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Herbrandston (119 for 9) drew with Lamphey (176 for 9)


The Stags travelled across the Cleddau to Herbrandston in this top of the table, needle match. Due to an incident in the previously played Alan Brown cup game the match was played with 2 neutral umpires, quite possibly a first for a third division league match.

With the week leading up to the match being rather unsettled weather wise it was refreshing to see a bit of sunshine Saturday morning however when the Stags arrived at Herbrandston it was apparent that an earlier heavy downpour had ensued leaving the square somewhat damp. It was agreed to delay the start of the match to give the best possible chance of playing and as a result the game was reduced to 36 overs a side.

The toss therefore became an important one to win, as it was the home side won the toss and promptly invited Lamphey to bat.

It was a decision which seemed to be justified as the Stags found themselves 2 down with just 2 on the board. Firstly Dean Lawrence was bowled for 1, then Lewis Haines followed in the same vein also for 1. This brought McGilloway and Brunton together and the pair weathered the early conditions to slowly take the sting out of the home side. Batting together for 13 overs the pair advanced the score to 49 in the 16th over before Brunton edged one to the keeper off Nicholas for 20. Jake Griffiths in at 5 continued the good work and made his intentions clear from the off scoring 23 in a partnership of 50 before he was next to depart with the score on 99. McGilloway then brought up his first 50 (3x4, 3x6) of the season which up until then was a faultless effort but a seemingly momentary lapse of concentration  counted for his downfall as he was caught without adding to his tally with the score on 100. This meant the Stags had to rebuild and with Skeels and Trimarco in it wasn’t long before the visitors lost their 6th wicket, the 3rd for just 3 runs as Skeels (2) was caught of the bowling of Nicholas. With 10 overs remaining the visitors looked to push on with Trimarco and Blackwell setting about the task before Trimarco was LBW for 13. Cole in at 9 scored 5 before he was caught off the bowling of Bowles, then Gibbs was run out for 3 going for a risky single. Meanwhile Blackwell was finding his rhythm and the 150 arrived with 4 overs remaining. Along with Blackwell a cameo from number 11 Gregson who took a liking to Nicholas in scoring a rapid 13 the final score saw the Stags close on a respectable 176 for 9. Blackwell continuing from the previous weeks form to finish undefeated on 38.

With the game in the balance and a still tricky wicket the home side found the going tough with Gibbs and Brunton bowling well. With 10 overs down the score board registered 26 meaning a need to up the rate with 150 needed off 26. Brunton was replaced by Cole and Gibbs bowled his spell through (going only for 11 runs which included a six off his 9 overs). It was Cole however who made the breakthrough as he had Bowles (15) caught by Blackwell on the mid on boundary with the score on 35 in the 18th over. This brought the dangerous Bennett to the crease and he wasted no time in taking on the challenge. Lawrence replaced Gibbs and with Cole kept the home side under the run rate however the game swung slightly to their favour in the 25th over when Bennett decided to go for broke. Taking on Cole he launched one straight to Blackwell on the long on boundary but with Blackwell wandering in he took the catch but went over the boundary, luck was on his side again when in the same over Gregson dropped a straight forward chance on the deep mid wicket boundary and by the time the over was complete 20 runs had been added. Cole was to have some revenge though as he forced Nicholas to mishit one to Griffiths whom took a simple catch. After his departure big hitter John came to the crease but his stay was short lived thanks to an excellent piece of fielding from Brunton to run him out as he raced back for a risky second. Shortly after Bennett’s luck ran out as Lawrence took a superb caught and bowled effort to send him back to the pavilion for 42. With the home side still needing 50 plus with 6 overs remaining the Stags took the upper hand and a flurry of wickets proceeded. Davies was bowled first ball by Lawrence, Reid was then caught by Skeels off the bowling of McGilloway for 3. Next Hood was superbly caught by Griffiths one handed on the mid wicket boundary and the home side were rocking. Caught in two minds whether to shut up shop or push on the get the draw points Thomas was bowled by McGilloway for 0. Into the final over and still needing 8 to get a draw point Nicholas, P skied one first ball off Lawrence to give Haines a simple catch leaving the Stags with 4 balls to get Nicholas A out; however the youngster held fast deciding to put up the shutters and saw the game out to leave the home side close on 119 for 9. The reduced overs coming to their rescue as the Stags would have undoubtedly sealed the game in the following overs.

A great fightback by the Stags losing early wickets to post a challenging total on a challenging wicket. 24 points taken and would have been 30 had it not been for those lost 4 overs. Still it closes the gap to second place to 30 points with 120 left to play for. It may be a mountain to high but the Stags will keep plugging away until its mathematically impossible. With a game against the current incumbent of 2nd place still to take place at Lamphey, anything is possible!

Star Man – Pete McGilloway – a solid 50 coupled with a couple of wickets in an all round display.  




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Lamphey (154 for 8) lost to Hook (155 for 5 by 5 wickets


Lamphey entertained table toppers Hook in an important promotion chasing game. Victory for the Stags would reduce the gap at the top to a matter of points and make the last 5 games very interesting. Defeat  would seriously dent those hopes.

A morning of drizzle meant the game started with a bit of a damp atmosphere. Things werent brightened much when the toss went the way of the visitors and the Stags were put into bat.

The Stags opened with Haines and Grimwood and found the bowling of Martin hard to play. The bowler getting plenty of lift off the wicket. With just 6 on the board Haines was well caught in the slips for 5 off the bowling of Martin. McGilloway in at 3 played some nice shots particularly off Willington and the score advanced to 23 before McGilloway was next to go chipping up a simple caught and bowled to Willington for 14. Without adding to the total Grimwood was caught by Phelps off Martin for 1 and by the time Trimarco was bowled for 1 the Stags were in real trouble at 25 for 4. With two new bats at the middle in the shape of Skeels and Brunton some parity was restored as the pair played some sensible cricket and edged the score up to 55 in the 20th over before Skeels (16) mistimed a shot and was easily caught off the bowling of Holder. Tom Powell in at 7 held up an end whilst Brunton was the main aggressor and the score advanced to 91 in the 30th over. However the 6th wicket also fell on this total as Powell was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Phelps for 8. Blackwell back in the side after several weeks off was in next and wasted no time as he smashed his first ball through the covers for 4. This set the scene for the remainder of the innings as the pair looked to up the run rate. In the meantime Brunton brought up an excellent flawless 50 (5x 4s) despite being ill with a chest infection.  The pair took the score to 143 before disaster struck – Blackwell calling for a risky single only succeeded in running out Brunton much to his annoyance; out for a superb 64. Cole joined Blackwell with 8 balls to go and the pair added a further 11 to the score before Cole was bowled for 1 off the last ball of the innings. Blackwell meanwhile finished undefeated on 36.

With an awkward tally to get the Stags opened the bowling with Brunton and Blackwell. However they found Phelps in destructive mood and the tone was set when he dispatched the first two balls of the innings for 4. With 8 overs down the visitors had 45 on the board with the 50 coming in the 10th over. It wasn’t until the 14th over before the Stags made the breakthrough and claimed 2 wickets in the space of 2 balls. Firstly Phelps was caught by McGilloway off Gibbs for 42 then the very next ball Lay tried to hit Gibbs out of the ground but only succeeded in top edging one for Haines to snap up. This buoyed the home side and 21 runs later Haines took his second catch as McGilloway this time accounted for James (10). Unfortunately as has been the case too often this season a number of dropped catches then gave the impetus back to the visitors as a partnership of 59 for the 4th wicket was only broken late on with the introduction of Cole who bowled opener Holder for 67. A 5th wicket did fall with the re-introduction of  Brunton as Trimarco took a catch at mid off to dismiss  Aled Phelps for 18 but by then only 10 runs were needed to win with 4 overs left to get them. As it was Hook only required 2 of them as Martin launched Cole for a huge 6 and his the winning runs from the last ball of the 38th over.

A disappointing result in a game which could have gone either way. A rocky start with the bat was made a whole lot more respectable thanks to good knocks from Brunton and Blackwell. However the rapid start from the visitors with the bat coupled with a number of catches going down all accounted for the defeat. Whilst promotion is still possible; the likelihood of it happening is unlikely once more; however the Stags will continue with the fight until the end.


Star Man – Scott Brunton – Scored an excellent 64 despite being on his death bed.   





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Haverfordwest III (134 for 8)lost to Lamphey (135 for 3)by 7 wickets

The Stags were on the road for a second week in a row as they visited struggling Haverfordwest at the racecourse.

With Skeels back from Holiday he took over as skipper once more and his first little victory was winning the toss and inviting the home side to have a bat.

McGilloway and Hadyn Cole led the attack and McGilloway struck with just 1 on the board as he bowled Johnson for 1. The game then went into a paint drying mode as the home side we happy to plod along and by the time the 2nd wicket fell in the 29th over they only had 79 on the board. he breakthrough made by Gibbs thanks to a Griffiths catch. Tooze the man out for 30. The 3rd wicket fell with no added score as Gibbs bowled  Davies for 0. 15 runs later and the next man out was Ebenezer bowled by McGilloway for 4. With a shortage of bowling option available to the skipper the ball was thrown to Powell who to my recollection has never bowled in a senior 1st XI game to make up the spare overs. The bold move proved to be a stroke of genius as Powell bowling spin struck with the score on 110, bowling Maggs for 57. Gregson then took his first wicket as he bowled Vaughan for 1 before Powell struck twice more with the score on 125 having Jenkins caught by Trimarco  for 21, then bolwing Luke Vaughan for 0. The home side finally completed their 40 overs to finish with 134 on the board for the loss of 8 wickets. Adams and Dyer finishing on 5 and 3 respectively and Powell finishing with 3 for 30.

In response the Stags opened with the in form Haines and Grimwood who was making only his second start of the season. Whilst Grimwood played himself in, Haines wasted little time in taking on the bowling. Indeed such was his hurry he registered his 2nd 50 in a week in just 31 balls as he smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes. The opening partnership was finally broken with the score on 84 as Grimwood was caught and bowled by Phillips for 11. The Stags then suffered a further loss with the score on 94 as Powell was bowled by Phillips for 1. Any lingering doubt of another collapse were soon put to bed as the explosive Griffiths joined Haines in the middle as the pair moved the score onto 131 in the 19th over. Haines to be the final man out for the visitors after being caught by Maggs off Ebenezer for an excellent 81.The 4 runs needed for victory were soon knocked off as Griffiths hit the final boundary to finish up on 30 off just 13 balls.

A comprehensive victory for the Stags who eclipsed the home sides total of 134 in just 18.2 overs. A win which puts them back in the promotion hunt and in good confidence for the top of the table clash next week where the leaders Hook come to the LCG.

Star Man - Lewis Haines - The man is on fire with his 2nd 50 in 2 weeks




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 Lawrenny (172 for 8) beat Lamphey (160) by 12 runs

A Stags side shorn of 5 or 6 regulars travelled to Lawrenny in a game which could define their season. Defeat for the Stags would see them lose ground on the pacesetters but a win would keep them right up there.

With Skipper Skeels absent McGilloway took the reins and on winning the toss invited the home side to bat. With usual openers Brunton and Cole absent McGilloway and Lawrence opened. The pair bowling tight and the first wicket fell with the score on 27 as Arthur was caught by McGilloway off Lawrence for 22. After this the home side took control and no further wickets fell until the score passed 100 in the 29th over.The man to go was Campbell for 43 caught behind by Haines off Gibbs. In the 33rd over and 125 on the board Haydn Cole shifted the experienced Griffiths for 40 again thanks to Haines with a stumping With the overs ticking down the veteran slow left arm of Skeels was brought into the atatck and just 7 runs later the move paid dividends as Cole was caught by Haines for 0. The home side then lost 2 wickets with the score on 152 as firstly Skeels had Andrew Cole LBW for 6, then Phillips was caught for 36 by Skeels off Cole. With players looking to add quick runs it was no surprise as Skeels scooped another 2 wickets with the score on 169, bowling Buckle  for 4 then having Beff caught by Mounter for 0. The innings eventually closing on 172 for 8 off the allocated 40.

The Stags response got off to a solid start with 44 on the board in just 7 overs before Lawrence was caught for 12. Powell joined Haines in the middle and the pair took apart the home side attack adding a further 46 before Haines was unlucky to be bowled by Arthur for 52 (4x4 & 3x6). With the visitors needing another 83 from 26 overs with 8 wickets left things looked to be plain sailing; indeed with Trimarco in at 4 and playing some good shots there only seemed to be one side in it. This soon changed though with the score on 117 as Trimarco was bowled by Cole for 15 and 3 runs later Powell was to follow as he was stumped by Beff off Arthur for 30. Unfortunately as is seen all too often after this the Stags failed to make any telling partnerships as the highest partneship for the last 6 wickets was 13. McGilloway was next to go for 7, then Shelmerdine for  5 and by the time the 150 came up the game was still in the balance....only 22 runs needed in 11 overs but with 4 wickets remaining the pressure told on the lower order as the 7th and 8 wickets fell with the score on 151 and 152 respectively. Gregson (4) and Cole (2) the men to fall. Mounter was next to follow out for a duck and when the final wicket fell with the score on 160 Skeels was out for 2, whilst Gibbs put up a valiant effort to remain undefeated on 20.

So defeat grasped from the jaws of victory. No doubt had the Stags been at full strength the result would probably have been different as it is this 2nd defeat of the season sees the gap at the top get that little wider.

Star Man – Lewis Haines – An excellent 50 from the opener.