Pembrokeshire U11s lost out against Carmarthenshire

Pembrokeshire U11s

Pembrokeshire U11 Regional Cricket:

Pembrokeshire (171 for 6) lost to Carmarthenshire (173 for 5) by 5 Wickets

Pembrokeshire produced an excellent team performance but on the day were outgunned by their counterparts from Carmarthenshire. Llechryd CC was the venue for this 30 over match, which saw Carwyn Jones emerge as the Carmarthenshire hero with an outstanding innings of 90 not out to win the day.

Great start for Pembs youngsters

Pembrokeshire skipper Ifan Wyn-Jones won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch and very fast outfield. He opened the innings with Oscar Lewis and these two gave their team a flying start with an all action partnership of 60. Lewis looked in fine form, striking five boundaries before a mix up saw him stranded mid-pitch and run out for 27. Pembrokeshire were dealt a double blow when they lost key run gatherer Rhys Phelps next over.

Wyn-Jones was joined by Oscar Willington, these two continuing the assault on the bowlers in a partnership of 44. With the total at 104, Wyn-Jones went for a superb 31 in his debut regional innings having hit four boundaries.

 Vital wickets lost before regrouping

Once again Pembrokeshire lost two quick wickets as Willington followed soon after, having looked well set with a classy 32 from only 25 balls including five boundaries.

William Harries (12) played a brief cameo before holing out, which left Delme Morris-Alleyne and Rhys Jones to take the innings to a close at 171 for 6. These two batted well together in a partnership of 33, finishing undefeated on 18 and 11 respectively. For Carmarthenshire the bowlers found it tough work in the conditions but spinners Jacob Williams (3 for 19) and Tomos Axford (2 for 29) led the way in keeping their team in the hunt alongside an excellent spell from Ruby Kirk.

Willington makes early inroads before Carms fight back to win

In reply Carmarthenshire were soon in trouble at 5 for 2, with Willington (2 for 18) grabbing the wickets of the dangerous Axford and Cellan Allcock in his first over. This brought Steffan Bennett, grandson of Wales rugby legend Phil Bennett, and Jones to the crease. A couple of early chances went begging for the bowlers but thereafter these two batted superbly in a partnership of 95. Bennett went for 31 including four boundaries and Matthew Mitchell (16) continued the support for Jones.

Jamie Keating (1 for 13) and Dylan James (1 for 16) along with a run out from Morris-Alleyne kept Pembrokeshire in the game, but Jones was not to be denied. He struck 10 boundaries and three sixes in his classy undefeated 90 to take his team to victory with three overs to spare.

Both teams produced a feast of high standard cricket for a large and appreciative crowd. All of the players deserve credit for their performances in what was a great advert for the game.  

Pembrokeshire Squad: Ifan Wyn-Jones (c) (Llechryd), Oscar Lewis (Lawrenny), Rhys Phelps (Hook), Oscar Willington (Hook), William Harries (Hook), Delme Morris-Alleyne (Llechryd), Dylan James (Hook), Rhys Jones (Whitland), Jamie Keating (Kilgetty), Liam Morley-Trivett (Laugharne), Sam Lynch (Laugharne)