Cricket Reports 17th August 2019

Division One:


Neyland collect trophy after Hardy runs wild


Neyland (108 for 5) beat Haverfordwest (102 all out) by 5 wickets

Umpires: Simon Richards & Gareth Brace

Scorers: John Laugharne & Jayne Cole

Neyland skipper Sean Hannon duly received the James Morris Memorial Cup for the League Championship from Pembroke County Club chairman Paul Webb after beating old rivals comfortably at The Athletic Ground, with Ross Hardy again capturing the headlines with bat and ball.

Firstly, Hardy grabbed 3 for 10 in helping reduce The Town to only 102 all out and then rounded off the match with four big sixes in his 34 not out from only 24 deliveries, three of them from the last three balls of the innings to round things off in style!

Haverfordwest were asked to bat first as Neyland skipper Hannon won his 16th toss of the campaign and made a good start as Mikey Jones could only manage a single from nine overs and Simon Holliday was adjudged lbw for 12, a success that was greeted with delight by the partisan home supporters.

Ross Hardy - powerful batting for NeylandDanny Potter, however, looked back to something like his best form as he rapped nine boundaries in his 53 before he was dismissed to set up a Town collapse which saw only Ashley James (16) ever showing much resistance against Andrew Miller (3 for 23) and Ross Hardy (3 for 10), ably assisted by promising young pace man Tom Pritchard (2 for 5), Nick Koomen (1 for 15) and Nathan Banner (1 for 30).

Nick Koomen (22), Geraint Rees (14), Ashley Sutton (10) and Banner (19 not out) provided Hardy with some support against Haverfordwest ‘spin twins’ Clive Tucker (2 for 24) and Holliday (2 for 43) alongside Ashley James (1 for 20) but the game was brought to a dramatic conclusion by Hardy’s big-hitting exploits!

Danny Potter hit 53 for well-beaten Haverfordwest

Ross Hardy - powerful batting for Neyland


Cresselly win a tight local derby tussle


Carew (111 all out) lost to Cresselly (114 for 8) by 2 wickets

Umpires: Dave Bonner & Allan Hansen

Scorers: Julie Davies & Teagan Cartwright

Tom Murphy - welcome return for CressellyMatches between Carew and Cresselly are usually tight tussles and this one was no exception as fortunes ebbed and flowed before the visitors eased home by two wickets

Carew were asked to bat first by Cresselly skipper Ryan Lewis and were never able to get up a full head of steam as Cresselly bowled and fielded well.

Tom Murphy made a welcome return to action with 3 for 23 from his 12 overs and was supported by skipper Lewis (2 for 10 in 8.2 overs), Sam Harts (3 for 28) Tom Arthur (2 for 41).

For Carew, Gareth Lewis batted well for his top-scoring 34 and there were minor cameos from Tom Davies and Nick Scourfield (11 apiece), Simon Wood (19) and Nick Davies (13) but no-one was able to compile a really big score so it was that Cresselly were the happier team at the tea interval.

But Carew showed typical grit as they applied pressure to the Cresselly batting as there were double-figure contributions from Dan Sutton (22), Phil Williams (11), Simon Cole (16) and Tom Murphy (15) before Neilson Cole stayed cool with a late 10 not out to edge them home.

For Carew there were wickets for Tom Davies (3 for 33), Tudor Hurle (2 for 18), Rhys Davies (2 for 24) and Simon Wood (1 for 6) – and they were left to reflect on a couple of missed half chances that have might have seen a reversal of fortunes in a low-scoring contest.

Tom Murphy - welcome return for Cresselly


Burton stun The Seasiders


Saundersfoot (134 all out) lost to Burton (202 for 9) by 68 runs

Umpires: Trefor Evans & Bob Elliott

Scorers: Adge John & Dennis Venables

Morgan Scale - superb seven-wicket haul for BurtonA  superb all-round performance by Morgan Scale was the undoubted highlight of Burton’s excellent victory at Saundersfoot as he joined Jonathan Venables as their prime batsmen in a final tally of 202 for 9 after being asked to bat first – and then grabbed seven wickets after tea!

Venables scored a boundary-laden 56 alongside Scale’s 37, and supported by Luke Hayman as Danny Caine (3 for 46), Nick Cope (2 for 53) and Rhys Richards (2 for 28) were the home wicket-takers.

There is no doubt that with recent batting form such a challenging challenge was within Saundersfoot’s capabilities but only skipper James Caine (36), brother Danny (25) and Steve Cook (31 not out) ever stayed long as Scale’s spin bowling had them ties in knots with figures of 7 for 39 as his due reward.

Matthew Webb maintained his excellent contribution to the club in his first season with 2 for 22 and although victory won’t stave off relegation for Burton it was a really good performance nonetheless!

Morgan Scale - superb seven-wicket haul for Burton


Lawrenny successfully chase down a big target


St Ishmaels (189 for 6) lost to Lawrenny (193 for 8) by 2 wickets

Umpires: Richard Merriman

Scorers: Wendy Bradshaw & Malcolm Thomas

Phil Cockburn - fine batting by Tish captain in defeatLawrenny showed why they are so strong in second spot by successfully chasing down St Ishmael’s challenging total with two overs to spare, despite being pushed all the way by the home side.

Tish skipper Phil Cockburn has clearly been inspired by the responsibilities of captaincy because once again he was their top scorer with a sparkling 89, which included 13 fours and a six) before he was caught by Steve Lewis off the bowling of Ryan Morton with a three-figure score in sight.

Dan Richards (39, including five fours and a six) and Jack Nicholas (28 not out) were the other main contributors to Tish’s 189 for 6 against Rob Williams (1 for 37), Jamie Lewis (1 for 25), Ryan Morton (1 for 43), Brad McDermott-Jenkins (1 for 25) and Kurtis Marsh (2 for 20)  as the visitors’ wicket-takers.

Steve Lewis led the Lawrenny chase with top score of 43 (four fours and a six) and found solid support from Brad McDermott-Jenkins (33), Harry Thomas (29) and James Skeels (28) before Ryan Morton again showed what an under-rated all-rounder he is with a hard-hitting 34 not out; ending matters with a big six.

For Tish there was useful bowling by Brennan Devonald (4 for 35), Andrew Pawlett (2 for 68) and Harry Nicholas (2 for 21) but in the final analysis Lawrenny stayed calm under pressure and kept up their good form in readiness for the Harrison-Allen Bowl Final.

Phil Cockburn - fine batting by Tish captain in defeat


Borderers are good value for five-wicket win


Whitland (125 for 5) beat Llangwm (120 all out) by 5 wickets

Umpires: Dave Brandon & John Willington

Scorers: Rob Benjamin & Dai Davies

Jonathan Thomas - more runs for WhitlandWhitland gained a deserved win over Llangwm as they restricted the visitors to only 120 all out in 31.2 overs and then needed six overs fewer to reach their target.

With a number of first team regulars unavailable at a village wedding it was Toby Asson and Gary Phillips who were the main architects of Llangwm’s 120 all out.

Veteran Phillips hit 14 runs as the only other batsman in double figures whilst Asson confirmed his potential with top score of 57, which included seven fours and a six.

Off-spinner Greg Sleep grabbed a 4 for 34 haul for Whitland and skipper Matthew Davies chipped in with 3 for 28 before talented teenager Steff Lee rounded things off with a good 2 for 8 spell.

Noah Davies (3 for 13) and Joe Phillips (1 for 30) bowled well for Llangwm and Daniel Morgan picked up 1 for 4 from his only over late on but Martin Thomas hit 47 (seven fours and a six) in a productive partnership with Jonathan Thomas, whose undefeated innings of 46 not out included five boundaries and a mighty six to win the match!

Jonathan Thomas - more runs for Whitland



Division Two:


Llechryd still stay as section leaders


Llechryd (79-2) beat Pembroke Dock (75 all out) by 8 wickets

Umpires: Mervyn John & Tony Walsh

John Curran - more runs for LlechrydLlechryd will head into the last weekend of the season as league leaders after a top display of fielding and bowling set up a win over Pembroke Dock.

In fact, 49 of The Dock’s 75 runs came from No 6 Thomas Grimwood, who hit six boundaries and finished unbeaten - just missing out on the half century he deserved.

His knock helped his team recover from 16-6, but the next top scorer was extras with 10 while Scott Griffiths (7) was the only other batsman to get any kind of start.

A measure of how sharp the home side were in the field was the fact they notched three run outs, and the other wickets were shared between John Curran (1-6 in nine overs including five maidens), Peter Betterley (2-11), Graham Keen (2-14), and Luke Palmer-Davies (2-21).

The reply didn’t start well for the Cardiganshire side mind as they fell to 10-2, Billy Wood (2-36) having James Betterley (4) caught behind by Griffiths and then clean bowling Mike Carter (6).

But Joe Mansfield and John Curran steadied the ship, Mansfield hitting four fours in his 26 not out and Curran six fours and a maximum to be unbeaten on 39 to seal what was in the end a comfortable win.

John Curran helped steer Llechryd to victory


It’s now all on the final day!


Narberth (60-2) beat Johnston (59 all out) by 8 wickets

Umpire: Tony Pasternak

Scorers: Gwyneth Johns & Gracie Morris

Richie Adams also scored a superb ton for NarberthIt will now be a mouth- watering final day fixture between Narberth and Llechryd after Davy Johns’ side hammered Johnston – meaning they will be 17 points behind their hosts next Saturday.

Visiting skipper John Summons opted to bat but his side were just 59 all out. Opener Steve James made a steady 19 (two fours) and No 4 Josh Hicks hit 21 (two fours and a six).

But the rest of the card made sorry reading as Ben Hughes took 5-11, and Matthew Johns (3-8) and Ben Quartermaine (2-13) cleaned up the rest.

Mark Hicks did salvage a bonus point for Johnston as he removed both Had Luff (1) and Lewis Hough (2) in his 2-21 – but the win was never in doubt as opener Richie Adams continued his form with 34 not out, 28 of which came in boundaries, and Jordan Howell was 15 not out at the other end.

Richie Adams in fine batting form for Narberth


Pembroke power past makeshift Hook team


Pembroke (38-0) beat Hook (35 all out) by 10 wickets

They were pretty much done in time for the Wales v England rugby international at Treleet as Pembroke made light work of Hook.

The visitors were blown away as they crashed to 35 all out, No 3 Craig Nutty the top scorer with 17 with Lewis Miller and Seth Willington the next top scorers with just 4 each.

The innings was done inside 27 overs and Rob Smythe bowled 12 of them, eight of which were maidens, to take figures of 4-6.

Sam Davies took 3-12 in five overs and there was a great cameo from Andrew Hay, who bowled just 10 balls that yielded three wickets and just one run.

It took Pembroke only 8.1 overs to knock the runs off, Jamie Kaijaks hitting three boundaries in his 17 not out and Aidan Fraser doing the same to end unbeaten on 18.


Carew cruise to local derby success


Cresselly 2nds (171-7) lost to Carew 2nds (174-3) by 7 wickets

Robbie Hicks was the Carew hero as his knock of 88 not out led The Rooks to a derby win over Cresselly.

The Doves, who today have their Alec Colley Cup final with Neyland 2nds, made 171-7 in their 45 overs set up by an opening stand of 51 from Neal Williams (19) and Mike Venables (34).

Both fell to Jacob Knox though and despite No 3 Jamie Goldsworthy making 23, things looked precarious when they fell to 103-6.

But No 7 Damian Arthur top scored with 41 not out, including two big sixes, and skipper Matthew Lewis cracked four boundaries in his 24 to help post a decent total.

For Carew, Knox finished with 3-35, Barry Evans 2-14, and Rhys Canton 2-18.

Cresselly youngster Charlie Arthur (1-15) then had Dai Rees caught by Josh Lewis without scoring, but Evans and Hicks took the score to 66 before the former was bowled by Matthew Lewis (1-56) for 24.

Yori Hicks came in and hit two sixes and two fours in his 25 before holing out to Venables off Ollie Richards (1-62) – but father Robbie kept building.

He eventually finished with eight fours and a six in his name and finished just 12 short of a century, while Knox also finished unbeaten on 25 after four boundaries – helping Carew seal the win with seven overs in hand.

Robbie Hicks smashes a boundary for Carew Seconds

Robbie Hicks top knock for Carew 2nds


Poole father and son lead Kilgetty through


Haverfordwest 2nds (84 all out) lost to Kilgetty (195-9) by 111 runs

Despite the rain of the previous day The Racecourse was in good condition for this clash and Kilgetty took full advantage, their total of 195-9 proving far too much for hosts Haverfordwest 2nds.

The visitors were set up by opener Ian Poole who hit eight fours in his 52, after a stand of 61 with Anthony Bevan who made 26 (three fours).

Vital contributions also came down the order from Toby Poole (18), Matthew Lewis (16), Robbie Beynon (18) and No 7 Robbie Beynon, who added vital late impetus with four fours in his 31 not out. Ollie Gambles also made a useful late 17.

For The Town, wickets fell to Josh Wilment (2-53), Will Phillips (1-52), Danny Dewstowe (4-41) and Nigel Morgan (2-48).

And the home side hit trouble early in their reply, falling to 10-3 as Levi Hughes removed Graham Jenkins (2) and Doug Johnson (0), and captain Morgan (7) was bowled by Gamble.

After that Stephen Arthur (23) and Danny Dewstowe (22) did their best to lead a recovery and Will Phillips made 11 – but wickets continued to fall as Hughes finished with 3-21, Gamble 1-25, and Beynon 3-16 – while Toby Poole cleaned up the tail with a four over spell that yielded 3-1, including three maidens.

PHOTO: Kilgetty opener Anthony Bevan plays a forward defensive stroke

Kilgetty opener Anthony Bevan plays a forward defensive stroke