Neyland steam-roller Pembroke with huge victory margin

Sean Hannon with trophy 

D.R. Morris Cup Final:


Neyland (180 all out & 174 for 4) beat Pembroke (83 all out & 103 for 8) by 168 runs

Venue: Oatfield Park, Burton
Umpires: Dave Bonner & Gareth Brace
Scorers: John Laugharne & Paul Francis
Man of the Match: Ashley Sutton (Neyland)
Sponsors: Sheila & John Hayman
Adjudicator: James Scale (Burton)

Delighted Neyland
Neyland gained their 11th success in the Duggie Morris Cup as they proved too strong overall for a Pembroke side who had achieved wonders in reaching the final after beating two first division teams in St Ishmaels and Narberth after a close encounter with Lamphey in round one.
But Pembroke were on the back foot from the outset as Sean Hannon’s men built a huge total after being asked to bat first and Pembroke collapsed to 83 all out – and another Neyland batting surge, again led by Ashley Sutton saw Jack Harries’ team chasing 272 runs to win, surely that largest total ever in a fourth innings of this popular competition.
Neyland couldn’t have a more challenging route to the final as they saw off Cresselly, Haverfordwest and Lawrenny – and although they are without a number of key players showed their strength in depth from the start.

Runners-up Pembroke



Neyland go big, despite a brave Pembroke come-back

Neyland started well as Gregg Miller hit a four and big six from Rob Smythe’s first over but the veteran bowler gained revenge with a beauty that saw Milled edge the ball into Phil Hay’s gloves.
That brought Ashley Sutton to the crease and he joined Patrick Bellerby in regularly sending the ball to the boundary or over the hedge with some ferocious hitting that saw them add 115 runs before Andrew Price came on as the sixth bowled tried by Pembroke and Bellerby was bowled around his legs for a typically robust 64, which included ten fours and two sixes.
Paul Murray threatened briefly with three fours in his 14 but was removed by a stunning return catch, low to his left, by Price which would have graced any match at any level – but Sutton sped to his half century with three successive sixes off the luckless Steve Durston, one of them smashing the rear window of an unfortunate spectator, giving skipper Harries a wicket as Smyth’s diving catch from a high ball was another Pembroke positive as Sutton departed with 55 to his name.
Brad McDermott-Jenkins went cheaply as Luke Butler took a good catch at square leg, to give Price a 3 for 26 haul as Neyland moved from 147 for 2 to 159 for 6 - and Pembroke kept plugging away and further good catches from Price, Phil and brother Andrew Hay, helped Alan Webster to finish with outstanding figures of 4 for 22 as reward for four accurate overs before Neyland had a late 16 not out by Andrew Miller to take them to 180 all out.

Umpires - Gareth Brace and Dave Bonner
Neyland Batting
Patrick Bellerby b Andrew Price 64
Gregg Miller ct Phil Hay b Rob Smythe 10
Ashley Sutton ct Rob Smythe b Jack Harries 55
Paul Murray ct & b Andrew Price 14
Brad McDermott-Jenkins ct Luke Butler b Andrew Price 2
Sean Hannon ct Andrew Price b Alan Webster 2
Patrick Hannon ct Andrew Hay b Alan Webster 1
Andrew Miller not out 16
Lewis Page ct Phil Hay b Alan Webster 0
Jack John run out 0
Gary Lloyd b Alan Webster 0
Extras 16
Total (all out) 180
Pembroke Bowling:
Alan Webster 4-0-22-4; Rob Smythe 4-0-34-1; Jack Harries 3-0-31-1; Sam Davies 3-0-34-0; Steve Durston 2-0-31-0; Andrew Price 4-0-22-3

Scorers - John Laugharne and Paul Francis

Pembroke slump as Neyland bowl well and field even better

Pembroke were desperate to make a good start but without ace run-maker Jonathan Rogers were rocked back on their heels as Neyland spinner Gary Lloyd celebrated his approaching 60th birthday by shifting Jack Harries and Luke Butler with fewer than ten runs on the board, the former holing out to Patrick Bellerby at ‘cow corner’
Jack John then trapped the dangerous Phil Hay ‘leg before’ and Patrick Hannon removed Andrew Price, caught in the same deep position by Bellerby, and Neyland fielded really well so that when Patrick Hannon removed Alan Webster for 20 (four boundaries) Pembroke stood at a perilous 44 for 5, 50 runs short of Neyland’s total at the same stage.
Andrew ‘Sparky’ Hay was bowled by Sean Hannon for 15, which included a very big six, and the Neyland skipper also bowled Steve Durston for 18 (one four, one six) as he handed over his wicket-keeping gloves to the impressive Paul Murray.
Bellerby pouched his third catch in the deep position to give Sean Hannon figures of 3 for 24 – and Hannon’s twin brother Patrick chipped in with 3 for 15 as Pembroke conceded an interval lead to Neyland of a massive 97 runs.
Pembroke Batting
Jack Harries ct Patrick Bellerby b Gary Lloyd 2
Luke Butler lbw b Gary Lloyd 6
Phil Hay lbw b Jack John 3
Alan Webster lbw b Patrick Hannon 20
Andrew Price ct Patrick Bellerby b Patrick Hannon 3
Andrew Hay b Sean Hannon 15
Paul White ct Ashley Sutton b Andrew Miller 7
Steve Durston b Sean Hannon 18
Sam Davies ct Patrick Bellerby b Sean Hannon 2
Haydn Fraser not out 0
Rob Smythe lbw b Sean Hannon 0
Extra 7
Total (all out) 83
Neyland Bowling:
Gary Lloyd 4-0-15-2; Jack John 4-0-20-1; Patrick Hannon 3.1-0-15-3; Andrew Miller 4-1-7-1; Sean Hannon 4-0-24-3

Man of the Match Ashley Sutton drives



Sutton steers Neyland to second big score

The torment continued for Pembroke after tea as Neyland openers Bellerby and Gregg Miller made sure there wasn’t even the slightest hint of a collapse as they slammed 39 runs in the first three overs before Bellerby was bowled by Harries for 19, including two fours and another six.
Miller stroked three classy boundaries in his 26 before he was tempted into a big hit off Durston but was neatly stumped by Phil Hay as he danced down the track – and Paul Murray powered a huge six in his speedy 23 but was bowled by Price before McDermott-Jenkins also departed cheaply to give Sam Davies a welcome wicket.
But at the other end Sutton showed his class as he cemented the innings together with a series of  quality strokes by punishing anything remotely loose and by the end of 20 hard overs for Pembroke he had mustered five fours and three sixes in his immaculate innings of 69 not out.
Andrew Miller was not out at the end for the second time as Neyland amassed an impressive 174 for 4 wickets to leave Pembroke facing an Everest to climb with a target of 272 for their first victory in the competition after five previous final appearances.

Sean Hannon takes a tumbling return catch

Neyland Batting:
Patrick Bellerby b Jack Harries 19
Gregg Miller st Phil Hay b Steve Durston 26
Ashley Sutton not out 69
Paul Murray b Andrew Price 23
Brad McDermott-Jenkins ct Andrew Price b Sam Davies 4
Andrew Miller not out 7
Extras 26
Total (4 wickets) 174
Pembroke Bowling:
Alan Webster 3-0-30-0; Andrew Price 4-0-18-1; Jack Harries 2-0-24-1; Rob Smythe 4-0-23-0; Steve Durston 4-0-22-1; Sam Davies 3-0-43-1

Jack Harries - the Pembroke captain bats well

Neyland turn the screw as five wickets fall quickly

Sean Hannon led his team by example as he again gave the gloves to Murray and sped in to shift Luke Butler, diving forward to take a low return catch, Webster (caught by Gregg Miller) and Andrew Price, for a combined total of 13 runs in his four sharp overs.
Gary Lloyd had Phil Hay adjudged ‘leg before’ and Andrew Miller bowled Andrew Hay off his pads.
At that stage Pembroke had reached 52 for 5 because skipper Jack Harries had shown defiance at the other end but after scoring 37 excellent runs he holed out to Andrew Miller as McDermott-Jenkins pouched his attempted drive.
Paul ‘Chalkie White managed 16 not out but Andrew Miller finished with 3 for 13 from his canny slow stuff and there were 19 extras in a final score of 103 for 8 before Graham Morris presented the magnificent trophy in memory of his late father to Sean Hannon, and James Scale understandably announced Ashley Sutton as man of the match.
So it was Neyland who were undisputed victors but credit must go to Pembroke for never giving up in adversity and deserving praise for their part in a match that in terms of commitment and respect was a credit to Pembrokeshire Cricket.
Gary Lloyd with his birthday cakePembroke Batting:
Jack Harries ct Brad McDermott-Jenkins b Andrew Miller 37
Luke Butler ct & b Sean Hannon 1
Alan Webster ct Gregg Miller b Sean Hannon 4
Phil Hay lbw b Gary Lloyd 3
Andrew Price b Sean Hannon 1
Andrew Hay b Andrew Miller 0
Paul White not out 16
Steve Durston st Sean Hannon b Andrew Miller 5
Haydn Fraser b Patrick Hannon 6
Sam Davies not out 8
Extras 22
Total (8 wickets) 103
Neyland Bowling:
Gary Lloyd: 4-1-24-1; Sean Hannon 4-1-13-3; Patrick Hannon 4-0-15-1; Andrew Miller 4-0-10-3; Brad McDermott-Jenkins 4-0-28-0