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STACKPOLE v LAMPHEY 31/8/13
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                          Stackpole (141 for 7) beat Lamphey (140) by 3 wickets



With the fat lady signing for both Club's the previous week this was the after show party, where both sides could relax and enjoy a game of cricket with just bragging rights on offer.

Lamphey batted first and an opening partnership of 30 between Williams and McGilloway ended when the latter was caught for 13. Brunton in at 3 and as so ofgten further wickets began to fall at a regular interview. Williams was next out for 17 with the score on 37 and 7 runs later Blackwell was adjudged LBW for 0. It wasnt long before the collapse continued as 5 runs later Brunton was caught behind for 10. The stags had lost 4 wickets for just 19 runs. With the visitors haemorrhaging wickets a good 5th wicket partnership between Gibbs and Shelmerdine was crucial and the pair did repair some of the damage taking the score to 74 before the latter was caught and bowled for 4. Trimarco in at 6 offered no resistance as he came and went for 1. The stags now in real trouble at 75 for 6. Luckily Gibbs continued his good form with th bat and being joined in the middle by the flamboyant Haydn Cole the pair restored a shred of respectibility to the scoreline. Cole  taking the lead smashing a quickfire 38, reverse sweeping a boundary for the second successive game. The partnership only came to an end after 49 runs when Cole was caught. At 124 for 7 the Stags had to push for the 150 plus mark if they were to have any realistic chance of a result. However 2 quick wickets by MacKay saw Vale (1) and Powling (0) back in the hutch with only 131 on the board. With Skeels the last man to keep Gibbs company Gibbs took the initiative however on reaching a respectable 44 (2x 6 and 5x 4) he picked out his namesake and the innings closed on 140. Skeels remianed 2 not out. For the home side MacKay was the main man taking 5 for 30.

With 141 needed for victory the home side were given the best possible start as an opening stand of 47 for the first wicket set them on their way. Gibbs trapping Adie LBW for 7. Stackpole lost their 2nd wicket without adding as ex-stag Mathias lost his head and Gibbs bowled him for 0. The score had advanced to 62 before Powling with the aid of a Vale catch made it 3. Gibby the man out for 13. This set of a bit of a middle order collapse as a further 2 wickets fell in the space of 13 runs as that Gibbs bowled first Willington for 2, thenCanton for 4. However a stand of 60 between opener Davies and big hitting Williams all but saw the home side home. Davies who had scored a match winning 65 before he was caught behind by Ian Williams off the bowling of Brunton. 2 runs later and Williams was following Davies back to the pavilion as Skeels tempted him to hit one out to the safe hands of Blackwell for 34. With just 4 to win it was left to MacKay and Darell Willington to see them home, the latter hitting his first ball for a 4 off the bowling of Skeels to seal a 3 wicket win.

Star Man – Hywel Gibbs – A top all round display, scoring 44 with the bat and taking 4 for 21 with the ball


LAMPHEY v CAREW II 24/8/13
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                          Lamphey (138) lost to Carew II (139 for 7) by 3 wickets



The fat lady was gargling at 1.45pm on Saturday in anticipation of her performance later that day and sing she did as she signalled the end of the Stags stay in Division 2 after just one season.

Lamphey lost the toss and batted on a wicket that did a bit for the bowler. For the Stags to have a chance of staying up they needed to post 200 and skittle Carew out for less than 80 to take it into the final game of the season. However things couldnt have got off to a worse start as the usually reliable McGilloway was bowled for a golden duck and 0 on the board. Young Brunton waspromoted to 3 and he played some attacking cricket before he too was then bowled for 8 with the score on 12. Williams and Gibbs then stabilised things taking it to 35 off 10 overs however with 37 on the board Williams chased a wide one and was caught for 9 at point. Trimarco in at 5 added 11 with Gibbs before Gibbs was the next man out for 19. Skipper Shelmerdine started to lay the foundations as the pair ground out and spent some time in the middle. The score had advanced to 74 before Trimarco was out for a useful 24. Haydn Cole entered the fray at 7 and promoted up the order to see if he coould make the most of the slow bowlers being used by the visitors. He didnt disappoint as he first deliver sailed over the mid wicket boundary for 6. The score moved on to 103 for 5 off 30 as Cole continued to plunder the bowling attack, Shelmerdine also not to be outdone picked off the runs too. However with the pair adding 40 Cole was caught out on the deep midwicket boundary just inches short of adding another 6 to his score of 27. Grant Cole in at 8 shared a stand of 28 with Shelmerdine before he was then caught in the gully for 11 with the score on 132. Unfortunately Shelmerdine  followed 2 runs later for 25 and the Stags were 134 for 8. Looking for a score in excess of 150 with 7 overs remaining Vale lasted one ball as he was caught giving it the big heave. With the final pair of Powling and Skeels in at the crease they score advanced to 138 before Skeels was caught for 2 with Powling undefeated on 1 not out.

With a total of 150 plus looking like a good score not only did the Stags have to settle for 138 but they handed the visitors 3 additional overs.

Vale and Powling opened the bowling and took the game to Carew. The opening pair looking decidingly unsure of how to play them.This pressure began to tell and Cole took a good catch off the bowling of Vale to make the breakthrough. After 10 overs only 11 runs were on the board. The second wicket came with the score on 21 as Powling took his first courtesy of a Haydn Cole catch in the slip. At this stage the game was anyone's as the visitors had crawled to 27 runs off 20 overs. Gibbs replaced Vale from the bottom end and with the score on 28 he took his first as Brunton took a smart catch close in. Between the 20th and 30th overs the visitors accelerated somewhat advancing the score to 71 and a partnership of 40 for the 5th was broken as Gibbs struck again thanks to a catch from Keeper Williams. Powling bowled superbly bowling his 12 straight through taking 1 for 24 off 12 despite going for 13 off his final over. Brunton replaced Powling and bowled well making the breakthrough with wickets when the score was 85 and 91, the second thanks to a smart stumping from Williams. This is however when they game slipped from the Stags control as several controversy decisions marred the game. The second of which enabled Carew to build a telling partnership of 44 for the 7th wicket and thus advance the score to 135. It was Vale who replaced Gibbs from the bottom edge who took his second as he dismissed Phillips for 45. by then the game was all but over and it didnt take long for the remaining few runs to be knocked off. It was then the the fat lady began to sing....

So, the Stags cant say this was the game that led to their downfall. Too many times this season poor performances with bat has ensured game have been lost. Too many games were nearly won and would have been IF we had of scored another 20 or 30 but we didnt. As a result with one game to go - against relegated Stackpole - the side only have themselves to blame. All they can do is play the final match of the season, try to avoid the wooden spoon then go away and ask themselves these questions 'did I really give my all this season', 'did I do enough', 'did I practice enough'.....Im sure the answer from most, if not all will be a resounding no.....

As the saying goes 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'.....next season will see the Stags in Div 3 and the joys of no umpires, still its up to those who took the side down to take it back up at the first attempt of asking.....it wont be easy but if the answers to those questions above are yes come the end of the season the Stags may just be back.....
 
Star Man – Hywel Gibbs – Solid spell of bowling followed a nice cameo with the bat



LAMPHEY v BURTON 10/8/13
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                          Lamphey (138 for 6) beat Burton (135) by 4 wickets



Defeat in this game would have signalled a resounding death knell in Stags season, a win would open a slim glimmer of hope. Even so maybe with relegation being more of a probability than a possibility the Stags played the game with an air of relaxation.

With Burton being invited to bat, Lamphey made the early running. Powling and Vale opened the attack and it wasnt long before Powling trapped the dangerous Hayman LBW for 1. This brought the inform Sutton to the crease but his time was short lived as he was called for a kamikaze single to Cole who was alert at square leg returning he ball to Vale who whipped the bails off with Sutton (5) in no mans land. Powling was struck straight away as Blackwell took a good catch close in to dismiss Neil for 0. The visitors found themselves in big trouble as Vale then took his first wicket to bowl opener Scale for 18. A brief partnership was formed between Ridge and Campbell but Vale took his second as Shelmerdine pouched a routine catch to dismiss Campbell for 10 and the visitors languishing on 55 for 5. Things were to get worse as Gibbs then trapped Ridge for 13. Vale bowled his 12 overs straight through taking 2 for 22 being replaced by Blackwell who bowled with his usual venom. Mathias didnt hang around long as a short delivery from Blackwell resulted in a looped effort to Weatherall who was fielding at silly mid off. With 83 on the board Blackwell struck again as Davies could only succeed on chopping a quick delivery onto his stumps. After his dismissal the Stags lost control as R Griffiths and M Griffiths in at 8 and 9 embarked on the visitors best stand of the day. It only ended at Weatherall was involved in a good direct run out to leave R Griffiths several yards short of safety. M Griffiths did add a few more to the total however the introduction of the skipper saw the innings wrapped up on 135 when he trapped no.11 bat Scale LBW for 1.

A total of 136 needed to win and in all honestly probably 40 more than it should have been. McGilloway opened the batting with Williams and the pair made a cautious start bearing in mind the Stags had 54 overs to get the runs required. The more attacking play of McGilloway was the perfecrt foil for the resilient Williams and the pair had taken the score to 32 before Williams chased a very wide delivery and was caught for 6. Nic Johnson in his return to the club and first league game of the season joined McGilloway however his stay was short lived as he departed for 0 with the score on 40 as he half checked a shot and mid off took a good catch to send him back. Blackwell went in at 4 and with McGilloway added 25 for the next wicket before he inexplicably decided to take a big yahoo at a straight delivery and was bowled for 8. Brunton in at 5 came and went in one ball as he was adjudged LBW to leave Scale on a hat-trick and more importantly the Stags showing their frailities in the batting stakes. McGilloway in the meantime was scoring the bulk of the runs and it was no more than what he deserved as he brought up his 50 (1x6 & 7x4s)with the score on just 69. By this time Gibbs had entered the fray and the pair added just 4 more before McGilloway was bowled by Campbell for 54. With the Stags on 73 for 5 the game entered a critical period, Shelmerdine on the back of two pairs found form recording 2 fours and a 6 in his first 3 scoring shots and this set him off on a mission. Meanwhile Gibbs at the other end started to find his feet too, timing the ball well and the duo enjoyed a partnership of 45 - taking the score to 118 - before Gibbs (12) chipped one to midwicket. Cole in at 8 and Shelmerdine then took the Stags home by knocking off the remaining 18 runs in next to no time, Cole hitting 2 consecutive 4's to take the Stags past the winning line as Shelmerdine led by example to finish the game undefeated with a timely return to form 41.

A good all round performance from Lamphey even though it seems their stay in div 2 will be short lived. This win will boost confidence and good bowling spells from all the bowlers was ably backed up by McGilloway, Shelmerdine and Gibbs with the bat. All Stags can do now is play the rest of the season in relaxed frame and maybe pick up another 1 or 2 wins and maybe reflect on where the season went wrong and what can be done to rectify that next year.

 
Star Man – Peter McGilloway – Led the way with the bat for a 2nd successive week



LAMPHEY v PEMBROKE 27/7/13
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                    Lamphey (75) lost to Pembroke (76 for 1) by 9 wickets



Lamphey's division 2 status hangs by the thinnest of threads after this latest hammering.

With Pembroke winning the toss Lamphey were invited to bat first on a good hard wicket. The game was just 7 balls old when skipper Shelmerdine opening was bowled for 0 on his very first ball. Ian Williams back in the side after missing the previous game came in at 3 and the score moved to 9 before he cut one to gully for 3. Hywel Gibbs at 4 joined McGilloway in the biggest partnership of the day. The pair playing some good attacking cricket advancing the score from 9 for 2 to 45 before Gibbs was LBW for 13. Cole in at 5 scored 6 in a partnership of 6 before he was caught at backward gully and 4 runs later Trimarco (4) was bowled by Brace to give him his third of the day. Wickets then fell almost at will with first McGilloway departing for 25, then Vale was adjudged to be out LBW for 0. Seppe Trimarco added 1 and Cremin 0 as the Stags lurched from 45 for 3 to 65 for 9. Powling and Weatherall did hold up the inevitable ending as they put on 10 for the 10th wicket. Weatherall the man out for 5 and Powling undefeated on 8. For the visitors Brace took 5 for 24.

With very little to defend and nothing to lose Shelmerdine opened the bowling with Weatherall and Vale. The pair bowling well but not making the all important breakthrough. In fact it was Gibbs who replaced Weatherall who did take the only wicket to fall as Weston tried to repeat his 6 from the ball before but only succeeded in finding Cremin out on the boundary who took a good catch to send Weston back to the pavilion for 20. The game was won at a cater as ex Stag captain White survived a couple of hairy moments to hit the winning boundary, finishing the game on34 not out as Andrew Hay finished  on 12 not out.

The game finished by 4.50pm and the Stags players having a long afternoon to think about where they go from here. With the teams above pulling away it does start to look as though the 2 sides promoted to Div 2 will be the two sides going back this year unless a miracle is witnessed over the final month.

Star Man – Peter McGilloway – Scored a third of the runs with a patient 25  



JOHNSTON v LAMPHEY 20/7/13
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                      Johnston (292 for 7) beat Lamphey (62) by 230 runs


The Stags were given a cricketing lesson by promotion chasing Johnston on Saturday. Skipper Shelmerdine won the toss and decided to bowl on a cracked, hard wicket which looked as though it would provide some assistance to the bowler. However the home sides batsmen had different ideas and treated the Lamphey bowling attack with disdain racing to 37 off 4 overs before Vale made the breakthrough having the opener caught behind by Shelmerdine. The Stags then struck a second blow as Cole bowled the dangerous Mills. The home side didn’t lose their 3rd wicket until the score reached 80 with Trimarco taking a good catch off the bowling of Powling and by the 20 over mark the hosts had raced to 107. The fourth wicket did come as Blackwell bowling with pace and aggression took his wicket courtesy of another Trimarco catch. However the home side continued to score freely as they raced along at 5 an over so that by the time the 30th over arrived they had 158 on the board. With 15 overs to go they really accelerated as the next 10 overs went for 88 for the loss of 2 further wicket as first Cole caught and bowled Kumarasamy for 63 then Plunkett had a great run out to give the score line a glimmer of respectability. Cole picked up his 3rd wicket of the afternoon as he bowled the batsman however 66 not out from James steered the home side to a mammoth 292 for 7 off their allocated 45 overs.
 
With nothing to lose the Stags played with some freedom however the opening bowling of Hood and Mills was too hot for the Lamphey players to handle. Wickets fell regularly as a stand of 18 for the 4th wicket was as good as it got. Only 3 players showed any resolve to get into double figures – Gibbs 16, Trimarco 13 and Vale 12. The rest of the batting crumbled under some good, hostile bowling with no other player scoring more than 4. As a result the Stags were dismissed for a paltry 62 and Mills finished with 5 for 25 and Hood 5 for 33.
 
Another nail in the Stags coffin, with time running out a quick return to Division 3 is looking pretty inevitable as their nearest rivals have a 2 win cushion on the Stags. A local derby this weekend, as Lamphey entertains Pembroke in another tough match. A couple of players return to the side and they can only hope the side puts up a better fight this time around.
 
Star Man – Grant Cole – 3 wickets and a catch was the best thing in a poor performance overall  



LAMPHEY V CRESSELLY II 13/7/13
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                     Lamphey (134) lost to Cresselly II (135 for 1) by 9 wickets


Another game anothe defeat. The Stags are quickly running out of time if they are to spend a second season in Division 2. This latest set back against Cresselly coupled with wins for nearest rivals Whitland II and Burton means the Stags are now 2 wins away from moving out of the relegation zone.

Cresselly won the toss and invited Lamphey to bat on a sweltering hot day. The home side welcomed Ian Williams back to the team and he and McGilloway opened the innings. The pair moved the score to 16 before Williams (4) chipped one to covers. Tom Powell looking to make the no.3 spot his own added 12 with McGilloway before he was next out for 6. As has been the case all to often this season once the Stags lose a wicket or two more inevitably follow - this time McGilloway was stumped for 22 off the pedestrian bowling of Lewis going for a big shot. Gibbs and Blackwell were next in to try and rebuild the innings however after 20 overs there was only 37 on the board. The pair looked set to take on the slow change bowling, Gibbs launched one big 6 but then got himself out for 8. The attacking Trimarco in at 6 complimented the style of Blackwell; the pair enjoying a partnership of 30 taking the score to 78 off 30 overs before Blackwell was next out for 15. Shelmerdine next in 7 settled quickly but 12 runs later Trimarco fell for 17. Cole joined the skipper and the pair added 25 before Shelmerdine lost his wicket for 17. 10 runs later the Stags lost their 8th wicket as Brunton was caught  for 9. Powling came and went bowled for 3 and with just Cole and Vale left the pair failed to add to the total as Cole was caught behind for 25. Vale remained undefeated on 0*.

With the visitors needing 135 to win. Skipper Shelmerdine opted to take the pace off the ball by opening up with Powling and Gibbs, however the excellent batting off teenagers Thomas and Wilkins meant that they had reached the 50 mark off 10 overs. Vale and Cole replaced the opening pair however the teenagers played with confidence and soon Blackwell and Williams were given an opportunity to make the breakthrough. The breakthrough did come, albeit too late as the visitors lost their only wicket with the result albut in the bag. Williams out from behind the stump took the wicket of Wilkins (56) courtesy of a Blackwell catch. With 20 overs to play Cresselly knocked off the remaining few runs to seal the win with an impressive batting display. Thomas finished undefeated on 59.

Man of the Match - Ian Williams - Keeper turned wicket poacher showed he has more than one string to his bow.



HAVERFORDWEST II v LAMPHEY 6/7/13

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                        Haverfordwest  (113 for 6) beat Lamphey (109) by 4 wickets


Another inept performance from the Stags consigned them to yet another defeat and is seriously hampering their chances of a second season in division 2.

With Lamphey batting first and regular opener McGilloway absent and Trimarco pushed down to 3, a new opening pair of Blackwell and Powell got the visitors off to a flyer before Blackwell was adjudged LBW for 21  with the score on 26. Trimarco kept up the momentum and the pair reached 50 in the first 10 overs before the Stags lost their 2nd wicket with the score on 51 as Trimarco was caught for 20. 2 runs later and Powell (9) was the next out caught. Brunton fresh from his 50 the week before was joined by Gibbs in the middle and the pair moved the score to 70 before Gibbs (11) played a loose shot to bet caught. 1 run later and Brunton was the next to depart for 8 and the Stags  were now in trouble at 71 for 5. Skipper Shelmerdine in at 6 and Cole (G) at 7 restored some respectability but with the score on 92 Shelmerdine was bowled for 8. Powling and Cole added 12 for the 7th wicket before Powling was bowled for 4. Vale in at 9 and in the runs of recent recorded a rare failure as he was bowled for 0 to leave the score on 105 for 8. Haydn Cole joined his namesake in the middle but with just one further run added Cole (G) was bowled for 14. Weatherall in at 11 added an extra 3 to the tally before Cole was bowled for 3 and the Stags skittled for a paltry 109 against bowling which could only be described as pretty average at best with the exception of Roulstone who added a little bit of bite to the attack.

With such a low tally to defend the Stags needed early wickets so Shelmerdine went with Powling and the pace of Blackwell to mix things up. The home side however rode their luck early on to take the score to 41 before the introduction of Gibbs saw the first wicket fall on 41. This triggered a bit of a collapse as one run later Gibbs took his second. The introduction of Vale in place of Blackwell saw a mini collapse as quick wickets meant the home side had gone from 41 for 0 to 51 for 4, courtesy of 2 Vale wicket thanks to catches from Powell and Shelmerdine. A bouyant Stags side now knew they were in with a fighting chance however a partnership of 33 between Scriven and Griffiths tilted the game back in their favour before Gibbs took his 3rd with the score on 84. The final throw of the dice saw the impressive Vale replaced by Cole (G) and as the home side recovered Cole picked up a wicket with the scores level as Shelmerdine took a catch at mid off. Needing just 1 to win the number 8 batsman edged on through slips just out of reach of Haydn Cole to hit the winning runs and leave the Stags still searching for win number 2.

A very disappointing display with the bat for the Stags, to capitulate from 51 for 1 to 109 all out against bowling which shouldnt have caused the problems it did is the reason why they find themselves in the relegation zone with 8 to play. To survive another season another 3 wins minimum is required and time is starting to run out if they are to do it. A win against Cresselly however will make things look a bit rosier.

Man of the Match - David Blackwell- A rapid 21 with the bat and a good spell of quick bowling underlines his importance to the Stags and their fight to stay up.



LAMPHEY v WHITLAND II 29/7/13
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                        Lamphey (193) lost to Whitland II (220 for 7) by 27 runs



The Stags went into this game knowing a win against a struggling Whitland would have seen them leapfrog the visitors whilst moving out relegation zone.

Whitland won the toss and decided to bat on a good, dry wicket, Vale and Powling continued their opening partnership and the first wicket fell with the score on 6 as Trimarco took a good catch off Vale. This brought the experienced Lee to the crease and with Webb the pair put on a big partnership to add 112 for the 2nd wicket as Gibbs dismissed Lee caught by McGilloway. The visitors continued to add at 4 an over but now they lost wickets more frequently. Weatherall made the breakthrough for wicket 3, clean bowling the batsman. Blackwell replaced Gibbs and he too got in on the act as Haydn Cole took a great reactionary catch in the slips with the score on 156. Then with the score on 176 Lee was run out for 82 thanks to some sharp fielding by Trimarco. With the visitors 5 down for 176 a further wicket fell on 195 as Powling took a good catch to give Blackwell wicket number two. The visitors then took the score to 216 as Blackwell took his 6th catch of the season. With the innings coming to a close Whitland advanced to 220 without losing any further wickets.

The Stags undaunted by the total knew if they paced themselves at 4.5 an over they would win the encounter. Shelmerdine opened with McGilloway but disaster struck as Shelmerdine fended one to Gully with the score on 5/ Tom Powell looking to cement the no.3 slot his own joined McGilloway and the pair continued to play some good cricket taking the score to 30 before McGilloway was bowled for 17.
Gibbs played some great attacking cricket and with Powell moved the score to 73 before Powell (20) was caught and bowled. Trimarco in at 5 hit his very first ball for 6 as he and Gibbs continued to attack the visiting bowling. After 20 overs the Stags were ahead of the run rate on 99 for 3. The pair put on 42 for the 4th wicket as  Gibbs brought up his 50 (inc 1x6 and 8x4) but then got himself out the very next ball caught behind for 53 chasing a delivery. From that point the Stags although keeping up with the rate lost their way as just 5 runs later Trimarco (11) was bowled to leave the home side on 120 for 5. 100 runs needed to win or 5 wickets for an away win – the game continued in similar fashion. Blackwell and Cole the two new men in the middle took the score to 136 before Cole was caught in the gully for 1; however after 30 overs the Stags had made 150 for 6, needing just another 70 to win for the 2nd weekend in succession. Neil Powling joined Blackwell who by now was relishing the challenge and the pair moved the score to 153 before Blackwell (23) top edged one back to the bowler to leave the visitors in control. Hadyn Cole in at 9 couldnt repeat his heroics of the previous week and was bowled for 2 as they Stags now lurched to 157 for 8. Vale who also found form the previous week gave the home side hope as with Powling took the score to 183 before Powling (15) was unlucky to glove a surprise rising delivery to the slips and with that extinguished any hopes of a Stags win. The visitors were made to wait though as Weatherall (6) batted well with Vale to take the score to 193 before he fell to an almost carbon copy of the delivery that accounted for Powling. With the Stags falling a tantalising 27 runs short of victory Vale remained undefeated on 14 not out and the visitors left the LCG with the points in the bag.

Man of the Match - Hywel Gibbs - A quickfire 50 showed what can be expected from the experienced player



LAMPHEY v STACKPOLE 22/6/13

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                            Lamphey (165) beat Stackpole (153) by 12 runs


This battle of the basement between the two promoted sides was as big as they come. Local rivals and 30 big points available to the winners could mean the difference to kick starting a season which hasnt started for either side. So when the visitors won the toss ineviatably Lamphey were invited to bat first on a good, dry, hard wicket.

Opening up for the Stags were Trimarco and McGilloway. The pair adding 12 for the first wicket before McGilloway (4) tickled one to the keeper. 4 runs later and the Stags were two down as Trimarco (8) was caught at point. Gibbs and Powell started to putting the innings back together before Powell (1) was suicidally run out going for a non existent two. The visitors were well in the driving seat when two further wickets fell with the score on 41 as first Gibbs (15) then Shelmerdine (5) were back in the hutch. Powling and Cole (G) fresh to the middle added 13 for the 6th wicket before Powling was unlucky to be bowled off his pad for 4. The two Coles put on 22 for the 7th wicket before Cole (G) was caught for 19. The Stags now teetering on 76 for 7. The game hinged however on Cole (H) who played his usual flamboyant attacking cricket, taking a particular liking to MacKay, he with Weatherall moved the score to 95 before Weatherall was bowled for  4. After 20 overs the Stags were 95 for 8. Vale in at 10 then proceeded to emulate  Cole in some great attacking cricket which took the visitors  by surprise. The pair found the boundary ropes at regular intervals as they added 53 for the 9th wicket before Cole was bowled for 45 (inc 3x6 and 5x4). With Skeels in at 11 he played sensible cricket and allowed the flying Vale the strike. The pair put on another 17 for the last wicket before Vale was caught for 40, Skeels remained undefeated on 3 not out and the Stags were all out for 165 in just 33 overs.

With Stackpole knowing the had 57 overs to get the runs they knew they had plenty of time. The opening pair though looked nervous and hemmed in by some good bowling from Powling and Vale. It was no surprise then when the first wicket fell with the score on 6 as McGilloway took a good catch in the gully off Powling. The visitors found runs hard to come by and  lost their 2nd wicket with the score on 35 as Cole (G) bowled Davies. With 20 overs of the innings gone only 36 was on the board. In at 4 was ex Stags stawart Mathias and he and Lewis started about building an innings. The pair took the score to 72 before Cole had Lewis caught by keeper Powell. Skipper MacKay  came to the crease next and Cole was replaced by Weatherall and Powling who bowled a superb 12 over spell for 11 runs was replaced by Gibbs. Weatherall bowling for the 1st XI for the first time showed great potential as he picked up two big wickets in Mackay and Williams thanks to Shelmerdine catches, Whilst Gibbs at the other end  picked up an LBW to leave the visitors on 119 for 6. Both Gibbs and Weatherall were tactically replaced with Cole (H) and Skeels for a 4 over spell and it was Skeels who picked up the wicket of Gibbs LBW to leave Stackpole rocking on 126 for 7. The key wicket fell on 131 as Vale bowled Mathias for 38. The game still in the balance turned on a  Shelmerdine run out when he hit the stumps direct to run out Wilkes with the score on 146. With one wicket needed to win the experienced Vale and Cole cameback on at the end of the innings. The final pair had added 7 to take the score to 153 before Vale clinched the win for the Stags as he bowled Cox, releasing the tension and giving the Stags a win in a very close fought contest which both sides played their part.

The Stags have finally broken their division 2 duck and will hope to make it 2 when they host fellow strugglers Whitland who are just 3 points ahead of the Stags next saturday at the LCG.

Man of the Match - Stephen Vale - 40 runs and 2 wickets just edges Cole and his 45


                                          CAREW II V LAMPHEY 15/6/13
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                                Carew (112 for 6) beat Lamphey (108) by 4 wickets


The Stags continue to look for their first win of the season as they got close  but a lack of runs hampered their cause in this latest defeat.

On losing the toss the Stags were asked to bat on a very green, soft wicket which had been covered from the rain. The side got off to a good start as Trimarco and McGilloway added 24 for the first wicket before McGilloway was caught gfor 14. Just 1 run had been added when fellow opener Trimarco was bowled for 4. The two new men in the middle - Blackwell and Gibbs - added 18 for the third wicket before Gibbs (8) was caught  behind. Shelmerdine in at 5 played 3 trademark pull shots but tried it for a fourth time and instead of finding the boundary picked out the mid wicket fielder instead and was out for 12. With the Stags 68 for 4 it was 5 just one ball later as Cole in at 6 was adjudged LBW  for 0. Thompson in at 7 followed in Cole's footsteps as he was bowled for 0 as the visitors slumped to 76 for 6. With 20 overs the game gone the score was a healthy 77 but wickets were being lost at an alrming rate. Powling joined Blackwell in the middle and Blackwell who had seemed all set for a big score perhaps felt the pressure to take control but with the score on 80 Blackwell lost his wicket for 27 (inc 2x6s). Vale in at 9 and the score advanced to 82 before Vale was bowled for 1. Callum Comery in at 10 did all he could to support Powling who now took the senior role. The pair added 8 before Comery was bowled for 3 with the score on 90. Julian White in at 11 provided some dogged resistance as he hung around and let Powling take on the bowling  hitting several 4's in the process. However the pair added 18 for the 10th wicket as White was bowled for 4 leaving Powling stranded on 19 not out and the Stags were dismissed for 108 in just 30 overs.

A low target for the home side to get and 60 overs to get 109 would on paper seem a walk in the park however Lamphey made them work for the result. Vale and Powling opened up the attack and kept a tight leash on the runs. With the score on 11 Powling made the breakthrough and after 10 overs Carew had just 12 on the scoreboard. Powling in impressive form continued to cause problems for the home team and he picked up wicket number 2 with the score on 20 courtesy of a LBW. With tight bowling the game was a dour affair as after 20 overs the score had progressed to 44 for 2. However 3 runs later Carew lost their third wicket courtesy of a Blackwell trade mark catch of Powling once more. With the score advancing to 60 the man of the moment Powling picked up his 4th of the game as McGilloway took a regulation catch. With Powling completing his 12 over spell he was replaced by Gibbs and the moved paid off immiediately as Gibbs took a wicket to leave Carew unsteady at 61 for 5. The balance was restored however as the experienced Scourfield and Whitfield steadied the ship to take the home side level before one final twist saw Blackwell trap Scourfield LBW. It was left to the incoming batsman to hit the winning runs as the hosts passed the Stags total for the loss of 6 wickets after 40 overs.

Star Man - Neil Powling- An attacking display with the bat and did his best to make it count with the ball.



LAMPHEY v SAUNDERSFOOT 8/6/13

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                       Lamphey (162 for 8) lost to Saundersfoot (166 for 3) by 7 wickets
Season best knocks from David Blackwell (34), Hywel Gibbs (33) and Jason Oatley (26) still werent enough to prevent the Stags slipping to a 7 wicket win against the convincing league leaders.

The visitors won the toss and invited the Stags to bat first on a good, dry, hard wicket. Trimarco back after his soujourn opened the batting with McGilloway. The game's first wicket fell in the very first over as Trimarco was bowled for 4. Shelmerdine in at 3 had moved to 6 before he was next to depart with the score on 12. Dean Lawrence home from working in Scotland batted at 4 and he only managed 1 before he was caught in the slips off Caine. A familiar pattern was begining to emerge as the Stags had 3 back in the hutch for less than  20 on the board and this pattern continued as it was down to McGilloway and Gibbs to rebuild the innings. The pair adding 52 for the 4th wicket before the inform McGilloway was out for 25. Cole in at 7 could only forge a partnership of 4 with Gibbs before the  latter  was out caught and bowled for 33. With wickets tumbling at regular intervals the Stags had managed to put 74 on the board after 20 overs but with the batting order being picked off Cole and Blackwell made a conscious effort to halt any further losses even if it meant sacrificing quick runs. The pair advanced the score over the 100 mark and with the score on 113 Cole was caught off the bowling of Caine for 9. The inform Oatley at 8 added 15 to the total before Blackwell was unlucky to be given out caught behind for 34. After his departure Oatley took over the reigns and played some good cricket taking the Stags to 153 before he was caught for a knock of 26. With the overs ticking by it was left to Powling 6 not out and Vale 7 not out to take the Stags final score to 162 for 8 off 45.

Vale and Gibbs opened the attack for the Stags and with just 12 runs on the board Gibbs made the early breakthrough. However the experienced pairing of Mansbridge and Wood took the score to 76 in next to no time before Cole made Mansbidge chop one on for 45, 10 runs later and the Stags were given a glimmer of hope as Powling who bowled an excellent spell had Wood caught in the gully by Lawrence. Unfortunately that was as good as it was going to get as Danny Caine (45 not out) and Phil Jones (34 not out) saw the league leaders home to a 7 wicket win with 10 overs to spare.

An improved performance from the Stags however the result remains the same. Its been a difficult season so far but some encouraging signs of late give a hint that they can still turn things around. A difficult trip to Carew on Saturday but one the Stags will be hopeful of getting something out of.

Star Man – David Blackwell – His highest score for the Stags (34) against his old side.


    BURTON v LAMPHEY 1/6/13
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                               Burton (145 for 1) beat Lamphey (144 for 7) by 9 wickets


Lamphey travelled to Burton on Saturday for the basement battle clash. A win for either side could kick start their season so it was imperative the Stags put on a good performance. Shelmerdine - skippering his side for a league game for the first time since Oatley stepped down - won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket.

After several weeks of disappointing performances Shelmerdine set about jigging the batting order and opened with Ivor Thompson and Ian Williams. The pair got off to a sedate start and with the score on 5 Thompson was out for 1. Shelmerdine in at 3 scored 1 before he too was out, bowled off his foot. McGilloway came in at 4 and after 10 overs the Stags only had 12 on the board. The two in the middle moved the score to 22 before Williams (12) was caught in the slips. Gibbs joined McGilloway and the pair batted sensibly, playing each ball on merit. After 20 overs the score had advanced to 41 and with both bats looking increasingly comfortable the score moved 66 before Gibbs (23) was unfortunate to be superbly caught. Tom Powell in at 6 scored 4 in a partnership of 9 before he was caught. Cole next to bat and with McGilloway moved the score to 105 before McGilloway was bowled just 3 short of his second 50 of the season, dismissed for a very good 47 which included 3x6s. Next to the middle was Oatley and the partnership was only 3 runs old when Cole (13) ran himself out going for a 2nd run which wasn’t there.  The Stags now 108 for 7 with 7 overs of the innings remaining and the need to accelerate was imperative. Vale joined Oatley and the pair played some attacking cricket to up the score to 144 by the close of the innings, Oatley remaining undefeated on 23 and Vale on 13.

A total of 144 may have been under par for 45 overs but the Stags were confident in their bowling attack to make inroads into the home line up. Vale and Cole opened the innings and on numerous occasions were unlucky not to make the breakthrough. After 10 overs the home side has been restricted to 21 but with no wickets coming McGilloway replaced Vale and Gibbs replaced Cole. It was Gibbs who made the breakthrough with the score on 48 thanks to a Thompson catch. 1 nearly brought 2 as shortly after Cole put down a difficult chance from Sutton. However after then the home side dominated play as Sutton (60*) and Davies (54*) coped with everything thrown at them to pass the Lamphey total with plenty of overs to spare.

A convincing win by the home side which leaves the Stags still searching for their first win of the season and things wont get any easier with the visit of Saundersfoot next then a trip to Carew to follow. The Stags will however be boosted with the return of Blackwell, Powling, Lawrence and Trimarco – who has transferred back to the Stags after a short stay in Pembroke – and the signing of Nic Johnson back to the Stags from Pembroke Dock.

Star Man – Peter McGilloway – Led the way with a superb, patient knock of 47 to hold the Lamphey innings together.

PEMBROKE v LAMPHEY 25/5/13
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                               Pembroke (66 for 0) beat Lamphey (65) by 10 wickets

Lamphey travelled to local rivals Pembroke on Saturday looking to kick start their season. A task made difficult with several key players absent and the toss being lost and asked to bat. However a good opening partnership of 29 for the first wicket between Shelmerdine (24) and McGilloway (2) was as good as it was to get as 3 wickets fell on 29; the aforementioned pair and Tom Powell (0). Ivor Thompson and Hywel Gibbs added 4 for the next wicket before Gibbs was out for 4. Cole (G) next in combined with Thompson who added 12 for the 5th wicket before Thompson was bowled for 12 (including one big 6). 3 runs later and Oatley was out for 2. The misery for the Stags continued as 2 wickets fell on 50 – first Cole (2) then Cole (H) fell for 1. Skeels and Vale in at 9 and 10 respectively held up the inevitable for a brief period of time taking the score to 64 before Vale (8) was caught. Youngster Callum Comery in at 11 making his first full XI debut joined Skeels but the pair could only add one more to the total before Skeels (5) was dismissed. The Stags shot out for an embarrassingly low score of 65.

This total was never going to be a challenge for the home side and they proved that despite some tight bowling runs came still came pretty easily with the total being knocked off inside 16 overs thanks for Paul White 24* and Ceri Brace 40*

Star Man – Nick Shelmerdine – top scored with 24



LAMPHEY v NARBERTH 21/5/13

                   Lamphey (92 for 9) lost to Narberth (94 for 4) by 6 wickets


Lamphey entertained 1st division Narberth on Tuesday night in the Duggie Morris cup. The Stags put on a good show against a team from a higher division especially as the Stags fielded a side shorn of 1st XI players and included 5 players who have played 2nd XI cricket this season.

On winning the toss the Stags opted to bat. McGilloway and Tom Powell the men to go out first. The pair took the score to 19 before McGilloway (5) was bowled. Ivor Thompson in at 3 showed some stoic play before Powell (13) departed with the score on 21 after 5 overs. With Gibbs in at 4 the game went through a lull as the pair could only score 8 runs from the next 5 overs to leave the score on 29 for  2 at the half way mark. The pair did accelerate as Gibbs found form to play some nice shots. With the score on 48 though Gibbs was out for 22. Cole in at 5 could only score 3 before being bowled and the score was now 51 for 4. Shelmerdine in at 6 continued pushing up the run rate and with 15 overs played the score was 65. With the run chase on the 5th wicket fell on 71 as Thompson (7) went. Looking for quick runs Haydn Cole went in at 7 but he top edged one and departed for 0. With Shelmerdine  the last recognised batsman he decided to take the initiative however was bowled for 15 with the score on 77. With 2 new men in the middle Seppe Trimarco and Dan Cremin the pair added 15 before Trimarco was bowled for 6 in the final over. Rob John in 10 lasted 1 ball to leave Skeels to face the hat trick ball off the last ball of the innings. He blaocked the ball and the Stags closed the innings on 92 for 9.

A new bowling pair of Grant Cole bowling for the first time since injury in April and Skeels took the new ball. Tight bowling from the pair saw the visitors get increasingly frustrated and Cole drew first blood with a caught and bowled with the score on 6. After 5 overs Narberth were 14 for 1, but that then became 2 as Skeels bowled the number 3 bat. Both Skeels and Cole bowled out their alloted 4 overs apiece to be replaced by Gibbs and Haydn Cole. After 10 overs the visitors had advanced to 41 fror 2. Gibbs bowled 2 overs to be replaced by 15 year old Rob John, Whilst Cole continued from the railway end. 2 Wickets for 1 run gave the Stags impetus as Haydn Cole trapped one LBW and John bowled one, the game interestingly poised as their 1st division opponents still needed 33 off the last 5. The game though turned as young Jordan Howell smashed a quickfire 28 as they obtained the required 33 from just 16 balls and the game was finished after 17.4 overs.

A brave effort from the Stags, just not enough runs on the board and missing one or two key players. Those who came in though performed admirably especially Rob John, Tom Powell, Trimarco and Cremin who all did well.

Star Man - Rob John - His first ever spell in 1st XI cricket and did well to contain the opposition



                                  LAMPHEY v JOHNSTON 18/5/13
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                                Lamphey (64) lost to Johnston (193) by 129 runs



Lamphey entertained Johnston on Saturday with a side weakened by a number of absentees. However Oatley won the toss and invited the visitors to bat. Gibbs and Blackwell took the new ball and bowled reasonably well to restrict the visitors to 35 for 0 off 10. Oatley replaced Blackwell from the top end whilst Gibbs continued to bowl superbly from the other end and as a result Johnston could only add 17 runs from the next 10 overs to take them to 52 for 0. The pressure told though as the visitors lost their first wicket with the score on 53 and just one run later they were 2 down as Gibbs and Oatley struck. The visitors then lost a further 2 wickets with the score on 64 thanks to the same bowling combo. Gibbs bowled his alloted 12 overs to take 2 for 24 and Oatley 2 for 19 off his spell. The visitors then put on a partnership of 88 for the 5th wicket courtesy of a 50 from Simon Williams before they lost 3 wickets for 3 runs as Shelmerdine (1) and Haydn Cole (2) made it 149 for 7. Cole continued from the railway end and despite being hit for 3 sixes bowled superbly. A quickfire 33 from Hood saw the score push to 186 before the 8th wicket fell to Cole and 7 runs later Cole had wrapped up the innings to add two more to his tally for the day, ending on 5 for 28. In the field Shelmerdine took 2 catches, Blackwell, Gibbs and Williams one apiece, whilst Williams completed a stumping off Cole to wrap the innings.

The Stags needed a good start to the game if they were to make a serious challenge however they hadnt accounted for an in form opening pair of Williams and Hood who wasted no time in causing havoc. McGilloway (0) was the first to go with the score on 0 and 9 runs later Shelmerdine (1) departed. 9 for 2 became 15 for 3 as Tom Powell (1) was next out. Blackwell the only player looking comfortable took the bowling on and with Williams advanced the score to 29 before Blackwell played on off his pads for 24. 29 for 4 was the 5 as Williams was adjudged LBW for 0. With Grant Cole and Ian Thompson in at the middle the pair took the score to 39 before Cole (9) became the third player to be adjudged LBW. Gibbs and Oatley both came and went without troubling the scorers and the game was all but over as the Stags had lost 8 wickets for 46. Skeels and Thompson did steer the total passed 50 before Skeels (4) was bowled. Haydn Cole provided some fireworks to hit a 6 and 4 however his luck ran out when he departed for 13 and the game was over as the Stags lost by 129 runs. Ivor Thompson remained unbeaten on 7 not out. For the visitors Williams took 6 for 31 and Hood 4 for 29.


Star Man - Haydn Cole - The birthday boy cleaned up with 5 for 28



CRESSELLY II v LAMPHEY 11/5/13
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                              Cresselly (92 for 6) v Lamphey (160) Match Abandoned


Lamphey travelled the short distance to Cresselly on Saturday in gloomy weather conditions; however the game started on time and things reverted back to normal as skipper Oatley lost the toss and the Stags were invited to bat.

The pairing of McGilloway and Shelmerdine opened for the 2nd week and had moved the score to 18 before Shelmerdine (9) was adjudged to have tickled one to slips. Blackwell in at 3 scored 6 in a partnership of 32 before he was caught. The Stags now 50 for 2 off 20 overs. With Gibbs in at 4 McGilloway continued to dominate the scoring but the Stags suffered a double set back with the score on 64 as first Gibbs (0) and then Lawrence (0) departed in succesive balls. By the time the score had reached 66 McGilloway had brought up a much deserved 50 (inc 7x4s) but he could only add a further 5 runs to his score as he holed out on the long on boundary and the visitors were now 79 for 5. With two new faces in at the middle - Williams and Cole - the pair tried to push the run rate as the innings counted down to the final 15 overs. Indeed they advanced the score to 106 before Cole was caught for 15. Skipper Oatley in at 8 formed a nice partnership of 32 with Williams as the innings moved into the final five overs. Oatley (9) was bowled with the score on 138. Vale in at 9 played a quick cameo role hitting one 6 in his 8 before he was next to depart with the score passing the 150 mark. Andrew Skeels in at 10 tried to nudge the singles to let Williams - who by now was batting with great confidence - have the strike however Williams failed to make one quick single and was run out for an impressive 45. Mathias the last man in for the Stags and needing 5 runs for the bonus point didnt disappoint as he played an excellent off drive which took the score to 159. The single  came  however the final wicket fell with the score on 160 as Skeels was  given out LBW for 1. Mathias remained undefeated on 5 not out.


The Stags  knew early wickets were a must if their score was to be protected. With Cole still injured and both Vale and  Blackwell favouring the same end, Skipper Oatley opened the bowling with Vale and  Gibbs.  This unexpected  combo paid dividends as Vale took his first wicket with the score on 1. 13 runs later and Gibbs  got in on the act as  Lawrence  took a regulation catch. With both openers  bowling some great, tight stuff the home side  found runs difficult to come by and  it was no surprise when Gibbs  struck again with the score on 23 and  43 to leave  the hosts on 43 for 4 after 20 overs. Blackwell replaced  Vale and Gibbs was replaced by Oatley after a superb spell of  12 overs 3 for 21.  Cresselly lost their 5th wicket with the score on 45 as Blackwell claimed his first wicket for the  Club. The game then went into a bit of a  lull as  Harris single handedly hauled his side back into the game. The Stags  claimed their 6th wicket with the score on 79 as Blackwell made it 2 for the afternoon.  The game  edged to the last 15 overs with Cresselly still  needing 75 to win. Unfortunately the game only  lasted a further two overs before a heavy shower resulted in the umpires deciding the wicket was too dangerous to play on despite there still being  approximately  40 minutes of waiting time  available. The game  was then abandoned  much to the annoyance and disappointment of  the  Lamphey  players.

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - Just shaded Hywel Gibbs to Star Man courtesy of his 1st 50 for a few seasons


LAMPHEY v HAVERFORDWEST II 4/5/13

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                      Lamphey (180 for 9) lost to Haverfordwest II (181 for 7) by 3 wickets


The Stags entertained Haverfordwest in their first home game back in division 2 on Saturday. With Haverfordwest winning the toss they invited Lamphey
to bat first. Lamphey missing regular openers in the form of Trimarco, Lawrence and Williams; a makeshift opening pair of Shelmerdine and McGilloway (back permanently in the Shire) took to the middle. The pair made steady progress early on and took the score to 23 before McGilloway played too early only succeeding in chipping the ball back to the bowler. Neil Powling, one of three new recruits for 2013, was pushed up the order to 3 and with Shelmerdine slowly but surely gained a foothold against the oppostion. The 2nd wicket fell on 53 as Powling (5) skied one to extra cover. Gibbs in at 4, scored 4 and added 19 for the 3rd wicket before he tried to drive a ball which clattered into his stumps. David Blackwell making his debut for the Stags looked to push things on and played a delightful square cut for 4 but he too only stayed briefly in the middle as he was caught for 5. Ivor Thompson making his home debut joined Shelmerdine with the score on 83 for 4 and with 20 overs left in the innings a score of 180 plus looked on the cards. Shelmerdine brought up his 50 in 76 balls as the pair took the score over the 100 mark and with the score on 115 Thompson now aided with a runner was bowled for 7. Skipper Oatley in at 7 lasted 3 balls before he too was bowled for 0 and the score now 115 for 6. Cole joined Shelmerdine in the middle with 12 overs to play and some attacking cricket from the pair advanced the score to 160 before Cole was caught at midwicket for 25. Vale in at 9 scored 3 before he was caught and with the score on 173 Shelmerdine felt the need to press on, however just 3 more runs were added before a tired Shelmerdine was bowled for an excellent 88. With Mathias and Plunkett in at the middle the pair managed to keep their wickets and pushed the score to 180 for 9 by the close of play. Mathias on 4 not out and Plunkett 0 not out.

With the Stags feeling pleased with the score they started the 2nd innings in good spirit. With Cole out of the bowling attack due to injury, Vale opened up with Powling. It was Powling who struck first with the score on 23 via a great catch low down from Blackwell. The visitors then played some attacking cricket taking the score to 63 before Gibbs enticed Phillips to drive one to Cole at Mid On. 10 runs later and Gibbs struck again, trapping Hicks LBW. 73 for 3 became 83 for 4 as Gibbs took his 3rd and Blackwell his 2nd catch with another athletic display to dismiss James. With 25 overs remaining the visitors still needed a shade under 100 to win and the game was evenly poised. With the score on 106 the visitors lost their 5th wicket as Oatley bowled Morris and then Gibbs claimed his 4th of the day with the score on 125 to leave the visitors rocking on 125 for 7. The Stags were on top however the game shifted on two key issues - firstly the over rate was low and Blackwell who had been very lively had to be replaced as time penalties meant docked points and secondly Cunningham for the visitors played a blinder. With the slower bowling of Oatley and Powling in the attack Cunningham took great delight in smashing them both all over the park to such an extent that he smashed 62 off 20 balls. By the time Vale finally removed Cunningham the game was all but over needing just 6 more to win the visitors took their time and picked them off at will to win by 3 wickets.

A disappointing result and a game the Stags will feel they lost rather than the opposition won. However with several key players to return in the next few weeks a strengthened side will travel to Creselly 2nds in reasonably high spirits as they look for their 1st win of the season.

Star Man - Nick Shelmerdine - Opened the innings and batted 43 overs for a magnificent 88 which included 11 x 4s and 1 x 6.

WHITLAND II v LAMPHEY 28/4/13
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                      Whitland (168 for 5) v Lamphey - Match Abandoned

This game played on a Sunday in April fell to the elements. Lamphey won the toss and elected to field. Whitland reached 168 for 5 off their 45 overs thanks to 71 from Pearce and 64 from Webb. For the Stags Oatley took 3 wickets, Cole and Gibbs one a piece. Cole and Mathias both took catches. With the innings not finishing until 5.40 the game was abandoned due to the conditions.

Star Man - Jason Oatley - 3 wickets in difficult conditions.....