Pembrokeshire youngsters excel at Cresselly

Pembrokeshire U10s (122 for 3) beat Carmarthenshire U10s (120 all out) by 7 wickets

Coach Steve Lewis was understandably delighted after seeing his young squad put in an excellent all round performance to comprehensively beat a strong Carmarthenshire team as the Pembrokeshire youngsters bowled out their opponents for 120 runs in 29.2 overs and then they set out to make that look a very modest total, chasing down the winning runs in only 19.4 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Good start for county side . . .

The day started in the best way possible for Pembrokeshire with Cian Rees (1 for 2) bowling the opening batsman with the first ball of the match. Oscar Lewis (2 for 9) picked up a second wicket soon after to really put his team on the front foot.
This brought Cellan Alcock (21) and Hugh Randell (14) together in an excellent partnership of 30 but once Alcock had been dismissed the Pembrokeshire bowlers maintained their accuracy throughout, picking up regular wickets and denying their opponents any meaningful partnerships.

. . . And maintained throughout

William Harries bowled his left arm spin to good effect in a spell of 1 for 13 where he could easily have had a few more wickets and his one wicket was courtesy of a smart stumping from keeper Rhys Phelps. William also impressed in the field, striking with a direct-hit run out.
Oscar Willington (2 for 10) came back for a second spell to shift Jacob Williams (10) and Matthew Mitchell (10). Rhys Phelps then shed the wicket keeping gloves – Dylan Sine taking over – to pick up 1 for 12. It was then left to George Morgan (2 for 18) to take the final wicket and close the innings on 120.

Superb stand by Oscar and Logan

Following a lovely tea, the Pembrokeshire boys maintained the focus and effort shown in the field in seeking to chase victory. Owen Grieve and Oscar Willington opened, putting on 17 before Owen was bowled by Luke Owen (1 for 13). Oscar was joined by Logan Hall and these two young players set about building a wonderful partnership of 86, taking their team to within 19 runs of victory.
Oscar and Logan did not give a single chance to the Carmarthenshire bowlers throughout, showing real maturity. Both were complimented by the Carmarthenshire coach for their ability and patience to protect their wickets and put away any loose deliveries. Logan (17) hit three excellent boundaries in his innings before he was bowled by Steff Davies (1 for 13). Dylan James came next and looked settled until falling to a smart catch off the bowling of Alex King (1 for 14).

Win achieved in style

Oscar was then joined by Rhys Phelps and these two eased their team to victory with over 15 overs to spare. Oscar batted very well for his 49 not out, including eight boundaries, ending up one short of a deserved half-century. Rhys (13 not out) looked confident and settled matters with a glorious extra cover drive to round off a great performance by the team.
Pembrokeshire U10s

Team Photograph:
Back Row: Owen Grieve, Kiaran Sine, Oscar Willington, Rhys Phelps, William Harries, Cian Rees
Front Row: Ollie Arthur, Oscar Lewis, Logan Hall, Dylan James, George Morgan, Dylan Sine
Individual pics: Oscar Willington; Rhys Phelps and Logan Hall