Indoor Cricket - Division One - 15th October 2023

Match One:

Pembroke Dock A


The Dock slam depleted Llanrhian


Pembroke Dock A (148 for 4) beat Llanrhian (67 all out)

Pembroke Dock A got their new indoor cricket off to a flying start as they easily beat a Llanrhian team which was forced to play a man short and paid the inevitable price as they went down by a massive 81 runs.

Tom Grimwood (18) and Rhys Daley (15) got The Dock off to a flying start before they fell respectively to Iwan James (1 for 15) and Jon Strawbridge (1 for 23) - but then the run rate received a significant boost as George Smith looked in fine fettle and found solid support from skipper Scott Griffiths before both retired when they reached the required quarter century.

Adam Phillips (7) and Rhys Eynon (1) both fell to Llion Williams (2 for 24) but by then Smith had returned to the crease and blitzed an impressive six fours and four sixes as he sped to 59 not out - and Griffiths had 29 not out alongside 19 extras which took The Dock to an impressive tally.

Llanrhian needed big scores from key run makers Daf Williams and Jon Strawbridge but quick thinking by Adam Phillips saw Williams run out for 7 runs and Strawbridge (9) departed when the alert Phillips took a good return catch.

Phillips struck twice more as he also shifted Llion Williams (4), again caught & bowled, and Karl Davies (13) to finish with an impressive 3 for 22, which left Iwan James on his own at the crease and showing what a good indoor batsman he is.

James had three fours in his 41 before he was caught by Rhys Daley off Griffiths (1 for 0 from two balls) as the innings lasted just 5.2 overs.



Match Two:


Neyland A


Champions Neyland A survive a first-match scare


Pembroke A  (76 all out) lost to Neyland A (96 for 4)

Neyland A gained their expected win over Pembroke A but not before they were pushed hard and at one stage the newly-promoted team seemed as if they might cause an upset but then three successive run outs saw top batman Jack Harris left on his own and not able to score runs in the same fashion as he did in his first stint.

Neyland got off to an awful start as top run gatherer Nick Koomen (3) was run out in the first over after a total mix-up with Paul Murray, who soon departed for 5 as he gave a return catch to Harris.

Nathan Banner (20) and Brad McDermott-Jenkins (21) steadied the ship but fell respectively to Andrew Hay and Alan Webster, with catches from keeper Luke Butler and ‘Sparky’ Hay.

Neyland skipper Patrick Bellerby added a brisk undefeated 23 and Andrew Miller was 4 not out and their total of 95 for 4 was only reached thanks to 19 extras.

Pembroke also made a disappointing start as Butler was removed without scoring but Jack Harries and Alan Webster quickly took their side past the 50 mark in good time before having to retire - but then Hay, Paul ‘Chalkie’ White and Gareth Long, clearly carrying an injury, showed their inexperience when they departed for three apiece as they were run out by miles!

When Webster and Harris returned the former was unable to add any more runs and was caught by Bellerby off McDermott Jenkins, who rounded off the Pembroke collapse as skipper Harris was caught by Banner for 37, with two sixes and two fours as Pembroke still had over two overs unused!

Pembroke A

Match Three:

Pembroke bounce back against Neyland ‘B’


Neyland ‘B’ (61 all out) lost to Pembroke ‘A’ (62 for 0)

Pembroke ‘A’ showed they are more than capable of holding their own in the top echelon with this easy win against Neyland ‘B’, who batted first but could only muster 61 runs as only Lewis page (13) and Steve Murray (17) alongside 17 from ‘Mr Extras’.

Everyone else came and went in 8.5 of their allotted ten overs as Andrew Hay (2 for 9) and especially Paul White, making his indoor debut, grabbed 3 for 19 from his canny slow stuff. Alan Webster claimed 1 for 14 and skipper Harris conceded only four runs from his single over - whilst Butler showed how much his keeping skills have improved as he stumped three victims, including one leg-side effort!

Jamie Smith and Steve Murray bowled well for Neyland but again Jack Harries batted strongly with eight well-run threes in his undefeated 27 before he retired and Alan Webster wasn’t required to add any runs because Butler saw Pembroke home with his excellent 26 not out.

Steve Williams and Chris Stapleton