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                          Lamphey (158) beat Camrose & Spittall (104) by 54 runs

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An opening stand of 53 between Lamphey skipper Paul White and Peter McGilloway laid the foundation for a Lamphey total of 158 all out at home to Camrose and Spittal.

White scored 41 and McGilloway 27 and later in the innings Robert Mathias scored 18 and Jason Oatley 25. Unusually, the Lamphey total included 5 penalty runs when the ball hit a helmet behind the wicketkeeper. Darren Osborne took 4 for 30 and Phil Rees 3 for 59.

Phil Rees was the only batsman to look at home against the Lamphey bowling attack and was the only player in double figures with a defiant innings of 56 with 9 fours and a six. He looked to be steering the visitors to safety until he was trapped leg before wicket by Hywel Gibbs who took 2 for 28 in support of a 3 for 13 spell by Jason Oatley.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - runs and wickets steered Lamphey to victory number 5 of the season

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                           Hundleton (157 for 5) lost to Lamphey (158 for 6) by 4 wickets

The Stags clinched a priceless victory against a determined Hundleton side on Saturday. The 4 wicket win was down to a true team effort with the bat which saw no less than 5 players score 25 plus to ensure a valuable 27 point haul.

As usual White had the rub of the green with the toss and asked the home side to bat, opening together were the experienced Vale and Cole who were relishing the lively surface. With the score on 13, Tysoe at the non strikers end called for a risky single to the debutante Gethin Llewellyn who promptly returned the ball to leave the batsman a good 3 yards out of his crease. Arthur in at 3 could only help his team add 6 runs before he gloved a lifting delivery from Cole to the waiting gloves of Johnson. 19 for 2 and then the game went through a lull as both Cole and Vale continued to bowl well but without further success and after 20 overs the home side had reached 60 for the loss of no further wickets. Allen and Williams continued to play with patience which saw the pair add 76 for the 3rd wicket, Allen claiming his 50 along the way. However with the score on 95 Williams (19) played across the line to Oatley and only succeeded in mistiming his shot to White who at mid on had time to turn and run before taking a fine catch over his shoulder. With the wicket proving good for both the bowler and batters another good partnership ensued as Allen and young Richards added 46 before Cole returning to bowl at the death tempted Allen (86) to mistime a drive to Jon Mathias at mid off, who swooped low down to take a excellent catch which has become something of a trade mark this season. As the overs wound down the home side lost a further wicket as Richards (20) become the second victim run out this time from Gibbs and the home side finished their innings on a respectable 157 for 6.

Chasing runs has not always been a given for the Stag this season and seeds of doubt began to creep in as the wily Arthur tempted White to play a loose shot first ball which was snapped up at second attempt by mid off. 0 for 1 soon became 9 for 2 as the inform McGilloway was another Arthur victim. However any hope of an early finish for the home side was put on ice as both Rob Mathias and Nic Johnson set about the bowling, whilst Arthur had the better of the pair early on, the scoreboard ticked over as the other bowlers were being milked for runs. The pair saw the Stags reach 50 off 12 and things were going well until Mathias became Arthurs 3rd victim as he too like the others was out caught, for 32 and the visitors had reached 68 for 3. Johnson was joined in the middle by the destructive Oatley and as the pair set about rebuilding, disaster struck just 5 runs later, Johnson (34) was judged LBW to become Arthurs 4th. Once again a rebuild job was needed as Gibbs joined Oatley and the pair took the score to 95 by the half way mark, Oatley hitting some big maximums as Gibbs played the anchor role. The score had reached 107 with both players looking comfortable but Arthur wasnt quite finished, Oatley looked to play across the line only to miss the shot, the ball hit him on the side then rolled onto the stumps and his innings of 29 was over. His departure saw the arrival of promising teenager Gethin Llewellyn, batting for the 1st XI for the first time. With Gibbs he added 11 to the total before he top edged a delivery from spinner Strydom which was taken by gully. The stags had reached 118 for 6 still another 40 runs needed and the game finally balanced, Cole came to the crease and promptly dispatched his first ball square for 4. With Gibbs playing his way into form with several nicely timed 4s, Cole was free to play in his usual attacking style and struck Williams for a straight 6 as he soon found his rhythm. As the score ticked down it was left to Cole to hit the winnings runs off Strydom and the Stags had earned a hard fought victory, with Gibbs (29no) and Cole (25no) there at the end.

An excellent confidence boost against a resilient Hundleton side who should have enough in the locker to ensure another season in division 3. The Stags knowing promotion is a pipe dream can take satifaction in the knowledge that one more victory should banish any possibility of relegation and will be looking to break into the top four by the end of the season.

Star Man - Gethin Llewellyn - Claimed a vital runout on his 1st XI debut and batted with confidence at an important stage  


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                              Lamphey (148) lost by 8 wickets to St Ishmaels (150 for 2)

Maybe the writing was on the wall from the moment Skipper White lost the toss for the 1st time this season.Lampheys faint hopes of promotion from division 3 were dealt an almost fatal blow as St Ishmaels came and grabbed a 30 point haul to leave the home side floundering in the league.

On a sunny saturday afternoon Lamphey were invited to bat on a good, hard wicket with the usual combo of White and McGilloway opening. Early on the pair struggled to work away some tight bowling from the visitors however they soon managed to free the shackles to take the Stags to 46 before McGilloway departed for a patient 23. All too often this season though Lamphey failed to stem the flow of wickets as White (29), Mathias (1), Johnson (14), Oatley (11), Gibbs (5) and Skeels Junior (1) all departed, leaving the homeside lurching from 46 for 1 to 89 for 7. With the over rate not a problem Lamphey had 15 overs left to post some kind of total and thanks to the last pairing of Cole (30 not out) and Vale (10) a tenth wicket partnership of 31 saw the Stags reach 148.

With a good batting wicket the home side knew that a good score would have been 180. It was imperative to make early inroads into the visitors line up if they were to pull off the victory they needed to keep them in with a shout of promotion. The reply started in earnest as with the score on 12 Vale tempted Cockburn to play across the line and top edge a delivery into the waiting hands of Skeels junior. 18 runs later the visitors found themselves 2 down as Gibbs bowling his spin from the road end saw his delivery cut away through point only for McGilloway to dive acrobatically to his left to take a stunning diving catch. With Skipper White mixing up his bowling attack to try and make further breakthroughs a series of dropped catches and half chances saw the visiting pair of Cockburn (P) and Flynn take the upper hand and an unbeaten partnership of 120 saw the pair guide their side home with over 5 overs remaining.

A poor performance overall, a game lost after a crazy batting display which saw the stags lose 7 wickets for 43 runs and with several catches going down in the field. Promotion whilst still not mathematically out of the question must be the furthest thought in the mind of those 11 players. A mid table respectability is the target now and with 5 games left, there are at least 3 games which should be there for the taking if the Stags can perform to their abilities
Star Man - Grant Cole - Top scored for the side remaining undefeated on 30 not out.


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                                Burton II (97) lost to Lamphey (100 for 4) by 6 wickets

After a week off due to rain Lamphey travelled to across the bridge to Division 3 strugglers Burton determined to get their season back on track after a mostly disappointing season. A weakened Burton side were no match for a fired up Stag side who completed a comfortable 6 wicket win thanks to a maiden 50 from opener Peter McGilloway.

White continued the tradition of winning the toss and seeing the opportunity to get amongst a weekened home side invited them to bat. Cole and Vale continued their opening partnership and set about their usual task of restraining the openers. With the score on 17 Cole made the breakthrough as he got one to jag back off the seam dismissing the young opener, 4 runs later and Cole was at it again as he tempted the number 3 to play across the line and in doing so suceeded in playing on. With this White took the decision to replace Cole and bring the spin of Gibbs into the attack and within 12 runs Gibbs made a further breakthrough tempting the young lefthander to top edge one to Nicholas in the covers. A brief partnership between the experienced pairing of Huxley and Davies saw them add 24 until Gibbs struck again tempting Davies to loop one up to Oatley at Mid on. with that the 5th wicket fell as Oatley trapped Huxley LBW for 33. This brought Steve Jones to the wicket and the experienced campaigner took a liking to Oatley and drove him through the on side for several 4s, although Oatley was unlucky not to get revenge as Jon Mathias dropped a relatively simple catch on the boundary. Gibbs continued his magic from the pavilion end and finally got rid of Jones just as he was begining to become a problem bowling him for 20. Oatley took the 7th wicket to fall and with the score on 85 the home side (with 10 men) were in trouble. With the overs running out, Skipper White finally turned to his opening bowlers to finish the innings off as Vale claimed the final two wickets within 9 balls of coming back on. 10 man Burton were dismissed for 97. Wickets were shared around with Gibbs claiming 3 for 25 and Vale, Cole and Oatley claiming 2 each.  

After a hearty tea the Stags set about the target, White and McGilloway reformed their opening partnership with runs for once this season flowing from the start. After only 4 overs the Stags were on 28 with White and McGilloway dispatching the bowling to all parts of the field.  In the 10th over and with the score on 45 White cut a ball to gully only to see the ball go straight into the waiting hands of the fielder, dismissed for 13. Gareth Nicholas in one of his rare appearances somehow managed to find himself in at 3 supporting the impressive McGilloway who was in the form of his life, playing several exquisite shots for 4 and one mighty impressive back foot shot for 6. With the score rattling on, McGilloway found himself on 49 and not showing any sign of nerves quickly advanced to his maiden senior 50 with a well timed shot through the gully cordon for 4. This brought rapturous applause from the Stags as McGilloway threw down his bat and kissed the Stag on his shirt. Surely one of the proudest moments of his life?. His innings finally came to an end after making 59 and with the score on 79, maybe it was over confidence or a lack of concentration he suceeded in edging a delivery to the keeper. Rob Mathias in at 4 let Nicholas get on with his own game and the pair added 13 more before Nicholas was dismissed for 13 courtesy of his trademark shot. 92 for 3 soon became 4 as Oatley in at 5 could only score 3 before he too fell to a catch behind. With only 2 to win it was left to Mathias and Gibbs to see the side home, 4 byes sealing the victory as Lamphey finished on 100 for 4.  

A win is a win, a weakened Burton side granted but 28 valuable points now sees the Stags 42 points clear of the final relegation place but only 48 points off a promotion place. Lamphey will need to continue to play with confidence and improve with the bat but with 6 games left, all of which can be won and there is still a possibility that promotion cant yet be ruled out.

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - His maiden senior 50 was thoroughly deserved, a true Lamphite if ever there was one.


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    Lamphey (85 for 8) drew with Stackpole (148 for 6)

Lamphey knew that anything short of victory on saturday would have all but ended their chances of promotion and despite a good performance in the field, the once too often frailties with the bat, meant the stags could only hold on for a draw. Whilst promtion is not mathematically over their priorities now shift to attaining as respectable a league position as possible.

With skipper White back after having surgery on his broken nose, and several players returning, Lamphey fielded possibly one of their strongest sides of the season. White continued the trend of winning the toss and invited Stackpole to bat on a wet wicket which looked likely to cause a few problems. Cole and Vale continued their partnership with the ball and with only 7 on the board, Cole made the breakthrough dismissing the Stackpole opener with the aid of an inside edge. The visitors soon found themselves two down as Vale got in the act, bowling his oponent middle wicket. Stackpole managed another 9 runs before Cole this time had the batsman caught by Vale and again with the score on 49 Cole tempted another to be caught by Oatley at mid off. With the score on 49 the experienced Webster was joined in the middle by skipper McKay and the pair patiently played the ball around for singles whilst the stags were content to let them pick up 3 an over. Vale and Cole were replaced by Haydn Cole and Hywel Gibbs both bowling well, containing the opposition without picking up wickets.With the score on 93, Oatley who had replaced Haydn Cole from the Railway End tempted Webster into going for one aerial shot too many and was taken up by Mathias on the long off boundary for 43. As the overs began to tick by and with Stackpole only managing around  3 an over both batsmen tried to push the rate on, however whilst attempting a second run off the bowling of Skeels, Cole (G) swept in from the boundary and delivered a precision return for which all Skeels senior had to do was remove the bails. 112 for 6 and McKay was out for 22. With only 2 overs remaining the visitors had reached 118 but then managed to up the pace and score a valuable 30 runs to finish on 148 for 6.

Lamphey at the interval were happy with a score of below 150 and were in confident mood, However with White and Gibbs opening, the pair were unable to compete with the 3 an over rate and after 12 overs had only managed to take the score to 17. With this putting pressure on the rest of the order as well as good bowling from the visitors, runs were hard to come by and after Gibbs was dismissed for 17, the wicket of White fell without adding to the score. 17 for 2. Johnson in at 3 top scored with 16 and as wickets tumbled at regular intervals the focus shifted from winning the game to holding out for the draw. Wickets fell at 34, 40, 42, 56, 65 and 81. In between Skeels senior defied all that was thrown at him and Skeels junior continued where he left off last week by reaching double figures again. As the game fizzled out it was left to Skeels and youngster Luke Hamilton (4 not out) to fend off the bowing of Mckay and block out the remaining few overs.

Although the Stags only pick up a miserly 6 points from this game they can take a crumb of satisfaction knowing that they have managed to bat a full 40 overs without being dismissed, too often over the last 3 or 4 seasons batting second either resulted in a win or a loss. It is this kind of resolve the Stags will need to find over the remaining 7 league games of 2008 as they aim to finish as high as possible, whilst not ruling out the slim possibility of promotion.

Star Man - Andrew Skeels - his resolve meant the Stags turned a defeat into a draw

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  Lamphey 181 for 8  Kilgetty 3 for 0 - Match abandoned due to rain

A frustrating day all round as Lamphey put themselves firmly in the driving seat only to see their hopes of 2 victories in a row quashed by the rain. 8 Lamphey players reached double figures with Grant Cole 36 not out, Nic Johnson 35 and Haydn Cole 22 not out leading the way. In reply Kilgetty could only muster 3 off 5 overs before rain stopped play, things could have been worse for the visitors had it not been for 2 dropped catches within those 5 overs.

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 Camrose & Spittal (80) lost to Lamphey (81 for 4)

The Stags travelled to Camrose on Saturday in confident mood bouyed by a midweek victory against St Florence. This renewed vigour resulted in an impressive 6 wicket win which lifts the side within one win of the automatic promotion places.

With the usual Skipper, Paul White sidelined due to his broken nose, vice skipper Stephen Vale took over the reigns and in true fashion continued the winning streak with the toss. After much deliberation due to an interesting wicket and even moreso outfield, Vale invited the home side to bat.

With Vale and Cole in their usual tandem it wasnt long before the Stags started causing problems for the home side, Vale creating the breakthrough with the score on 14 and before long they were 2 down for 29. At this point in the game Gibbs replaced Cole and with Vale caused in-roads into the home sides batting line up. Further wickets fell at regular intervals with two falling on 37 and another two going on 43. With the home side rocking Vale and Gibbs stepped up the pressure which resulted in the home side losing further wickets on 55 and 59. Vale completed his allocated 12 overs to take an impressive 5 for 23. Gibbs continued at his end and with the support of Oatley and James Skeels continued to plough through the home side, with Gibbs finishing on 4 for 21 and James Skeels taking his first wicket in a 1st XI league game. Excellent all round performances and all catches taken resulted in the home side being dismissed for 80 in 33 overs.

With the absence of White who usually opens, stand in skipper Vale took the opportunity to mix things up a bit. 2nd XI skipper Ike Skeels opened the innings with hard hitting Gareth Nicholas who incidentally hadnt opened since doing so for the 2nd XI some years previous. Early signs were good as both players settled into the bowling attack and in particular Nicholas who found the boundary early on. However the home side made the break through with the score on 12 as Nicholas was clean bowled for 6. In at 3 came Pete McGilloway and after a few indifferent weeks, possibly due to exams pressures, proceeded to play possibly his best innings for the Club in several years. With Skeels they played with a confidence which grew as each over passed. Both batsmen played each ball on its merit and before long they had advanced the score past the 50 mark. With the Stags cruising it wouldnt be a true Lamphey performance if something didnt go awry and with the score on 68, Skeels holed out for 22. With the Stags only requiring 13 to win the usually reliable Johnson could only survive for 2 balls before he skied a simple catch and 68 for 2 became 3. In at 4 was Jason Oatley and surprisingly the home side brought the field in!!.....although Jason only lasted 4 balls he scored 10 runs lashing a 4 and a 6 in a brief cameo performance before falling to an impressive forward diving catch from Matthew Williams in the gully. With only 3 to win Gibbs saw out the game with McGilloway, who remained undefeated for an impressive 30, and the Stags had picked up their first victory since May 17th.

An all round performance, good bowling, good fielding, no dropped catches and some impressive batting, the Stags finally showed what the are capable of and will be hopeful of climbing the table starting with a home match against Kilgetty on Saturday.

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - Found form at the right time to give the top order some stability, battling well for his 30.

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A sizzling performance from Stags skipper Paul White was not enough to inspire his side to victory in this low scoring encounter. Defeat to Whitland now sees the home side occupying the relegation zone for the first time this season.

With the home side once again winning the toss visitors Whitland were invited to bat. Usual openers Vale and Cole started the game in usual fashion against the experienced batting of Meyrick Rowlands and youngster Shane Morgan. With the score on 17 for 0 after 10 overs skipper White took the choice to mix things up and for only the second time this season brought himself into the attack with devastating effect. With White at one end and Oatley at the other, White proceeded to produce career best figures of 8 for 52, indeed at one stage the possibility of claiming all 10 was possible as he took the first 8 wickets. At the other end Oatley proved to be an able foil and whilst not claiming his first wicket until his 11th over end Whites hopes of taking all 10 with wickets 9 and 10 himself. The last wicket to fall snapped up by an excellent diving catch by Peter McGilloway at point. Whitland had collapsed from 33 for 1 to 100 all out.

101 runs to win - a cinch right? wrong. White and Johnson opened the innings and early signs were promising as Johnson took his aggressive game to the bowling. Such was the extent of Lampheys dominance that after 10 overs Lamphey were coasting on 41 for 0. That however is where things turned on their head. Johnson played a ball straight back to the bowler and the home side were 41 for 1 this soon became 43 for 3 as both Vale and Gibbs departed for 0. The self destruct button was firmly pressed as Oatley departed for 6, McGilloway 0, Mathias 1, Hamilton 0, Lewis 4, Cole 0, with 9 wickets down the home side still required 17 runs to win. Cole (G) joined White in the middle and after just one ball Cole was caught in the gully and Lamphey had capitulated. Defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory and Lamphey have now seemingly have lost the bottle to chase down targets which should be obtained in their collective sleeps.

This latest setback now sees the Stags occupy a relegation spot. The fielding and bowling performance this season has been faultless, its the same old chestnut - batting - which seems destined to influence Lamphey's campaign. Victory in the last 3 games would have seen Lamphey lead the 3rd division by 2 points - now however they find themselves 2 points from safety.

Star Man - Paul White - A top performance from the skipper only to see the rest of his side fail to perform


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This latest defeat to fellow promotion candidates Cresselly left Lamphey players scratching their heads as to just what is going wrong. After another positive start Lamphey fell at the last hurdle for the second weekend in a row. 

Skipper White continued the winning sequence with the toss and invited the home side to bat on a damp wicket with little grass cover. Early indications were promising as the opening duo of Vale and Cole bowled a superb line and length and were ably backed up by a positive attitude in the field.  Such was the dominance held by the Stags that Cresselly were only moving along at 2 runs an over and in the 18th over and with the score on 33, Cole tempted Arthur to have one waft too many as he was snapped up by keeper Johnson. This soon became 36 for 3 as Vale joined in on the act snapping up two quick wickets and after 24 overs the home side had limped to 44 for 3. As both Vale and Cole were bowled through the change saw Gibbs and Oatley into the attack and as the overs ticked by and with the pressure increasing wickets tumbled. The fourth wicket falling at 53 as Oatley then Gibbs picked up 3 wickets a piece with the home side struggling on 90 for 8. However the home side rallied in the last 8 overs as M Lewis (25) and S Harts (24*) helped them to finish on 150 for 9.

With regular opener McGilloway unavailable due to University finals, the responsibilty of opening with skipper White fell to Nic Johnson, both players started cautiously and took the score to 25 before Johnson (8) holed out. Vale in at three departed shortly after as he returned to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Credit to the home side bowling as the Stags found runs hard to come by and despite only needing just under 4 an over began to slip under the required rate. The enigma that is Gibbs added 2 to the score before he was out and with the score on 50 for 3 the usually attacking Oatley found the going tough. Along with White he managed to advance the score to 74 before losing his wicket for 13 and one run later Skipper White fell for a resilient 39. With the run rate increasing and with two new batsmen at the crease the partnership of Skeels and Hamilton only managed to add another 12 to the total before Skeels departed for 2. With the score on 87 Haydn Cole who has the ability to cause destruction with the bat managed to dispatch one ball into the adjacent field for 6, but on attempting to charge the bowler was adjudged LBW and his cameo was over. With 94 on the board for the loss of 7 wickets, the Stags required 57 runs from the last 8 overs of the innings if they were to emerge victorious. Opening bowler Cole joined young Hamilton in the middle and pushed the score along to 113 before Hamilton departed for 14. The visitors now required 38 runs from 5 overs, and Lamphey were given hope when Cole launched Lewis for 2 successive sixes, one onto the roof of the clubhouse and the other into the pavilion. With Badham at the other end the runs were being gathered at with great aplomb, however with the score on 142 Badham top edged a delivery which the keeper managed to take and he departed for 15. With only 7 runs required from the last two overs the game had turned on its head. Jamie Oatley did the sensible thing and managed to give Cole the strike, however with the last ball of the penultimate over Cole tried to push the single to reclaim the strike but only succeeding in being yorked by young Harts. Cole was out for an agressive 29 which included 3 sixes and Lamphey were dismissed just 7 runs short of victory on 144. 

A third of the campaign is already complete and Lamphey find themselves fourth bottom of the 3rd division. It is imperative that the players now focus on one game at a time and push the notion of promotion from their minds. Its something that we all want but have no devine right to it. I'll finish with a quote from William Jennings Bryan who wrote "Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. Its not a thing to be waited for, its a thing to be achieved". 

Star Man - Grant Cole - Bowled superbly in tandem with Vale and almost saw the Stags home with an entertaining 29


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Lamphey went into this encounter full of confidence after their 5 wicket win the previous saturday, but despite a competent fielding display still succumbed to a 5 run defeat at the hands of their hosts despite only needing a modest 141 to win.

The toss won by the Stags saw the home side invited to bat on a hard wicket with sunny but very wifile:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Grants/My%20Documents/My%20Web%20Sites/relaunch/1stsArchive07.htmlndy conditions. The usual opening partnership of Cole and Vale were once again paired up and despite some tight bowling the home side raced to 45 with out loss after 13. This saw the unlucky Vale removed from the attack and replaced with Oatley. After 18 overs the home side had progressed to 60 without loss and skipper White made the decision to replace Cole for Gibbs. With the run rate being some what stiffled Gibbs and Oatley increased the pressure on the home side and it wasnt long before Oatley with the score on 62 made the breakthrough with M Cockburn's luck finally running out being snapped up by Vale in the first of his three catches. A combination of tight bowling and excellent fielding and in particular from debutante Luke Hamilton the 2nd wicket fell in the 29th over with just 92 on the board, Gibbs making the breakthrough with Vale leaping salmon like to pluck the ball out of the air with his left hand. With wickets in hand the St Ishmael batsmen threw caution to the wind and although they picked up the singles, boundaries were cut out completely (only three boundaries in the final 32 overs). In the 36th over Gibbs claimed 2 wickets in succession with the score on 118 and in the final over snapped up another 2 wickets to finish with a five wicket haul to leave the home side on 140 for 6.

With 141 for victory at 3.5 an over the Stags were confident of claiming their 2nd win in a row. Things got off to a steady start as White and McGilloway advanced the score to 20 after 7 overs before McGilloway played a lofted drive straight to mid on for 5. Vale who had been in good form in recent weeks played several delightful shots before he became victim number 2 being superbly caught in the gully for 4. 29 for 2 shortly became 33 for 3 as Skipper White then became the 3rd person to be caught after making a valuable 21. Gibbs was joined in the middle by the big hitting Oatley and with the pair in the middle they went about restoring parity and after 18 overs Lamphey were well placed with the score on 74. Gibbs became catch victim 4 as he chipped a shot of his legs straight to square leg who didnt have to move to take an easy catch. Another in form player  in the form of Johnson joined Oatley at the crease and the pair advanced the score to 97 before Oatley departed for a well made 29. 5 down became 6 down in an instant as Cole fell 1st ball caught at mid on, with Lamphey now in trouble and only Johnson as a recognised batsman left, it was down to him to push the visitors on, however disaster struck when Johnson played a ball which brushed his pads and rolled agonisingly onto his stumps and his time in the middle was over for 28 including one huge 6. With newcomer Hamilton and Jon Mathias together they did all they could to reach that 141 mark, Hamilton played some nice shots including one legside pull for 4 before his luck ran out and he was bowled for 9. Scott Duffy in his first game for the 1st XI entered the fray and scored one before he became victim number 9. With only young Jamie Oatley to bat and the score on 122 for 9 it only seemed a matter of time before the game was over, however Oatley and Mathias had different ideas as they both played with a great deal of sense in blocking the good ball and playing the bad and as the overs ticked by and the runs slowly crept up the home side must have had a doubt in their mind as to whether they were going to win or lose. 122 for 9 became 135 for 9 and with only 6 needed to win, Mathias was unfortunately caught plumb in front of his stumps and the dreading finger of fate was risen. Despite the heroics of Mathias and Oatley (6 n.o) the Stags fell disappointingly only 6 runs short of victory and a big set back in their quest for automatic promotion. Fortunately other results went for them and they only find themselves 11 points off an automatic promotion place. Stackpole continue to steamroller their way ahead, dropping only 2 points along the way and it does seem at this early stage that at least half a dozen teams will be scrapping for that one place.

Once again a disappointing result down to some poor shot selections. Batting continues to be a problem with the same few scoring runs without enough contribution from others. Those who do score runs however must ensure that they progress from the 20s to the 30s and 40s if Lamphey are to be successful this season. Hopefully the following weeks will see the improvements needed.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Another fine bowling display from Hywel, almost another hat-trick and 22 runs with the bat.


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                          Lamphey (105 for 5) Beat Burton II (104) by 5 Wickets

                                 GIBBS HEROICS LEADS LAMPHEY TO VICTORY

With Grant Cole missing this week, the task of match reporting has fallen on opening bat and dedicated clubman Peter McGilloway. 

 A nervous morning for the young skipper as overcast conditions played on his mind. Luckily the ever cheery presence of Geoff Daye and Andrew Skeels assuaged the captain’s fears as it was deemed extremely likely that play would ensue at the correct time. This was obviously an important toss to win with a slightly damp wicket and the atmospheric conditions that seasoned swing bowlers such as Stephen Vale relish. White duly won the toss after the opposing skipper called tails and Burton were asked to bat.

looked a decent side and opener Scale led by example with some stoic defence and opportunistic runs scoring. Vale and Oatley opened for the proud stags as regular Grant Cole was otherwise engaged. Vale found some early swing while Oatley battled and it was no surprise when Oatley dismissed the Burton opener with his trademark scream. An important early wicket for the wild stags and one that injected confidence and belief into the side. A wicket apiece for Gibbs and Vale raised spirits and 10 wickets were looking in sight for the 1st time this season. Young James Skeels was brought into the fold 2nd change and bowled nicely, unlucky not to get a wicket as his father spilled a regulation slip catch. It was however, Ike that got the 4th wicket as his looping spin bowling coaxed the batsman to chip into extra cover and fall neatly caught by a backtracking White.

The story of the day was to be made by Hywel Gibbs. With Burton opener Scale going strong Gibbs had him clean bowled. A key wicket and one that raised spirits. Next ball and another batsman clean bowled by Gibbs. A fired up Lamphey team were up for the next ball like never before, and a well judged field setting by Captain White was placed for the hat-trick ball. Gareth Nicholas turned to McGilloway and said “this one’s going to be out” Gibbs ran in and sent a good length ball down to the new batsman. Looking for runs, the batsman went for a sweep shot and succeeded in clipping the ball round to the leg slip Jon Mathias.  Mathias pouched it with his now trademark cool demeanour and the entire team ran towards Gibbs and gathered into An ecstatic bouncing huddle. A fantastic hat-trick by a fantastic man who is sure to go down in the Lamphey annals as one of the true greats. “Ruthless” captaincy from the skipper saw Gibbs taken out of the fold and a nice spell of 3-11 from 7. 1over by Skeels sr. finished off the Burton innings. Solid bowling and neat fielding from the likes of Jamie Oatley and Gareth Nicholas ensured that the game was in Lamphey hands. 

With Burton out for 104, Lamphey had every chance of reaching this total with ease. But for a side struggling for early season luck and form, it was no mean feat. White and McGilloway opened as usual and found runs hard to come by… as usual. McGilloway was soon discovering his touch with some nice leg side flicks and a well struck boundary timed well through mid wicket, while captain White was more restrained, though battling as ever. McGilloway was harshly adjudged LBW and that was the end of his 17 run innings with the score on 30.

70 runs to go as Stephen Vale came to the crease displaying some of the perfect timing and fine cricket brain that has seen him make the number 3 position his own. White never really found his touch and was unlucky to play on from a bad ball, out for 11. This brought hat-trick hero Hywel Gibbs to the crease but he was soon clean bowled for 2 playing an ill-advised shot. With Oatley arriving at the crease the runs soon flowed with some lusty blows and smart defence working well in tandem with Vale’s textbook sweep shots and drives. Vale was again the victim of a disputable LBW decision but his 25 runs were invaluable to the stags’ cause. Johnson arrived at the crease and soon put Lamphey nerves to bed as he displayed his newfound and much welcomed maturity in scoring a match finishing 16. Oatley’s dismissal for an invaluable 25 brought Andrew ‘ike’ Skeels to the crease and it was he who hit the winning run with an innovative scoop over mid-off, much to the delight of the Lamphey contingent. A good solid 28 point win for the stags and one that should kick-start the season

Next week sees the return of Grant Cole so until the next time Cardiff reaches the FA cup final, I bid you all a fond farewell. 

Star man – Plenty of heroes and contenders but Hywel Gibbs gets it for his magnificent hat-trick that has lit a fire under Lamphey CC and should drive us on for the season.


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                       Lamphey (170 for 9) drew with Pembroke Dock (156 for 8)

This game whilst an entertaing spectacle for the neutral was anything but for the 22 players who graced the pitch. If football is a game of two halves, what unfolded at Lamphey on Saturday was a game of four quarters as the match ebbed and flowed from side to side, the outcome in the balance until the very last couple of overs.

Quarter 1 - Pembroke Dock won the toss and invited the home side to bat on a damp, soft wicket despite it being a glorious sunny day. Early overs saw both openers, White and McGilloway size up the visitors bowling attack and progressed the score into the teens before McGilloway was unfortunate to be bowled by Camani with the ball just brushing his bail and out for 0. Vale in at 3 continued to play as he did the week previous, growing in confidence in his new anchor role at the top of the innings. The home pair kept the score board ticking before White chased a ball too far outside off stump and only succeeded in chipping the ball to point out for 14. Gibbs and Vale added a dozen or so before Vale was bowled for 15, Oatley in at 5 was unable to repeat his success of the week before as he managed 10 before he became victim number 4 and Lamphey were struggling again. Other than the impressive Gibbs the home batting showed serious signs of fraility as the Pembroke Dock bowlers stuck to their task and Lamphey were in real bother as two quick wickets - Cole (1) and Nicholas (1) saw Lamphey reeling at 66 for 6

Quarter 2 - With Lamphey seemingly on the ropes it was the Dock who were looking to deliver the killer punch but they hadnt counted on Johnson in at 8 to provide Gibbs with some solid support. Both players playing with a great deal of sense and whilst taking few risks continued to push the scoreboard along at 4 and 5 an over. As the overs ticked by the Dock players were becoming dispondent as the scoreboard passed the 100 mark, Gibbs deservedly reached his 50. With the score in the 140s the visitors made the breakthrough as Gibbs unluckily was bowled off his pads for a valuable 60. Any recoverery the Dock had hoped for wasnt helped when Haydn Cole strode to the crease and didnt waste too much time in hitting a quickfire 16 which included a 6 and 2 fours. Next to depart with the score on 169 was Johnson, who had played possibly one of his best innings to score 44 valuable runs. With 8 balls left of the innings it was down to Jamie Oatley and Jon Mathias to stop the Dock from gaining maximum points and from the last ball of the final over Mathias obtained the single which saw the home side finish their innings on 170 for 9.

A fired up home side took to the field after tea knowing it would take something special for the visitors to get the total posted. The familiar opening attack of Cole and Vale took the initiative, both bowling tight and placing such a stranglehold on the innings that the opening pair of Kingdom and Khan had only managed to score 11 runs off 12 overs.

Quarter 3 - From the 12th over the Dock openers after a brief discussion proceeded to turn the game on its head with a mix of agressive batting, poor fielding and bowling they proceeded to take the score to 70 off 20 overs and by the time the first wicket had fallen they had reached the 90s, Kingdom being dismissed for 28. Khan who had seemingly struggled early on grew in confidence and reached his 50 not long after. With Steve Hartley in at 3 proving a great foil to Khan that after 25 overs the score had moved onto 109 for 1. With 15 overs remaining and the game seemingly running away from Lamphey, it lurched one final time.

Quarter 4 - With the Dock only needing 60 to win off 15 overs they lost the key wicket of Khan as he went for one shot too many. With him gone, Lamphey started to believe that perhaps they could get something out the game. Oatley bowled well, despite having his bowling hand strapped, whilst Gibbs although expensive early on found some form later in his spell. However, the decisive moment of the game came when skipper White played his trump cards and with the game still in the balance brought both Vale and Haydn Cole into the attack. With 8 overs remaining and with the Dock only needing 40odd to win, both bowlers, in particular Vale, produced bowling spells from the top draw. Vales' performance saw him collect four late wickets and Cole snapping up two. Even though the Dock were still right in it with 3 overs to go, Vale and Cole exerted such a stranglehold on the match that the Dock were pleased just to hang on, finishing just short of the Lamphey total, on 156 for 8.

Star Man – Stephen Vale – Just shaded Gibbs and Johnson with his late wickets to ensure Lamphey a positve result.


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Stackpole (194 for 1) beat Lamphey (145 all out) by 49 Runs

Lamphey were handed possibly the toughest fixture they could have for their opening game of 2008, and so it was to prove that a Lamphey 1st XI shorn of half a dozen players stumbled to defeat.

New Club skipper, Paul White won the toss and invited the home side to bat on a wet wicket which despite seeing weeks of rain actually played pretty well. Both Stackpole openers though didnt let the low bounce phase them and found little problem dealing with the opening bowling of Vale and Cole. After 10 overs the pair had moved the score into the 40's with Cox in particular playing some decent shots. With Vale uncharacteristically struggling to find his rhythm he was replaced by the spin of Gibbs and with the score on 67 succeeded in attempting the young opener to edge a delivery to stand in keeper and second team skipper Andrew Skeels. With Cole replaced from the other end, the consistent Oatley entered the fray and was unlucky to have Stackpole skipper McKay dropped behind on 0 and then again was unfortunate to see McKay loop a dolly into no mans land without troubling the scorers.

Unfortunately from a Lamphey point of view that was as good as it got as both Cox and McKay grew in confidence and pushed the run rate up and up. Cox the first to reach his 50, then followed by McKay with his. Cox in particular continued to bat with confidence and it was no surprise when he reached the magic three figures with a 6 off skipper White. With the overs counting down both players milked the runs and with lapses of concentration in the field closed their innings on a very respectable 194 for 1.

The Lamphey changing room at the interval was understandably subdued, but a rallying of the troops breathed new fire into the bellies. White and McGilloway opened, both looking fairly comfortable before the latter played around a delivery and was out for 13. With the score on 27 for 1, Vale in his new position of 3 played some great shots supporting his skipper in the middle. However with the score in the 40s, Vale became the 2nd man to fall. That almost instantly became 3 down as allrounder Gibbs succumbed to a second ball Duck. Oatley went in at 5 and before long was dispatching the ball to all parts of the field with some well placed and time shots. This allowed White to free up a bit and he and Oatley advanced the score to 82 before he fell for 33 to an excellent catch. Cole in at 6 supported Oatley as they pushed the score over the 100 mark and with 15 overs remaining the home side were begining to get a bit twitchy. However the dismissal of Cole saw Lamphey on 109 for 5 and the balance of power once again sway the other way. Lewis Haines played a cameo role adding another 10 to the board whilst Oatley continued to play his game. With the score on 127 Haines became the 6th man out. 2nd XI skipper Skeels scored 1 before being adjudged LBW, then the game as a competition came to an end when Oatley was caught for an entertaining 62. With 8 overs remaining Lamphey looked to shut up shop, however with only Jon Mathais, James Skeels and Nathan Mount left to bat, the goal proved one too great and despite some resillient and determined batting by Skeels junior Lamphey were all out for 145 with 16 balls of the innings remaining. Skeels finishing undefeated on 3 not out.

Always disappointing to kick of the season with a defeat, but not without some crumbs of comfort. Oatley and White batted well, Skeels junior played with promise. Youngsters Haines and Mount did well in the fielded as did Skeels senior behind the stumps. With a total of 11 players unavailable for duty on the opening weekend it was always going to be difficult, but there is a glimmer of light which will hopefully burn brighter in the weeks to come.

Star Man – Jason Oatley – Unlucky not to get a few wickets and gave Lamphey hope with a destructive batting display