kitchell and Harries settled with them putting on 43 in 18 overs before McGilloway bowled Kitchell for 24. It wasn’t long before wicket two fell, this time a smart piece of stumping by Haines saw Harries out for 16 off the bowling of Skeels. A brief 11 run partnership for the 3rd wicket was broken when Mounter took a good catch on the deep square leg boundary as Morris couldn’t resist the slow left arm of Skeels. The visitors then lost wickets every few runs. Skeels picked up his 3rd as Flynn (3) was caught by keeper Haines. 1 run later Craft (1) was caught by James Skeels at mid on off McGilloway. Skeels took another with the score on 62 bowling Williams for 0 and the 7th wicket fell on 63 as a mix up with the batsmen led to some quick thinking from Griffiths resulting in Meredith-Barrett being run out for 1. Griffiths then replaced McGilloway and promptly snapped up two wickets with the score on 67 and 73, firstly Skeels catching Clarke for 0 then he bowled John for 4. A brief cameo from Rees (10*) saw him hit a 4 and a big 6 off Griffiths before Skeels wrapped up proceedings to take his 5th wicket of the afternoon trapping Clarke LBW for 0. The innings closing on 80 off 36 overs.  

The Stags started the response by opening the innings with McGilloway – back after a 3 match sabbatical - and Haines. The pair making light of the visitors opening attack and had moved the score on to 26 in the 6th over before Haines was bowled by Rees for 20. With Trimarco in at 3 the score progressed at 4 an over but the home side found themselves two down with the score on 41 as Trimarco was caught in the covers by John off the bowling of Rees for 3. Skipper Skeels replaced Trimarco in the middle and in the 14th over the home side wobbled once more, this time McGilloway who was looking in good form was well caught at extra mid wicket for 20 to give the lively Rees his 3rd of the afternoon.   Jake Griffiths entered the fray at 5 looking to rediscover some of the form which has deserted him of late and today was that day. With both bats liking to attack the bowling the pair added 31 in just 4 overs, Griffiths plundered a rapid 19 including 4x4s whilst Skeels finished undefeated with 15 to give the Stags a 7 wicket win and 27 point haul as they look to close the gap at the top.

A quick finish for the Stags and tougher games lie ahead. No more so than the next game at undefeated Cresselly whom must be favourites not only for promotion but the title. The Stags know they will need to be at the top of their game to come away from with a result; a draw wont be the end of the World but a win at Cresselly would send out a signal that the Stags are serious contenders for promotion.

Star Man – Andrew Skeels – there’s just no stopping the veteran as he picks up his 20th wicket of the season