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                Lamphey (166 for 8) drew with Narberth (125 for 7)

An entertaining game took place at Lamphey on Saturday as 6th placed Lamphey welcomed 5th place Narberth 2nds. The game was evenly poised throughout as either side could have won this encounter; however in the end a draw was probably just about right.

With skipper Gibbs losing the toss the home side were asked to bat. Johnson got the side off to a flyer scoring 10 off the first 4 balls but was then sent back to the hutch as he was bowled on the 5th delivery of the day. This brought McGilloway to the crease and with Trimarco the pair batted sensibly adding 66 for the second wicket before Trimarco departed for a patient and mature 39. Brunton at 4 was unlucky to be caught out of the deep mid wicket boundary for 4 with the score on 98, then Skeels skied one as he was caught for 10. Shelmerdine playing his first game of the season in at 6 came and went without troubling the scorer and the Stags found themselves 5 down for 117. McGilloway who had played well and looked set for a total brought up a much deserved 50 (6x4, 3x6) but he was next to go with the score on 120. Hathaway scored 3 and the score which once looked like a 200+ total now looked anything but as the home side slipped from 117 for 3 to 126 for 7. With depth in the batting order Blackwell at 7 and Gibbs at 9 pushed on as the overs ticked by and the pair added 30 for the 8th wicket before Gibbs was run out for 6 to a tight single in the 39th over. Cole in at 10 and Blackwell added a further 10 runs from the last 7 balls as the innings closed on 166 for 8. Blackwelll weighing in with a useful 27 not out and Cole 6 not out.

In response Narberth got off to a flyer as Cole and Brunton failed to make an impact. After 6 overs both openers were brought off as the visitors had taken the score to 40. The Stags had to wait another 22 runs before they finally made the breakthrough as Trimarco took a catch off the bowling of Blackwell to dismiss Spratt for 17. 3 runs later the second wicket fell as Gibbs trapped Nicholas LBW for 1. Next to go for the visitors was Johns whom was superbly run out by a Shelmerdine direct hit to leave Narberth on 77 for 3. With the Stags stifling the flow of runs Gibbs turned to Skeels as the home side went with spin from both ends and in only his second over Skeels senior with the aid of a smart Johnson stumping saw Jenkins dismissed for 4 with the score on 85. Gibbs then struck twice on 88 as he firstly bowled the dangerous Williams for 41 then Johnson took his stumpings tally to 2 with Norcross going for 0. With the game slowly ebbing away from the visitors grasp Webb offered a glimmer of hope, however his innings of 18 came to an end thanks to a superb catch at square leg by Hathaway off the bowling of McGilloway. With tight bowling from the home side only a further 4 runs were scored from the remaining 7 overs as Narberth ended the game 41 runs short of victory on 125 for 7.

Star Man – Pete McGilloway – a richly deserved 50 and wicket for the all rounder


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Haverfordwest III (120) lost to Lamphey (228 for 8) by 108 runs

The Stags travelled to the County town on Saturday to take on Haverfordwest 3rds whom find themselves rock bottom in the table.

Winning the toss Gibbs elected to bat on a hot day with a cooling breeze. The Lamphey innings relied heavily on a 110 run partnership between Brunton (88) and J Skeels (64) as the visitors amassed 228 for 7 off their allocated 40 overs.

The innings started off with the opening pair of Trimarco and Johnson. The stags were one down with 14 on the board as Trimarco was bowled for 0, next to go with the score on 35 was Johnson bowled for 17. It was at this point Skeels and Brunton came together with Skeels the first to his 50 off just 39 balls (7x4s & 2x6s), before Brunton reached his 50 from 66 balls (7x4 & 2x6). The partnership was only broken with 145 on the board as Skeels was caught off the bowling of Dewstowe for 64. McGilloway chipped in with 10 before he was next to go with 178 on the board and then Brunton fell 12 short of his maiden century as he was caught for 88 off the bowling of Cunningham. 8 runs later Hathaway was bowled by Cunningham for 7 and the final wicket fell on 210 as Cole was caught off the bowling of Dewstowe for 9. Skipper Gibbs in at 9 blasted a quick 17 and Williams 1 not out saw the Stags close the innings on 228 for 7.

Haverfordwest got their response off to a quick start and lost their first wicket with the score on 59 in the 11
th over as Trimarco caught Davies off Brunton for 6. Cunningham bludgeoned his way to a rapid 50 off just 34 balls but not before Brunton bowled Crawshaw for 0. Cunningham’s innings finally came to an end as Brunton with the aid of a J Skeels catch saw him depart for 56. Unfortunately for the home side Cunningham was the only threat and the introduction of McGilloway (3 for 21) and Skeels senior (4 for 31) made light work of the middle order. The home side lost 6 wickets for 10 runs as the slumped from 91 for 3 to 101 for 9. Firstly a Skeels double act saw Dewstowe caught by James Skeels for 8. McGilloway then struck twice to bowl Asher for 8 and Salmon for 6. Krol was caught and bowled by Skeels for 0, McGilloway bowled Vaughan for 1, Johnson caught Pasternak for 0 to give Skeels his 3rd wicket before the innings was wrapped up with 120 on the board as Cole caught Williams off Skeels for 11.

Star Man – Scott Brunton – class with the bat and ball as he scores 88 and takes 3 wickets 






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Lamphey (50) lost to Carew II (53 for 1) by 9 wickets


The 10 man Stags took on Carew 2nds for this latest home match and it'll be one they’ll want to forget and get over as soon as possible.

Batting first the Stags could only muster 50 before being dismissed. Skeels being the only player to show any composure and patience as he scored 22 with no other batsman reaching double figures the next highest score was 6 by Johnson and Blackwell.

In response the visitors wasted little time as Hicks and Davies got the visitors off to the best possible start putting on 37 for the first wicket before Hicks was bowled by Gibbs for 12. However the game was over the following over when Davies hit Skeels for 6 to seal an easy 9 wicket win for the visitors.

Star Man – James Skeels – The only Lamphey player with any composure with the bat.




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Neyland III (156 for 6) lost to Lamphey (157 for 3) by 7 wickets


The Stags travelled to a sunny Neyland for this latest match.

With Gibbs winning the toss for a second week in a row he again invited to the opposition to bat. Cole and Brunton opened the bowling and bowled straight through without taking a wicket however restricted the home side to just 38 on the board after 18 overs. The breakthrough did come in the 21st over as Gibbs had Page caught by Johnson for 19. 7 runs later and Gibbs made it 2 as Miller was caught by Brunton for 0 and the same combination came together again 4 runs later as Ryan was next to go for 0. The home side then saw a stand of 75 between Rees and Power take the score up to 152 before the former was stumped by Trimarco off the bowling of Skeels for 66. The 5th wicket fell 13 runs later as Power was well caught by Mathias off the bowling of Haydn Cole for 39. The final wicket of the innings fell with the score on 156 as Skeels bowled Arran for 0. The innings close on 156 for 6.

Triamarco and Johnson kicked off the response again and put on 18 for the first wicket before Trimarco skied one and was caught for 9. This brought Brunton to the crease and with Johnson systematically took apart the home sides attack. The pair adding 131 for the 2nd wicket as Johnson reached and passed his 50 (5x4, 1x6) before he was finally run out for 77 with the score on 149 in the 24th over. Unfortunately for Brunton he fell 1 run later just 3 runs shy of his first 50 of the season as he was caught by Murphy off Arran for 47. It was left to Skeels and Cole to knock off the final runs needed as Skeels finished 1 not out and Cole 4 not out.

Star Man – Nic Johnson – A great knock from Johnson on his return to the fold.




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Lamphey (23 for 3) beat Herbrandston (21) by 7 wickets


The Stags kicked off their 2018 campaign a week late due to rain causing the cancellation of their first match. Herbrandston were the visitors to Lamphey and the team showed up with only 4 familiar faces from the season before. As is the case it seems though cricket is on the wane in Pembrokeshire and sides are finding the going tough to put out sides so it was no surprise that the Stags were missing 6 or 7 regulars from the previous season due to work commitments, transfers away from the club or injury.

With new skipper for 2018 winning the toss Gibbs invited the visitors to bat. This choice proved just when the bowling of Cole and Blackwell tore through the visitors line up with Blackwell in particular enjoying a fruitful afternoon as he picked up 7 for 12 (including a hat trick) and Cole 3 for 7 as the visitors were dismissed for just 21 in 14.4 overs. Blackwell also took a catch off Cole and Johnson a catch off Blackwell. For Herbrandston Ryan Davies top scored with 4.

The Stags opened the response with the returning Nic Johnson and Luca Trimarco and it only took 3 balls for the visitors to make the breakthrough, Johnson playing too early and getting caught plumb LBW for 0. McGilloway made his way to the crease and with Trimarco advanced the score to 15 before Trimarco (10) saw a ball pop up resulting in him looping up a simple catch to leave the Stags 2 down, 1 ball later and the Stags were 3 down as Blackwell top edged his first ball to give Hood his 3rd wicket. McGilloway saw off the remainder of the over and Cole eased any tensions by hitting his first three balls from John for 2,2,4 to wrap up the win for the Stags in 7.3 overs.

Star Man – Dave Blackwell – 7 wickets and a catch saw the Stags on the way to victory.




Match cancelled due to rain