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                                       STACKPOLE v LAMPHEY 30/8/14
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                           Stackpole (221 for 4) drew with Lamphey (187 for 7)

With nothing on this game both side approached the game in a relaxed manner but it was evident that neither side wanted to lose such is the friendly rivalry between the two sides.

Winning the toss Vale invited the home side to bat on a wicket devoid of bounce. The decision seemed to be a wise one as Brunton removed the dangerous Davies for 0 in just the 3rd ball of the innings. However any ideas of running through the Stackpole line up was soon dismissed as Huw Davies and James Adie batted sensibly for 17 overs with Adie in particular hitting the ball with great aplomb. The Stags did make a breakthrough with the score on 78 as Skeels senior trapped Davies LBW for 24. Skipper McKay joined Adie and the pair were quick to dismiss any poor deliveries and rattled the score up to 135 before Brunton caught MacKay for 24 off the bowling of James Skeels. Adie continued to bat sensibly and found an ally in ex Stag Mathias. Adie brought up a thoroughly deserved 100 (16x4 and 1x6) as he and Mathias picked off the runs to nudge them over the 200 mark. With the penultimate over of the innings and Vale back into the attack Adie by now cutting loose, launched a delivery out to the boundary where Skeels senior was waiting to pouch the catch. Adie finally dismissed  in 39 overs and for a great innings of 123 to leave the home side on 211 for 4. Mathias (38) and Williams (1) added a further 10 runs to close the innings on an impressive 221 for 4.

Trimarco and Brunton opened the innings for the Stags and the pair played with an attack minded approach from the off and had taken the score to 16 before Trimarco was bowled for 4. 8 runs later and the Stags were 2 down as Brunton was bowled for 10. James Skeels and Cole came together and started the rebuild, the pair advanced the score to 45 before Skeels was bowled for 10. May in at 5 shared a 30 run stand for the 4th wicket before he became Willington's 2nd victim of the afternoon for 5. Shelmerdine in at 6 looked set and had raced to 8 before he became victim no 3 for Willington, unfortunately kicking the ball onto his leg stump. The Stags now 83 for 5 after 18 overs. The game evenly balanced. Gibbs batting down the order joined Cole and together they pushed the score over the 100 mark and into the 120's as Cole brought up his first 50 of the season. However he then departed without adding to his total and with the score on 122; trapped LBW by Willington. With 13 overs remaining and 100 needed for victory the Stags felt the game was there for the taking and  whilst Gibbs and Skeels were together in the middle it seemed possible. Skeels senior being the perfect foil for Gibbs as he showed his batting skills to take on the Stackpole bowling. Gibbs became the second Stag to reach 50 in the game in the 37th over however he lost Skeels 2 balls later as he was caught by Williams for 8. The pair adding 42 for the 7th wicket. With the final 3 overs of the innings left, Gibbs (60*) and McGilloway (8*) comfortably saw out the threat adding a further 23 runs to leave the Stags on 187 for 7 and the game ended in an honourable draw.

A great game of cricket and a day where the batsmen were on top, Adie with his 100 and Cole and Gibbs notching 50s were the highlights and Willimgton was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 4 for 28 off his 9 over spell.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - Ended the season with 60 not out to ensure the Stags took something from the game.

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                       Narberth (120 for 8) lost to Lamphey (124 for 2) by 8 wickets

This penultimate game was the proverbial six pointer, should Narberth win then the final weekend would decide the fate of both sides, should the Stags prevail they would be guaranteed safety and another season in division 3.

On winning the toss skipper Vale invited a weakened Narberth 2nd string to bat. Despite being shorn of 4 regulars and with the aid of some poor fielding by the Stags the home side got off to a good start, putting on 25 for the first wicket before Gibbs made the breakthrough bowlingJenkins for 23. 14 runs later and Gibbs struck again as Hough was bowled for 5. The home side then rallied against some lack lustre fielding by the Stags and took the score to 72 before Andrew Skeels struck twice without reply. Firstly James Skeels caught Williams for 26 and then Blackwell caught Jones for 10. A partnership of 27 for the 5th wicket then advanced the home side to 99 before a Vale/McDonnell combination saw Thomas caught by the latter for 19. After that Narberth lost 3 wickets for 2 runs as the introduction of McDonnell saw him take 3 wickets in 5 balls and the hosts rocking on 102 for 8. However credit to Narberth as they managed to see out the remaining 6 overs of the innings to take the score up to 120 for 8 thanks to Richards (4*) and Evans (13*) who remained undefeated.

With the Stags needing 121 for victory and guaranteed safety things didnt get off to a great start as the opening partnership of McGilloway and Cole was broken with just 9 on the board as McGilloway (0) tamely returned the ball to the bowler for a simple caught and bowled chance. James Skeels joined Cole in the middle and the pair advanced the score to 43 in the 10th over before Cole (14) was deceived by movement off the pitch to become Thomas' second vicitim. The inform Blackwell joined Skeels at the crease and the pair competing for top run scorer fed off one another as they smashed the home sides change bowling to all parts of the park. With the bowlers unable to stem the runs it was little suprise when the pair brought up the hundred in the 17th over adding 66 in just 7 overs. With both players picking off runs with ease the home side were put out of their misery in the 19th over as Skeels smashed a four to win the game and in doing so brought up his first 50 of the season finishing on 51 not out. Meanwhile at the other end Blackwell not to be outshone finished  on 50 not out as the pair sealed the points required to guide the Stags to safety.

Star Men - James Skeels/Dave Blackwell - Impossible to separate as both scored a 50 and took a catch.

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                   Lamphey (108) lost to Camrose & Spittal (109 for 2) by 8 wickets

Lamphey looked to bounce back from their disappointment against the league leaders the previous week against 2nd placed Camrose and Spittal. However an indifferent batting display against distinctly average bowling saw the home team dismissed for a paltry 108.

Batting first the home side were soon in trouble as they were 3 down with just 17 on the board as Trimarco (0), Brunton (4) and Blackwell (8) were all back in the hutch. The Stags did however turn the tide as a patnership of 54 between Skeels and Gibbs advanced the score to 71. However within a space of 1 run both players were out, Skeels for a superb 44 and Gibbs 8. A break in play then ensued for some 45 minutes due to rain but 7 runs later and the Stags were 79 for 6 as Cole was caught for 4. With wickets tumbling all too easily the 8th wicket, McGilloway (5) fell with the score on 87. Ben McDonnell found his stride and added 13 for the 8th wicket before May was caught behind for 1. Vale in at 10 scored 1 before he was the latest player to depart. With just Skeels to bat, McDonnell continued to play his shots and had reached 21 before Skeels (0) was bowled with the score on 108 and the innings closed in the 31st over.

With a low tally to chase the visitors made hard work of it early on. They had avanced the score to 25 before Gibbs opening the attack beat Tough all ends up. 10 runs later and they were 2 down as Skeels (J) took what could be considered as a contender for catch of the season to dismiss Martin James for 5 off Gibbs. The visitors though found their stride in the batting of Richard James (37 no) and in particular Tweedie (51no off just 26 balls) as the pair added an unbroken partnership of 74 in just 9 overs. The visitors wrapping up an 8 wicket win in the 25th over.

A poor display from the Stags, only James Skeels and Ben McDonnell can get away from what was a very poor batting performance and with the ball only Gibbs and Vale had an effective contribution. The next game is crucial to the Stags and could determine which division they play their cricket in next year as they travel to 9th placed Narberth. A positive result should see them safe regardless of what happens on the final game of the season, a defeat will mean they have to equal or better what Narberth do at Pembroke Dock.

Star Man - James Skeels - The youngster is having a season to remember even if his team mates arent.

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                       Kilgetty (147 for 7) beat Lamphey (146) by 3 wickets

The home side made it 3 wins on the bounce against a Stags side who were buoyed by recent results and indeed the visitors could feel aggrieved that they didnt pull off another win against the league leaders.

Batting first the Stags were batting confident seeing the runs flow with ease, indeed after the first 20 overs they had 75 on the board for the loss of 3 wickets. The men back in the hutch were Trimarco for 16, Brunton for 17 and Blackwell for 5. A 4th wicket partnership of 48 then took place between Skeels and Gibbs before the 4th wicket fell with the score on 94; Skeels departing for an excellent 36. With  17 overs remaining and 6 wickets in hand a score nudging towards 180/190 was on the cards however as all too common the Stags lost 4 wickets for just 18 runs - firstly Shelmerdine (4) was adjudged LBW, then McGilloway was yorked for 4, Gibbs bowled for 19, then Vale bowled for 0. That left Cole and Mounter to negotiate the final 8 overs and to try and push the total on from 125 and up around the 150/160 mark. The pair went some way to achieving that as Cole in particular pushed the run rate and had advanced the score to 146 before he was bowled for 23 in the 38th over. Skeels joined Mounter for the final 2 overs but 3 balls later Mounter was  caught for 5 to leave the Stags  all out for 146. Skeels remained 0 not out. For the home side Bevan took 4 for 19 and Ross Hardy 2 for 31.

The Stags knew that if they were to win this game they would require two things, post a total in the region of 170/180 and to dismiss talisman Hardy cheaply. However they failed to do either.

The visitors did make an early breakthrough with the score on 16 as Vale trapped Kurtis Marsh LBW for 2. The second wicket fell to Vale's opening partner Brunton with the score on 39 as he bowled Toby Poole for 6. Hardy at this stage already on 26. With the wicket of Hardy key Vale made the change bringing Cole and Blackwell into the attack and it was Cole who took the third wicket as he had Parkinson caught by Trimarco for 0 with the score on 51. The home side advanced the score to 85 when the Stags made the breakthrough they needed, Mounter catching Hardy for 49 at deep mid on off the bowling of Blackwell. With the key man now dismissed the Stags  were buoyed. Skeels replaced Cole and he dismissed  KyleMarsh in his second over to leave the hosts on 106 for 5. 16 runs later the home side lost their 6th wicket as Gibbs superbly bowled Poole. With the home side needing a further 25 to win and the Stags needing 4 more wickets the league leaders were odd on favourites and despite them losing a 7th wicket with the score on 145 they knocked off the remaining runs to secure a 3 wicket victory.

Star Man - James Skeels - The youngster is having a top season with both bat and ball.

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                     Lamphey (176 for 9) beat Pembroke Dock (118) by 58 runs

A Stags side buoyed by their great performance the previous week took on a Pembroke Dock side vying for promotion with a great deal of confidence.

The visitors won the toss and invited the Stags to bat. The early upper hand went to the Dock as both openers - Trimarco and McGilloway - were back in the pavilion with just 16 on the board. This brought Blackwell and James Skeels to the crease and the pair steadied the ship in a partnership of 57 in 17 overs to take the Stags onto 73 in the 20th over before Skeels was bowled for an accomplished 23. Unfortunately so often 1 brings 2 and just 1 run later the Stags were rocked as Blackwell was out for a solid 38. The pendulum now swung to the visitors and Brunton and Shelmerdine needed to rebuild the innings for the last 20 overs. The pair achieved this with a 38 run partnership as they took the score to 112 in the 32 over before Brunton was out for 16. Gibbs in at 7 shared a stand of 24 in just 4 overs before he was caught and bowled for 7 with the score on 136. With just 6 overs remaining Shelmerdine and Cole looked to push on however with the score on 144 Shelmerdine was caught for a valuable 34. Cole and McDonnell added a further 29 runs in 4 overs before the latter was bowled for 14. Vale in at 10 helped to take the score to 176 before he was dismissed for 1 with just one ball remaining. Skeels in at 11 survived the final delivery and Cole remained undefeated on 16 to leave the innings closed on 176 for 9.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start as Vale dismissed the inform Griffiths 2nd ball. This brought Daley to the crease and with Murray advanced the score to 20 before Brunton took a smart caught and bowled to dismiss Murray. 1 run later and the Dock were 3 down as Vale trapped Kingdom LBW for 1. Barford playing his first game of the season hit the ground running and along with Daley kept the run chase on course. Their stand was broken with the score on 65 as James Skeels took an excellent catch to dismiss Barford out on the long off boundary; this brought Boyett to the middle and  as stand of 30 was finally broken with Shelmerdine taking a regulation catch off the bowling of Gibbs. With little help from his team mates Daley continued to plough on. The Dock lost their 6th wicket with the score on 104 as James Skeels had John caught by Blackwell for 1. Daley brought up his 50 but was next to fall without adding to his tally on 109 as Gibbs had him caught by Blackwell. Skeels then struck again as he bowled Camani for 1 and just 4 runs later father and son combined as Skeels took his 3rd wicket to dismiss Heeps. The game was finally wrapped up with the scoreboard on 118; Brunton sweeping out on the leg side boundary delivered a pin point throw to Trimarco to whip the bails off as Hallett was caught well short.

A great performance by the Stags that sees them pick up 30 valuable points to add to the 20 the previous week. They can go into next weeks tough fixture at Kilgetty with great confidence as they look to finish the season on a high.

Star Man - James Skeels - a good knock of 23 followed up with 3 wickets and an excellent catch out in the deep

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                         Lamphey (206 for 8) drew with Crymych (187 for 9)

They say there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal and this was no different as the Stags bared their teeth in this latest division 3 league match. The Stags welcomed back McGilloway and Cole to the side after a number of weeks out with knee and finger injuries respectively.

Crymych won the toss and invited the Stags to bat on a good looking batting track and the opening pair of Trimarco and Powell got the home side off to a good start putting on 35 for the first wicket. Trimarco the first to go for 17. The Stags then lost their second wicket when Powell was bowled for 14 just 5 runs later. Skeels and Blackwell added 15 before Skeels  (13) became Crymych and Dunn's third victim. With the Stags now 55 for 3 off 17 overs Gibbs joined Blackwell in the middle and the pair added 53 for the 4th wicket before Gibbs was out for 16 with the score on 108. Blackwell still in on 30. McGilloway batting lower down due to still feeling some effects of his knee problem shared the biggest stand of the day as the pair added 85 in just 13 overs, in this time Blackwell brought up his third 50 of the season off just 65 balls before he was finally out with the score on 193 for an excellent 76 which included 10x4s and 3x6s. With just 3 overs of the innings to go the Stags lost 3 quick wickets with Miller (7), Cole (0) and McGilloway was the last man to go with the score on 206 for a swashbuckling  41 which included  4x4s and 1x6. Mounter remained undefeated on 1 as the Stags posted over 200 for the first time in a while. For the visitors Wright took 4 for 50 and Dunn 3 for 26.

Set 207 to win the visitors got off to a good start as they put on 31 for the first wicket before  Vale bowled Wyn for 5. This brought the big hitting Kurtz to the crease and with the dangerous Thorne the pair took on the home side bowling with a 116 partnership taking Crymych to within 60 runs of victory. However Cole bowling for the first time in 12 months first dismissed Kurtz (76) and then Thorne (61) in the space of 6 runs courtesy of catches from McGilloway and Powell. This left the visitors on 153 for 3 and the Stags found fresh impetus. Blackwell bowing at the other end was  next to strike with the score on 156. With the visitors having little other batting Cole struck again on 177 with Blackwell taking the catch. With Blackwell bowling out, James Skeels returned to the attack and struck first ball - a caught and bowled  - to leave the visitors on 177 for 6 with just 3 overs remaining. The Stags now smelling blood and their tails up Cole took 2 wickets in two balls in the 38th overs both caught behind by Trimarco. Skeels struck the 9th wicket thanks to a Miller catch to leave the last pair having to face the final 11 balls. With Skeels unable to add to his tally, it came down to the final 6 balls and despite the best efforts of Cole the final pair dug in deep to hold out for the draw on 187 for 9. For the home side Cole took 5, Skeels 2 and Vale and Blackwell 1 apiece.

A great display with the bat from the Stags - Blackwell's 76 and McGilloway's 41 being the highlight whilst in the field the Stags fought back from a potential losing position thanks to Cole with 5 along with good spells of bowling from Vale, Skeels and Blackwell; this coupled with 8 of the 9 wickets being catches, resulted in a good days work despite the slight disappointment that the game wasnt won.

Star Man - David Blackwell - a great 76 with the bat, a wicket and 2 catches made for a good day at the office.

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                              LAMPHEY v HERBRANDSTON 5/7/14
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Neyland II (136 for 7) beat Lamphey (133) by 3 wickets

Lamphey travelled across the bridge to take on Neyland IIs and for the umpteenth time fieled a weakened side due to injuries, holidays, working and other excuses.

Batting first the Stags managed to post a total of 133 before being dismissed by the home side. The bulk of the visitors runs were scored by Blackwell (33), Gibbs (24) and McDonnell (23). For the home side the wickets were shared amongst Pritchard, Evans and Wood.

The home team were made to work hard for the win as they lost 7 wickets chasing  down the total. They were indebted to Scott John (35no), Callum Wood (30) and Lyn Rees (25). The pick of the Stag bowling was old hand Skeels taking 3 for 21 with his slow stuff, Blackwell with 2 for 16 and Vale 2 for 31.

This latest defeat - their 5th in a row - has seen the Stags plummet from top of the table to 4th bottom and if they dont pull out some improved performances soon then relegation to div 4 is a distinct possibility.

Star Man - Dave Blackwell - The veteran all rounder is begining to consistently hit form

                                     LAMPHEY v STACKPOLE 21/6/14
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                     Lamphey (115) lost to Stackpole (161 for 8) by 46 runs

The Stags once again shorn of numbers entertained an inform Stackpole whom had chased down over 230 the weekend before.

Batting first Stackpole set a targt of 161 for 8 off their 40 overs thanks mainly to Huw Cox (62), ex Stag Rob Mathias (24) and James Adie (24). For the Stags Dave Blackwell took 3 for 41, Scott Brunton 2 for 30 and Phil Kidney making his first team debut 2 for 21.

With a tally of 162 to win the Stags were actually making a good challenge of chasing down the total as they reached 80 for the loss of 4 wickets thanks mainly to 35 from James Skeels and 19 from Scott Brunton however a spate of wickets resulted in the Stags losing their last 6 wickets for only 35 runs as they were dismissed disappointingly for 115.
For the visitors McKay was key with 4 for 22 and backed up by Marcus Adie 2 for 18 and Huw Cox 2 for 31.

Some positives taken from the game with Skeels finding some form with the bat and wickets for Brunton, Blackwell and Kidney. However another defeat sees the Stags slip further off the top two

Star Man - James Skeels - The youngster gave the home side some hope in this run chase

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               Lamphey (181) lost to Narberth II  (182 for 3) by 7 wickets

The Stags entertained strugglers Narberth on Saturday. Batting first the home side, strenghtened by a number of returning players, put on a good show thanks to David Blackwell's second 50 of the season as he notched up 61, James Skeels with a useful 30 and Tom Powell who opened the batting in the absence of McGilloway chipping in with a valuable 28. For the visitors Richie Howell took 4 for 34 and Nick Evans 2 for 43.

With the Stags taking to the field with 10 players then losing a second player to work committments, it was no surprise that they struggled to stem the flow of runs and the visitors had the time to pick their spots. The Visitors overhauled the Stags total with relative ease as Mike Johns (67*) and Ewan Bowen-Rees (53*) saw the side home. For the home side Hywel Gibbs was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 30.

This latest defeat sees the Stags lose their 3rd league game on the bounce, a season which started so promising has now capitulated, with the visit of a buoyant Stackpole on Saturday the Stags are going to have to pull out all the stops if it isnt to be 4 losses on the bounce.

Star Man - David Blackwell - His second 50 of the season helped set the vsitors a good total

                                           KILGETTY v LAMPHEY 11/6/14

Kilgetty (156 for 8) beat Lamphey (117 for 4) by 39 runs

Lamphey travelled to Kilgetty in the semi final of the Alan Brown. Batting first the home side got off to a flyer as Ross Hardy and Liam Cullen put on a great opening partnership before Cullen was out for 35. Hardy continued to bat aggressively and reached 72 before Powell took a good catch to dismiss him. The Stags then got back into the game thanks to the bowling of James Skeels who bowled superbly to take 4 for 27 with Haysn Cole taking 2 for 41 as the innings came to the final stages the hosts had Kyle Marsh (24 not out) to thanks for pushing the total to 156. In the field as well as Powell's catch, Ben McDonnell and Haydn Cole both took superb catches.

The Stags opened the batting with Johnson and Trimarco and the pair added nearly 50 for the first wicket but were struggling to keep up with the run rate. Trimarco was first to depart for 23, Johnson then went for 28. This brought Yea and Skeels to the crease and Yea was superbly caught on the boundary by Hardy for 6, Skeel run out for 1 going for a second. This brought Gibbs and Brunton to the crease and try as hard as they could they just couldnt find the boundaries but batted well to reach 30 and 24 respectively by the end of the innings and the Stags finishing some 39 runs from the hosts total.

Star Man - James Skeels - An excellent spell of bowling from the youngster

                            CAMROSE&SPITTAL V LAMPHEY 7/6/14

               Camrose&Spittal (155 for 6) beat Lamphey (47) by 108 runs

A seriously depleted Stags side, missing as many as 7 players considered 1st team material, travelled to C&S for this latest league match. The homeside sweeping to an impressive win against the faltering visitors.

Batting first C&S found the going tough early on as the Stags bowled well. With early wickets falling and a tight line from the bowlers the hosts advanced to 50 for 4 off 20 overs however with the impressive Richard James at the crease anything was possible. As it happened he found an ally in Phil Rees as the pair both reached half centuries and made 60 a piece. The hosts finishing their innings on 155 for 6. Vale the pick of the bowlers finishing with 2 for 31.

Lamphey didnt start well and lost early wickets, only one player - Mike May - found any staying power as he top scored with 16 but Lamphey were dismissed for a paltry 44 as the home side took advantage of the Stags poor batting display and weakened state to stamp their promotion canditate tickets whilst the stags did their best to tear theirs up.

A dismal performance with the bat not helped by the team missing a number of players sees the Stags slip several places down the table.

Star Man - Mike May - the left hander kept his wicket whilst others lost theirs too easily

                                      HUNDLETON v LAMPHEY 5/6/14

The Stags played their 2nd cup match in 3 days as they travelled the short distance to 4th division Hundleton in the quarter finals of the Alan Brown cup match. The winners would go on to play Kilgetty for a place in the final.

Lamphey fielding first got off to a shaky start as Scott Richards started on an attacking front. The home side took the score to 33 in just 5 overs before losing their first wicket. The prolific Williams then joined Richards in the middle and the pair took the score to 54 before Richards was well caught by Blackwell for 26 on the long on boundary. After his departure the home side lost 2 more quick wickets to leave them on 62 for 4 off 11 thanks to wickets from Blackwell, Brunton and Vale as well as a Brunton run out. With Williams still at the crease a partnership of 20 for the 5th wicket was only broken when Vale bowled Williams for 21. After this the home team capitulated against the bowling of Vale and Skeels as they lost their last 5 wickets for just 11 runs to leave them on 93 all out. Vale taking 3 for 16 off 5 and Skeels, who dismissed the last man via a sharp catch by Powell, finished with 3 for 17 off 4. Blackwell and Brunton took 1 apiece.

With 94 for victory the stags opened with Trimarco and the handicapped McGilloway whom required a runner for a knee injury. The pair however didnt allow the confusion of a runner hamper the response. Trimarco in usual attacking style took on the opening Hundleton bowler to record 14 from the first over and McGilloway not to be outshone ensured 10 runs were gleamed from over 2. With over a quarter of the runs required knocked off in 2 overs they could have been excused to picking off the ones and twos but that style of play isnt in Trimarco's repetoire and with the 50 brought up in the 8th over the Stags were well on course. However they did lose their first wicket with the score on 56 as Trimarco was bowled by the change bowler Williams for 32 (inc 2x4 and 3x6). As happens when a partnership is broken its not uncommon for the other opener to follow shortly afterwards and this happened as McGilloway (16) hit one straight to covers where Williams took a simple catch. After 10 overs the Stags had 64 on the board for 2 wickets and needed just 30 off the final 10. With two new bats in the middle momentum was lost slightly and Brunton and Yea both fell cheaply, both carbon copy dismissals as they were both caught by Adams off the bowling of Williams. With 71for 4 on the board Shelmerdine and Skeels combined to see off the remaining runs in 4 overs as Skeels hit a big 6 to finish the game off in style. Shelmerdine remained 11 not out and Skeels 17 not out and the Stags advanced with a 6 wicket win with 3.5 overs remaining.

A game which despite a bright start by the home side the Stags were rarely troubled. The experienced Williams had a good game with bat and ball and Richards got them off to a good start however after that, some good bowling and some confident batting saw the Stags home at a canter. They now face a much sterner test in the form of a good Kilgetty side for a place in the final of the cup, if they are to succeed they will need to raise their game another level; but it is something that can be achieved.

Star Man - James Skeels - Good display with bat and ball, sees him just edge it

                               LAMPHEY v HAVERFORDWEST 3/6/14

The Stags took on one of the top sides in Pembrokeshire cricket in the Duggie Morris on Tuesday night.

With up to 6 key first team players absent the home side sent out a side made up of youth and experience for a game which meant little in terms of the result. On a hiding to nothing skipper Vale gave youth their chance. On winning the toss Vale predictably chose to bat and opened with 2 18 year olds in the shape of Trimarco and Powell. Trimarco playing his cavalier game was first to depart for 1. Brunton another 18 year old in at 3 scored 7 before being next out and the Stags were soon 12 for 3 as Skeels was out for 0. Mark Yea in 5 then formed a lengthy partnership with Powell. The pair taking the score to 33 before Yea was caught for 11. Ashley Smith was next to be dismissed for 0 to leave the home side 43 for 5. Next to go in the 17th over was Tom Powell (15) who was very unlucky to be run out standing at the non strikers end via a fortunate deflection. Powell batted superbly seeing off the first divison bowlers with relative comfort and his display warranted him to see the innings through however the hand of bowler Wilment deflected the ball onto the stumps as Powell was backing up. Ben McDonnell made his 1st XI debut went in at 7 with Cole (G) in at 8; the latter departing for 2 in the 18th over to leave the home team 49 for 7. Vale (1*) in at 9 saw his partnership with McDonnell (4*) take the score to 56 off 20 overs.

Haverfordwest have a powerful batting line up and openers Holliday and Field wasted no time putting the Lamphey bowling to the sword. The pair overhauled the homeside's tally in just 8 overs as Holliday (29) and Field (25) saw the first division leaders home at a canter. The pick of the bowlers for the Stags was Brunton who bowled his 4 over quota for 22.

Star Man - Tom Powell - a courageous batting display from the teenager only ended by a freak dismissal.

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Lamphey (61) lost to Kilgetty (63 for 3) by 7 wickets

Lamphey entertained fellow promotion hopefuls Kilgetty in this latest division 3 match however another abject performance from the Stags saw them fall woefully short of the standards required to stamp their promotion credentials.

With Lamphey batting first a new opening partnership of May and Shelmerdine lasted just 4 balls as Shelmerdine was LBW for 0 from his first delivery. Brunton joined May and the pair slow but steady progress taking the score to 16 before May was out for 9. Brunton and Skeels the new pairing took the score to 36 before the latter was out for 10. The Stags then  collapsed as they lost a further 2 wickets without adding to the tally as Gibbs (0) and Skeels (12) departed. 4 runs later and the Stags lost 3 more wickets as first Trimarco (2) then Vale (0) and Cole H (0) departed to leave the home side floundering on 40 for 8. Blackwell and Cole G added 15 for the 9th wicket before Cole (12) was caught on the deep mid wicket boundary. The final wicket fell just 6 runs later as Skeels senior was stumoed for 1, leaving Blackwell stranded on 10. For the visitors the teenage pair of Spin Kings wrecked havoc as Marsh took 6 for 23 and Poole 3 for 16.

With little to defend the Stags mad an early breakthrough as with just 7 on the board a great reflex catch by Blackwell close in off the bowling of Vale did for the dangerous Ross Hardy. However with little pressure on the visitors Marsh and Parkinson added 21 for the 2nd wicket before Blackwell bowled the former for 13. With Kyle joining his brother Kurtis at the crease a further 8 was added before Gibbs bowled Kurtis for 16. With the third Marsh coming in at 5 the brothers steered Kilgetty to a comfortable win as Kyle remianed undefeated on 10 and Jake 18 resulting in a 7 wicket victory off just 15 overs.

A thoroughly disappointing defeat against one of our main rivals for promotion. An inept batting display gifted the visitors an easy 7 wicket win and the Stags will have to buck up both their ideas and their batting if they are going to have any hope of a top two finish this season.

Star Man - No one - On this performance no player is worthy of the recognition

                              LAMPHEY v CAMROSE & SPITTAL 28/5/14
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                    Lamphey (50) lost to Camrose & Spittal (100 for 8) by 50 runs

A true Jekyll and Hyde performance by the Stags in this Harrison Alen 2nd round tie at Lamphey.

Skipper Vale won the toss and invited the visitors to bat. Tight bowling from the home side restricted C&S to just 100 off their 22 overs. Skipper Vale led by example as he took 4 for 17 off his 6 overs and part time bowlers Haydn Cole took 1 for 26 and 2 for 24 respectively. James Skeels 1 for 13. Ashley Smith took 2 catches, Yea, Trimarco and Vale one apiece. For the visitors James batted the full 22 for 51 not out whilst, Wilks and Morgan chipped in with 11 each.

A score of 101 needed should have been a cinch however for as well as the Stags fielded they were equally dire with the bat mustering a paltry 50 runs in response. Cup player Mark Yea top scored with 11 and Shelmerdine with 8, as no other player managed to score more than 4.

A defeat in the manner it was served up was hard to swallow, players giving their wickets away too cheaply as the visitors in all fairness bowled and fielded as though their lives depended on it and got their just rewards.

Star Man - Stephen Vale - the skipper took 4 for 17 off 6 to give his team hope of the win.

                                   PEMBROKE DOCK v LAMPHEY 23/5/14
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                      Pembroke Dock v Lamphey - Abandoned due to rain


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                      Crymych (117) lost to Lamphey (180 for 9) by 63 runs

                                                 Report by Peter McGilloway

A welcome sunny day across the county as the Stags looked to continue their early season run of good form. The sternest test of the season lay ahead in the shape of Crymych at their home ground, not least as Lamphey mainstay Nick Shelmerdine and the previous weeks match winner David Blackwell were unavailable. A mix of youth and experience bore the stag on their breast as the long trek to North Pembs was made in convoy. 

Again put in to bat for the 5th game running, stag confidence was running high as McGilloway and Trimarco strode to the crease looking to establish a good base for the team. Disaster struck as Trimarco followed his midweek 94 by getting clean bowled on the very first delivery of the match, hitting out and missing a straight one. With young Brunton joining McGilloway at the crease the pair advanced the score to 34 with some smart running before McGilloway departed for 18. Gibbs came to the crease and batted very sensibly before Brunton fell 7 overs later for 19 with the score on 49-2. Master blaster James Skeels showed what he's made of with the bat and turned the match in the Stag's favour with some clean strokeplay and 3 big sixes being the highlight of his classy 43. Gibbs showed why he still sets the batting standard with a polished innings of 38 before both departed the scene. Debutant Ash Smith was inches away from hitting his first ever Lamphey delivery for 6 but was unfortunate to be out soon after. With the steady hand of Mike May at the crease, runs came again and despite Haydn Cole (celebrating is 50th birthday) and skipper Stephen Vale departing quickly, May advanced the score with an invaluable 24 supported by 15 not out from Tom Powell, showing that he'll be a real asset to the club in years to come. The old head of Andrew Skeels used his guile and battle hardened know-how to craft 3 runs out of the miserly Crymych death bowling. Ending the 40 overs on a season best 180-9, there was much to be positive about over tea.

The Wyn contingent opened up for the home side and made some early progress before Vale clean bowled Rhydian Wyn for 8. This brought big hitter Kurtz into the fold who showed some agricultural power play in hitting straight and hard as he raced to 46 aided by 26 from Osian Wyn. James Skeels followed up his 43 with the important wicket of the latter, aided by a very neat catch in the covers by Vale, before Gibbs took care of Kurtz with his wiley spin. With the danger men gone, the Stags loosened up and began to hit their straps with Skeels Jr capping off a fine display by clean bowling Howell, Luke and Sion at 4, 5 and 6 to end with 4 wickets.Some late defiance by I Davies was ended as skipper Vale returned to clean bowl him, opening the way for Skeels senior to wrap up the victory with a clinical spell of 2-0. Crymych all out for 117 and Lamphey win by 63 runs

A good team performance with most people chipping in with the bat and a strong effort in the field. A debut for Ash Smith was encouraging to see as he fitted in well to his new surroundings while selection problems lie around the corner as some big players return to the side in coming weeks. 

Star Man: Possibly harsh on Gibbs who put in another excellent performance but James Skeels takes the champagne for his 43 and 4 wickets including some of the cleanest hitting seen in Lamphey colours for some time.

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                    Pembroke Dock (89) lost to Lamphey (167) by 78 runs

Lamphey travelled to local foes Pembroke Dock in this first round Harrison Allen match on Tuesday night and completed a straight forward win thanks to a blistering 94 from Luca Trimarco.

Again batting first skipper Vale mixed up the opening pair as the destructive Trimarco was partnered by the experienced Shelmerdine. The move proved to be inspired as Trimarco started on the front foot and accompanied by numerous wide balls the Stags got off to a flying start taking the score to 58 off just 7 overs before Shelmerdine was caught behind for 10. Brunton in at 3 was out for 0 with the score on 75. Gibbs and Trimarco took the score to 83 off 10 overs before Gibbs was bowled by John for 2. The innings really took off for the Stags with Skeels (J) joining Trimarco at the crease. Trimarco soon after brought up his 50 hitting 7x4s and 2x6s. The pair then upped the tempo adding 59 for the 4th wicket in just 6 overs before Skeels was run out for 19. After that the Stags lost their way a little and wickets fell at regular intervals. Trimarco however continued to plunder the home bowling and seeing both Cole (H) and Powell depart LBW for 0. With 4 overs remaining the Stags had advanced to 151 for 6. Trimarco had moved onto 94 and in attempting to run the ball through the slip cordon only suceeded in nicking one to the keeper and was out just 6 runs short of his maiden century, his 94 included 10x4s and 5x6s. As the Stags tried to finish with a flourish wickets fell quickly as first May was out for 5, Vale 3 and Cole (G) 5 to leave the innings closed on 167.

With such an impressive total on the board the home side knew they would need to get off to a good start and with a lightening quick outfield a good opening spell could see an interesting tussle develop. They did get off to a flyer as Daley in particular made his intentions clear. However with the score on 29 the Stags made the breakthrough as father and son combo - Haydn Cole and Scott Brunton - did for Daley for 19 as Cole took a fine cacth at deep mid off. 3 runs later and Gibbs at the other end took his first wicket as he tempted Camani to play one straight back to him. With the Score on 41 the home side came a cropper as Skeels and Cole combined in the outfield to run out Griffiths for 19. With the top 3 back in the pavilion the run rate had slowed to just 46 off 10 meaning they had to at just over 10 an over. With this pressure exerted Gibbs picked up 2 further wickets with the score on 50 and 65 as he first had Murray LBW for 4 then bowled Bowen for 2. With the home side losing 5 wickets during the first 12 overs Vale brought on himself and Skeels (J) to bowl the last 10 over however when Kingdom was bowled by Skeels for 18 wth the score on 78 the challenge was over. The game was clinically wrapped up as both bowlers rattled through the lower order Vale took his first as Anton John was caught behind by Shelmerdine with the score on 85. The final 3 wickets fell on 89 as Skeels took the next two - 1 bowled and 1 caught behind - leaving Vale to seal the win by taking the 10th wicket and leaving the home team on 89 all out. Gibbs finished with 3 for 29 off 6 overs, Skeels 3 for 9, Vale 2 for 11 and Brunton 1 for 34.

The Stags have a scintillating 94 from Trimarco to thank for this latest victory backed up by Skeels and Shelmerdine. In the field the visitor showed a great desire to win and good spells from Brunton, Gibbs, Skeels and Vale with the ball coupled with a buoyant display from the fielders
saw the Stags to an impressive victory over their division 3 rivals. They now entertain Camrose and Spittal at home on the 28 May for a place in the quarter finals of the cup.

Star Man - Gianluca Trimarco - A devasting performance from the youngster who fell agonisingly 6 runs short of his maiden century.

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                                        Lamphey (168 for 8) beat Saundersfoot (56) by 112 runs

Lamphey entertained newly promoted Saundersfoot IIs at the Holy land on Saturday in their 2nd home game of the season.

With all the rain in the week the wicket had been protected and despite early morning showers the wicket was in great nick. With the visitors calling the toss correctly the Stags were once again invited to bat in pleasant but very blustery conditions.

Once more the opening births were taken by the newly formed McGilloway/Cole partnership, however they were unable to repeat last weeks performance as Cole (0) was dismissed with the score on 5. Brunton in 3 started the Stags going again and along with McGilloway advanced the score to 56 before he was bowled by Sykes for 21. The home side then lost another wicket without adding to the total as McGilloway was bowled by Parker for 26. Skeels (J) in at 5 and Blackwell at 6 added 10 to the total before Skeels was bowled off his pads for 4. Trimarco at 6 joined Blackwell and the pair added a further 18 before Trimarco skied one to mid off for 11. With the score on 84 for 5 left hander May joined Blackwell in the middle and they took the score passed the 100 mark as they worked around the ones and twos, the score had advanced to 114 before May was caught at deep cover for 10. Blackwell had advanced to 30. With 10 overs remaing Blackwell who had played himself in took the lead to build up the total. Haydn Cole in 8 contributed 3 in a stand of 18 as Blackwell entered the 40's. Skipper Vale  in at 9 scored 4 before being bowled and the Stags were on 140 for 8 with 3 overs remaining. With the innings coming to a close Blackwell sensing his his maiden 50 for the club went on the attack and with an able partner in Powell the pair added 28 from the last 3. Blackwell notching his 50 off 62 balls with only 3x4s and 2x6s and finishing undefeated on a top notch 62 and Powell was 7 not out. The innings closed on 168 for 8. For the visitors Sykes took 3 for 28 and Hawkes 2 for 30.

Vale opened the bowling with himself and Brunton and the pair made an early breakthrough as Vale bowled Rourke for 0 with the score on 2. The visitors unable to get the opening pair away and showing a distinct lack of interest in going for the score advanced at 2 an over before they lost their 2nd wicket with the score on 34 as Hawkes edged 1 to Cole (H) in the slip for 8. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, the next being an excellent direct hit run out by Vale to dismiss James for 4. After that the visitors lost 4 wickets for just 1 run as  Blackwell bowling spin instead of his usual pace took his first wicket bowling Morris for 18. Blackwell was involved in the 5th wicket as he took a catch of Skeels (A) and he continued to make it the Blackwell show as he picked up the next 4 wickets all bowled to dismiss the 10 man visitors for just 56. Blackwell taking 5 for 8 to add to his 62 not out.

An excellent 30 points for the Stags in a game where 2 key players were absent - Shelmerdine and Gibbs - for the home side and on this evidence its going to be an interesting season as they look to bounce back up at the first attempt. No doubting that Blackwell was man of the match but some confident batting and a solid display in the field shows the side is begining to click after a long winter.

Congratulations to Nick and Lisa on the birth of their second child, a daughter, on Friday 9th May.

Star Man - David Blackwell - 62 not out, 5 for 8 bowling spin, plus a catch made it a great day for the all rounder.


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Lamphey travelled to the other side of the water to play Herbrandston in game 2 of the season.

With Skipper Vale losing the toss for a second successive game the Stags were asked to bat on a relatively good wicket considering the recent rain. With Lawrence absent this week and no obvious candidate Vale turned to Grant Cole to open with McGilloway. The pair got off to a good, solid start and by the 9th over had abvanced the score to 37 before Cole was caught for 22. The Stags then had something of a common event - losing quuick wickets as a further 3 wickets were lost for just 9 runs - Brunton (2), Gibbs (1) and Blackwell (0) being the men back in the hutch. At 51 for 4 the home side had regained the upper hand however a solid rebuild by McGilloway and Shelmerdine advanced the score to 76 before Shelmerdine (13) fed a catch to square leg. Mike May making his Lamphey debut joined McGilloway in the middle and the pair began building a good foundation against the change bowling, advancing the score to 100  after 30 overs. May proved to be an excellent foyle for McGilloway who by now was  well set and it was no surprise when he brought up his 50 with the score on 104. The pair added a further 4  before McGilloway was the next to fall, out caught, for an excellent 53. Hadyn Cole in at 8 wasted no time as he hit his first ball for 4 and also played a cheeky reverse sweep which also earned him 4. However his luck ran out after scoring 12 as he was bowled but with May had added a rapid 24 to the tally. Like buses the Stags lost another wicket 1 run later as May (17) was bowled by a delivery that did something off the pitch. Nathan Mounter making his 1st XI league debut was joined by Vale and the skipper led from the front as he took a liking to the bowling to hit a quick fire 19 which included 2x4s and 1x6 before he was out with the score on 156. The last pair of Mounter (8*) and Skeels (1*) took the score to 163 for 9 after 40 overs.

The Stags opened the bowling with Vale and Blackwell and it was the latter who was the most effective early on. The home side never had a chance to settle as they lost their first wicket with the score on 6 as McGilloway took a good catch off the bowling of Blackwell. 3 runs later and Blackwell took a good reactionary caught and bowled off his own bowling. With only 21 on the board after 10 overs the home side were in need of pushing the score on and moved the score to 35 before Brunton made the breakthrough. 16 runs later and Brunton made it 2 for the afternoon as he again bowled the opposition batsman. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals. Gibbs took 3 wickets in a 17 run spell, his first, bowled, with the score on 53, 2nd on 60 courtesy of a Brunton catch and on 70 with another bowled. With just 3 more wickets needed for the win Vale replaced Brunton and the skipper  joined in on the act taking 2 wickets in 2 balls as Brunton and then Cole (G) took catches before with the score on 89 Vale wrapped up the win for the Stags by bowling the final batsman to take the visitors to a convincing 74 run win.

A good performance from the Stags, encouraging signs with the bat as 6 players got into double figures and in the field wickets shared around between Gibbs and Vale (3 apeice) and Brunton and Blackwell (2 apiece) with 5 catches being held in the field.

Next week the Stags take on Saundersfoot IIs at Lamphey and will be looking to continue the good start.

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - Great knock of 53 held the Stags innings together

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                          Lamphey (60 for 9) v Neyland II - ABANDONED RAIN

The Stags kicked off their 2014 Div 3 campaign with a home game against Neyland II. With new skipper Vale losing the toss the home side were invited to bat on a very wet and soft wicket. A mixture of poor cricket and an early season sticky wicket meant the Stags lost wickets at a regular interval. 2 wickets were lost with just 8 on the board as Lawrence (0) and Brunton (5) departed. McGilloway (5) and the returning Nic Johnson (8) advanced the score into the 20s before both were out with the scoreboard on 21. Gibbs and Blackwell put on the biggest partnership of the day adding  24 before Gibbs was out for 15 and just 4 runs later Blackwell was out for 9 (inc 1x6) with the score on 49. Hadyn Cole in at 8 came and went for 0 and the Stags were in deep trouble at 49 for 7. Vale in at 9 scored 2 before he was the visitors latest victim. Shelmerdine and Grant Cole added a further 7 for the 9th wicket before Shelmerdine was out for 4. With Skeels to be the last man in the heavens opened for the third time and this proved to be the telling moment as a waterlogged wicket meant the game could go no further and was abandoned. Cole remained undefeated on 4 and Skeels 0 not out.

Star Man - Hywel Gibbs - the only Stag to make double figures makes it an easy choice.