Unlucky Pembrokeshire boys lose out against Carmarthenshire

Pembrokeshire U12s line upPHOTO:
Back Row: Andrew Miller (Coach) Harry Fuller (Whitland) Seth Willington (Hook) Evan Watts (Haverfordwest) Jake Thomas (Narberth) Joe Phillips (Llangwm) Harry Makepeace (Llangwm)

Front Row: Dom Asson (Llangwm) Rhys Power (Neyland) Lucas Davies (Hook) Lewis Miller (Hook) Owen Phelps (Hook) Jacob Owen (Whitland)

Pembrokeshire U12s, Evan Watts and Jacob Owen


Pembrokeshire U12s 175 for 7 lost to Carmarthenshire U12s 176 for 5 by 5 Wickets

Venue: Hook Cricket Club
ACO Umpires: Steven Phillips & Jon Willington
Scorer: Buddug Phillips

Evan Watts For a third consecutive fixture the Pembrokeshire under 12s were undone by a single big innings amongst the opposition.

On this occasion an excellent innings from Tudur Davies (91 not out) took his Carmarthenshire team to a tight victory by 5 wickets with 12 balls to spare.

On what turned out to be a warm sunny day, Pembrokeshire were asked to bat first on a damp wicket following a heavy rain shower.

The innings got away to a shaky start, Pembrokeshire slipping to 7 for 3 at the hands of the excellent Rhufon Phillips (1 for 16) and Sam Potter (2 for 19).

This brought Evan Watts (62) and Jacob Owen (32) together. These two survived a testing period with the Carmarthenshire bowlers getting regular movement in the air and off the pitch.

But slowly and confidently they began to build some momentum and ultimately get on top of the bowling in a superb partnership of 100. Henry Moore’s (1 for 12) then shifted Owen with his leg spin.

Watts followed soon after having completed an excellent half century, falling to the first ball of a spell from Ifan Knott (2 for 15) via a superb catch in the deep from Davies. 

Jacob OwenFollowing a steady rebuild the innings was given some late impetus with a solid knock from Joe Phillips (24) alongside a late cameo from Lewis Miller (23 not out from 25 balls). Steffan Williams (1 for 24) snapped up a late wicket for Carmarthenshire.

Set 176 to win Carmarthenshire also lost an early wicket, Joe Phillips (1 for 13) having Iestyn Davies caught behind the wicket by Owen Phelps, one of three catches for the keeper in a very tidy display.

Davies (91 not out) who carried his bat was joined by the aggressive Berian Williams (19) before he was dismissed by captain Lewis Miller (1 for 28).  

This brought Ifan Knott (26) to the wicket and he and Davies really accelerated the scoring in a stand of 55, threatening to take the game away from Pembrokeshire.

Evan Watts (1 for 18) grabbed the wicket of Knott, followed by a wicket on debut for the delighted Harry Makepeace (1 for 14) to set up a tense last 10 overs.

Seth Willington (1 for 11) joined the attack with his leg spin, clean bowling Phillips and causing a few problems for the batsmen.

But Davies, who compiled a quite excellent innings, gained the support he needed from Potter to take his team to a 5 wicket victory with 12 balls to spare.

Ultimately disappointment for the Pembrokeshire boys but a fabulous advert for regional cricket and a game played in a wonderful spirit.