Rain washed out most matches in the Antur Insurance Pembroke County Cricket League and of the three which started, none of the matches was completed.

In Division Three, Narberth Seconds travelled north to Llechryd, where the rain held off until 25 overs had been bowled and Llechryd had reached a total of 132-3.

This was due mainly to a fine display of stroke play by Huw Lock, who scored 81 with 15 fours and one six, supported by Matthew Fraser with 26.

Richard Howell, Andrew Williams and Mike Johns picked up a wicket each.

In Division Five, Llangwm Thirds scored 39-1 away to Llanrhian Seconds and in Division Six, Narberth Thirds travelled to Fishguard.

The visitors had reached 19-2 after six overs, with Ryan Williams 12no, when play was abandoned.

Anthony Couzens took 2-12 for Fishguard Seconds.

None of the matches played had any effect on league positions, although the boost of four extra points over most teams has eased Llechryd's problems at the bottom of Division Three, although the north of the county side remain in the relegation zone.

Ashes fever hits Cardiff early


The beautiful Cathedral ground, Cardiff, was the setting for an excellent regional match between these two Welsh counties - before the city was hit by Ashes history.

Pembrokeshire lost the toss and were asked to field first on a dry track. Murphy and Coaker opened the bowling with real pace, without the luck of a wicket. The ever-steady Kieran O'Conner and Jac Waters finished with excellent figures, with only three runs each knocked off their four-over spelld.

Ben Palin and Oliver Richards bowled with precision. Callum Woods bowled his off-spin backed up by Toby Poole with his leg-spin, which slowed the run rate down, with Poole taking the wicket of one of the openers.

Callum James of Hook bowled superbly, with two wickets for 12 runs in his spell. Oliver Richards, from Cresselly, also took a wicket.

Great keeping from Liam Cullen kept the score down.

Cardiff and The Vale finished on 134 for five in their 35 overs.

Opening the innings for Pembrokeshire were Sean Coaker, of Narberth, and K. O'Conner from Fishguard.

Unfortunately O'Conner was lbw for nought. Coaker went on to score an excellent 19 before being bowled.

Batting three for Pembrokeshire was Jac Waters, who was unlucky and out to an excellent delivery. Woods, from Burton, batted with authority and scored a rapid 24 before he was bowled.

Hicks, from Carew, batted very well, showing his potential for the future, while Callum James played with excellent ability before being bowled for 10 runs.

With the county needing quick runs, Griffiths came to the crease with young Ben Palin, but just ran out of time, falling 16 runs short in their allotted overs and suffering their first defeat of the season.

Griffiths was 14 not out and Palin, of Kilgetty, eight not out.

Pembrokeshire finished on 118 for 7 in 35 overs.


L. Alex b O. Richards 37

S. Adams b T. Poole 20

W. Edwards run out 5

H. Morgan not out 13

S. Prem b C. James 21

B. Thomas b C. James 1

M. David not out 3

Extras 34

Total 134

T. Poole 1 for 11 in 4 overs, C. James 2 for 12 in 3 overs, O. Richards 1 for 12 in 2 overs.


S. Coaker b G. Will 19

K. O'Conner lbw b L. Evan 0

J. Waters b Harry 0

C. Woods b T. Bevan 24

I. Hicks b G. Will 1

C. James b Prem 10

O. Richards b Prem 0

K. Griffiths not out 14

B. Palin not out 8

Extras 44

Total 118 for 7 in 35 overs

S. Prem 2 for 11 in 4 overs.

Cresselly book place in last eight of npower Village Cup

Cresselly defeated the Gloucester champions Marshfield by 28 runs to book a place in the quarter-final of the Npower Village Cup against Glamorgan and Gwent champions Miskin Manor.

Cresselly batted first and scored 172 all out in 40 overs. Skipper Simon Cole scored 32 with five fours and one six and Adam Chandler found the boundary six times in his innings of 29. Lyn Richards showed his all round value to the team by contributing 25 runs.

Cresselly had been in some trouble after losing their way from a good start, but Neilson Cole and Stefan Jenkins added 29 vital runs for the last wicket which proved crucial in the end.

Simon Becket took 4-52 for the visitors and off-spinner Ben White restricted the batsmen to three runs in his nine overs as well as taking two wickets at the same time.

In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 144. Bill Johnson scored 36, James Williams 26 and Bobby Jenkins 23.

The Cresselly bowling and fielding was excellent, which was exemplified by the brilliant catch taken by Lyn Richards high above his head in front of the mound off the bowling of Stefan Jenkins, who finished with figures of 3-34.

Richard Harris gave nothing away in his 3-17 spell and Lyn Richards took 2-45.

Miskin Manor booked a place in the quarter-final by defeating Oxfordshire champions Aston Rowant at Miskin. In a very exciting finish, Miskin Manor won by two runs.

The quarter-final against Miskin Manor will be played at Cresselly on Sunday, July 26, and wickets will be pitched at 1 pm.

Cup success for Pembroke Dock

Pembroke Dock are the new holders of the Tavernspite Garden Centre Alan Brown Cup, after defeating the cup holders Crymych by 49 runs in the replay of the final at Whitland on Sunday.

Pembroke Dock scored 116-9 in their first innings. Nick Daley played a captain's knock of 26, supported by Julian Edwards with 23 and stroke player Peter Kingdom with 17. There were also 18 extras and Jamie White chipped in with 13.

Rhys Davies bowled a lively spell to take 3-19 for Crymych and spinner Murray Briggs took 3-25.

Crymych were bundled out for 63, with three of the batsmen being run out needlessly. Gary Nicholas top scored with 15, with both openers, Rob Nicholas and Elgan Vittle, contributing 10 each.

Jamie White took 4-17 and left arm spinner Jason Coles took 2-15.

In their second innings, the Dock reached 108-9. Jacob Davies, who joined Pembroke Dock from Cresselly at the start of the season, showed his value to the team with 42 and another young recruit, David Dunfee, who transferred from Saundersfoot, scored a brisk 24 with two sixes. There were also 15 extras.

Murray Briggs followed up his three wickets in the first innings by taking 5-20 and pace man Rhys Davies took 2-36.

Crymych did make a bid to reach the 162 winning target, but were held to 112-8.

Jacob Lloyd scored 22no, Osian Wyn 18, Owain Ennis 11 and Gary Nicholas 10.

John Camani took 3-25 and Jamie White 3-32.

Pembrokeshire Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers chairman, Richard Merriman, of Whitland, acted as the host during the post match presentation ceremonies.

John Williams, the president of the Umpires Association, presented the cup to Nick Daley, of Pembroke Dock, and also handed out the individual trophies to both teams.

Barry Webb, of Tavernspite Garden Centre, presented the man-of-the-match award to Jacob Davies, of Pembroke Dock.

The umpires were Peter Perry, of Tenby, and Phil Marsden, of Penally.

Nicole Lloyd scored for Pembroke Dock and Dyfed Sion took care of the duties for Crymych.

Rains stops exciting finish

Pembrokeshire U10s


The County Under 10s had an exciting game against Mid Glamorgan, which was played at Ferndale Cricket Club on Sunday, June 28, abandoned due to weather. In a thrilling match, Pembrokeshire had needed 40 runs to win with seven overs to go with eight wickets in hand.

Pembrokeshire lost the toss and the team were asked to field first on a decent track. Murphy opened the bowling with real pace, taking one for five in four overs. Backing him up at the other end was the ever-steady Sean Coaker and Kieran O'Conner, who took one wicket. Ben Palin and Jac Waters bowled with precission.

Other wicket-takers on the day were Griffiths and Woods. Woods bowled his off-spin, backed up by Toby Poole with his leg spin. James Davies, from Burton, bowled with precission in his spell, with a good line and length from Hicks and Richards, from Cresselly.

The Mid Glamorgan innings finished on 161 for 5 in their 40 overs.

Opening for Pembrokeshire were Liam Cullen, of Kilgetty, and Haverfordwest prospect, Kieran Griffiths, who got the innings off to a good start, but then Cullen was bowled for three. Batting three for Pembrokeshire was the talented Tom Murphy, who batted with authority for his 20 runs until he was caught going for a lofted drive in the covers.

Toby Poole, from Kilgetty, came to the crease with the innings on 58 for 2. Poole continued his recent excellent form and he and Griffiths batted with patience against the excellent accurate bowling of Mid Glamorgan, and they both carried their bats through until the 33rd over when the rain came and spoilt an exciting finish to the game.

Poole was 30 not out and Griffiths was 33 not out. The pair put on 63.

Pembrokeshire finished on 121 for 2 in 33 overs.


A Lawler b K. Griffiths 6

M. Rogers run out 29

T. Cogbill b C. Woods 30

L. Davies b T. Murphy 32

T. Jenkins b O'Conner 2

C. Matthews not out 11

G. Powell not out 7

E. Lloyd not out 1

Extras 44

Total 161

K. O'Conner 1 for 22, T. Murphy 1 for 5, K. Griffiths 1 for 12, C. Woods 1 for 12.


K. Griffiths not out 33

L. Cullen b A. Lawler 3

T. Murphy c S. Sonnettus b

C. Barry 20

T. Poole not out 30

Extras 35

Total 121 for 2 in 33 overs

A. Lawler 1 for 20 in 4 overs, C. Barry 1 for 17 in 3 overs.

Duggie Morris Cup quarter-finals

Lawrenny are through to the semi-final of the Duggie Morris Cup following their four wickets win at home to St. Ishmaels after restricting the visitors to a total of 122-6.

All-rounder Andrew Williams scored 46no to hold the Tish innings together, supported by Daniel Flynn with 15 and Stewart Kimpton with 13.

For Lawrenny, James Buckle took 2-20 and Robert Williams 2-23.

Opening batsmen Andrew Cole and James Buckle produced a second wicket partnership of 62, which effectively won the game for Lawrenny. Cole scored 26 and Buckle 35 and earlier Brad McDermott-Jenkins contributed 12 to the Lawrenny total.

When Buckle and Cole were dismissed in quick succession, it put the cat amongst the pigeons, with Lawrenny losing three more wickets before James Phillips hit a four to win the match with seven balls remaining.

The other quarter-final match between Haverfordwest and Cresselly was postponed because of the wet pitch and will be played on a date to be arranged, possibly on or around Thursday, July 21, when the other two quarter-final matches are scheduled to take place.

Lawrenny will be home to Carew or Pembroke in the semi-final on Tuesday, August 4.