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Neyland 2nds (136 for 9) drew with Lamphey (130 for 9)

The Stags looked to get back to winning ways with a tricky game at Neyland on Saturday. With rain during the morning the game was in the balance and as such the Stags were dealt a blow when Brunton studying in Cardiff decided not to risk it. This meant a call up to the starting XI for his dad, Haydn Cole.

With a covered wicket play began on time and Skeels continued with his 100% success with the coin toss to invite the home side to bat. Cole and Lawrence opened the innings and pinned back the Neyalnd opening pair. So much so that after the first 10 overs only 11 runs were on the board. However a few lose overs saw the rate accelerate and by the time the first wicket fell in the 13th over the score had moved to 40. The wicket to fall being G Rees well caught by Shelmerdine in gully off the bowling of Cole for 19. Gibbs replaced Lawrence in the 14th over and the change paid off a Gibbs struck straight away a Miller was caught by Skeels for 5. This brought Murray to the crease fresh from his 100 the week before and he wasted no time in smashing the ball to all parts. Hitting the ball very hard he launched Gibbs for 2 straight sixes and looked like he was going for a repeat of the previous week. Skeels pulled Gibbs out of the firing line and bowled himself whilst senior bowled from the bottom end as he replaced Cole who bowled through taking 1 for 7 off 9.

With Murray being ably supported by Lynn Rees things looked bleak as the score advanced to 96 off 24 overs before the Skeels/Skeels partnership combined as James caught Murray of the bowling of senior for 42. After this some semblance of normality resumed. Wickets fell regularly as Hadyn Cole and Skeels senior worked their magic. With the score on 105 Lawrence took a regulation catch at deep mid-on off Skeels to dismiss Power for 1. Cole then bowled Evans for 1 before Skeels struck again; this time with the score on 124 Gibbs reacted smartly at square leg to take a good catch to dismiss Rees for 36. Further wickets fell as the home side limped to 136 with Cole claiming a further 3 wickets, bowling 2 and having the 3rd caught. With one over remaining and 1 wicket needed the final pair saw out Cole however survived a run out off the last ball of the innings to close on 136 for 9.

A simple enough tally or so it seemed. The Stags got off to a horrendous start as they lost Lawrence for 0 caught behind off a glove to Rees, then Griffiths had his marching orders as he was bowled by Rees for 0. Haines in at 3 and fresh off the back of his 100 the week before scored 2 before he was bowled around legs for 2 and the Stags were rocking at 3 for 3. With two new bats at the crease in the form of Skeels and Trimarco some rebuilding was needed and the pair did that. Skeels in particular playing like a man in form and hitting the ball well. The score had moved to 32 in the 8th over and disaster struck again as Skeel was bowled by the slow left arm of Lynn Rees for 22. With the experienced Shelmerdine in at 6 a new partnership was built as the pair took the score up to 55 before Shelmerdine was caught off the bowling of Murphy for 9. With the game in the balance at 55 for 6, Tom Powell joined Trimarco who seemed comfortable at the crease and as things started to sway in favour of the Stags Trimarco was bowled by Murphy for 32. Two balls later and the Stags lost their 7th wicket as Cole was bowled by Murphy for 0. 78 for 7 and still a further 21 overs left in the innings so plenty of time for either side to win. Gibbs entered the fray at 9, proclaiming he hates batting but with Powell the pair gave the Stags real hope of victory and made batting look easy. Picking up 2’s and 3’s an over the score ticked along and for 17 overs the pair advanced towards the total. Powell who had batted well and looked set to see the Stags home, played a loose shot and was caught at point for 20 off the bowling of Murray. 15 needed off 4 overs and with Haydn Cole entering the fray this tally could be plundered in a couple of overs, unfortunately 6 runs later Cole was bowled by Sutton for 1. 9 runs needed for victory off 11 balls, for the home side 1 wicket needed. Unsurprisingly Gibbs and Skeels took no chances and saw off the final 11 balls whilst picking up a couple of runs. The innings, which had been a nervy affair for both sides had closed on 130 for 9 and the Stags had to settle for the draw, when both victory and defeat had both been a possibility. Gibbs looked like the Gibbs of old and was undefeated on 29. A faultless knock which will no doubt have rekindled his love for batting!

Star Man - Haydn Cole - may have lost the weight but not the knack to take wickets




                             Neyland v Lamphey 23/5/17

Neyland (78 for 0)beat Lamphey (74) by 10 wickets

Lamphey faced the mammoth challenge of Neyland in the 2nd round of the Harrison Allen. Their ‘reward’ for defeating division one side Pembroke in the previous round.

With Skeels winning the toss he elected to bat which was a wise choice. Unsurprisingly the gap in quality was apparent and the Stags were 2 down with 9 on the board as Trimarco was caught for 4 and Griffiths was bowled for 2. Some respite ensued before two further wickets fell with the score on 22, first Lawrence was caught for 5, then Haines caught for 6. Yea in at 6 cracked a couple of 4’s but the 5th wicket fell with the score on 36 and by the time Shelmerdine was out for 0 the Stags were 6 down for 49. Impressively all six wickets fell to the bowling of Durrant who finished his 6 over spell with 6 for 26.

The only player seemingly comfortable against the home sides bowling was Skeels and with Cole advanced the score to 71 before Skeels was bowled by the spin of Miller for 26. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before the tail end collapsed and the innings went from 71 for 7 to 74 all out as Gibbs was bowled for 1, Weatherall bowled for 0 and Luke Lawrence was caught for 1. Cole – one of only two to get into double figures - remained unbeaten of 11 not out.

A score of 71 was never going to be a challenge for Neyland and so it proved with Koomen (39*) and Miller (27*) picking off the bowling with ease. The winning runs coming up in the 10th over to give the home side a 10 wicket victory and passage into the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen.

Star Man - James Skeels - skipper led from the front with 26



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Lamphey (187) lost to Herbrandston (188 for 7) by 3 wickets

The Stags entertained Herbrandston in this top of the table clash. Both sides were unbeaten in the league and something had to give. Unfortunately for the home side several key members in the shape of Skeels, McGilloway, Lawrence and Griffiths were unavailable. However the Stags still managed to field a good strong side.

Things got off to a bad start as stand in skipper Shelmerdine lost the toss and the Stags were invited to bat. A new opening pairing of Haines and Brunton were tasked with getting the home side off to a good start and the pair did just that as they put on 32 for the first wicket before Brunton was undone by the change bowling as was caught and bowled by Hood for 13. Blackwell in at 3 looked comfortable and the pair added another 57 runs to the tally by the half way point to leave a very good platform with the score on 86. However things turned on their head just 3 overs and 7 runs later as first Blackwell (19) played one down deep midwickets throat and one ball later Trimarco was trudging back to the pavilion as he top edged and was caught behind. Haines in the meanwhile was rattling along on 45. Shelmerdine in at 5 scored 5 before he was caught with the score on 103. Haines then brought up his 50 from 75 balls and with Cole advanced the score to 120 before a major collapse saw the Stags lose 3 wickets on 120. First Cole was caught at long off for 2. Gibbs was run out without facing a ball and Mounter was adjudged caught behind for 0 though Mounter pleaded his innocence it seems he can feel hard done by. With 11 overs still remaining the innings rested on Haines’ shoulders and he found an ally in the shape of a slimline Hadyn Cole - who after losing several stone had seemingly found a new lease of life - as the pair shared a stand of 67 for the 8th wicket which saw Haines bring up his 100 off just 103 balls including 8 fours and 5 sixes and by the time he was out for 119 (9x4 and 6x6) the Stags had reached 187 with 2 overs remaining. Unfortunately the Stags didn’t add to the tally as firstly Cole was caught for 12 off Hood, then Grimwood marking his return to the Stags following a transfer from Pembroke Dock was adjudged to be stumped for 0. The innings closing on a 187 thanks in the main to an excellent knock of 119 from Haines.

A defensible total the Stags opened with Brunton and Cole. The pair bowling well and tight without much luck as several catches went down. Despite this set back after 10 overs the visitors only had 23 on the board. However wickets were hard to come by – not helped by the inability of the Stags to hold catches and it was some relief when the first wicket fell with 58 on the board as Jack Nicholas was caught by Shelmerdine off the bowling of Gibbs for 25. 10 runs later and Herbrandston lost their 2nd wicket – this time Bowles was LBW to Skeels for 36 and a further wicket fell with the score on 79 as Hood was bowled by Gibbs for 3. The game was now evenly balanced with the visitors needing 109 from the final 20 overs of the innings. Before the 100 appeared Herbrandston lost a 4th wicket with bowled by Skeels for 21. The next wicket fell on 123 as Gibbs bowled John for 1 and the game was ebbing and flowing. Unfortunately for the Stags only one further wicket was to fall as Haydn Cole caught Davies for 11 off Skeels. At the other end Ryan Davies played with aplomb ending the game in the visitors favour with an undefeated 55 and H Davies 3 not out to steer them to 188 for 7.

A truly shocking display by the Stags in the field led to their downfall. At least 10 catches were put down and with that kind of performance didn’t deserve to win. Had the catches been held the game would have been won by the home side but it was a day to forget; even for Haines, who despite scoring 119 still ended up on the losing side.

Star Man - Lewis Haines - Deserved to be on the winning side after an excellent knock of 119



HOOK v LAMPHEY 18/5/17

Hook (92) lost to Lamphey (186 for 5) by 94 runs

The Stags returned to Hook for the 2nd time in a week on Thursday this time for the Douggie Morris cup clash.

The Stags made a couple of changes from their 7 wicket victory the following Saturday with Gibbs, Yea and Weatherall getting an outing.

On winning the toss the Stags elected to bat and opened with Trimarco and Lawrence. The pair got the innings off to a good start putting 22 on the board before Lawrence was adjudged to be stumped off the bowling of Martin for 9. Griffiths in a 3 struck a 4 first ball but then was bowled by Martin the next. With the Stags now at 26 for 2 skipper Skeels joined Trimarco in the middle and the pair added 15 to the total before Trimarco was bowled by Thomas for 20 with the scoreboard on 41. Yea who is only seen in a Stag shirt in limited over cricket these days came in at 5 and after 10 overs the Stags had moved onto 50. The run rate then accelerated as Skeels in particular went to town on the home sides bowling as 59 runs came off the next 5 overs and Yea had chipped in with an excellent 26 before he was bowled by Holder with the score on 132. In the meantime Skeels had brought up his 50 and was on fire as he pinged balls to all corners of the pitch. Shelmerdine in at 6 scored 2 before he became Holders second victim with 3 overs remaining the Stags had reached 156. McGilloway in at 7 hardly saw the ball as Skeels was rapidly plundering his way to the magical 3 figures. A feat which looked unlikely with time running out but reach it he did bringing up the 100 with a 4 in just 49 balls including 8x4 and 8x6 bringing rapturous applause from his teammates Skeels still had time to hit another 6 as the innings finally closed on 186 for 6, Skeels unbeaten on 109 and McGilloway 0 not out. For the home side Martin was the pick of the bowling with 2 for 16 off 4.

With the home side looking to get off to a good start they rejigged the line-up and had 8 on the board before Cole struck in the first over bowling Flood for 8. The second wicket fell in the 3rd over with the score on 24 as Phelps tried to run two to Yea but only succeeded being run out by some margin. McGilloway replaced Cole in the 5th over and it proved a master stroke as his first two balls saw both Martin (1) and Holder (0) out LBW. Lawrence then replaced Gibbs and 5 runs later Hook were 5 down as Davies was bowled by Lawrence for 5 and 11 runs later the 6th wicket fell as Phelps, A was bowled by Lawrence for 0. At the half way point the home side were someway off the pace as they had 62 on the board but more critically were 6 down. Maybe a combination of the pressure being off both sides with the game petering out. Hook then enjoyed their best spell of the game adding 26 for the 7th wicket and with the score on 71 Lawrence struck for his third of the game having Goronwy caught and bowled for 16. With Lawrence bowling out Griffths took over and with his 2nd ball he bowled C James for 0 the hosts were now 8 down. Gibbs returned to the attack and he prised the wicket of opener Wicks as he was caught by Trimarco for 37. The game was over 9 runs later snapped up his 2nd by bowling Thomas for 5 and the victory was sealed with 4 overs to spare.

The Stags now face 1st Division Carew in the next round on June 6th. The game to be played at Lamphey. A tough ask but a game the Stags will approach full of confidence.

Star Man - James Skeels - an explosive maiden ton from the skipper led the Stags to victory

HOOK v LAMPHEY 13/5/17

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Hook (74) lost to Lamphey (75 for 3) by 7 wickets

This early season top of the table clash saw the Stags travel to Hook for this latest fixture.

With Skeels winning the toss he invited the home side to have a bat on a wicket which looked hard and could possibly give the bowlers some assistance. The opening pair of Brunton and Cole toiled early on with little going their way and after 10 overs the home side had 35 on the board. However Cole then made the breakthrough bowling Wickes for 14. The unlucky Brunton was replaced by the wily Skeels and with his first ball removed the dangerous Phelps for 20 forcing him to chip up a simple catch to Lawrence. One run later and Hook were 3 down as Cole got a ball to nip back and bowled Martin for 1. Hook then took the score to 50 without losing any further wickets before Skeels struck twice with the score on 53 and 55. First Phelps (A) was caught by Brunton for 4, then Flood was caught by Shelmerdine for 13. At the other end Lawrence replaced Cole and he had his first wicket as Shelmerdine caught James for 2 at mid off. The 7th and 8th wickets fell with 64 on the board; firstly Skeels bowled Davies for 5, then Lawrence took a tremendous caught and bowled effort off the dangerous Willington for 1. The hosts added a further 10 to the total before Trimarco took a smart reactionary catch off Lawrence to dismiss James for 7 and Blackwell took another smart effort close in again off Lawrence as Petrie was out for 0 and Hook skittled for 74 off 26 overs. Lawrence finishing with 4 for 11, Skeels 4 for 14 and Cole 2 for 28.


With rain forecast for later in the day the Stags were keen to get out and get on with the response. Griffiths and Lawrence opened the innings for the visitors and took the score to 42 off 8 overs before Griffiths (29) was the first player out as he was caught at mid wicket by Wickes off Martin. 2 runs later and Brunton was next out - stumped by Petrie for 2 off Martin. McGilloway in at 4 saw the 50 up in the 10th over, but with the score on 52 he was out LBW for the 3rd time in 7 days for 4. With 23 needed to win Skeels joined Lawrence in the middle and the pair only needed a further 3 overs to knock off the runs as Lawrence finished 20not out and Skeels 12 not out to give the Stags a simple 7 wicket victory which takes them back to the top of the table with a quarter of the season completed.

Star Man - Dean Lawrence - for the second time in a week Lawrence has shown how important he is to the Stags with bat and ball.




 Lamphey (145 for 5) beat Pembroke (144 for 5)

The first round of this years Harrison Allen threw thwe Stags a home tie against their closest rivals who are currently playing in Div 1 of the Pembrokeshire League.

With the visitors batting first Skeels opened the attack with the spin of the returning Gibbs and the left arm medium of Lawrence. The game started off at a slow cagey pace as Hay and Evans played themselves in. As the game approached the 10th over the visitors only had 35 on the board thanks to some good bowling and fielding of the home side. However once the Gibbs/Lawrence combination came off the pair upped the run rate from the quicker bowling of McGilloway and Skeels.

The first wicket fell when the opening pair tried to force a couple of runs off Cole who replaced McGilloway in the 14th over. Skeels out at dip mid off returned the ball and the direct hit left Evans (23) stranded. Pembroke then lost their 2nd wicket of the over as Cole bowled Rogers for 0. In the meantime Hay looked set and brought up his 50.

Pembroke now thanks to Hay started to up the rate and the 100 appeared in the 16th over. Hay now seeing the ball well hitting out. Gibbs came back into the attack and soon snapped up his first wicket as John (1) was well caught by Gregson in the deep. Hay then tried to put Gibbs over the square leg boundary but only succeded in finding Haines who did well with the sun in his eyes to make the catch look simple. Hay departed for an excellent 95.

With the hitters out Pembroke then struggled to find the boundaries in the last few overs as White (2not out) and Davies whom was run out off the last ball of the inninga for 2 saw the 1st div side close on 144 for 5 off their 22.

Set 145 to win the Stags felt the total was well within reach. Lawrence and Trimarco opened the attack and comfortably dealt with the Pembroke opening bowlers. The pair both square cutting the pace of John for 6 as they rattled the score along bringing up the 50 in just the 7th over. Pembroke then made the breakthrough with the score on 59 as Trimarco (35) top edged one off Davies and gave Hay a simple catch. McGilloway in at 3 put on 13 with Lawrence before he was out LBW off the bowling of John for 2. Haines replaced McGilloway and wasted no time in pushing the run rate along hitting a quick fire 22 before being caught off the bowling of Evans as the score read 104 for 3 off 15. 1 run later and Lawrence was out for 31 as he too gave Hay a simple catch this time off the bowling of Evans. The minor wobble however was shortlived as Skeels in at 5 took an instant liking to the bowling of Davies smashing 2 big sixes in a rapid 22 before he was stumped by Hay off Davies. By now the Stags had reached 130 with 4 overs remaining. The game however was finished one over later as the returning Mark Yea pinged Evans for 6 and 4 then hitting the winning run to take the Stags to 145 for 5 and with 3 overs to spare. Yea finishing 13 not out and Shelmerdine 5 not out.

The Stags now travel to Neyland in the next round on 23 May in what will be a very tough game indeed.


Star Man - Dean Lawrence - A great opening spell of bowling only going for 18 off 6, then starring with the bat scoring 31.




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Lamphey (75 for 7) beat Haverfordwest III (73) by 3 wickets

The Stags first home game of the 2017 campaign saw them entertain Haverfordwest 3rds in this the 3rd game of the season.

On winning the toss Skipper Skeels invited Haverfordwest have a bat. The bowling was opened by the 40 something pairing of Cole and Blackwell. A tight opening spell of bowling saw the visitors reach just 14 from the first 10 overs and had moved the score to 20 before Cole struck to bowl Johnson for 12. A further 7 runs were added to the total before Cole struck again this time having Tooze play across the line to give Blackwell a simple catch at mid-off. With the runs being kept down Skeels let the openers bowl through their allocated 9 over stint and when the pair had finished the visitors had reached 32 for 2 off 18.

The change saw McGilloway and Brunton come into the attack and within 5 runs McGilloway had struck bowling opener Maggs for 7. With the dangerous Varghese at the crease the Stags knew this was the key man to shift and it was Brunton who got his man having Varghese caught and bowled for 13 with the score on 42. After that the visiting side had little answer to the bowling of McGilloway who tore through the middle order. The unorthodox bowler took two wickets with the score on 48, first having Ebenezer caught by Shelmerdine caught for 2, then bowling Evans for 0. The visitors lost a third wicket with the score on 48 as Brunton whipping up a fair bit of pace made Pasternah (0) top edge one which Gregson took and did well to hold onto as he collided with Trimarco who ended up sprawled on the deck. 48 for 7 turned into 50 for 8 as McGilloway struck again as he bowled Flood for 2 and 6 runs later he completed his Michelle as Brunton caught Adams for 1. The last wicket pairing did put up some resistance at the end adding 17 for the final wicket before the slow stuff of Skeels bowled Vaughan for 19. The visitors finishing on 73 all out off 35 overs. McGilloway finishing the innings with a very good 5 for 6.

With the Stags chasing a low total it was no surprise to see a couple of early wickets fall. First out with the score on 12 was Griffiths for 2 as he was bowled by Flood. It was that man Flood with the second 5 runs later, this time bowling Lawrence for 12. With two new bats in the middle – McGilloway and Brunton – a period of stability was enjoyed by the Stags as the pair moved along to 35 before Brunton was bowled by Flood for 8. 1 run later the Stags had lost their 4th wicket as Skipper Skeels was bowled first ball by Vaughan. Trimarco in at 6 took the score up to 51 before McGilloway was adjudged LBW for 18 off the bowling of Varghese. 7 runs later and Trimarco was next to depart bowled by Varghese for 10 going for a big shot and missing. Shelmerdine and Blackwell added some level heads to proceedings taking the score up to 70 before Blackwell lost his trying to finish the game off with a big shot but ended up being Varghese’s 3rd bowled victim of the day. With 4 needed to win Cole joined Shelmerdine in the middle and it was Cole who finished the game with a 4 off Vaughan to give the Stags a nervy 3 wicket win. The experienced Shelmerdine batting sensibly ended the day unbeaten on 12. 

Star Man - Peter McGilloway - An excellent spell of bowling followed up with top score with the bat





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Johnston (46) lost to Lamphey (232 for 6) by 186 runs


amphey travelled to Johnston for the first game of the new season, looking to get the season off to a flyer. Their hopes were raised when the home team could only field 10 players and as such Skipper Skeels elected to bat on winning the toss.

The Stags opened the innings with Griffiths and Lawrence, and it was Griffiths in particular who plundered the opening bowlers and by the time he was bowled for 25 the score had rattled up to 33 for 1 off 5 overs.

McGilloway in at 3 played a lovely shot for 4 but with a further 10 runs added to the score he became the second Lamphey man out, bowled by Liam James for 4. Brunton swapped places with McGilloway and with Lawrence advanced the score to 62 in the 14th over before Lawrence chased a wide delivery off Olivia James and was caught for 17. Skipper Skeels came in at 5 and with Brunton picked off the change bowlers at ease. Brunton playing an anchored innings whilst Skeels was the aggressor and the 100 duly arrived in the 18th over. However the Stags lost a 4th wicket the very next over on 102 as Skeels mistimed his shot and was caught for 21 off the bowling of Lewis. Skeels’ departure saw Trimarco to the crease and with Brunton the pair wasted no time bringing the 150 up in the 27th over. The next wicket to fall came with 156 on the board as Trimarco 37 off 34 balls was trapped LBW by the bowling of Emma Summons. Powell in at 7 played a couple of nice shots before becoming Summons’ second victim of the afternoon as she bowled him for 4 with the score on 172 in the 30th over. By the time Shelmerdine came out to bat Brunton was already well set and looking good as he had reached 38. With the possibility of a declaration in the offing Shelmerdine and Brunton upped the tempo once more and  it was no surprise as Brunton reached his 50 (7x4s). Over the course of the next 7 overs the pair rattled up a large total and by the time the declaration came from Skeels after 36 overs the Stags had reached 232 for 6, Brunton finishing on an excellent undefeated 61 and Shelmerdine 32 off just 22 balls.

With the home side always looking unlikely to reach the total they set out to frustrate the Stags and by in large the succeeded early on. The opening pair of Brunton and Lawrence bowled well without much luck. However in the 5th over with 8 on the board Brunton dismissed James for 1 thanks to a regulation catch from Skeels. With no further luck Skeels mixed things up and brought in McGilloway and Cole. It was the latter who claimed the next wicket in the 13th over as he bowled Page for 11 with the score on 27. 1 run later McGilloway got in on the act as he bowled Liam James for 1. Despite the pair bowling 10 overs between them for 2 runs no further wickets fell however with the arsenal of bowling at his disposal Skeels mixed things up again, bringing on the slow stuff in the form of Skeels senior and Jake Griffiths. This reaped dividends as the home side lost their 4th wicket with the score on 28 as Emma Summons was trapped LBW by Skeels for 0. 28 for 4 became 29 for 5 as Griffiths not to be outdone bowled Badham for 1. 4 runs later and Griffiths had 2 this time Trimarco took a top edge off Lewis with ease. The home side then put on a partnership of 10 before losing another wicket as Skeels finally put paid to the resilience of opener Nelson who batted until the 28th over for 13 as Lawrence close in took a soft catch as he popped a delivery into his hands. One run later and Olivia James became the next to go as she was run out going for a second to the fielding of the lethal Brunton. The final nail in the home sides coffin came with the score on 46 as Skeels bowled Nelson jnr for 2 in the 30th over.

Star Man - Scott Brunton - A top knock of 61 not out set the Stags up for big score.