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              Pembroke Dock (90 for 3) beat Lamphey (89 for 9) by 7 wickets

The Stags travelled to Pembroke Dock for this final game of the season with a dark cloud hanging over the Club. Despite sitting 5th in the league, relegation was still a possibility if results went against them and the long term future of the Club like many others in the County is uncertain as player interest in the sport is at an all-time low.

So with this in mind it was refreshing that the Stags put out a full side for this encounter which had both promotion and relegation permutations. A win for the Dock would seal promotion to division 2 whilst the Stags needed 9 points to make sure relegation was avoided.

On losing the toss the Stags were invited to bat on a damp wicket and with the game only four balls old the first wicket was lost – Johnson caught in the slips for 0. McGilloway and Skeels found the going tough and runs were hard to come by. By the time McGilloway (6) edged on to the keeper off Carrol the score on the board read 20 for 2 off 12. Skeels who has had a season to remember did manage to hit one big 6 before he was caught on the boundary for 15 with the score on 29. Haines in at 4 came and went for 3 and the Stags were looking at an uphill battle at 29 for 4 in 16 overs. Cole and Kidney came together and a period of stability ensued as the pair frustrated the home attack adding 29 for the 5th wicket before Cole was bowled for 18. With just 58 on the board and only 12 overs remaining a score of around 100/120 would be the target. Gibbs and Kidney added another 17 for the 6th wicket before Gibbs was caught for 10 and the tail failed to wag as three further wickets were lost in the 80s as Haydn Cole (5), Hathaway (1) and Andrew Skeels (1) all departed. With Kidney and White in the middle the pair added a further 2 to the score before the innings closed on 89 for 9 off 40 overs.

In response the home side were rarely troubled. The opening pair of Skeels and Haines did make an early breakthrough as Haines bowled Butland for 7 with the score on 19. However a stand of 49 between Murray and Daley was only broken when Daley was caught by Cole (G) off the bowling of Gibbs for 17 and 65 for 2 became 69 for 3 when Gibbs struck again this time trapping Davies LBW for 1. Gibbs was unlucky not to take a third the next ball as Griffiths was put down on the long on boundary but that was to be the final chance for the visitors. The game and season was finally over in the 18th over when Murray hit the winning runs off Hathaway to complete a simple 7 wicket win. Murray remained undefeated on 41 and Griffiths 12. Gibbs took 2 for 13 for the Stags.

So a season which started so well with the Stags winning 4 and drawing 2 of their first 6 ended with them relying on Neyland 2nds losing to maintain their division 3 status. Fortunately Neyland were well beaten and the Stags end the season in 8th position. Now though the focus shifts to next season and in fact whether there is a season or not. More often than not the Stags have taken to the field without 11 players, even playing once with 9. The future of the game in the village is looking very bleak indeed with an ageing side, a lack of interest amongst younger players, work commitments and most importantly with no teenagers representing the club it does look like the 2018 season could be the last for the Stag unless things change significantly for the better.


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 Narberth II (137 for 8) drew with Lamphey (259 for 4)

After 6 straight league defeats saw the Stags slide perilously close towards the bottom of the table things could only get better as they travelled to Narberth for this crunch game.

Buoyed by having a full 11 and Gibbs rescinding his decision to step down as skipper things didn’t get off to the best start when Gibbs called wrong at the toss and was invited by the home skipper to bat on a very damp wicket. However with Skeels full of runs and the attacking Johnson at the crease coupled with the home side missing several regulars it wasn’t long before the Stags piled on the runs. A stand of 77 for the first wicket in just the 12 over was broken when Johnson was caught off the bowling of the veteran Evans for 27. With McGiloway in at 3 it was only a matter of time before Skeels brought up his 4th 50 on the bounce off 59 balls (7x4s and 1x6). Whilst the home side struggled to make any inroads Skeels and McGilloway continued to plunder the home bowling with the 100 arriving in the 16th over and the 150 in 21st. So it was no surprise when Skeels finally brought up his maiden league 100 off 101 balls to add to the cup 100 he gained the season before. It was no more than he deserved after showing his ability since stepping up to the openers role last month. Not to be outdone McGilloway himself soon brought up his 4th 50 of the season (35 balls, 2x4s, 4x6s) and a stand of 135 was only broken in the 28th over when Skeels was finally out for 117 caught off the bowling of Reed. Haines in at 4 hit a quick 13 before being bowled by Spratt and 6 runs later McGilloway was out caught and bowled for 66. With the score on 243 Gibbs and White added another 16 in 3 overs before calling the declaration at 259 for 4 off 36. White 8 not out and Gibbs 7 not out.

With the home side needing at least 189 to get one draw point it was no surprise to the Stags that the approach play was to defend from the off. Cole and Kidney opened the attack and with 13 on the board Cole struck as Spratt was superbly caught by McGilloway in the gulley. 15 runs later it was Kidney who took his first wicket as he bowled Williams for 10. The home side then enjoyed their best partnership of the day as a combination of youth and experience saw a partnership of 59 unfold for the 3rd wicket. This was only ended when Johnson stumped teenager Nicholas for 20 off the bowling of the veteran Skeels. With the Stags toiling to get any joy out of the home sides stubborn resilience the 4th wicket didn’t arrive until the 41st over courtesy of some smart fielding from McGilloway which resulted in Jenkins being run out for 5. With the game reaching a climax the visitors asserted their upper hand as Gibbs struck 2 runs later dismissing Johns for a stubborn 73 then Hill was caught by Haines off Skeels for 2 as 2 wickets were snapped up for no runs. The 7th wicket fell just 4 runs later as Norcross was caught for 8 by Hathaway off Skeels and in the final over Gibbs had his second as Cole caught Simpkins for 4. The home side closing on 137 for 8 off 44 overs.

Although not a win this winning draw yielded a valuable 29 point which sees the Stags rise from 7th to 5th in the table leapfrogging Narberth. However with 9th placed Haverfordwest winning the gap between 5th and a relegation spot remains only a defeat away.

Star Man – James Skeels – his first league ton, the lad has been in imperious form of late.   


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 Lamphey (159) lost to Haverfordwest III (160 for 7)by 3 wickets


The Stags entertained Haverfordwest 3rds knowing a win would stabilise their league position. With the home side starting the game with 10 players the return of an old face saw the home side field a full XI for the first time in a few weeks.

Batting first the home side got off to good start with Skeels and Johnson adding 28 for the first wicket before Johnson was bowled for 10. A partnership of 70 for the second wicket saw Skeels bring up his 3rd 50 on the bounce off 38 balls (10x4s) before he departed for 56 off the bowling of Varghese. The stags then encountered the all too familiar batting collapse going from 98 for 2 to 111 for 5 as Shelmerdine (2), Cole (1) and McGilloway (34) found themselves back in the pavilion after just 20 overs. 11 runs later the Stags were 6 down as Hathaway was caught and bowled for 1, then Gibbs was caught behind for 0 with 129 on the board. A brief partnership of 14 between James White and Skeels was only ended when White playing only his second game of the season was caught off the bowling of Nawaratna for a well delivered 29. 4 runs later and Skeels was Nawaratna’s second victim caught for 5. This left the final pair of Julian White and the guest appearance from Ian Kerrison to edge the Stags over the 150 mark, however with the score on 151 White (2) found himself stranded going for a single that wasn’t really there and the innings was finally over in the 36th over. Kerrison remained 11 not out.

In response the Stags got off to a flyer, the opening partnership of McGilloway and Cole tore into the visiting line up. McGilloway struck first with 1 on the board as he bowled Price for 0. The second wicket fell with 13 on the board as Davies was caught Johnson off McGilloway for 0. 7 runs later the visitors were 3 down as Cole caught and bowled Jenkins for 15 before McGilloway struck again to leave the visitors on 34 for 4, this time trapping Salmon LBW for 12. However once the opening duo bowled out a partnership of 96 between Ebeneezer and Senavirathna edged the visitors toward to the total. The partnership was only broken when Skeels bowled Senavirathna for 44. Skeels then bowled Rodriguez for 9 with 141 on the board and Skeels senior had James stumped by Johnson for 0 with the score on 144. With 8 needed to win the runs were knocked off by Ebeneezer who finished undefeated on 59 and Varghese 10 not out.

A disappointing 3 wicket defeat against a side the Stags should really be beating. A defeat which closes the gap between the bottom 2 and the rest of the group and more worryingly a 6th straight league defeat many of which against sides the Stags were brushing off with ease in the first half of the season.

Star Man - James Skeels - The 50s keep coming.                      


        CAREW II v LAMPHEY 14/07/2018

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        Carew II (176 for 6) beat Lamphey (173 for by 4 wickets


The Stags travelled the short distance on Saturday to take on league leaders Carew IIs. A tough ask considering the home side were relegated the previous season due to their first team indiscretions the previous season.

With the Stags only taking the field with 10 it was just as well as they batted first. Skeels and Johnson opened the innings and wasted no time in upsetting the home side as they rattled up the 50 in just the 9th over. By the time Carew had managed to make the breakthrough the score had moved on to 87 in the 17th over however not before Skeels had registered his second successive 50 from 58 balls (8x 4s and 1s). Unfortunately it was Skeels who departed as he was bowled by Phillips for 54. McGilloway joined Johnson in at three and the pair added another 30 to the total before Johnson was next to go for 30 caught off the bowling of Thomas. 117 for 2 then became 3 as just 2 balls later Shelmerdine was bowled for 0. With Carew now increasing the pressure it was only 2 runs later that the Stags found themselves 4 down as McGilloway was caught off Thomas for 16. This brought Kidney and Cole together with 14 overs to go and the pair managed to steady the ship as they looked to push for a 150 plus total. This was achieved in the 36th over however the stand was broken with 157 on the board as Cole was caught behind for 28. With Gibbs in at 7 the Stags managed to add another 16 from the final 3 overs to end the innings on a respectable 173 for 5. Kidney remained undefeated on 22 and Gibbs 1. For the home side Thomas was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 19 off 7.

With a defendable score the 10 men Stags knew they had to get off to a good start and things were looking good when Skeels made the breakthrough in the 3rd over as Shapcott was caught behind by Johnson for 1. However this then brought Richards to the crease to partner Davies and the pair wasted no time in taking the visiting bowling apart. Like the previous innings the 50 came up in the 9th over and When Davies was finally caught by James Skeels off Skeels senior for 51 the home side had 84 on the board in 13 overs. Richards was next to bring up his 50 and it took the Stags another 6 overs before the third wicket fell. Again it was that man Skeels senior who had Hinchcliffe caught by McGilloway for 11. 22 runs later and Skeels senior took his 3rd of the day as again a catch by Johnson saw off Hicks for 4. Carew then wobbled slightly as both Rees (1) and Knox (0) were both run out thanks to two pieces of smart fielding – the first by keeper Johnson and then by Kidney off his own bowling to leave Carew on 176 for 6. However the with Richards edging towards his 100 it was no surprise when the home side knocked off the final few runs passing the Stags total in the 30th over.

Pick of the Stags bowlers was veteran Skeels who finished with 3 for 49 off 7 overs and Skeels Junior with 1 for 18 off 6.

Star Man – James Skeels – Runs, wickets and a catch for the man in form



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