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LAMPHEY v LLANRHIAN  25/8/07

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Lamphey entered this final fixture of the season knowing that even a win was unikely to keep them up, so with the pressure off Lamphey made visitors Llanrhian fight all the way before going down narrowly by 9 runs.

With Llanrhian batting first it was Lamphey who - despite missing opening bowler, Grant Cole and top order batsman Gareth Nicholas - had the run of the green. A side with little to lose showed the type of fielding performance which they have been showing all season by restricting third place Llanrhian to 129 all out. Cheif contributors to the display were evergreen Jason Oatley who took 4 for 35, and in the process finishing on 25 wickets for the season and Skipper Hywel Gibbs who responded with 3 for 26 ending up on 20 for the season. No Llanrhain bastman really got going as only Matthew Arundell 36 and Chris Cousens 23, troubled the home side.

129 to win and Lamphey at this stage would have been bookmakers favourites to win this game and pick up their fourth of the season, however despite a seasons best 41 from Nicholas Johnson and a fine 33 from allrounder Oatley, Lamphey struggled to make the visitors total and with the last wicket falling found themselves agonisingly close to their total - failing just by 9 runs.

A season of massive dissapointment. Fielding early on in the season cost matches, but after the early blip, fielding and in particular the bowling, became Lampheys' strongest point. It was the batting which all to often seemed to desert the side, with every player in the team more than capable of scoring runs for some reason were unable to relay that to the playing field when it mattered most and as a result folded badly at times losing games which should have been comfortable wins.

Next season sees Lamphey play the likes of Stackpole, Cresselly II, Pembroke Dock, St Ishmaels IIs, Hundleton and Kilgetty, reverting to 40 over games and having no neutral umpires. Its a standard of cricket we dont want to be playing and its something we ALL have to put right as we can only blame ourselves for our current predicament.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - Been a true performer all season and deserves the recognition.

LAMPHEY v CAREW II 11/8/07

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Lamphey entertained a Carew side on saturday knowing that victory would give them a fighting chance of preserving their status in the 2nd tier of Pembrokeshire Cricket, but despite a battling 39 from Skipper Gibbs, Lamphey slipped to a disappointing 51 run defeat.

With Lamphey winning the toss Carew were invited to bat and with a lively bouncy wicket the home side started confidently as the Carew openers found it difficult to play forward as the ball often flew off a length. With the score on 23, Ive played and edged to a rising delivery from Cole and Johnson did well to take a sharp effort. With Vale having no luck from the bottom end he was replaced by the economical Oatley who continued to justify his leading wicket taker stautus by snapping up a further two wickets, including the stubborn Adrain Harries for 45. In the meantime Gibbs replaced Cole at the railway end, and he in tandem with Oatley restricted the flow of runs whilst he chipped in with an LBW and a Caught and bowled. With the overs running down Vale replaced Gibbs from the railway end where he found the rhythm that had deserted him earlier in the day to snap up two wickets. With the Carew innings coming to an end and the visitors looking for a total of 150 plus, Cole returned to the close the innings and in doing so took his second wicket of the match. For the home side Peter McGilloway took his first catch of the season, Gibbs and Johnson took 2 catches apiece and both Oatley (21) and Cole (20) broke through the 20 wicket mark for the season. With the Carew innings closing on 141for 8 it had been a satisfactory fielding and bowling performance from the home side which they had to take forward to the batting.

With tea over the usual partnership of White and McGilloway set about the run chase. However the wicket still proved to have plenty of life especially with the new ball and McGilloway soon departed for 0. Nicholas in at 3 played a well timed shot off his legs for 4 however became victim number 2 and the usually reliable White soon made it 3 as he departed for 1. 14 for 3 and with Lamphey struggling for any impetus the agressive Oatley was promoted up the order to 4 and justified the skippers decision by playing sensibly but punishing anything loo
se and although he lost Shanklin for 0 he helped push the score along with Haines before losing his wicket - out for 16. With the Score on 47 for 5, it needed a skippers innings if Lamphey were to pull off a now unlikely victory and with wickets falling at regular intervals - Haines (5), Cole (2), Johnson (8) - and with partners begining to run out he played a rash shot leading to the loss of his wicket - out for a well played 39. The final pairing of Vale and the young Jamie Oatley put up a stubborn resistance before Vale lost his wicket for 3 leaving Oatley stranded at the crease on 2 not out having batted well against the pace of 'hammer' who took 6 wickets and the spin of young Ceri Brace.

A defeat by 51 runs and yet again let down by a poor batting performance, Lamphey now know they have a real fight to survive another season in division 2, but were given a glimmer of hope with the news that both Stackpole and Fishguard lost and Llechryds game was abandoned. With a maximum 60 points up for grabs with the last 2 games Lamphey find themselves 27 points away from safety. They must travel to leaders Llangwm on saturday with the belief that a win is possible as the leaders are already promoted. Defeat would be a disaster and surely relegation would be merely a formality, but the fight goes on - Anybody get the feeling of deja vu?

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Not giving up without a fight, 2 wickets, 2 catches and 39 runs


HOOK
v LAMPHEY 4/8/07

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After a two week break, Lamphey travelled to Hook on Saturday, knowing that a win would go some way to preserving their  2nd division status. However, things didnt quite go to plan as the visitiors slumped to a 8 wicket defeat on the back of a very poor perfomance.

The  toss was  going to be an important factor in the outcome of this game.  With Skipper Gibbs unfortunate in his  call Lamphey were  asked to bat on a wet wicket and with light drizzle in the air.

The usual partnership of White and McGilloway played themselves in as they got off to a cautious start, playing each ball on its merit. With the score on 15 the out of sorts McGilloway tried to drive a straight ball but only succeeded in seeing his off stump pinned back and out for 3. White - joined in the middle by Nicholas - took advantage of some loose bowling dispatching a no ball for 4, however 4 overs later and with 22 on the board Lamphey lost their 2nd wicket as Nicholas looking to play legside misjudged the line of the ball only to see his middle stump clattered. 22 for 2 soon became 25 for 3 as Gibbs could only score 2 before he lost his wicket. Without adding further to the score White was deceived by probably the best ball of the Hook bowling, nipping back off the seam leaving White perplexed, out for 15. A brief partnership of 8 between Shanklin and Haines took the score to 32 before Haines was beaten by the medium pace of Phelps, Lamphey now 5 down were 6 down a ball later as Cole tried driving Phelps but only succeeded in getting a bottom edge and deflecting the ball onto the stumps. 32 for 6 and 3 runs later it was 7 as Vale was bowled for 0. Johnson in at 9 managed to survive 3 balls as he too tried to play Phelps over the top - only to miss. With Lamphey in dire straights at 37 for 8. Shanklin was joined in the middle by Oatley, however their partnership lasted for only 5 runs, Shanklin battling for 32 minutes and 34 balls for his 4 runs. Coming into the fray at number 11 and for his first game of the season, Ian Kerrison dispatched the first ball he faced square for 4 and with Oatley (17 not out) proceeded to put on the biggest stand of the Lamphey innings adding 22 for the last wicket before he became the 10th Lamphey player to be bowled. The innings closed on a disappointing 60 all out and never enough to trouble the Hook side.

With Lamphey having nothing to lose the players set out to exert as much pressure as possible on the home side and knowing early wickets were key if they were to have any chance of causing an upset, it was a much needed shot in the arm as Vale with his first ball of the innings tempted the deadly Phelps to mis-drive his shot straight to Gibbs at extra cover. 9 for 1 then became 12 for 2 as Cole beat Field for pace with one cutting back of the seam taking his middle stump. However with wickets and overs not an issue the home side in the shape of Rees (24no) and Rowlands (21no) guided Hook to a simple 8 wicket victory within 22 overs.

A highly dissapointing performance from the Lamphey side, a game which on paper was a possible victory ahs now placed even greater pressure on the team to deliver with only 3 games remaining. With Llechryd acheiving an unlikely victory agaisnt Haverfordwest, Lamphey now look as though they need to win 2 out of 3 and hope Fishguard slip up in the remaining matches. Anything other a victory on saturday at home to Carew II could see Lamphey slip towards Division 3 for the first time since 1993 and the days of Vasbert Drakes.... 

Star Man – Jason Oatley – Provided the only entertainment of the day as he remained undefeated on 17.

STACKPOLE v LAMPHEY 14/7/07

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Lamphey moved off the foot of the table on Saturday after an impressive 7 wicket win over fellow strugglers Stackpole. Lampheys fight against relegation was given a timely boost with performances of note from Hywel Gibbs with the bat and ball and Paul White who made his 3rd 50 of the season.

 

After a day of heavy rain on Friday, Saturday turned out to be a glorious day in more than one way. Stackpole must be credited with providing a decent wicket given the conditions and with Skipper Gibbs winning the toss all the early fortune went with the stags.

With Stackpole invited to bat, Lamphey went into this game full of confidence and sensing a victory possible, set about the kill. With Cole and Vale leading the charge a reshuffled Stackpole side struggled to cope, and many shots went in the air just avoiding the field. However with the score on 15 Roberts played one shot too many in the air and White, in the covers, snapped up the opportunity to give Vale his first victim. 1 down soon became 2 as Cole from the other end beat Davies all ends up with a delivery of pace which cut back in off the seam to take his middle peg. Stackpole through Hay and Webster took the score to 40 and with Cole and Vale having little luck in making a further breakthrough, Gibbs brought himself into the fray with his spin. With the score on 44 he tempted Webster to play one big shot too many and bowled the key batsman in the Stackpole side. With Webster gone Lamphey sensed their chance. The fourth wicket to fall took a while in coming, with a further 28 runs added, Jason Oatley replaced Cole and he removed Jones (13) to leave the hosts on 72 for 4. With the impressive Oatley and Gibbs now operating in tandem Stackpole were unable to respond with any real threat. The 5th wicket fell on 77 with Gibbs bowling Jackson for 4, 11 runs later it was 6, as Nicholas holed out to Haines at Mid off to give Gibbs his 3rd of the match. With the score on 90 Stackpole’s main threat was out. A fine delivery from Oatley removed Hay’s off stick and Hay despite his battling was out for a fine 37. With little or no batting to come the innings soon came to a close as further wickets fell on 92, 99 and 100. Gibbs was impressive picking up 4, Oatley continued his form of late to pick up 3 and in the process become leading wicket taker for the 1st XI, Vale took 2 and Cole 1. Stackpole dismissed for 100 in the 41st over.

Lamphey had the luxury of knowing that they had 49 overs in which to score 100 runs. At a smidgeon over 2 an over the run rate was never to be an issue. Under no real pressure the Lamphey innings started, to put it politely, sedately….with a combination of tight bowling and a damp wicket runs were hard to come by and after 7 overs the Stags only had 2 on the board. With the pressure starting to build Lamphey had reached 7 (off 12 overs!!) when McGilloway played too early at a shot at ended up with the ball hitting the back of the bat and looping up an easy chance to gulley. Out for 2. Gareth Nicholas in at 3 and determined to show his little brother who’s the boss didn’t quite get to show him after scoring just 1, bowled by the impressive Webster. Lamphey found themselves at 9 for 2 off 13 overs, but this paved the way for Gibbs to join White in the middle. Both worked the bowling well to keep the scoreboard ticking, dispatching anything short in the process. With Webster and the tricky Jackson out of the attack runs started to come more freely. Both players now released from their shackles were able to play their own games, Gibbs playing powerfully through the off side with White latching onto anything short. The run rate rising all the time, Lamphey advanced the score to 88 when Gibbs played a shot out into the covers, Webster with seemingly no hope of reaching dived full length to his side and scooped the ball up inches from the ground in what was the catch of the day. Gibbs’ innings over, but nonetheless an important one with 31 runs to his credit, he and White had put on 72 for the 3rd wicket. Shortly after his departure White seized the initiative dispatching Hay for a straight 6 and brought up his 3rd 50 of the season not long after. With the score on 97, White put Stackpole out of their misery again dispatching Hay, this time straight for 4, remaining undefeated for an excellent 60. 101 for 3, 28 points and Lamphey have now won 2 in a row. With 5 games left Lamphey have put themselves back into the mix, another couple of wins and the odd draw could be enough to see the Stags perform the Great Escape for a 2nd season in a row, will it happen? only time will tell........

Star Man – Hywel Gibbs – A top all round performance from the skipper just edges out Mr White


LAMPHEY v FISHGUARD 7/7/07

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A battling innings of 47 from Peter McGilloway on Saturday paved the way to a 5 wicket win as the home side notched only their second win of the season at the expense of Fishguard.

After a week off to rain, Lamphey put out a full strength side for only the 2nd time this season as they sought to rescue something from a season of despair. If Lamphey are to avoid the trapdoor to division 3 it was imperative they ground out a result against a Fishguard team there for the taking. On winning the toss, Skipper Gibbs, back in the starting line up after a holiday in Morocco invited Fishguard to bat.

With only 2 on the scoreboard Cole lured Jones to play a weak shot to Gibbs at mid off for 1. With the dangerous Strawbridge at the crease it was important to make sure he didn’t have the oppportunities gifted to him in the earlier fixture and after some lusty blows, Vale soon got his man as a fine delivery saw him edge to Johnson, 25 for 2 soon became 3 as Vale did the business as he had Couzens caught by Shanklin (his first of the season) in the same over for 0. A change in the bowling with Gibbs and Oatley coming into the action constraining the batsmen and despite a 4th wicket partnership of 42 between B Jones (33) and R Dalling (36), the game went through a dull spell. The breakthrough arrived with the score on 67 and a field change the ball before worked wonders as Vale snapped up Jones at extra cover off the efficient Oatley. The visitors moved the score onto 84 when a mix up in the middle allowed Cole to return the ball back to Oatley leaving M Morgan stranded for an easy run out. The following over 84 for 5 became 6 as Dowling skied a delivery from Gibbs to White who still had plenty to do as he had to turn and chase before pouching the ball. Both Oatley and Gibbs bowled tightly only conceeding 49 runs in their combined spell of 23 overs taking 2 wickets in the process. With 7 overs remaining Gibbs brought back Vale and Cole in the hope of weeding out the remaining 4 batsmen required for maximum bowling points. Vale struck first as Gareth Nicholas photographically dived to his left to pluck a drive from Dalling (36) out of the air and then Cole removed O’Connor for 16. With the overs run out Fishguard held on and finished on 126 for 8.

Not for the first time this season Lamphey have failed to attain low scores and the first ball of the innings must have set a few pulses racing as White played the ball straight to silly mid off and with hesitation finally walked off without the umpire raising his finger. 0 for 1. Gareth Nicholas joined McGilloway at the crease and slowly the pair got a hold of the bowling picking up 3 and 4 an over. Nicholas unusually restrained from his attacking role played with sense and determination as did McGilloway, the pair taking the score to 47 before Nicholas was finally tempted to play across the line to a Morgan delivery, bowled for 19. Badham in at 4 hit a couple of lusty blows including a straight four before he became victim no 3 with the score on 59. In the meantime, McGilloway continued to increase with confidence and exhibit the potential he possesses as he moved into his 20s. Batting at no5 skipper Gibbs settled into pace of the game and with McGilloway continued to move the score along at the required rate, edging his way to a fine 20 before he unluckily lost his wicket, playing on from a Jones delivery. With the score on 113 for 4, Lamphey needed another 14 to win with 6 wickets in hand but that then became 5 when McGilloway, perhaps a little tired after over 2 hours of batting mis-timed a Morgan delivery back to the bowler and was dismissed caught and bowled for a senior career best 47. With two new batsmen at the crease the win was assured as both Oatley (5) and Haines (8) remained undefeated and a 5 wicket win with 7 overs remaining was sealed.

An excellent performance in the field, more catches are being taken now as the season progresses and mistakes are being cut out. 3 wickets for Vale to add to his 5 the week before and economical performances from Oatley and Gibbs. Good catches from Gareth 'the cat' Nicholas, Wayne Shanklin and Paul 'I'll pay my membership in installments' White. A special mention to Pete who made his highest senior score and undoubtedly laid the foundations for our win.....well done.

Star Man – Peter McGilloway – Batted 37 overs and over 2hours to score 47 valuable runs and set a personal best to boot.

LLECHRYD v LAMPHEY 23/6/07

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Lamphey travelled to Llechryd on Saturday for your proverbial six pointer. For victory to be attained a seriously weakened side (which included two players making their debut) would need to pull out all the stops to come away with the points. However despite a valiant effort Lamphey fell 21 runs short of their target and remain firmly rooted to the bottom of div 2.

Stand in skipper for the day, Stephen Vale won the toss and invited the home side to bat. With the wicket being a bit of a pudding and some tight bowling the home side found runs hard to come by. With the score on 14 the 1st wicket of the day fell as Vale in top form, trapped Ward LBW for 5. Just 10 runs later this became 2 as Vale bowled Curran for 6. With both Vale and Cole containing the batsmen and some outstanding work in the field, in particular from Oatley and Shanklin, skipper Vale took the chance to change the bowling bringing on Oatley and White, and in true fashion the change brought the breakthrough. Oatley caused Davies to mis-time a shot which he looped back to Oatley and was caught and bowled for a patient 23 with the score on 48 for 3. A partnership of 40 between Smith and Hasler took the score 88 before Johnson picked up his 1st of 2 stumpings of the afternoon off White to remove Hasler for 11. After this wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with the score on 104 Oatley claimed a 2nd as Johnson stumped Harding for 11, to leave the home side 5 down. Vale replaced White and just 5 runs later he coaxed Smith (40) to sky a mistimed shot to White in the covers, he then proceeded to take his 4th and 5th wickets as he had Harris caught by Nicholas for 9 and bowled Heneker for 4, with the overs running out and home side knowing they had to push the run rate on, Vale brought Cole back into the action and with Vale strangled the run rate. A mix up between Harding and Newell saw the former run out as Johnson threw the ball to Cole who whipped the bails off. The final wicket of the innings fell on the 2nd ball of the 45th over as Cole picked up his 1st wicket of the match bowling Newell for 1. Innings closed on 125 and a very pleasing performance from the Lamphey boys.  

With a run rate of less than 3 an over required Lamphey started the run chase. However some excellent tight bowling from Steve Curran paid off and with the score on 21 McGilloway (9) found himself the 1st of 3 players to be adjudged LBW from the same end. Nicholas in at 3 played his usual attacking game and with White advanced the score to 35 before Nicholas tried to play one big shot too many and succeeded in only getting an outside edge which looped up to backward point. 35 for 2 soon became 35 for 3 as the unlucky Johnson was bowled playing a defensive shot which saw the ball backspin off the bat and roll onto the stumps. Wayne Shanklin in at 5 provided some valuable support for White as he continued to build a big score and advanced the total to 63 before he became Currans 2nd victim for 4. Skipper Vale became the 2nd player out for a duck as Curran claimed his 3rd. With only Cole and Oatley left as recognised 1st teamers nerves were beginning to jangle. 56 runs required to win with only 5 wickets remaining. With recent performances and a lack of batsmen Cole joined White in the middle and both looked comfortable at the crease building up a 25 run partnership advancing the score to 95, White claiming a well deserved, patient 50 before Cole (11) became LBW victim number 2. The attacking Oatley in at 8 and with only 21 runs needed to win the pair managed to add a further 6 runs before disaster struck. White slow to dig out a Yorker departed for an excellent 51. With only Oatley and the 3 inexperienced players left to bat, Oatley found himself stuck in 2 minds as he had to farm the strike. With just 2 more runs added Oatley was bowled by Heneker for 7 and the game as a contest was over. Both newcomers to the side were dismissed for ducks and the innings closed on 104. Lamphey losing their last 4 wickets for 3 runs and Llechryd picked up an undeserved victory.

Despite this latest setback, there were some crumbs of comfort. In the field Oatley and Shanklin performed heroics and the new boys didn’t let the side down. Vale superbly picked up 5 wickets and Oatley bowled with precision to take 2 for 16 off 12 overs. With the bat Paul White batted for 30 overs to score his 2nd 50 of the season – the only person in the Club to reach that landmark this season….



LLANRHIAN v LAMPHEY 16/6/07

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Lamphey 1sts travelled to 3rd place Llanrhian on Saturday, seeking a victory to ignite their season. However, not for the first time, Lampheys’ inability to kill teams off and lack of confidence in the batting stakes saw them fall to a 59 run defeat when victory should have been assured.

With the toss won, Lamphey chose to bowl on a damp wicket. Starting the game with 10 men, Cole and Vale opened up the attack, both bowling with precision tying down the home side. With their frustration evident it was no surprise that the first wicket to fall was a run out. With the ball driven to Haines in the covers, his one handed attempt was deflected to Gibbs who seeing the non striker call for a single, hit the stumps direct. This brought the inform Couzens to the crease having scored a ton against our 2nd XI in midweek. He moved to double figures before Coles’ persistence paid off as he yorked Couzens with the score on 28. It wasn’t long before Cole picked up his 2nd  and 3rd wickets, both bowled and Vale got in on the act with his only wicket of the match bowling the home sides stubborn opener with a ball which jagged off the seam. After 24 overs, both Cole and Vale had bowled out taking 3 for 24 and 1 for 28 respectively and the home side were on the ropes at 53 for 5.

With Oatley being unavoidably delayed and unable to bowl for an hour, the change bowling fell to Gibbs and White with their spin, with a lack of pace the home side began to pick up the run rate and a solid partnership of 63 between B Jones and L Jones followed. White picked up the first of his three wickets in the remaining overs as he removed the dangerous L Jones for 41, Tony Kitchell (3) and Matthew Bennett (15). With the innings closing on 155 for 8, it was Lamphey who, despite allowing Llanrhian back into the game, must have been the more confident of a result.

Lamphey got off to a unsteady start as Peter McGilloway was bowled for 0. With Nicholas promoted up the order both he and White advanced the score to 38 before White was Judged LBW for 17, With Oatley in at 4 Lamphey had two of their more attacking batsmen at the crease, however Nicholas became victim number 3, bowled for 15, Lewis Haines who has been impressive with the bat this season could only manage one before he too was bowled and soon after Oatley departed for 11. Lamphey going from 38 for 1 to 51 for 5 in a short space of time. Johnson and Gibbs briefly restored the balance as both looked to get in and move the game on, but Johnson became victim 6 as he was trapped LBW for 11, With Gibbs (10) departing shortly after the game was beginning to slip away. With only Vale and Cole as the recognised 1st teamers left to bat it wasn’t long before Vale (3) edged a Couzens delivery to the keeper, and despite a brief fightback from Cole who top scored with 20 not out including 2x6 and 1x4, the last wicket fell with the score on 96, and Llanrhian had sealed an improbable victory by 59 runs….

This latest setback leaves Lamphey firmly anchored at the bottom of the table with just one victory from their 8 games, and with games against Llechryd, Fishguard and Stackpole in the next month nothing short of 3 victories will be sufficient.

Star Man - Grant Cole - Took 3 key wickets for only 24 runs, took a catch in the deep and top scored with 20 not out.


LAMPHEY v LLANGWM 9/6/07

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Saturday saw top v bottom in an interesting clash at Lamphey. A battling performance from the home side who remain united despite their lowly position saw them give league leaders Llangwm one or two things to think about. However form won the day and Lamphey fell to a 5 wicket defeat, however had they taken the most of their opportunities coud have easily been their 2nd win of the season.

With Llangwm winning the toss, they inevietably invited Lamphey to bat. Early indications were good for the home side as both McGilloway and White continued to develop their partnership at the top. With runs coming frequently Lamphey advanced to 26 before the 1st wicket went down with McGilloway being caught behind for 12 and although Lamphey lost a further two quick wickets with the score on 41 - Nicholas (2) and Gibbs (6) - the middle order proceeded to restore the parity as the talented Haines (24), Nic Johnson (29) and Wayne Shanklin (14) advanced the score to 111. Oatley departed (unusually for him) for a 2nd ball duck before Vale was joined at the crease by Cole who took an instant liking to the opening quickee bowler Inward and proceeded to punish him for 22 (4x4 1x6) off his bowling in just 9 balls wrecking his previously immaculate figures of 10 overs for 18 runs to leave him with 12 overs for 40. Vale although playing a solid rear action role scored a very valuable 6 before his luck finally deserted him being caught at the 3rd time of asking. With score on 145 for 9, youngster Guisseppe TriMarco joined Cole in the middle and the left hander showed a glimpse of the potential that he possesses by scoring 5 runs in 3 balls to get Lamphey to the 150 runs total.  His luck eventually came to an end 3 balls later and Lamphey were dismissed for a tricky 150.

A confident Llangwm side set about the run chase taking the game to Cole and Vale. However perhaps the decisive point in the match came in the 3rd over where for the 3rd time this season Lamphey failed to take the catch and were again punished severely. Although Lamphey did make an early breakthrough as Nicholas took a skied opportunity from Harries to see the leaders one down with 20 on the board, they had to settle for 2nd best as both Morris and the experienced Twigg made the most of the conditions. The pair had advanced the score to 75 for 1 when White brought into the attack tempted Twigg to sweep to the deep square leg boundary where Cole made the most of the chance and sent Twigg back to the pavilion. With his departure the home side rallied and although Morris reached his 50, he became victim no 3 with Oatley trapping him LBW for 55, Inward then became victim no 4 as Oatley claimed his 2nd as Nicholas took his 2nd catch of the game to leave Llangwm on 101 for 4. With their tails up Lamphey continued to bowl and field with venom and Brock (L) should have become victim no5 but was dropped first ball off the bowling of White. Although White did remove Phillips (30) caught by Oatley. Brock made the most of his with his let off to score 23 not out and Chesmer 7 not out as Llangwm passed the 150 in the 34th over to win by 5 wickets. Had Lamphey removed both Morris and Brock when the opportunities presented themselves then there is no doubt that Lamphey would have been looking at their 2nd victory of the season, however with as many as 5 chances being put down Lamphey will need to improve in the field. With 4 of their next 5 games against the likes of Llanrhian, Llechryd, Stackpole and Fishguard they know that their destiny is firmly placed within their own hands. The side can take pride in the performance on saturday and if they can hold those catches there is no reason why they wont be looking to mid table safety come July.  

Star Man - Stephen Vale - Battled against the bowling to help his side to a respectable total and continues to bowl with vigour

 LAMPHEY v NEYLAND 6/6/07 HARRISON ALLEN

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Lamphey entertained 1st division outfit Neyland in the 2nd round of the Harrison Allen on Wednesday. After giving their opponents a bit of a shock Neyland fought back to collect a comfortable 73 run win to advance to the 3rd round.

After winning the toss Lamphey elected to field and seemingly up for the challenge managed to contain the Neyland batsmen. An early breakthrough from Grant Cole saw P Murray depart for 13 and after some tight bowling from Cole and Vale, who claimed Greg Miller caught and bowled, Neyland were only averaging 4 an over from the first 12 overs. In to the final 10 over and skipper Gibbs combined with good effect with Oatley to ensure a realistic target was maintained. As is the style of these shortened games wickets continued to fall as both Gibbs and Oatley made telling contributions with the ball to finish with 2 for 25 and 1 for 33 respectively. Although Neyland did manage to increase the run rate towards the end Lamphey must have been relatively satisfied when the innings was closed on 126 for 7.

The Lamphey response was immediate and the decision to open the innings with the blugeoning Oatley combined with the more sedate White must have shocked the Neyland players as the pair put on 43 runs in just the first 5 overs. A victory seemed a formality, however what was then to happen could not have been predicted in a million years. Neyland produced their trump card and Lamphey pressed the self distruct button in true style, slumping from 43 for 0 to 53 all out in just 12.3 overs with Neylands' spin king P Davies claiming an impressive 7 for 10 off 4.3 overs. A seemingly plausible victory for Lamphey gone and a batting performance, the top two apart (White 15 and Oatley 22), which leaves serious question marks over Lamphey's ability to challenge for a top flight position.    

Star Man - Jason Oatley - Can never be accused of not trying, claimed a wicket, a run out and top score of 22 in an all round performance.

 CAREW II v LAMPHEY 2/6/07

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After Saturdays latest performance Lamphey find themselves propping up the 2nd Division after going 6 League and Cup games without victory.

After such a promising start it was almost unthinkable that Lamphey would capitulate in the manner they did. With regular opener Peter McGilloway arriving late due to sitting exams in Cardiff, Skipper Gibbs opened the batting with White. An early flurry of runs in particular thanks to some wayward bowling by Ive, Lamphey found themselves on 11 without loss after only a couple of overs, however Gibbs soon became the first casualty of the day as he was bowled by a ball which cut back off the seam. 11 for 1  brought McGilloway to the crease and both he and White advanced the score to 42 before McGilloway was deceived by a slower ball, 42 for 2 soon became 3 as Johnson was harshly adjudged LBW - to a ball that looked legside - first ball, Gareth Nicholas on his first game of the season soon followed after being stumped, a decision he didnt share. White then departed after mis-timing a short delivery to covers for 26 after looking set for a big score. Shanklin made 2 before he became no 6 out and Lamphey were reeling on 50 for 6, Oatley managed to restore some parity as he quickly contributed to the score board but he became victim number 7 with the score on 74, Cole in at 7 departed adjuged LBW for 1, James Skeels had the fortune of being bowled off a no ball to Brace, (the ball then going off the stumps for 4) only for his luck to run out the next ball as Brace bolwed him again. Last pair Jon Mathias and youngster Jamie Oatley (who opened his run account for Lamphey - congratulations) could only add one as Mathias called Oatley for a quick single which resulted in the run out and the end of the innings. Lamphey were all out for 81 losing their last 8 wickets for a disappointing 39 runs as Brace ended up with 3 wickets.

A total of 81 was always going to be hard to defend however the Lamphey side gave it their all in the field, Cole opened the bowling with Gibbs and the pressure although not great was exerted. Cole continued to bowl with venom and had the bastman in constant trouble as they continually played and missed time after time. Gibbs at the other end also posed problems with his spin and before long before the pressure told. Carew losing their first wicket to a suicidal run out as the result of sharp fielding from McGilloway. 1 soon became 2 as the Carew no 3 lasted just 2 balls before he chopped on from Gibbs and Carew were 23 for 2, Adrian Harries then had the let off of the game as he edged a Gibbs delivery straight to keeper Johnson who couldnt hold the catch. Slowly Carew got to grips with the bowling and they edged slowly toward the target of 82 and a stand of 50+ meant Carew were almost home and dry, however White made it a day of personal triumph with possibly the ball of the day, bowling 'hammer' all ends up. With just 2 runs needed to win it was left to Harries to see his side home to a 7 wicket win reaching the target in 30 overs.

Star Man - Paul White - The only candidate really after White scored 26 and took a wicket with his spin

                                                                               

HAVERFORDWEST v LAMPHEY Douggie Morris 29/5/07
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A spirited display from a re-shuffled Lamphey side saw Haverfordwest victorious by 63 runs in this 20/20 game on Tuesday night.


After losing the toss Lamphey were asked to field, a task made even more difficult with play starting with 9 men. The talented Haverfordwest openers started like a house on fire and over the course of the first 8 overs were close to averaging 10 runs an over and looking at posting a total in excess of 200. However Lamphey finally got a grip on the game and the introduction of Oatley, possibly with his most accomplished performance of the season to date helped to pin back the run total. However Danny Potter continued to score freely and had reached 71 before old head and 2nd team skipper Ike Skeelscame on to weave his magic with his slow left armers. Potter, his eyes popping at a full toss charged down the wicket but only succeded in top edging the delivery into the waiting gloves of keeper Johnson. Wickets continued to fall as Skeels then bowled one batsman and had another caught by Oatley as the H'west boys went for the slog. The innings closed on 166 for 4.

Lamphey responded in true fashion - Gibbs opening with White wasted no time in crashing two fours off the first over. However his luck ran out as he tried it one more time. Johnson in at 3 managed to add to the total and with 5 overs gone Lamphey were giving it a good go with the score near 50. Johnson then departed bring Oatley to the crease. He set about the bowling in the only way he knows by knocking Scotland World Cup spinner, Nick Dyer out of the attack by launching him for a huge six and four in the same over. White had made a respectible 26 before he tried to pull a short ball but only succeeded in top edging it for a simple catch. Lewis Haines was then stumped and Lamphey trying to keep up with an 8 run an over target started to run out of steam. With the score on 87 Oatley departed and the game as a competition was over. With the result inevitable the game was over with 3 balls of the innings and Lamphey were dismissed for 103. A defeat by 63 runs, however the Club were not disgraced in a game against one of the top teams in Pembrokeshire and can take some hope by the fighting spirit shown.

 
STAR MAN - Jason Oatley - Pulled out arguably his best all round performance of the season.  

LAMPHEY v HOOK 26/5/07

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A Lamphey first XI which included four 2nd XI players entertained Hook at Lamphey on Saturday. Looking to improve on their lowly league position Lamphey hoped to inflict a third defeat of the season on their opponents. However that was without taking into account the impact of Jamie Phelps who inspired his team to a 7 wicket victory with 12 overs to spare.

After losing the toss Lamphey were invited to bat on a wicket which had something for the bowlers. A slow start to the innings was compounded by the loss of White and Johnson for 1 apiece and with the score 4 for 2 it was down to Pete McGilloway and Skipper Hywel Gibbs to resurrect the innings. Both played very well, punishing the bad ball and defending the good, however with the score on 42 McGilloway found his leg stump clattered out for a dogged 11 runs off 19 overs. Youngster Lewis Haines entered the fray and continued to build a total before Gibbs departed for 26, Jason Oatley in at 6 continued his fine form with the bat and with Haines pushed the score to 97 before he departed for a useful 28. With Cole at the crease with Haines the pair continued to work the bowling, however Haines soon became victim number 5 bowled for 25. With the overs ticking by and Cole being the last of the recognised 1st teamer he continued to play with sense and found a stubbon ally in Jon Mathias, who took the score to 135 before Mathias departed in the last over for 5 hard earned runs. Youngsters James Skeels and Guisseppe DiMarco both departed without scoring and Jamie Oatley in his first game for Lamphey had the last ball of the over to see off. The innings closed on 135 with Cole undefeated on 27. Andrew Thomas took 3 for 35 with Phelps 3 for 47.

With 136 to win Phelps produced a flawless innings of 91 not out hitting 14 fours and winning the game with a big six. However it wasnt all plain sailing as the other Hook batsmen failed to contribute much to the total as two wickets for Gibbs and 1 for Oatley saw hook lose 3 wickets reaching their target as only Matthew Holder 16 managed double figures to support Phelps.

STAR MAN - Hywel Gibbs - Just pipped Oatley for the award by means of taking one more wicket - it was that close.

 SAUNDERSFOOT v LAMPHEY 19/5/07

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Lamphey 1sts have only themselves to blame after a poor performance in the field and with the bat consigned them to their third straight defeat, losing by a huge 160 runs, of the season.

After winning the toss, skipper Gibbs invited Saundersfoot to bat an a damp looking pitch. Early signs were promising for the visitors with the partnership of Cole and Vale leading the way. The home side lost their first wicket with the score on 4, Stanford driving a ball from Cole straight to Badham in the covers for 0, this soon became 2 with Mansbridge being beaten all ends up from a Cole delivery which clatterd his off stump out for 7 and the score on 17, 9 runs later it was 3 down and James Caine who had been fishing off Cole for several balls finally edged one into the waiting gloves of Nic Johnson. Lamphey at this stage were in the driving seat and on the up. However like the 2 previous matches the game turned on its head with a dropped catch. With Steve Cole only on 4 he tried to play across the line but only succeded up in looping one back to Cole in what should have been a routine caught and bowled, but the chance went begging. Despite this setback the home side were being well contained and after 23 overs only had 59 on the board.

Steve Cole along with Steve Cook set about building a solid partnership adding 118 for the 4th wicket before Cole finally holed out to Oatley on the long on boundary for 80. However all this did was bring in Daniel Caine who wasted no time in dismantling the Lamphey attack smashing a 6 off his 1st ball before scoring 53 off only 22 balls. With the score on 202 he finally edged a delivery off Gibbs to Johnson and the home side were 202 for 5 with 2 overs remaining, the innings closed on 216 for 6 with Steve Cook being run out off the last ball by Cole scoring 41 runs off 34 overs.

A daunting total was made even harder when Lamphey came to bat. With Daniel Caine opening the bowling down hill, his first delivery off a shortish length reared and went about 3 foot over the head of Paul White who was standing almost up-right. An amazing delivery from a bowler who must be the quickest bowler in Pembrokeshire cricket. Throughout his 7 over spell his bowling for the nuetral was awesome as he continued to pepper the batsmen with nasty deliveries which made the lower order thankful they weren't in!.....with Caine at one end, teenager Dunfee proved just as hard a proposition bowling 4 overs of swing bowling for 0 runs and it was no surprise when in the 9th over Lamphey lost their 1st wicket with the score on 11. However what then followed epitomised Lampheys season so far with the next 9 wickets falling for only 25 runs as the innings closed on 36 all out off 22 overs. Stanford took 4 wickets, Parcell 3 and Caine took 2. Only Hwyel Gibbs managed double figures as he scored 12. 

STAR MAN - Grant Cole - Dismissed the Saundersfoot top 3 to cause them early problems .

FISHGUARD v LAMPHEY 7/5/07

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The 1sts made the long trip to Fishguard with the prospect of the weather dictating the result of this game. Overnight rain meant a damp wicket, and as usual for coastal areas there was a fair bit of wind.

Winning the toss, Lamphey elected to field. Back opening the attack was Stephen Vale alongside Grant Cole and a very tight opening spell meant the openers were getting impatient after 18 overs the homeside had 33 on the board. A change from the Rugby end brought Jason Oatley into the attack, and proved a masterstroke as Oatley removed Haynes first ball, caught White. Some tight bowling and field settings never seen before heaped the pressure on the new batsmen and it wasn’t long before they were in real trouble with 4 down and the score still in the 30s with Oatley the main destroyer. Vale bowled straight through going for only 15 runs off his 12 overs whilst picking up a caught and bowled in the process. Whilst the Fishguard batsmen were being skittled out their opener, J Strawbridge stood firm, riding his luck on several occassions (he was dropped on 0 then again in his 30s) and made the Lamphey side pay, hoisting Oatley for 4 straight sixes. The home side were just beginning to get a foothold on a wicket that didn’t offer much, when Gibbs brought himself on to replace Badham and tempted Strawbridge with his off spin, a leading edge which was snapped up by Haines at Point and he was out finally for 70. With Gibbs weaving his magic at one end Cole was brought back on to replace Oatley at the rugby ground end and it wasn’t long before the tail end were whittled out. Cole picking up the final 3 batsmen in 9 balls. The home side out for 125, possibly 60 more than they should have got.

With 126 to win Lamphey were confident but aware that they must play to the wicket as there was going to be little assistance. The first over yielded 8 runs – White hitting 2 fours – but just 4 balls into the 2nd over McGilloway was unlucky to be superbly caught, out for 0. Johnson in at 3 and he and White moved the score onto 15 before Johnson tried to play a shot which was not best suited to the wicket and was bowled for 5 off Couzens. Hywel Gibbs in at 4 joined White and Lamphey seemed to be coasting. The 50 came up in the 13th over and with only 76 to win with 8 wickets left should have been a formality. However with the score on 51 a mix up in communication saw both Gibbs and White standing in the same crease and as White had not moved Gibbs was run out for 14. 51 for 3 soon turned to 58 for 5 as both Haines (2) and White (28) departed. Oatley and Shanklin seemed to be edging the side home moving the score on from 58 to 78 before Shanklin was adjudged LBW for 4. Lamphey were dealt another hammer blow just one ball later when Cole (G) was too adjudged LBW and now reeling at 78 for 7. Oatley tried his best and battled on but he fell victim, sweeping and being caught on the fine leg boundary for 22. 86 for 8. Haydn Cole in with Vale, and it soon became 9 down as Cole was caught by the keeper, first ball. 86 for 9 soon became 90 for 10.

Losing the final 8 wickets for only 39 runs was a truly disappointing end to a match that should have been easy pickings. With the team we have and the individuals within it, scores of around 150 should be a formality. In retrospect fielding let the side down again and if catches had have been held LCC would have possibly only been chasing 50 or 60 to win. Despite the defeat morale remains high, everyone knows that a lot of hard work needs to be done and that if we stick together and at the task in hand we will be ok, starting with Stackpole at home on Saturday.

STAR MAN - JASON OATLEY - Just Pipped Paul White for taking 4 wickets including the breakthrough in his 1st ball and 22 runs

HAVERFORDWEST II v LAMPHEY 5/5/07

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A weakened Lamphey 1sts faced possibly their toughest oponents of the season in the shape of  Haverfordwest II (the side who won the division last year but unable to take promotion due to their 1st Xi playing in the division above) on Saturday.

On losing the toss, Lamphey were invited to bat. After his heroics the week before Paul White only managed to face two balls before being bowled, a victim of a wicket which did not offer any assistance to the batsmen….With Nic Johnson in at 3 he had something to prove after his 2nd ball duck the week before. Both he and Peter McGilloway went about establishing a sound foundation by adding 47 for the 2nd wicket until Johnson became the 2nd victim of the wicket scoring a valuable 23, four runs later and Peter McGilloway, again bowled for 19 joined Johnson in the hutch. With two new batsmen at the crease Hywel Gibbs and youngster Lewis Haines both played some sensible cricket and moved the score onto 93 before Haines was bowled for 21. Wayne Shanklin playing his first game of the season came in at 6 and managed 3 before being bowled. Cole Joined Gibbs with the score on 96 but 4 overs later Cole was caught behind for 3, the score on 106 for 6 in the 34th over. Robin Badham on his 1st team debut made a made 6 before being bowled with the score on 111…With Hadyn Cole in at number 9, one thing you can guarantee is that it wont be dull!!….with 8 overs left both batsmen set about the task of upping the rate and setting a respectable target and Haydn didn’t dissapoint scoring 23 off 22 balls including a huge 6 to the club house. With only 3 balls left hadyn was unable to get Gibbs on strike and with the last ball was bowled leaving Hywel, playing the captains role, stranded just 4 runs short of his 50. Lamphey innings closed on 160 for 8 from their 45 overs and 7 of the 8 Lamphey wickets were bowled!! 

A target of 161 to win for the home side and it gave Lamphey something to bowl at, however Haverfordwest had other ideas. With both Stephen Vale and Jason Oatley absent, Hadyn Cole opened the bowling with his Grant Cole, the homeside reached 46 before Andrew Phillips was adjudged LBW by Badham for 20. J James came in at 3 and was lucky to be dropped on his 2nd ball. This could have very well been the turning point in the game as he made the most of his luck (he survived another dropped chance and several near misses) to score 56 not out off just 60 balls. In the meantime however the persistance of Grant Cole finally paid off as he had  A Raymond snapped up at first slip by Hadyn Cole for 34. Just rewards for Cole who had several close appeals for LBW turned down as well as the odd chance falling just either side of fielders. Apart from Cole none of the other bowlers managed to stamp their authority on the game and Haverfordwest reached their total with only 27 overs used. Nigel Delaney supporting James with 24 not out.

It was always going to be a very tough game for a full strength LCC but missing 2 key bowlers didn’t make it any easier. Plus points from the game though in the shape of Hywel Gibbs’ 46 not out and useful knocks from Johnson, Haines and Cole (H) who made 20s and McGilloway revelling in his openers role with 19. On the bowling side only Cole (G) can take any consolation in his performance. Fishguard on Monday weather permitting and LCC will be looking to bounce back against a side where a result is acheivable especially with players returning.

STAR MAN - Hywel Gibbs - Played a Captains innings to make 46 not out and give LCC something to bowl at.

LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 28.4.07

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The first weekend of the 2007 finally got underway with the 1st XI aiming to prove that they were better than their lowly league position of 2006, where they only managed to escape the trapdoor to division 3 on the final day.

A beautiful sunny day welcomed newly promoted Llechryd to the Stags lair. New skipper Hywel Gibbs won the all important toss and invited the oppo to bat on a damp, green wicket which could have proved unpredictable early on.

Opening the bowling were Stephen Vale and Grant Cole, with the latter causing the openers all sorts of problems with his pace and it wasn’t long before he caught Ray Hasler LBW for 1 and was unlucky with several unsuccessful appeals which must have been close. Llechryd continued to plod along at 3 an over. With the score on 57 Ward was bowled by Jason Oatley, 11 runs later it became 3 with Oatley claiming his second scalp, LBW. With a combination of tight bowling from Oatley and Gibbs with his economical spin Llechryd were being contained and in the 39th over with the score on 109 the oppo went 4 down with Roberts run out by Gibbs for a battling 45. 3 overs later the score was 128 for 5, McGilloway with his baffling action lured Smith to play too early leading to a fine diving catch from Paul white at backward square leg. With Llechryd trying to post a respectable total they lost their 6th wicket on 145 and closed their account on 151 for 6, a total Lamphey would have taken at the start of play.

Opening the batting for Lamphey was the new pairing of White and McGilloway. McGilloway set the tone of the reply with an exquisite drive for 4, then White getting in on the action for his first boundary of the match. This pair showed that they may be a key combination for the 1sts this season reaching 79 in the 23rd before McGilloway was bowled for a fine 28, the victim of the dreaded drinks break. Nic Johnson joined White at the crease but 2 balls later was back in the pavilion for 0 after playing the ball straight to the fielder at point. Skipper Gibbs entered the fray at number 4 but fared only slightly better than Johnson scoring 1 before a poor shot led to him being caught and bowled. Youngster Lewis Haynes went in at 5 but was unable to add to the total – out for 0 and Lamphey had gone from 79 for 0 to 90 for 4 in the space of 5 overs. Grant Cole in at number 6 joined White, who moved on to reach his 50 in only 85 balls. Cole then set about the task of getting the scoreboard ticking reaching 20 before being bowled by Harding and the score on 133 for 5. With 7 overs remaining White and Oatley moved the score to 148 before White holed out to deep mid off scoring an excellent 73 in the process. It was left to Oatley to see Lamphey home hitting a four to seal the match and reach 12 not out in the process. Vale remained on 0 not out.

An opening day victory with several key performances, Lamphey must be happy with the start and now look forward to going to Haverfordwest next Saturday full of confidence.

Star Man - Paul White, Took a fine diving catch then batted for 39 overs to score an excellent 73 to see Lamphey home