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WHITLAND II v LAMPHEY 29/8/09
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             Whitland II (127 for 4) beat Lamphey (126 for 9)  by 6 wickets

Lamphey travelled to Whitland II on saturday with nothing to play for but pride. Whitland had been crowned champions the week before and the Stags had secured a mid table slot.

Lamphey batting first continued with the pairing of Gibbs and Oatley. With the latter coming off the back of a great knock the previous week it was somewhat of a disappointment that he was unable to continue the good form and was out for 5. In at 3 was P.C Nicholas,whom only playing his 5th game of the season added 1 before he was run out. Mathias in at 4 built a sound platform with Gibbs, the pair plundering some loose bowling as Gibbs moved into the 30s and Mathias 20s however with the score on 97 the 3rd wicket fell as Mathias departed for 26. with Mathias gone Lamphey seemed to struggle somewhat and the Lamphey collapse was prominent once more. After Gibbs departed for 47, the only other Lamphey player to get into double figures was Andrew Skeels who remained undefeated on 11 at the close of the innings. From being in a great position at 97 for 3 off 20 overs the Stags disappointingly made it to 126 for 9, a target which the champions would welcome.

With the result irrelevant Oatley threw the ball to the new pairing of Shelmerdine and Nicholas, Shelmerdine made an early breakthrough and Nicholas who went for 15 in his first over was replaced by Skeels. With the home side taking it easy, maybe too easy, Skeels picked up 3 wickets and the game was poised at 54 for 4; however a unbroken 5th wicket partnership which saw Newton finish on 53 meant the home side cantered to a 6 wicket win.

A topsy turvy season for the Stags, 5th place in the table sees them finish 65 points off a promotion spot, it could have been tighter had several games not been thrown away - Whitland home and Camrose away  to mention but two. However another season in division 3 is confirmed - with Stackpole, Fishguard, Johnston II and Haverfordwest III's freshening things up as they replace Whitland, Llanrhian, St Ishmaels II and Camrose and Spittal, who leave the division                   

Star man – Hywel Gibbs. Left his best to last with an excellent knock of 47.




LAMPHEY v CRYMYCH 22/8/09
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                       Lamphey (125) lost to Crymych (148 for 7) by 23 runs


4th v 5th in the table and the Stags entertained Crymych for the 3rd time this season. With the visitors winning the toss and deciding to bat they must have been regretting the decision as they found themselves at 14 for 3, courtesy of Cole (1) and Vale
(2) with skipper Oatley taking an excellent diving catch in the slips. However the visitors stabilised thanks to a 4th wicket partnership of 54 but with Crymych on 83 for 4 off 30 the Stags were still the happier of the two sides. The last 10 overs saw three further wickets fall - thanks to Vale (who finished with 4 for 24), Skeels and Oatley who took a wicket with his first ball - but at a cost of 65 runs as the away team finished on 148 for 7.

With Mathias dropping down the order, skipper Oatley opened the batting with Gibbs and the pair set about moving the score along. With the score on 30 Gibbs was bowled comprehensively for 7. Young Daniel Eddison playing his first game of the season entered the fray and with Oatley moved the score to 47 before Eddison was stumped for 2. Usual opener Mathias came in at 4 and by the time the score had reached 62, Oatley was raising his bat in celebration of an excellent quickfire 50 which included two huge 6s. The pair worked the ball about with ease however with the score on 84 Oatley launched one which was well pouched in the deep and his cavalier innings of 58 was over. The inform Skeels in at 5 continued where he left of the week before playing several nice shots including one straight 6 and the Stags at this point were coasting, reaching 97 for 3 off 20 and only requiring a further 52 for victory. Unfortunately the fall of the next wicket on 105 triggered the trademark collapse as 7 wickets were lost for just 20 runs including Mathias who made 25 and the home side finished on 125 all out and 24 runs short of the win they deserved.

The type of performance from the Stags which has reared its head on many occasions this season, throwing games away is the reason why they destined for are mid table finish. Missing the likes of McGilloway, Johnson and Nicholas for most of the season, as well as Shelmerdine who was absent this week, has been one key factor in the struggle for runs and a Lamphey side which could include those players week in week out would no doubt have been challenging for promotion. However with one week to go until the end of the season those absentees has given the club the opportunity to blood new players who have not let the club down with their performances or attitude, maybe next year with a bit more experience under their belts the Stags may be just that little bit better prepared.  

Star Man - Jason Oatley- Took an excellent catch in the slips, a wicket with his first ball and a 50 on opening the batting for the 1st time for the Stags


CAMROSE & SPITTAL v LAMPHEY 25/7/09
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            Camrose & Spittal (126 for 6) drew with Lamphey (115 for 9)


Lamphey travelled to Camrose and Spittal knowing that a win would consign the opposition to almost certain relegation whilst going some way to preserving their own Div 3 status.

With the Stags skipper winning the toss he invited the home side to bat. With only a few overs gone the C&S opening bat caught his studs in the ground and had to retire hurt. With a pretty lifeless wicket the home side managed to move the score along at 2 or 3 an over, however just as they were begining to settle Vale tempted the batsman to loft a drive to Cole at mid off who took the catch at the second attempt. With no further luck from Vale and Oatley, Gibbs and Cole entered the fray. Whilst continuing to keep the run rate down wickets were hard to come by and had to rely on 3 run outs - 2 from Dilworth and 1 from Gethin Llewellyn - to peg the home side back. With 30 overs complete the home side had reached 75 for 4 before Gibbs and Cole took one apiece. With C&S sensing the urgency to push the score on they managed to score 50 from the last 10 overs to finish the innings on 126 for 6, thanks mainly to Matthew Williams who scored 32.

Needing 127 for victory at just over 3 an over the Stags set off at an explosive rate, 12 coming off the first over as Mathias smashed a 6 off the first ball of the innings, and with Gibbs moved the score into the 40's before Gibbs was first to depart for 13. Shelmerdine in at 3 managed to keep the score above the required rate as he and Mathias pushed it into the 70s before Shelmerdine became the victim of an excellent caught and bowled. Llewellyn in at 4 ably supported Mathias but after playing so sensibly was tempted to go for a slog and was bowled. Skipper Oatley in at 5 played his natural game before Mathias became the second caught and bowled victim of the innings, out for a vital 42. With Lamphey in the early 80s a panic seemed to set in and with the home side getting a bit of confidence the game began to turn on its head. Skeels was run out for 0 without even facing a ball and Trimarco added a couple before he was bowled. With the Stags still looking at 4 an over from the last 10 overs and with 4 wickets remaining things looked positive. Oatley then got himself out playing across the line leaving the Stags needing just over 30 off the last 7. Cole and Dilworth took that down to 20 off the last 5 before a mix up between the pair saw Cole run out for 6. Vale in at 10 succeded in only running out Dilworth from a kamikaze single and the chance of the victory disappeared as the Stags skipper indicated to Vale and Mal Llewellyn to shut up shop. The innings finished on 115 for 9, agonisingly 12 runs short of victory although 11 points were picked up as a result of the draw. With Llechryd pulling off a shock victory at leaders Whitland the battle to remain in the division continues with 4 games to go. With a blank weekend this saturday due to the Harrison Allen the Stags entertain relegation threatened Hundleton at the LCG in a match which will be an intriguing event in a fortnights time. 

Star Man - Barry Dilworth - A top display in the field led to two run outs and enjoyed a long spell at the crease before being run out himself.


LAMPHEY v LLECHRYD 18/7/09

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                           Lamphey (75) beat Llechryd (46)  by 29 runs


Lamphey entered this game knowing it was, in footballing terms, the proverbial 6 pointer. With the Stags hovering closer to the trapdoor it was imperative to put some distance on fellow relegation haunted Llechryd.

The omens weren't given the best start when Skipper Oatley saw his opposite number win the toss and stick the Stags in on a very wet track. With no recognised opener to accompany Mathias, Hywel Gibbs was promoted to no 2. With a difficult batting track it was little surprise that runs were hard to come by as after 7 overs only 3 runs were on the board. Mathias did his best to move it on and launched Maehrlin for 6, however with the score on 10 Gibbs flashed at a loose delivery and looped up a catch to point. Skeels junior promoted to number 3 departed one run later to a caught behind from Maehrlin. Shelmerdine in at 4 played a fine pull shot for 4 but the very next ball played a carbon copy of the Gibbs dismissal and the Stags were 17 for 3. Cole in at 5 worked with Mathias to establish the highest stand of the innings so far as they added 18 for the fourth wicket. Cole scoring 9 before he was bowled by Connolly. With the game reaching the half way point in the innings Lamphey had reached 39 however it was also significant as the 5th wicket went down, Trimarco (3) unlucky to get a delivery which popped with the keeper taking an excellent reflex catch behind the stumps. Dilworth in at 7 survived one shout for a catch behind only to be yorked the next ball for 1. 43 for 6 became 51 for 7 as Mathias tried pulling a short delivery from Connolly but only succeeded in holing out to mid wicket. A solid innings coming to an end for 25 including those 2 sixes. With the stoic Mathias departing it brought the cavalier Oatley to the crease. The second wicket to fall on 51 saw Vale bowled for 3 and the Stags reeling on 51 for 8. With 10 overs remaining that had moved onto 55 as Oatley and junior player Llewellyn established the sides highest partnership - 24 - of the day, Llewellyn scoring an all important 9 before he joined Gibbs and Shelmerdine in playing exactly the same shot with the same outcome. With the 9th wicket falling it was left to the Jon Mathias to support Oatley for the remaining overs, however with Oatley perhaps looking to move the score on, only succeeded to diverting a delivery onto his pads then the wickets as he was dismissed for 15 and the innings closing on 75 after 36.3 overs.

With nothing to lose Skipper Oatley decided to mix things up opening the bowling with himself and Vale, who in the best of conditions, can be unplayable with his swing bowling. Whether the Llechryd players assumed the victory was in the bag and it was a case of knocking the runs off or whether they had not taken into account the difficulty of the wicket is unknown but they certainly hadnt expected a fired up Vale who ripped through the two opening bats and Llechryd found themselves on 0 for 2. They staged a mini recovery and had made it to 9 before Oatley joined in on the act. With the score on 9 for 3 it wasnt long before it was 12 for 4 as Oatley got his second tempting the batsman to play too early on a delivery, the resultant catch snapped up by Shelmerdine at mid on. With Oatley off the field and the Stags down to 10 men an on fire Vale got the next batsman to nick a delivery to Mathias who took a tidy catch behind the stumps, 18 for 5 became 18 for 6 as in the same over Vale picked up his fourth of the match as he bowled the next bat. With Gibbs replacing Oatley, who sufferred an ankle twist, the Clubs leading wicket taker wasnt going to be outshone and within 2 runs had claimed the 7th wicket, the 8th followed 5 runs later and the 9th and his third 6 runs later, leaving Llechryd rocking on 31 for 9. The sides biggest stand of the day was down to the last pair who added 15 with the number 11 scoring Llechryds' only 4 of the innings before Oatley finished the job off dismissing him via his pads. Maehrlin who had earlier taken 4 for 31 finished undefeated on 13 not out.

A fascinating game for the neutral, 20 wickets falling for only 121 runs despite taking the best part of 67 overs to get them. A terrific morale booster for the Stags, a sickener for Llechryd. The result gives the Stags a 40+ point advantage over the bottom two and will be looking to extend that when they travel to bottom side Camrose and Spittal on Saturday who have yet to register their first win of the season. A difficult game is sure to be on the cards.

Star Man - Stephen F Vale - A top display of bowling set the Stags on the the path to victory - 12 overs, 7 maidens 4 wickets for 9 runs says it all.


PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 11/7/09

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NARBERTH II v LAMPHEY 4/7/09
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                    Narberth II (122 for3) beat Lamphey (118)  by 7 Wickets


It may have been the 4th July but there certainly were no fireworks in this match as Lamphey stumbled to a fourth league defeat in a row in this rain affected reduced overs game.

Batting first Lamphey got off to an excellent start as the opening pair of Mathias and McGilloway got hold of the openers to get 50 on the board in only 9 of the 33 overs available. With 24 to go a score of 150+ was in the offing however the departure of McGilloway for 17 saw the Stags tumble from 54 for 0 to 72 for 6 as Mathias soon followed his fellow opener back to pavilion, out for a quickfire 42. Shelmerdine 1, Oatley 0, Trimarco 1 and Skeels 0 all failed to stop the collapse. The spin twins of Evans and Morris getting Lamphey in all sorts of a lather threatened to wipe out the solid foundations laid by the opening pair before Gibbs and Nicholas took control. Gibbs contributed 18 before he was caught at deep mid wicket with the score on 94. Nicholas playing like the Nicholas of old continued to take on the bowling whilst Staurt McNiffe, making his Lamphey first team debut, made sure no more collapses were imminent. With the overs winding down and the run rate slowing down (only 20 runs were scored between over 20 and 30) McNiffe trying to force the pace was bowled for 4. Cole in at 10 had only been in for 4 balls before he lost Nicholas for 15, playing across the line to the young opener Mills. With 11 balls remaining it was down to Cole and Vale to push on, however only a further 2 was added before Vale was caught for 1 by Williams who took a smart catch at short midwicket. The Stags all out for 118 with 9 balls of the 33 overs remaining and Cole undefeated on 11 not out. Not the total in mind after 9 overs and with Narberth getting 34 overs to reach the score it would require something special from the Stags in the field.

If the Stags were to pull off their 4th win of the season early wickets were to be the order of the day. However the opening partnership of Cole and Vale were unable to make the breakthrough early on with the home side reaching 28 off 10 overs. Oatley replaced Cole after 10 and Gibbs replaced Vale after 14. The opening pair of Johns and Williams took their time playing sensibly and moved the score onto 52 before the latter was surprised by a popping delivery off Oatley which he could only glove to Mathias who, showing quick hands, took a smart catch standing up. With the home side advancing to 65 off 20, 54 runs were still needed to win off 14 overs. They had added another 6 to the score before Oatley struck again bowling the young no3 batsman. The score advanced to 93 before Oatley tempted the no4 batsman to play across the line and only succeded in top edging a delivery into the waiting hands of Oatley who didnt have to move. With Johns at the crease no further wickets were lost as the home side reached their destination with 9 balls to spare, finishing the game off with a four off McGilloway.

Another morale sapping performance, the Stags are truly stuck in the treacle. With every game now a cup final a upturn in form is paramount - a couple of wins should see the Stags safe, a run of wins could see the Stags hunt for a promotion place. The Stags currently sit on 144 points, the team finishing second in 2007 reached 338 points with 279 points enough to go up in 2008. At the other end in 2007 the team finishing 3rd bottom got 198 points with 188 enough in 2008.

Star Man - Rob Mathias - Not for the first time this season he has led by example with the bat and took a smart catch to dismiss Williams

LAMPHEY v LLANRHIAN 27/6/09
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                           Lamphey (93) lost to Llanrhian (183)  by 90 runs

A shortage of players due to injury, unavailability and late withdrawals left the Stags with only 18 players to call on, as league rules dictate that a side must have at least 8 players the 1st XI were forced to take to the field with 10.

A hot sunny day, the toss won and the visitors in to bat was as good as it was going to get. The opening Llanrhian pair took the score to 109 off only 20 overs before the first wicket fell. Up til then it looked like a day to forget as the Stags toiled with no luck and that one man deficit seeming like 3 or 4. However the Stags must be congratulated with their persistence and maybe it was the departure of the opener or maybe a bit of self belief but the game turned around thanks to the bolwing of Gibbs and Skeels who never gave the visitors a chance to settle.

With Gibbs weaving his magic in his first league game since his ankle injury, he wasted no tim in carrying on from where he left off - 5 wickets his reward for some tight bowling and Skeels unlucky to only take one off his 12 although a run out did occur in that time. With the visitors lurching from 109 for 0  to 164 for 7 by the time Vale and Cole came back into the attack with 5 overs remaining, it was down to the openers to finish off the tail with Vale snapping up his only wicket of the match whilst Cole accounted for the final to to leave Llanrhian, who at one stage looked to be heading for 250+, all out for 183

A total which in the heart of heart the Stags knew was unlikely to be obtained, a draw however not out of the equation. Without the top 3 batsmen an unfamiliar batting line up saw part time opener Skeels open with 14 year old Luca Trimarco. However the experienced Skeels was dismissed in the first over for 0 and for the first time ever 2 Trimarco's batted together at no2 and 3 for the firsts. Playing with some freedom both played some lovely shots and had advanced the score to 20 before Luca was dismissed for 5.  20 for 2 soon became 37 for 6 as the eperienced Gibbs and Oatley departed for 1 and 0 respectively and Dilworth departed 10 runs later for 0 and Guisseppe Trimarco was back in the hutch having scored an impressive 23. With the young Skeels and second teamer Mal Lewellyn at the crease the pair did all they could to haul the Stags off their haunches. A great little partnership of 36 saw both players take their time and play some delightful shots - a special mention to Mal Llewellyn who hit his first 4 in the 3 years has has played the game - before Skeels holed out to deep mid on for a well deserved 26. Cole in at 9 hung gaced just 3 balls for his 5 and with only Vale left to bat he and Llewellyn added a further 12 runs before Llewellyn was caught for 19. Vale remained unbeaten on 9 as the Lamphey innings finished on 93.

A 4th successive league defeat on the bounce. After 5 games the Stags sat proudly on top of the tree but are now starting to get dragged into a scrap, whether its a promotion or relegation one will be decided over the next few weeks. An ordinary league the Stags have to improve with the bat, despite the ability of the players in the side there seems to be a air of desperation which will only begin to be lifted with a 'W' against Narberth on Saturday.

Star Man - Mal Llewellyn - A Shining light in the field and batted his heart out to score his highest ever score of 19. A gutsy all round display which showed the rest just what is required. 


                                     LAMPHEY v HOOK 23/6/09

                Lamphey (116 for 9) lost to Hook (134 for 6) by 18 runs

                                                             Report by Hywel Gibbs


The only constant in Lamphey’s performances this season is their inconsistencies. Take the Duggie Morris game against Hook as an example. Third division team hosts First Division Team, no contest really, especially when the home side were without their opening bowlers not to mention other first choice players though injury. The result can only go one way, right?

Well, yes it did, but Lamphey ran them close and only lost by 18 runs which considering the Stags have managed to capitulate against lesser attacks in their league matches, was no mean feat.Lamphey opened the bowling with James Skeels who surprised the county’s in-form opener, Ben Field with a sharp rising delivery. He tried to hook it for a boundary but was beaten for pace and managed only to lob it up where Gethin Llewellyn ran in to take a good catch.

Skipper Jason Oatley opened from the other end and was slightly wayward in his first over and was replaced by Andrew Skeels who annoyed the opposing batsmen with his looping off breaks.Skeels grabbed another scalp in his second over when he had Mick Haltam caught behind before he was replaced by Hywel Gibbs, having his first bowl since the potentially season ending injury he suffered against Hundleton a few weeks earlier.Such was the sound that his ankle made as he fell awkwardly while in his delivery stride that everyone feared the worst. Fortunately, the Stags’ loyal all-rounder is made of granite and although laid up for a fortnight, returned to the fold with gusto as he bamboozled the opposition with his off-spin.He accounted for Jamie Phelps and Brennan Lay in one over as Phelps was caught in the deep by Giuseppe Tremarco while Lay was like a rabbit in headlights against the flight and guile that Gibbs generated and it was no surprise to see him bowled.Two overs later he accounted for Martin Rees, who despite hitting him for a six and a four in consecutive balls went the same way as Lay.

Skeels Snr was replaced by Tremarco at the other end and the young left armer acquitted himself well to snare Brennan Martin with a fast in-swinger that Wasim Akram would have be proud of. In the end Hook scored 134-6 off their 20 overs.

Lamphey, opening with Robert Mathias and Nick Shelmerdine made good progress against the Hook bowlers as they ran well between the wickets while slamming any stray balls to the boundary.Shelmo displayed his magnificent pull shots on more than one occasion while Mathias looked class with every shot he played.

They took the score on to 30 before Shelmo was caught behind and then Mathias played some peachy shots against the off spin of Matthew Rowlands hitting him for two consecutive fours and a two before trying one shot too many and getting stumped.This brought Oatley and Gibbs together and the latter looked to be regaining some form with some wonderful shots, advancing down the ground to the quick bowlers and hitting over the top for four, while doing the same against Rowlands’ off spin.Oatley slammed a few in his customary style but both fell to poor shots and try as they might, the runs dried up despite Barry Dilworth hitting a few boundaries.

It was a heroic efforts by the Stags although not quite good enough and but for a little more self belief, they wound have won this game and played Kilgetty in the next round.

Star Man – Hywel Gibbs - Has Lamphey ever seen a better all-rounder not to mention the advice he gives on people’s recycling habits? He is to cricket what Frank Whittle was to the jet engine and Einstein was to Physics. If cricket had a smell, his performances would produce such powerful pheromones that women from the four corners of the globe would come running, even the ugly ones and believe you me, he’d do ‘em all.



LAMPHEY v WHITLAND II 20/6/09
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                     Lamphey (89) lost to Whitland (114 for 8)  by 25 runs

Not only was this fixture the half way point of the season but it was a key fixture in deciding the aspirations of the Stags. A win would have re-established the promotion bandwagon, defeat would have left a serious dent in the wheel.

With the skipper winning the toss he invited the visitors into bat, a hard true wicket awaiting them. Early on Vale and Cole caused problems for the openers and several spilled chances off the bowling of Cole went begging. However with the score on 31 Cole got one to jag back sharply off the seam and catch the young opener high on the thigh, clearly unsettled by this Cole's next ball was swiped at and taken by Skeels Jnr in the covers. 31 for 1 soon became 33 for 2 as Cole once again struck with a carbon copy dismissal - Skeels Jnr in the same place taking exactly the same catch. The visitors clearly struggling for runs found themselves on 44 for 2 by the half way mark. Skeels Snr replaced Cole after 20 overs and with Vale both bowled a great line and length, dot ball after dot ball followed and it was with the score on 48 Vale struck. With Vale finally out of overs Oatley and Skeels continued to apply the pressure, with 17 runs added Skeels took his first of the afternoon and 6 runs lately it was Oatley's turn to make the breakthrough. At 71 for 5 the Stags were well and truly on top and such was the dominance of the home side the visitiors had only scored 80 off 30 overs. As the last 10 counted down Skeels took his second and Oatley a further two courtesy of catches from Mathias and Shelmerdine as wickets continued to fall on 96, 100 and 100 however a 9th wicket partnership of 14 saw the league leaders finish their innings on 114 for 8.

Lamphey knew not to be complacent. Last season against the exact same opposition the home side failed to chase down 100 being dismissed 16 short. With that warning still ringing in the ears of the players the Stags lost their first wicket - Mathias, so far the lynchpin of the side could only manage 2 balls before being bowled by the opener. With this set back seemingly forgotten, both McGilloway and Shelmerdine proceeded to take the score to 19 before Shelmerdine was caught behind for 13. Vale promoted to 4 after his excellent performance the previous week set the nerves jangling as he was dropped 1st ball in the slips, a single scrambled meant he faced the next over - his luck ran out though as he became victim no. two for Merriman. Gibbs making a welcome return to the side after injury signalled his intentions by playing a lovely shot through the off side for 4 however he too succumbed to the impressive Merriman and the Stags were in trouble at 25 for 4. Old head Skeels snr joined McGilloway at the crease with the pair playing some sensible cricket. The score advanced to 42 but Skeels became Merrimans 4th victim of the afternoon, another excellent diving catch by their 1st team keeper. 3 runs later and it was 6 down as McGilloway was dismissed for a hard fought 10. Oatley and Cole fresh in the middle, Oatley playing his aggressive game scored a 4 and 6 off successive balls to edge the Stags closer to the total, however any fightback was short lived as he succumbed to the wily Rowlands and 58 for 7 left the home side with a mountain to climb. Cole did dispatch Rowlands for the biggest 6 of the day however Rowlands took his revenge as Cole perished and at 70 for 8 was down to Skeels jnr and Dilworth to see the side home. Dilworth however pulled his hamstring going for his first run so called for a runner. A cameo performance saw Dilworth play some top notch shots resulting in 3 fours however with the score on 83 he became vicitim no 9. Young Luca Trimarco in at 11 and the game still in the balance if he could replicate his display of the week before. Batting like a pro he played a lovely shot for 4 and had made 6 before he was out and the Stags were dismissed for 89.

Half a job had been done but unfortunately all too often the batting crumbled too easily. The fielding display included 6 catching opportunities, some more difficult than others, not taken but overall restricting the league leaders to 114 was very pleasing.....the batting well thats another matter......another tough home match on the weekend against undefeated Llanrhian, a similar performance in the field coupled with a batting display we are capable of could see the Stags back in the promotion hunt.......lets hope so.    


Star Man - Jason Oatley - Deserves it for 3 wickets and 12 runs.

CRYMYCH v LAMPHEY 13/6/09
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                     Crymych (142 for 4) beat Lamphey (138)  by 6 wickets

Lamphey travelled to Crymych for a second time in a week, fielding a side which contained only 5 regular first teamers due to injury and unavailability.

With the Stags batting first, an opening partnership of 16 was reached before Skeels departed for 7 with that ensued the type of batting collapse that one associates with Lamphey as a further 4 wickets tumbled leaving the Stags in danger of going home early at 30 for 5. Enter the fray two of the young players taking their opportunity to show the experienced players how its done as Llewellyn and Luca Trimarco took the opportunity to show their potential and took the score to 51 before Trimarco departed after a great cameo performance which yielded no less than 4 4s including some lovely timed shots. Skipper Oatley in at 8 continued where he had left off from midweek playing an attacking role with Llewellyn giving as much of the strike. However with the score on 86 a mix up between the two saw Llewellyn run out for a well deserved 12. No further runs were added before Oatley too departed holeing out on the boundary one ball after he had been struck by a delivery. With Vale the only recognised first teamer to bat he played an unaccustomed aggressor role and in doing so scored his first 6 for 12 years, something which he repeated twice more as he took the home sides bowling apart. Showing his liking for the slow bowler he punished him for 2 big sixes and 2 4s in an over which pushed the score to a more respectable total. At the other end Maldwyn Llewellyn attained his highest ever league score before departing with the score on 110 for 9. Nathan Mounter in at 11 kept Vale company and smashed a four straight past the bowler, however with the score on 138 Vale ran out of steam and was bowled for an excellent 42.

With the home side set a target of 139 off 44 overs they advanced the score to 12 before a Vale delivery was pouched by Skeels at short cover. With Cole and Vale having no further luck Oatley introduced the slow left arm of Skeel, whilst bringing himself on at the other end and with the two bowling an excellent line and length the home side found runs hard to come by. Skeels was clearly frustrating the batsman and it was no surprise when he bowled the opener round his legs. At 36 for 2 the Stags had something to believe in, however no further wickets fell until the score reached 68 as Oatley took his first of the match. His second wasnt long in coming either and it was soon 76 for 4 as Mathias took a routine catch behind the stumps. A slight wobble in the home side and a renewed vigour the game was still finally poised and the Stags would fight to the bitter end. The pressure was still on the home side as the game ticked by and although no further wickets fell they were made to work hard for their victory which only arrived in the 39th over.

Whether batting the full 40 would have made a difference to the outcome is debatable. The home side will say they were never in trouble and paced their innings, maybe they did. Those players who came into the side can hold their heads high, with all making big contributions to the game. However the stark reality is that its the 3rd league and cup defeat in a row for the Stags and with 2 tough league games coming up the Stags must ensure their season isnt over with half of it still left to play.

Star Man - Stephen Vale - Not known for his attacking batting but even Kevin Pietersen would have been happy with those 6's

CRYMYCH v LAMPHEY 9/6/09

                     Crymych 137 for 7 beat Lamphey 133 for 7 by 3 wickets

Lamphey travelled to division 3 rivals Crymych for the Harrison Allen second round match knowing a win would see the stags in the quarter finals for the first time since the golden days. A depleted side missing 5 first team regulars put up a valiant effort before succumbing to a last over defeat.

After being invited to bat Lamphey mad a slow but sure start with the score advancing to 40 before the fall of the first wicket as Skeels departed. With the home side boosted by the wicket a mini collapse ensued as Mathias, Shelmerdine and Cole soon joined Skeels back in the pavilion and with the score at 50 odd for 4 things were looking bleak for the Stags. However step forward the skipper Oatley who with several partners including Trimarco, Vale and at the end Dilworth managed to advance the Lamphey score to 133 for 7 off the allocated 22 overs. Oatley top scoring with a well paced 44, Dilworth and Vale also contributed useful runs by getting into double figures to give the Stags a good base.

Crymych attacked from the off and though some of their shots had a hint of luck rapidly moved the score into the 20s after the first 3 overs. The first wicket fell however as the opener pulled across the line once too often and succeded in top edging to Llewellyn at midwicket. With the home side keeping up with the run rate it was imperative to interrupt the flow of runs and Vale came to the rescue with his first of the game bowling the opener. The first change saw Skeels replace Cole and Oatley replace Vale and together both bowlers stifled the flow of runs, Skeels in particular having a great spell which resulted in very few runs. However it was Oatley who made the break through with shelmerdine taking a fine forward diving catch to dismiss number 3. Oatley then proceeded to bowl the next batsman and the innings for the first time was in the balance, the home side needing 7 an over for the last 9 overs. However with wickets in hand the home side had their skipper to thank as he then took hold of the bowling hitting one massive six and several fours. Vale replaced Oatley and Cole replaced Skeels with Cole picking up his second wicket of the game bowling the batsman with a delivery which jagged back of the seam. The home side were now six down but  the upper hand as the run rate had dropped to just 20 off the last 3 overs, a succession of fours from the bowling of Oatley brought that down to just 12 and although Skeels trapped the Crymych skipper LBW, the home side needed just 1 run from the final over to complete the victory. This duly came in the 3rd ball of the over as a ball was dispatched for 4 and the home side victorious now entertain Lawrenny at home for a place in the semis.

A good game of cricket for the neutral which was sadly marred by several offensive comments. However the Stags find themselves at Crymych again on Saturday for a crunch league match and will be determined to reverse the result as they continue to seek a top two place.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - a skippers innings when needed most


LAMPHEY v ST ISHMAELS II 6/6/09
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HUNDLETON v LAMPHEY 30/5/09
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                Hundleton (148 for 7) beat Lamphey (147) by 3 Wickets


Lamphey travelled to Hundleton on saturday facing the divisions bottom side who had picked up a good draw at Llanrhian the previous week. Lamphey missing opener Johnson due to knee ligament damage opened with Mathias and Skeels Senior. The pair adding 44 for the first wicket before Skeels departed for 7. Shelmerdine in at 3 played some fine shots and helped move the score on to 70 before he became the 2nd victim. At this point the Stags were moving along nicely with a run rate of approx 5 an over before the batting line up began to fold like a pack of cards. Skeels Junior, Mathias (44) departed leaving the visitors on 101 for 4. Then a mix up in the middle between Oatley and Gibbs saw the latter depart for 23, Cole soon added to that as he was out for 4, Vale 0, Llewellyn 1 saw the stags in the precarious position of failing to reach the 150 mark for the 1st time for several weeks. It would have been a lot worse had an inform youngster, Guisseppe Trimarco not carried on from where he left off last week to score a classy 27 including a 6 and several 4s. He was eventually out in the 38th over unfortunate to play on and Lamphey closed their innings on 147.

The stags knew that the had to be at their best as a confident Hundleton side set about the run chase. Early on Tysoe got hold of Vale and at the other end Allen played about picking up the ones and twos. Eventually Vale got his man as Tysoe went for one big heave-ho too many and was caught at mid wicket. Soon after Vale picked up his 2nd wicket as he bowled Williams (S) for 0 and the 3rd wicket arrived with the home side in command and in the 90s. By this time several confident LBW shouts were turned down as the home side continued to keep the scoredboard ticking and it wasnt until leading wicket taker Gibbs entered the fray that the 4th wicket fell - LBW. Gibbs bowling well until bowling his final delivery of an over came round the wicket to bowl and ended up crumpled in a heap as his leading foot buckled. The game held up for several minutes whilst Gibbs received treatment and helped off the field. Skeels junior took over from Gibbs' end and Cole came back into the fray with the home side still needing 30 odd off about 7 overs. Skeels made an instant impact as he snapped up two quick wickets and Cole at the other end managed to dismiss the dangerous Williams (34) thanks to a smart catch from Shelmerdine at point. With only 10 runs needed and 3 overs remaining the home side knocked off the required runs with 2 overs to play as Allen hit Skeels for 2 successive fours.

A poor result from the Stags compounded by the fact that they were 76 for 2 off 16 overs and if it hadnt have been for young Trimarco the game would have been over sooner. This defeat was made even harder to take with the loss of important allrounder Gibbs who could miss several games in an important period, whilst Johnson is out for between another 4-6 weeks with knee ligament damage.

Star Man - Robert Mathias - Another important knock saw the inform batsman fall 6 short of his 3rd 50 of the season


LAMPHEY v CAMROSE & SPITTAL 25/5/09
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           Lamphey (182) beat Camrose and Spittal (53) by 129 runs

Lamphey entertained Camrose and Spittal on this bank holiday Monday fixture full of confidence after an unbeaten 3 game run. However this game had its moments as the visitors had their say early on in the match. With Mathias and Johnson continuing their opening partnership things seemed to be going to plan early on before Johnson called Mathias for a single which was always going to be risky and with 23 on the board Mathias was back in the pavilion for 11. Shelmerdine in a 3 scored 2 before he attempted to play at a wide delivery but only succeded in edgeing into the waiting gloves of the keeper. 25 for 2 and Gibbs in at 4 added another 16 with Johnson before he too was out caught for 2. Skeels senior supported Johnson with the strike and started to restore some parity before Skeels  departed for 1. With the score on 62 for 4 the Lamphey collapse bit hard as another 3 wickets fell in the 60's leaving the Stags teetering on 69 for 7. With Cole in bat with Guisseppe Tremarco the pair set about repairing the damage and both players managed to punish the poor bowling until with the score on 106, Cole was caught on the long on boundary for 24. Tremarco however continued to play with an ever increasing confidence and  played sensible cricket and played some lovely well timed shots several of which raced away to the boundary. His partnership with Dilworth for the 9th wicket added 25 before Dilworth departed for an important 11 which included two well timed shots to the leg side for 4s. 131 for 9 and the experienced Vale took to the crease with 10 overs remaining. Both players played with ease against the visitors attack and with the innings coming down to the final overs the pair had managed to add 51 for the 10th wicket. With Trimarco facing on 49 he succumbed to an LBW decision and was left 1 shy of what was a tremendous effort. Vale stranded at the other end undefeated on 17. Trimarco left the pitch with the plaudits of his team mates ringing loud.

So 182 for a second time in 3 days and the opening pair of Cole and Vale continued their opening role. With the score on 3 Cole made the breakthrough trapping the opener LBW. Other than that bit of success both bowlers did everything but get any further wickets so with the game 10 overs old, skipper Oatley made the decision to bring himself into the action, however only managed to bowl 2 balls before pulling up with the injury sustained on the saturday. Luckily he was able to turn to Skeels senior who bolwing in tandem with Gibbs proceeded to tear through the visiting batting with 6 further wickets falling with the score in the 20's. The 8th wicket wasnt too long in coming with the score on 35, the 9th wicket on 45 and the game over in the 31st over with the score closing on 53. Skeels finishing with the top figures of 5 for 18 and Gibbs one back with 4 for 16. For the visitors only 2 players, R Ellis 14 and M Williams 13, reached double figures. One note of interest is that the Stags lost 3 players to injury during their turn in the field, skipper Oatley with his side strain and a crunching collision between Johnson and Trimarco which resulted in both players taking no further part in the game, the latter having to go to hospital with concusion.

A great finish to the weekend with several noteworthy perfomances. The Stags now go into next weekends game against Hundleton with almost a third of the season gone sitting 11 points clear of division 3.

Star Man - Guisseppe Trimarco - an outstanding batting display from the young left hander which only ended one short of his maiden senior 50.
 

LLECHRYD v LAMPHEY 23/5/09
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                               Llechryd (150 for 7) drew with Lamphey (182 for 6)


Lamphey made the long trip to the North of the County to take on relegated Llechryd in the first of a double header weekend knowing that a good performance was needed to maintain the top spot.

With the Stags batting first on an interesting wicket, the opening partnership of Mathias and Johnson once again proved fruitful. They mastered the home sides bowling to take the score to 54 before Johnson played a heavy handed defensive shot and ended up being caught by silly mid off for a entertaining 30. Nick Shelmerdine in at 3 continued where Johnson left off and added 47 for the second wicket before departing for a patient 28. With the score on 101 for 2 Gibbs joined the impressive Mathias in the middle moving along the run rate until with the score on 130 Gibbs was dismissed for 16. Just 2 runs later Skeels senior managed to last 2 balls, the first narrowly avoiding an LBW shout before lofting an easy catch to the fielder in the covers. With the home side starting to come back into the game Cole joined Mathias at the crease but with the score on 137 Mathias after batting 25+ overs in the searing heat finally departed but not before registering his 2nd 50 in 5 days. An excellent innings of control and purpose set the foundation for Cole and Oatley to take advantage in the latter overs as the pair added 38 for the 6th wicket as Cole was bowled by Curran for 16. With only 2 overs remaining Gareth Nicholas and Oatley added an extra 7 runs as Oatley coming back into form scored 25 not out and Nicholas on 1 not out.

An excellent total of 182 for 6 presented the home side with something of a mountain to climb. However with the score on 13 Vale made the breakthrough as he bowled the opener. With the home side getting the better of a drying wicket and taking advantage of Skipper Oatley's abscence from the field (due to an injury sustained whilst batting) they set about frustrating the stags and managed to take the score to 39 before losing their 2nd wicket to Vale. With Skeels senior replacing Cole and Gibbs replacing Vale the pace of the game changed but the 3rd wicket arrived with the score on 51 as Gibbs chipped in with the first of his 4 wickets thanks to an excellent catch from Nicholas  close in. With a run rate of little over 2 an over the game went through a frustrating period and a 4th wicket partnership of 25 was only broken when Gibbs took his 2nd. With the game going into the last 15 overs and the home side still needing over a 100 to win it became obvious that they were determined to shut up shop for the draw points and despite further wickets falling on 113, 127 and 147, they finally settled on 150 for 7. For the home side K Evans scored 48, S Smith 24 and M Fraser a quick fire 22 including 2 6s.

A stubborn perfomance from the home side, helped by a wicket that didnt really offer too much for the Stags attack, but 19 points keeps the side in the hunt for the top 2 positions

Star Man - Robert Mathias - In the form of his life - 2 50s and a 30 in 5 days


LAMPHEY v ST FLORENCE 21/5/09
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                          Lamphey (105)
beat St Florence (92 for 7) by 13 runs

                                   
Lamphey kicked off this season's Harrison Allen venture with a home tie against Division 5 St Florence, returning to Flemish Fields in the opposition ranks included no less than 3 ex Stags in the form of Tommy Roberts, Peter Hall and Jonathan Edwards.

Once again skipper Oatley lost the toss (number 5 this season) and the Stags were invited to bat. With a number of changes made to the side for a thrid game in a row the opening pair of Mathias and Skeels set about the St Florence bowlers with ease and it was no surprise that after 7 overs the home side had moved the score onto 49 without loss. However with the score on 54 Mathias fed one straight to Edwards for a simple catch and he had departed for 38. 5 runs later and the 2nd wicket of the evening fell as Skeels was bowled round his legs for 14. Two further wickets fell with the score on 60 as the out of sorts Oatley and Gibbs both departed for 0. A partnership of 13 between Shelemerdine and Skeels (1) saw the score advance to 73 for 5 and 3 runs later Cole (2) was caught taking the score to 76 for 6. Thankfully some sensible batting by Shelmerdine assisted by Guisseppe Trimarco (9) who played several delightful shots advanced the score to 93 before the latter skied one to backward point, 4 runs later Shelmerdine too was caught out for an important 20, a second wicket was lost on 97 as Vale departed for 5 and the last pair of Dilworth and Gianluca Trimarco (3*) advanced the score to 105 before Dilworth was adjudged LBW for 1.

Setting the visitors a total of 106 off 22 meant the game was evenly posed and with the experienced Hall and attack minded Powling at the crease, the pair nurdled the ones and twos and dispatched the bad ball for four advancing the score to 43 in the first 10 overs before Hall was caught by Shelmerdine. With a lack of uregency in the home side this wicket fell at the right time as the game was begining to slip away however tight bowling from Oatley and Gibbs checked the visitors progress and Gibbs turned the game back towards the Stags as he scooped up two wickets to leave the score on 60 for 3. With 10 overs remaining St Florence only needed another 46 with 7 wickets remaining, however hadnt accounted for the introduction of opening bowler Cole for his first over of the night. Fired up and determined to make up for not being available for the Alan Brown game on Tuesday, Cole bowled a tight line and length with a bit more pace than the batsmen were used to and as a result only conceeded 2 or 3 an over when they were looking for 7 or 8. Cole soon got into the wicket act as he proceeded in removing Edward's off stump out of the ground and did the same with the middle stump of the next batsman. With the overs counting down St Florence still needed 36 off the last 3 overs and the dangerous Powling still remained in the middle. The introduction of fellow opener Vale applied greater pressure and despite Vale being hit for 2 fours in one over he chipped in with 2 wickets of his own. With the score on 89 Powling tried one big shot too many and succeeded only in slicing the ball out towards the long off boundary where Shelmerdine running 20 yards to his left swooped to take and excellent catch low down to the floor and his second of the match. With Powling dismissed and only 3 balls remaining the game was over and though St Florence added another 3 runs they had fallen short of a win by 13 runs.

Lamphey now travel to Crymych on June 9th for  the second round and will hopefully build on this performance in the league games over the bank holiday weekend.

Star Man - Grant Cole - A little too much pace and experience for the St Florence batsmen  


                                     LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE DOCK 19/5/09

             Lamphey (84 for 6) lost to Pembroke Dock (85 for 5) by 5 wickets
                                                     Match report courtesy of Hywel Gibbs

The course of true love never does run smooth, or so the saying goes and it appears that Lamphey’s infatuation to win the Alan Brown Cup may never come to fruition. After losing in the semi finals last year, the Stags lost in the first round of the current season to derby rivals Pembroke Dock.

After beating them comprehensively in the league on Saturday, the Stags were favourites for this game even though they were without a few first team players. The Dock meanwhile, were strengthened.

Batting first after skipper Jason Oatley lost his fourth toss in a row, the home team put on 20 or so runs before Nick Shelmerdine lobbed one up to mid-off for a dolly of a catch. At the other end meanwhile, Robert Mathias was going about his business like an old pro, steadily accumulating runs as though he was playing a timeless test whilst smashing the odd one to the boundary. It was an exemplary innings under the circumstances as no other batsmen got the Dock bowlers worried. Sure, Gibbs clobbered one over mid-on, Andrew Skeels nudged, nurdled and deflected a few behind square while Jason Oatley and Haydn Cole swished at the ball as though they were playing baseball but without the home runs they are capable of hitting. Meanwhile, at the other end, Robert Matthias looked on helplessly as his well paced innings came to a halt as he was unable to get the strike. When he did though he made it count. Ones were pushed into twos, fours were hit and so was a towering six off Jason Coles. His unbeaten 50 was a master class in concentration and showed the merit of putting bat on ball. Boundaries certainly push the score along but the scoreboard always ticks on with singles.

So, a total of 84 was set. A decent score, but not one to strike fear into the opposition.What does strike fear into the opposition is wickets and with Stephen Vale bowling with his usually metronomic brilliance, runs were hard to come by thus leading to the wicket of Julian Edwards who was clean bowled. James Skeels took the new ball in the absence of Grant Cole and proceeded to take a wicket with his first ball having Peter Kingdom caught behind first ball. Not only was this an achievement in itself, he completed an unusual hat-trick as he took the final two wickets in the league win over the Dock on Saturday.

The opening bowlers certainly put the skids on the Dock but they kept plugging away at the modest total while all the while, the batsmen chipped the ball above and beyond the despairing fielders. Gibbs and Oatley joined the fray and between them conceded just 29 runs off a total of ten overs with Gibbs taking three wickets. In the meantime, a young man with a big future took guard for the Dock. David Dunfee took five wickets against the Stags on Saturday and this time showed his class with the bat as he batted with aplomb.Vale shelled a tough caught and bowled chance off him earlier which would have been a remarkable reaction catch had it stuck and he was also dropped again, when Andrew Skeels failed to hold on to a diving chance in the covers. Had these chances been taken the game would have gone to the home side.What happened instead showed how pushing for ones and twos helps to chase down a total as boundaries were hard to come by when the change bowlers were on.

When Vale came on for his second spell anything loose was dispatched as Dunfee hit two fours and a six off his comeback over thus signalling the end of what could have been a good win for the Stags in their quest for cup glory.

Star Man - Robert Mathias - An undefeated on 52 not out held the batting together


LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE DOCK 16/5/09                                            
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                      Lamphey (146 for 9) beat Pembroke Dock (86) by 60 runs


Lamphey had an opening partnership of 97 between Nic Johnson (56) and Rob Mathias to thank for this impressive 60 run victory against one of the Stags main promotion rivals.

With skipper Oatley being on the wrong end of the toss for the third game in a row, Lamphey missing 4 first XI players shuffled a batting order which saw Nic Johnson promoted to opener, a move which reaped dividends as the opening pair blunted the visitors attack.The Dock unleashed their new weapon in young David Dunfee who signed from Saundersfoot showed his potential of fast bolwing by getting the opening pair with some troublesome deliveries, but thankfully due to his tender age he could only bowl 5 over spells and allowed Mathias and Johnson to advance the score at a rate of 4 an over. Such was the home sides dominance it was no surprise when Johnson reached his first 50 of the season and the score rattled onto 97 before Dunfee in his second spell took the first of his 5 wickets. With the famous Lamphey batting collapse keeping quiet, it decided to rear its ugly head on 97 with Lamphey losing regular wickets, a combination of Dunfee and the home side looking to push on the score. The 2nd wicket fell on 97 with Gibbs departing for 0, Mathias then left with the score on 105 out for a patient 35 (including his entry to the sixes club), Vale  (7) then departed at 105, Oatley (4) at 108, Cole (10) at 116, Skeels senior (12) at 130, Skeels Junior (10) at 144 and Dilworth (0) run out of the last ball of the final over leaving the Stags on 146 for 9.

Robbed just shy of the magic 150 mark, Lamphey felt confident in knowing a score in the region of 150 is always a challenge especially with the bowling they posess. The regular pairing of Cole and Vale continue to cause problems for the opposition and Cole after being hit for 4 the 2nd ball of the over clean bowled the opening bat 2 balls later to leave the Dock on 4 for 1, Vale working tirelessly at the other end, beating the outside edge, finally got his just rewards with the score on 14 and just 9 runs later the visitors found themselves 3 down as Cole took his 2nd. With Skipper Oatley deciding to mix things up he replaced Vale with Gibbs and then with the score on 39 for 3 replaced Cole with himself, a change which was to prove a tactical masterpiece as he took two wickets in his first over, one a straightforward catch to Gibbs at mid on and one bowled leaving the Dock rocking on 39 for 5. As Lamphey exerted the pressure and rallied in the field Gibbs joined in on the act by trapping his victim LBW and the score was 56 for 6. Oatley continued to bowl well and took 2 further wickets with the score on 56 and 59. The first courtesy of a well taken catch by Guisseppe TriMarco in the covers and another bowled. With the game almost over Oatley took the option to bring young James Skeels into the attack and despite a cameo from Dunfee (27*) with the bat, it was left to Skeels to mop up the final 2 wickets of the game taking 2 in 2 and starting the next game on a hatrick ball. 86 all out and a home victory for the Stags by 60 runs at Flemish Fields.

A vital win by the home side against a Dock team who with the dangerous Dunfee, will be in the mix for promotion come the end of the season. Despite the Stags missing 4 first team players, those who came in couldnt be faulted and all contributed to what was a very pleasing fielding performance and a very welcome 29 points, as the Stags sit proudly at the top of Division 3. A tricky away trip to relegated Llechryd follows and another game which the Stags must approach with the same determination and work rate if they are to remain at the top.

Star Man - Nic Johnson - Promoted to opener and proved that he is more than capable of making the position his own.

LAMPHEY v NARBERTH II 9/5/09                                   
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                            Lamphey (150 for 9) beat Narberth II (57) by 93 runs


Lamphey entertained newly promoted Narberth II at Flemish Fields in a game the Stags knew they had to win after the disappointment the previous saturday. With the toss lost the visitors invited Lamphey to bat on a wicket which had some life in it and the opening pair of McGillloway and Mathias settled into the game early on, forging a 51 partnership before Mathias departed for 17. With only an extra 7 runs on the board the Stags lost their 2nd wicket as McGilloway departed for 22. Johnson and Gibbs at the middle restored some stability adding another 46 before the 3rd wicket fell, Gibbs driving a ball to cover for 25. Lamphey then saw their usual collapse return, starting with Johnson run out for 30 (including 1x6) as wickets fell at regular intervals and 5 wickets tumbled for only 21 runs. With the home side on 125 for 9 it was down to Shelmerdine (15 not out) and Vale (9 not out) to get to the magical 150 mark off the last ball of the 40th over.

With the bowling possessed by the home side a score of 150 is always a defendable tally, and with the pairing of Vale and Cole getting through the early overs runs were hard to come by for the visitors. Cole especially unlucky early on as several flashes found the fingertips of the slip fielders but got just reward with the score on 26 as he clean bowled Jenkins for 15. After this point the home side never looked back as Cole claimed wickets number 2 and 3 with the score on 26 and 28 and showed off his fielding abilities with a direct hit from 25 yards to dismiss batsman no 4. With the score on 33 Skipper Oatley replaced Vale with Gibbs and it wasnt long before he too joined in with the action and Narberth were on the back foot at 34 for 5. With Cole bowling 9 overs, Oatley turned to teenager Skeels who in tandem with Gibbs worked through the middle order and inbetween McGilloway epitomised the self belief building in the side with the 2nd run out of the innings. With the visitors line up in tatters it was no surprise as they lost wickets 8, 9 and 10 with the score on 57 and Skeels finished with commendable figures of 3 for 13 and Gibbs 2 for 3.

A welcome return to form for the Stags, a number of telling contributions with the bat and ball as well as some smart fielding from Cole, McGilloway and Nicholas. Overall a very pleasing result and performance from all 11 players on the field and a timely morale booster for what will be one of the Stags toughest games of the season when Pembroke Dock travel to Flemish Fields on Saturday. 

Star Man - Grant Cole - A team of 11 winners but 3 for 25 and direct run out just shaded it.


LLANRHIAN v LAMPHEY 2/5/09
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                                    Llanrhian  82 for 5 beat Lamphey 79 by 5 Wickets


A new season, a new skipper, a new hope but same old result as new first team Skipper Oatley found things dont always go as planned or hoped. Lamphey travelled to Llanrhian on Saturday with on paper possibly an almost as strong a side as they could have but hadnt counted on a determined Llanrhian team who want to prove their time away from division 2 is only a temporary appointment.

On winning the toss the Llanrhian skipper understandably invited Lamphey to bat on a wet but firm wicket. Things started off badly with only 3 on the board Lamphey lost the first wicket. With further wickets falling at 4, 13, 13, 18 and 22 Lamphey found themselves in real trouble. However a stand of 19 between Mathias and Cole took the score to 41 before Mathias departed for 19. Cole was then joined by Vale at the crease and the score advanced to 60 before Cole departed for 29. With skipper Oatley batting at an unaccostmed 10 in the order he wasted no time in scoring 14 but in the process lost Vale and Mathias to leave him stranded on 14. The innings finished on 79.

With the wicket drying out all the time it wasnt surprising to see the home side take the advantage and with 50 overs to score 80 set about the task. Both Vale and Cole bowled well early on and with the score on 19, Gibbs who was on to replace Cole, made the breakthrough. Taking their time Llanrhian advanced to 40 before Gibbs struck again however a partnership of 22 was only broken when excellent fielding from Jon Mathias saw Bennett run out for 36. With only 18 needed to win the home side managed to lose another 2 wickets to Gibbs but in the 30th over the game was finished off with a 4.

A disappointing total by the Stags and maybe if they had managed just 120 it could have been a different outcome. 2 home games in a row give the Stags the ideal opportunity to get over this blip.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - 4 for 27 off 10 gave the Stags some hope in the field