Superb Neyland march proudly into Lords Finals

Superb Neyland march proudly into Lords Finals


Neyland indoor cricket team
Sean Hannon - hoping for more indoor silverware soon!

National Indoor Cricket Zone Finals:

Venue: Edgbaston Indoor Cricket Centre, Birmingham:
Scorer: Kirsty Hughes
 Superb Neyland march proudly into Lords Finals
Neyland’s talented sextet of indoor cricketers created a major slice of Pembrokeshire cricketing history as they travelled to Edgbaston for the Regional Finals and beat Godmanchester Town (Cambridgeshire) and then Elstow (Bedfordshire) to deservedly claim their place in indoor cricket’s big day at Lord’s.
Sean Hannon led by example and he received every support from his twin brother Patrick, Paul Murray, Nick Koomen, Andrew Miller and Patrick Bellerby, who has slotted into the side really well following injury to previous captain Gregg Miller.
In their semi-final they shot out Godmanchester Town for 72 and then won by two wickers before Elstow showed their prowess as they chased home club Moseley’s 128 for 4 with a winning tally of 131 for 3 and an over in hand.
But it was Neyland who prevailed in the final as Sean Hannon again won the toss, brother Patrick caused early carnage in the Elstow batting before Paul Murray and Nick Koomen got Neyland off to a flier with 54 runs in the first four overs.
From there on there was only going to be one winner – and that was Neyland, the pride of Pembrokeshire Cricket, who won with four wickets and three overs to spare!

Semi Final Match:


Neyland (74 for 4) beat Godmanchester Town (72 all out)

Neyland skipper Sean Hannon won the toss and invited Godmanchester Town to bat first and the opposition were soon in trouble as Sean took a good catch at mid on to help twin brother Patrick Hannon to get rid of Mike Patman for only three runs.

Patrick Hannon was also the bowler when Ed Baldwin was run out for six, this time thanks to some quick thinking by Andrew Miller, who fielded a wild throw by Patrick Bellerby and put in an accurate under-arm throw.

Good fielding pays dividends

Sean Hannon then took a good catch off the ceiling off Nick Koomen’s bowling to shift Paul Clement cheaply before Peter Jefferson and Scott Marsh built a useful partnership for Godmanchester Town. But Jefferson was eventually run out for 23 thanks to some sharp work by keeper Paul Murray.

Patrick Hannon caught Martin Jackman in the gully from Bellerby’s bowling and the innings came to an end when last man Marsh went for a suicidal single and Sean hannon easily ran him out so that Godmanchester were shot out for 72 in only 8.4 of their allotted 12 overs.

Neyland lose their way after good start

Neyland made a confident start to their reply and reached 45 before Murray was caught behind for 23. But then they started to lose focus, perhaps because they had so much time and wickets aplenty in hand.

But then Andrew Miller and Sean Hannon were both out for ducks and Patrick Hannon managed eight runs before he too was shifted. But Nick Koomen remained calm at the other end and the Neyland cause was certainly helped by 21 extras, 18 more than they conceded, and a three from Koomen (22 not out), saw them home 9.2 overs.
Godmanchester Town Batting:
Mike Patman ct Sean Hannon b Patrick Hannon 3
Ed Baldwin run out 6
Peter Jefferson run out 23
Paul Clement ct Sean Hannon b Nick Koomen 7
Scott Marsh run out 27
Martin Jackman ct Patrick Hannon b Patrick Bellerby 3
Extras 3
Total (all out) 72
Neyland Bowling:
Patrick Hannon 3-0-23-1; Nick Koomen 2-0-19-1; Sean Hannon 2-0-16-0; Patrick Bellerby 1.4-0-14-1
Neyland Batting:
Paul Murray ct Martin Jackman b Ed Baldwin 23
Nick Koomen not out 22
Andrew Miller b Ed Baldwin 0
Sean Hannon lbw b Scott Marsh 0
Patrick Hannon ct Mike Patman b Peter Jefferson 8
Patrick Bellerby not out 0
Extras 21
Total (4 wickets) 74
Godmanchester Town Bowling:
Ed Baldwin 3-0-19-2; Scott Marsh 3-0-21-1; Peter Jefferson 2-0-19-1; Mike Patman 1.2-0-5-0

Final Match:


Neyland (111 for 2) beat Elstow (110 for 5)

Neyland made an amazing start as Patrick Bellerby bowled a double wicket maiden to cause a crash to Elsow’s hopes as he had Dan Riddle caught behind by Paul Murray second ball and three deliveries later had Mark Stevens caught by Andrew Miller at mid-off.
Patrick Hannon then had Terry Wisson stumped by Murray and Elstow stood at a 15 for 3 in three overs.
Peter Johnson led a fight back as he scored 25 before retiring but was soon back in action alongside Ravi Thiarra after Andrew Miller caught Shane Robson for a duck off Patrick Bellerby.

This pair took Elstow from 50 for 4 and although Thiarra was eventually caught by Andrew Miller off Bellerby his 38 runs helped Johnston, who smashed 52 not out, take Elstow to 110 for 5, a decent score in the circumstances but a target to chase that was well within Neyland’s scope.

Neyland start with a bang and finish in style

Neyland hopes of a good start were realised as Murray and Koomen scored 20 off the first two overs and then 54 without loss after four overs. When Murray was run out for 20 Neyland were looking good at 70 for 1 as Koomen and Andrew Miller both retired on 26 and 25 respectively.

Patrick Hannon, who had done enough already, was run out for a duck but there were no further alarms as Bellerby finished on 14 not out and Sean Hannon came in to score the winning three runs, to the evident delight of the Neyland team and their hardy band of supporters!
Elstow Batting:
D Riddle ct Paul Murray b Patrick Hannon 0
T Wisson st Paul Murray b Patrick Hannon 6
M Stephens ct Andrew Miller b Patrick Hannon 0
P Johnson not out 52
R Thiarra ct Andrew Miller b  Patrick Bellerby 38
S Robson ct Andrew Miller b Patrick Bellerby 0
Extras 14
Total (5 wickets) 110
Neyland Bowling:
Patrick Hannon 3-1-17-3; Nick Koomen 3-0-17-0; Sean Hannon 1-0-13-0; Patrick Bellerby 3-0-32-2; Andrew Miller 2-0-22-0
Neyland Batting:
Paul Murray run out 20
Nick Koomen retired 26
Andrew Miller retired 25
Patrick Bellerby not out 14
Patrick Hannon run out 0
Sean Hannon not out 3
Extras 24
Total (2 wickets) 112
Elstow Bowling:
S Robson 2.5-0-27-0; T Wisson 2-0-32-0; D Riddle 1-0-16-0; P Johnson 2-0-19-0; R Thiarra 1-0-17-0