Cresselly's experience pays off to win Ormond Youth Cup

Winners Cresselly Youth

Runners-up Narberth Youth 

Cresselly (130 for 3 &  142 for 3) beat Narberth (120 for 3 &  107 all out) by 45 runs

Man of the Match: Jamie Goldsworthy (Cresselly)
Sponsor & Adjudicator: Nick Evans (County President) & John Davies (Pembroke Dock CC)
Umpires: Chris Stapleton & Gareth Brace
Scorers: Cerys Griffiths & Richard Howell
Venue: Carew Cricket Club

Delighted skipper Josh Lewis
Cresselly retained the Ormond Youth Cup as they fended off a strong challenge from a Narberth team which was very much in the game at the half way stage but conceded a big second-innings score and found the pressure of trying to chase it down too much of a challenge.

Positive start by Cresselly

Cresselly elected to bat first on a good track at Carew and although they lost Archie Hillier-Wood (10) and Ollie Berry (9) respectively to  McKenzie McDonald and Jake Thomas (from a good catch by Lewis Reed)  by the time they had scored 29 runs they then established a partnership of 99 through Charlie Arthur and Jamie Goldsworthy.
Arthur, who is now playing first-team cricket for Cresselly scored a masterful 58 and Goldsworthy, another with first team experience this season, hit a strong 37 not out before Arthur departed in the late chase for runs, caught by McDonald off the bowling of  Ifan Thomas.
It was a strong tally at 130 for 3 after they had built steadily in the first half but then doubled their score to 90 between overs 10 and 15 and kept up their run rate until the end of the innings.

Man of the match Jamie Goldsworthy

Narberth give chase as everyone contributed . . .

Narberth certainly weren’t overawed by the challenge as their early batsmen also put their experience of first and second team cricket to good effect. Shay Norcross and Charlie Phillips gave chase before the former player was caught by keeper Goldsworthy off Ollie Berry’s bowling for 13 but skipper Wil Nicolas joined the fray and added 39 with Phillips before being stumped by Goldsworthy off Josh Lewis for a hard-hitting 29 with the score on 69.
Phillips continued to bat sensibly as he and Finley Davies added another 51 runs before Phillips was adjudged lbw to Charlie Arthur in the final over for top score of 42, with Davies also doing well with 22 not out.
It meant Narberth were 10 runs in arrears at the break but it was still very much all to play for.

Charlie Phillips - batted well for Narberth - Pic by Susan McKehon

Cresselly claim an even bigger score

Narberth were clearly hoping to take early wickets from opening bowlers Shay Norcross and McKenzie McDonald but they didn’t come until Charlie Arthur was run out for 13 with the score on 26.
But Archie Hillier-Wood was joined by Ollie Berry in a productive partnership before Hillier-Wood shifted by Jake Thomas for 30 – and that was when Cresselly raised the tempo as Berry and Wood showed their ability to score quickly through running well between the wickets but also punishing anything loose.
They shared a vital three-figure stand before Berry was caught late on by Phillips off Norcross but with Goldsworthy still there for his second big score, this time 45 not out, Cresselly had sped to a healthy 142 for 3, leaving Narberth a total of 153 to win.

Narberth lose vital wickets at key times

Ollie Berry - good all-round for Cresselly - Pic by Susan McKehonNarberth hopes of a strong start were dented as they lost the powerful Shay Norcross for a single, bowled by Corey Lewis and although Charlie Phillips, Wil Nicholas and Finley Davies all managed double figures no-one was able to stay long enough to really influence matters George Davies claimed two wickets., Morgan Lewis grabbed another and there was run out.
Elliot Evans batted well for his undefeated 30 but no-one else could stay with him as Cresselly bowled well and fielded even better so Narberth were bowled out for 107 to leave them 45 runs short of their opponents.
The match was played in an excellent spirit as umpires Chris Stapleton and Gareth Brace did a good job and it was skipper Josh Lewis who received the trophy from Carew CC chairman Barry Ansell and performed a spectacular raising of the trophy which almost saw the lid go into orbit!
His team-mate Jamie Goldsworthy was adjudged man of the match by John Davies for his innings of 37 not out and 45 not out, plus three catches and two stumpings, with a large crowd sensibly spread around the outfield provided a great audience for the talented young players on show to appreciate.


Cresselly Youth Batting:
Charlie Arthur ct McKenzie McDonald b Ifan Thomas 58
Archie Hillier-Wood b McKenzie McDonald 10
Ollie Berry ct L Reid b Jake Thomas 9
Jamie Goldsworthy not out 37
Morgan Lewis not out 0
Extras 16
Total (3 wickets) 130
Narberth Youth Bowling:
Ifan Thomas 4-0-18-1; McKenzie McDonald 4-0-10-1; Jake Thomas 4-0-25-1; Wil Nicholas 3-0-29-0; Elliot Evans 1-0-9-0; Shay Norcross 4-0-34-0
Narberth Youth Batting:
Shay Norcross ct Jamie Goldsworthy b Ollie Berry 13
Charlie Phillips lbw b Charlie Arthur 42
Wil Nicholas st Jamie Goldsworthy b Josh Lewis 29
Finley Davies not out 22
Extras 14
Total (3 wickets) 120
Cresselly Youth Bowling:
Ollie Berry 4-0-32-1; Morgan Lewis 4-0-22-0; Charlie Arthur 4-0-18-1; Josh Lewis 4-0-18-1; Corey Lewis 3-0-17-0; George Davies 1-0-8-0
Charlie Arthur - hit 58 for Cresselly in first innings - Pic by Susan McKehonSECOND INNINGS:
Cresselly Youth Batting:
Charlie Arthur run out 13
Archie Hillier-Wood b Jake Thomas 30
Ollie Berry ct Charlie Phillips b Shay Norcross 42
Jamie Goldsworthy not out 45
Morgan Lewis not out 3
Extras 9
Total (3 wickets) 142
Narberth Youth Bowling:
Shay Norcross 4-0-21-1; McKenzie McDonald 4-0-27-0; Ifan Thomas 4-0-37-0; Jake Thomas 4-0-20-1; Elliot Evans 3-0-24-0; Wil Nicholas 1-0-12-0
Narberth Youth Batting:
Shay Norcross b Corey Lewis 1
Charlie Phillips b Morgan Lewis 18
Wil Nicholas ct Jamie Goldsworthy b George Davies 14
Finley Davies run out 9
McKenzie McDonald ct & b George Davies 13
Elliot Evans not out 30
Harry Harries ct & b Morgan Lewis 2
Jake Thomas b Josh Lewis 0
Ifan Thomas ct Jamie Goldsworthy b Ollie Berry 5
Lewis Reed run out 0
Dan Jones st Jamie Goldsworthy b Josh Lewis 0
Extras 15
Total (all out) 107
Cresselly Youth Bowling:
Charlie Arthur 3-0-17-0; Corey Lewis 2-0-17-1; George Davies 2-0-16-2; Morgan Lewis 4-0-28-2; Josh Lewis 4-0-24-2; Ollie Berry 1-0-5-1

Scorers: Cerys Jenkins and Richard Howell

Umpires - Chris Stapleton and Gareth Brace