Cricket Reports 1st June 2019

Iwan Izzard strikes the ball to the boundary in Cressellys victory


Iwan Izzard strikes the ball to the boundary in Cresselly's victory
Picture by Susan McKehon


Division One: 


Cresselly cruise to an easy win


Cresselly (86 for 1) beat Burton (83 all out) by 9 wickets

Umpires: Richard Merriman & Dave Bonner

Scorers: Teagan Cartwright & Dennis Venables

Cresselly maintained their strong form of late as they easily beat a Burton side who batted first and could only muster 83 all out as only two players managed double figures before the home side charged to a nine-wicket victory in only 17.2 overs.

The much-heralded return of former Glamorgan pace bowler Tom Murphy brought immediate dividends for the home side as his six-over stint earned him figures of 3 for 15 alongside Tom Arthur (3 for 36) and skipper Ryan Lewis (2 for 3), with a wicket apiece for Sam Harts and Ryan Shaw as they respectively conceded  21 runs and seven runs.

Morgan Scale led the Burton batting with 35 (two fours and a six) and Toby Hayman chipped in with four boundaries in his 26 – but sadly, no-one else managed double figures.

Cresselly openers Phil Williams (12) and Dan Sutton sped to 48 before Williams was bowled by Matthew Webb as part of his 1 for 12 stint in seven overs – but with Sutton ending up on an unbeaten 43 (seven fours and a six) there was no further joy for the visitors as Iwan Izzard stroked his way to 17 not out (three fours) for a very early finish!


Town batting caves in – again!


Lawrenny (85 for 0) beat Haverfordwest (81 all out) by 10 wickets

Umpires: Steve Blowes & Allan Hansen

Scorers: Malcolm Thomas & Jayne Cole

For the second Saturday in succession Haverfordwest’s batting was poor and as a result they could only muster 57 all out the previous week and followed up with a paltry total of 81 all out at Lawrenny after being put in to bat.

What must have been even more worrying for The Town selectors was the fact that after losing Mikey Jones in the first over they sailed to 56 for 1 as Simon Holloway returned with 29 and Lee Summons reached 28.

But then Holliday was caught in the slips by Kurtis Marsh off Ryan Morton and Summons was also caught – and from then on it was one-way traffic as no other Haverfordwest batsman could muster double figures as they lost eight wickets for a paltry 23 runs.

As well as his vital catch, Marsh also made an impact with his spin bowling as he claimed 3 for 7 in 3.5 overs after Morton (3 for 17 in seven overs) and Rob Williams (4 for 24 in 12 overs) had bowled their hearts out.

The Town had taken almost 31 overs to reach their final tally but Lawrenny raced away after tea and needed only 12 overs to create the fastest finish of the day in the top echelon.

Harry Thomas had six fours in his 30 not out and the ubiquitous Marsh finished on 43 not out, including seven fours and a six, to record a deserved 10-wicket victory!

Curtis Marsh who top scored for Lawrenny with 43 not out

Curtis Marsh who top scored for Lawrenny with 43 not out
Picture by Brian McKehon


Neyland good value for local derby win


Llangwm (131 all out) lost to Neyland (231 for 6) by 100 runs

Umpires: John Williams & Robert Ridge

Scorers: Cerys Griffiths & John Laugharne

Neyland remain top of the table after making the short trip across to Pill Parks and beating old rivals Llangwm by exactly 100 runs.

Asked to bat first, Neyland were soon into their stride despite the early loss of Patrick Bellerby, with Nick Koomen leading the way with seven fours and two sixes in his hard-hitting 55 before he was bowled by talented teenager Joe Phillips.

George Evans (18) and Andrew Miller (32) also made solid contributions as Scott Jones marked a rare appearance with a classy 61 (eight fours and two sixes) before skipper Sean Hannon launched a late offensive with two big sixes in his 25 not out.

Phillips (1 for 33) skipper Ollie Davies (2 for 55), Luke Brock (2 for 42) and Noah Davies (1 for 35) were the successful Llangwm bowlers as Neyland ended up on a healthy 231 for 6.

Neyland’s wide range of bowling was soon evident as few home batsmen came to terms with the pace of Patrick Hannon, the canny slow stuff of Andrew Miller and the left-arm seamers of Henry Durrant.

William Beresford (17), Gary James (13) and David Lewis (12) showed little cameos as Hannon took top billing with 5 for 41 alongside Miller (3 for 50) as Durrant (1 for 13) and then Geraint Rees (1 for 10) finished things off, despite a yeoman effort from Llangwm skipper Ollie Davies, who came in at No 7 and  blitzed eight fours and two sixes in his 54 before he went for one big hit too many and was caught by Bellerby on the boundary off Miller.

Llangwm teenager Joe Phillips bowls Nick Koomen

Llangwm teenager Joe Phillips bowls Nick Koomen


Seasiders gain a welcome win over Whitland


Saundersfoot (207 for 7) beat Whitland (138 all out) by 69 runs

Umpires: Mervyn John and Gareth Brace

Scorers: Adge John & Jenny Davies Scourfield

Saundersfoot moved out of the bottom three in the table as they beat Whitland quite comfortably thanks to a good all-round team display.

Tom Mansbridge (58) and Nick Cope (54) were once again the top Saundersfoot batsmen with support from Sam Franklin (22) in their final total of 207 for 7 in their allotted 45 overs against a makeshift Whitland attack where Matthew Davies (3 for 46), Jonathan Thomas (2 for 43), Nathan Evans (2 for 73) and Geraint Jones were the wicket-takers.

Jack Bowen (40) and Matthew Davies (43) led the Whitland batting after Geraint Jones had been dismissed for 14 and from then on The Seasiders ruled the roost thanks to good bowling by Danny Caine (3 for 52) and Franklin (3 for 53) before Nick Coup applied the coup de grace as he followed up his half century with a sharp 3 for 1 spell to complete a good day for Saundersfoot.

Nick Cope hits a 6 to help Saundersfoot to victory 

Nick Cope hits a 6 to help Saundersfoot to victory 
Picture by Susan McKehon


Carew tail-enders hang on for a draw


St Ishmaels (158 for 8) drew with Carew (135 for 9)

Umpires: Dave Brandon & Simon Richards

Scorers: Wendy Bradshaw & Julie Davies

Andrew Williams took for wickets for TishThere was a tense finale at St Ishmaels as Carew held out for a drew thanks to the tenacity of tail-enders Tudor Hurle and Ceri Brace, who came together at the fall of their team’s ninth wicket and batted bravely for nine overs to deny Tish victory.

Put in to bat, Tish made something of a slow start against accurate bowling from the young Carew bowlers, as evidenced by the fact that opener Peter Bradshaw, normally a free-scoring batsmen, needed 84 deliveries for his 35 runs (seven boundaries) with support from Phil Cockburn (36, including four fours), Brennan Devonald (35, with three fours and two sixes), and Andrew Pawlett (21).

For Carew, Tudor Hurle (1 for 32) and Tom Davies (1 for 23) were joined by Iori Hicks (3 for 33) and Ceri Brace (2 for 42); with the evergreen Barry Evans claiming 1 for 21 from his canny slow stuff.

But these four batsmen at least made sure that Tish set Carew a target that gave them something to think about after tea – and Ian Sefton again led the visitors’ counter-attack with 48 runs, including seven fours and a six.

He had some support from Iori Hicks (20) and Nick Davies (21) but all-rounder Andrew Williams led the home attack with 4 for 26, ably assisted by Jordan Milich (3 for 30) after Andrew Pawlett and Brennan Devonald, who had shared all ten wickets the previous week, picked up an early scalp apiece.

Andrew Williams took four wickets for Tish


Division Two: 


Narberth waltz to another easy win


Pembroke Dock (93 all out) lost to Narberth (94 for 1) by 9 wickets

Umpires: Trefor Evans & Tony Pasternak

Scorers: Phil Scott & Gwyneth Johns

Loui Davies - 4 for 17 in another Narberth winThere’s no sign of Narberth’s momentum in Division Two stopping as again they enjoyed a rapid win, this time at Pembroke Dock.

The home side were shot out for just 93, Loui Davies again shining with 4-17 in his 9.1 overs.

The Dock hit trouble early when opener Craig Butland was caught by Davy Johns off Ben Quartermaine in the first over, and only skipper Nick Daley (five fours in his 29), Billy Wood (24) and No 8 Jamie White (20) ever got settled.

Alongside Davies, Quartermaine finished with 2-24, Ben Hughes 3-20 and Mike Reekie (1-31).

The Dock were then given brief hope when Wood (1-27) removed Narberth opener Kyle Quartermaine for five runs early on, but Richie Adams was 31 not out and joined by Jordan Howell, who wasted no time in blasting nine fours to finish 46 not out as the away side won in only 18.3 overs.

Loui Davies - 4 for 17 in another Narberth win



Runs galore in entertaining draw


Carew 2nds (221 for 5) drew with Kilgetty (290 for 5)

Scorer: Rose Beynon (Kilgetty)

Kyle Marsh - superb 122 for KilgettyIt was certainly a day for batting at Carew as Kilgetty came away with a winning draw in a game that yielded more than 500 runs in 90 overs.

A superb century from Kyle Marsh helped the visitors post a huge total of 290-5, but they couldn’t get to a 30 point win as Robbie Hicks helped the Rooks respond with a ton of his own as they finished on 221-5.

After being put in, Kilgetty openers Jack Parkinson and Tom Lewis set the tone with a stand of 100, before the latter was bowled by Eugene McCarney for 38 (seven fours).

But then came another century partnership as Marsh joined Parkinson in all-out attack, and they took the score to 204 when the opener was stumped by Morgan Grieve off McCarney for 85 (10 fours).

Marsh was undeterred though and went on to crack 122 – 94 of them in boundaries as he smashed an amazing 11 sixes and seven fours before finally falling to Rhys Canton.

Dafydd Bevan also added late impetus with two sixes and a four in his 21, with McCarney (2-49), Canton (2-65) and Hicks (1-9) ended up as the Carew wicket takers.

It was McCarney and Hicks who then led the reply after home skipper Scott Richards (18) had nicked one behind off Richard Cope, taking matters to 150-1.

But then came a momentum shift as McCarney was LBW to Parkinson for 56 (seven fours) and Grieve was soon caught behind off the same bowler.

Hicks ensured Carew safety, though, hitting five fours and four sixes to finish bang on 100 not out, and there was also a late cameo from Jacob Knox with three boundaries in his 14.

It meant the away side had to settle for a high scoring draw, with Parkinson finishing 2-57, Rob Beynon 3-43 and Richard Cope 1-31.

Kyle Marsh - superb 122 for Kilgetty

Evan Watts steams in for Haverfordwest 2nds 

Evan Watts steams in for Haverfordwest 2nds


Town Seconds hold out but concede bonus points


Haverfordwest 2nds (149 for 7) drew with Llechryd (206 for 6)

Umpire: David Loosmore

Scorers: Kelly Williams & Peter Betterley

Llechryd had the better of Haverfordwest 2nds but would have left the Racecourse slightly frustrated as the home side dug in to deny them an outright win.

The visitors posted 206-6 with a solid batting display – opener James Betterley setting the tone with eight fours in his 39 after 14 year old pace bowler Evan Watts had bowled the in-form John Curran to reduce the latter’s average to 109!.

James Lewis made 18 but it was the middle order that really excelled with Steve Smith and John Mansfield sharing a stand of 80.

Smith hit six fours before going for 50 while Mansfield made 42 (also six fours) – while Rhys Beard also added 31 with four boundaries including a big six.

For The Town, Evan Watts (2-27), Lewis Rhead (2-34) and James Marchant (2-22) had wickets.

With Haverfordwest 45-3 the Cardiganshire side then sensed victory but Nigel Morgan held them up with an ever steady 30, and then at 84-5 came a defiant stand of 59 between Filgi Varghese and Watts.

They both made 34 although from the final ball of match, Watts fell to John Curran with his side just a run short of a fifth batting point.

For Llechryd, Curran finished with 2-32, Beard 1-22, and Betterley 3-29.

Emma Summons clips a shot for Johnston

Emma Summons clips a shot for Johnston


George guides Hook to easy home victory


Hook (115 for 2) beat Johnston (112 all out) by 8 wickets

Umpires: Arthur Brady and Richard Scriven

Scorers: Joy James & Gracie Morris

Callum and George James starred respectively with ball and bat for Hook as they notched a comfortable win over Johnston.

The visitors were all out for 112 but rallied well to pass three figures after being 47-6 at one stage.

No 5 Lewis Boswell made 20 but it was the tail order of Mark Hicks (26 – five fours), Keegan Codd (16 – four fours) and Paul Morris (23 – four fours) that boosted the total amidst some quality bowling by Callum James (4-35), Dai Hopkins (3-39), Aled Phelps (2-29), and Brennan Martin (1-4).

George James and Jake Wicks got the Hook chase off to a solid start as they put on 62, before Wicks was caught by Liam James off the bowling Mark Hicks (2-35) for 34.

The same combination removed Aled Phelps (6) but James went on to finish 59 not out (nine fours and a six) and was joined by Jacob Lay (10 not out) in finishing the job in the 24th over.


Harries & Hay lead Pembroke victory charge


Pembroke (156 for 3) beat Cresselly 2nds (153 for 9) by 7 wickets

Jack Harries - Pembroke skipper led his team by batting really wellCaptain Jack Harries led the way with 61 not out as Pembroke comfortably chased down Cresselly’s total at Treleet.

The Doves’ top order was held together by opener Neal Williams who made 55 (eight fours and a six), while knocks from Lyn Richards (21) and skipper Matthew Lewis (29 not out) helped them to maximum batting points.

For Pembroke, wickets fell to Jonathan Rogers (3-28), Paul White (1-24), Rob Smythe (2-37) and Sam Davies (3-35), with the latter taking the crucial wicket of Williams.

Opener White (2) then fell to Richards (1-13) early and Andrew (18) and Phil Hay (31) were dismissed by Matthew (1-17) and Josh Lewis (1-38) respectively to leave the home side 64-3.

But Harries hammered 61 not out (seven fours) in a stand of 94 with Rogers, who was 42 not out (six fours and a six), as the pair guided their team home with exactly nine overs to spare.

Jack Harries - Pembroke skipper led his team by batting really well