County U14s at Bromsgrove Cricket
Cricket’s U14s side played three games against strong opposition at the
Bromsgrove Festival this week.
fixture was against Warwickshire who batted first. James Davies took an early
wicket to raise Pembrokeshire’s hopes but fifties from two batsmen soon put
Warwickshire in command. At 120 for 1, things were looking bleak, but spirited
bowling and some good catching meant the Pembrokeshire boys hauled themselves
back into the game, with Warwickshire posting 225 all out, failing to use the
last four of their 45 overs. James Davies 2 for 24, Curtis Hicks 3 for 41 and
James Thomas 4 for 31 were the wicket takers.
opener Che Thomas scored 29 before being controversially run out, with Billy
Kinnear hitting 35 and James Davies 18 in Pembrokeshire’s total of 152,
finishing 73 runs short of their target.
game was against the Isle of Man. Pembrokeshire decided to bat and openers
Geraint Rees and Che Thomas put on 53 for the first wicket, with Rees falling
to a sharp slip catch on 17. Thomas was eventually run out for 30, James Davies
made 28, Jacob Lay a quickfire 20, Nick Jones 15, Billy Kinnear 18 and Max
Brindley 16 in a respectable total of 182. Despite a number of batsmen getting
starts, some poor shot choices gave wickets away too easily and the innings
fizzled out towards the end.
Man’s reply was much more solid and the cruised past the Pembrokeshire total
for the loss of only 3 wickets, with Buxton scoring 53 not out. James Davies, 2
for 33 and Harri Dunn 1 for 30 were the wicket takers.
game was against an undefeated Norfolk side who despite losing 3 early wickets
to Davies and Dunn, went on to score 261 for 8 on a small ground with a fine 73
from D Arnold. Pembrokeshire’s wicket takers were James Davies 3 for 31, Harri
Dunn 1 for 34, Geraint Rees 1 for 37, Nick Jones 1 for 47 and Dan Llewellyn 1
lost Rees with the score at 22, with Thomas run out the following ball for 16,
and Jacob Lay was also caught without the score advancing. This was a real set
back and with Jones falling cheaply as well, Pembrokeshire were tottering at 44
for 4. Max Brindley batted well for 41, with good support from Kyle Williams
(15) and Billy Kinnear (22) but Pembrokeshire could only muster a total of 121,
well short of their target.
Andrew Williams hopes that the boys will learn lessons from their experience
against some very good cricketers, particularly in being more patient when
batting and not to give their wickets away cheaply, through poor choice of
Pembrokeshire pride was restored, however, as the boys beat both Warwickshire
and Holland at football in the evenings, with Ewan Griffiths and Dan Llewellyn
scoring goals in both games!
U14s Squad for Bromsgrove:
Max Brindley (Kilgetty), James Davies (Burton), Harri Dunn (Crymych),
Ewan Griffiths (Neyland), Curtis Hicks (Burton), Nicholas Jones (Burton), Billy
Kinnear (Cresselly), Jacob Lay (Hook), Dan Llewellyn (Burton), Geraint Rees
(Neyland), Che Thomas (Whitland), James Thomas (Whitland), Kyle Williams
20th July 2014 - County U14s extend winning
run to 6, but fall at 7th hurdle
U14s cricket team won their sixth successive game away to Carmarthenshire
recently. Playing at Ammanford after a fairly damp night, Pembrokeshire won the
toss and asked Carmarthenshire to bat.
Pembrokeshire opening bowlers, Max Brindley and Harry Cook both bowled well and
after 10 overs, Carmarthenshire had struggled to 21 for 1, Cook having Lewis
caught by Jacob Lay for 3. Geraint Rees and Nicky Jones took over and also
bowled tightly leaving the home team at 53 for 2 after 20 overs, with Jones
bowling Davies for 12. Next to bowl were Iori Hicks and Harri Dunn, with Hicks
bowling a devastating spell, finishing with 5 wickets for 12 runs from his
seven overs. Dunn also picked up a wicket, bowling his 5 overs for 11 runs.
Cook returned, picking up another wicket and when Jacob Lay picked up his
fourth catch of the innings of Rees’ bowling, the innings was finished at 102
in the 39th over.
moved fairly quickly to 58 for three, with Nick Jones contributing 12, Che
Thomas 20 and Jacob Lay 21, but a mid order collapse where 5 wickets fell in
the space of 8 runs left Pembrokeshire tottering on 71 for 8 with Max Brindley
and Iori Hicks at the crease. However, these two dug in and with sensible
batting the score crept nearer their target. With the pressure mounting, both
batsmen kept accumulating runs and after drawing level, a guided four down to
third man from Iori Hicks gave Pembrokeshire their sixth successive win. Max
Brindley contributed 24 not out, with Hicks 12 not out at the finish.
seventh regional fixture was played on Sunday 20th July at Pembroke
Dock CC, when the visitors were North East Wales. Captain Dan Llewellyn decided
to bat on a firm wicket but despite ideal conditions, the majority of
Pembrokeshire batsmen tried to force the score along and got themselves out too
easily, most having got a start. Pembrokeshire ‘s total was a dismal 91 all out
in 32 out of their allotted 45 overs. James Thomas with 14 not out was the top
scorer, with Nick Jones 10, Kyle Williams 12 and Max Brindley 11, the only
batters reaching double figures.
had NE Wales captain, Mitchell caught behind by Billy Kinnear in the first over
and it wasn’t until the 5th over that NE Wales got on the
scoreboard. Good innings of 38 by Thompson and 44 by Sethi helped the visitors
ease towards their target, which they passed in the 20th over for
the loss of 4 wickets. Iori Hicks finished with 2 for 23 with James Thomas
picking up the other wicket. Both Dan Llewellyn and Nick Jones took good
catches in the field.
U14s have a chance to put this defeat behind them later this week, when they
participate in the Bromsgrove Festival, with matches against Warwickshire,
Norfolk and The Isle of Man.
they play the return fixture against NE Wales and will be looking to improve on
July 2014 - Pembrokeshire
U14s Winning Run Extended
The County’s U14s have stretched their winning start to
five games unbeaten with recent wins over Mid Wales and Mid Glamorgan.
At Haverfordwest, captain for the match, Max Brindley
chose to bat first and Pembrokeshire reached an impressive total of 168, the
last wicket falling in the 39th over. Opener Geraint Rees was the
mainstay of the Pembrokeshire innings with a patient 41, before falling lbw to
Ben Kenshington. Kyle Williams added a lively 28, including 5 boundaries, with
Harry Cook 13, Ewan Griffiths 18, James Thomas 14 and Billy Kinnear 12 not out
all contributing well to the total.
Mid Wales, coached by former Cresselly player, Keith
Griffiths, lost two early wickets to Harri Dunn and Harry Cook, before a solid
partnership of 49 for the third wicket brought Mid Wales back into the game.
Geraint Rees broke the partnership by having Kenshington caught by James Thomas
for 28 and a devastating burst of four wickets in six overs by Nick Jones swung
the match Pembrokeshire’s way again. Opener Simon Morris battled well for his
36 before being removed by Iori Hicks and after a short but exciting episode
when the last pair added 34 before Ewan Griifiths bowled D Davies for 15,
leaving Mid Wales 15 runs short of their target. Nick Jones with 4 for 15 from
6 overs was the pick of the Pembrokeshire bowlers on the day.
The next match was played against Mid Glamorgan at
Porthcawl CC. Captain, Che Thomas won the toss and put Mid Glamorgan in to bat.
James Davies removed an opener before he had troubled the scorers and Nick
Jones quickly added two more wickets with Mid Glamorgan now at 15 for 3. D
Davies scored 17 before Harri Dunn claimed his wicket and also removed the
dangerous D Coughlan for 23, caught by Geraint Rees at mid-wicket. A run out by
Dan Llewellyn, wickets from Harry Cook and Curtis Hicks, with Jacob Lay taking
3 catches and a run out, left Mid Glamorgan with a total of 98 from 35 of their
allotted 45 overs. Pembrokeshire’s bowlers shared the wickets well with James
Davies 1 for 15 from 8 overs, Harry Cook 1 for 2 from 6 overs, Nick Jones 2 for
17 from five overs, Geraint Rees 1 for 15 from 5 overs, Curtis Hicks 1 for 19
from five overs, Harry Dunn 2 for 20 from 4 overs and Dan Llewellyn 0 for 9
from 3 overs.
Pembrokeshire opening batsmen, Nick Jones and Geraint Rees took the Pembrokeshire
score to 37, before Jones holed out at mid-wicket for 24, with his partner
later falling for 15. Jacob Lay hit six fours and a six in his quick-fire 34
and with Kyle Williams 9 not out and James Thomas 6 not out, Pembrokeshire
reached their target in the 27th over, winning by six wickets.
remaining regional fixtures are away to Carmarthenshire July 13th, N
E Wales at Pembroke Dock on July 20th and the corresponding away
fixture to be rearranged in August, following an earlier postponement. The team
are also due to play in the festival at Bromsgrove from 23rd – 26th
July, where their fixtures are against Norfolk, Warwickshire and the Isle of
June 2014 - Pembrokeshire U14s’ Winning Streak
U14 cricket team have begun their Regional fixtures with a hat-trick of wins.
At Burton they comfortably defeated Mid Glamorgan after bowling the opposition
out for 67 runs. Harry Cook (4 for 20 from 7 overs), Geraint Rees (4 for 2 from
5 overs), James Davies (1 for 12 from 7 overs) and Max Brindley (1 for 7 from 4
overs) were the wicket takers. Nicky Jones (36 not out) and Geraint Rees (14)
ensured Pembrokeshire cruised to a 7 wicket victory.
At Hook, Carmarthenshire
were the opposition. Put into bat, Carmarthenshire totalled 112 from their
innings with J Rogers (21) and G Williams (22) the main contributors.
Pembrokeshire’s bowlers were again in form, with James Davies (3 for 23 from 9
overs), Harry Cook (1 for 22 from 8 overs), Harri Dunn (1 for 11 from 5 overs),
Iori Hicks (1 for 11 from 5 overs) and Nick Jones (1 for 9 from 5 overs) taking
the wickets. In reply, Pembrokeshire appeared to be cruising to victory with
Jacob Lay (41) and Geraint Rees (20), but a flurry of wickets meant a tense
finish, before James Thomas with 6 not out saw them home by 2 wickets with four
overs to spare.
The third fixture
saw Pembrokeshire play Mid Wales at Llandrindod Wells. Again the opposition
were put into bat on a damp pitch and could only muster 84 for 9 in their
allotted overs. Pick of the Pembrokeshire bowlers was Geraint Rees (5 for 5
from 8 overs), with James Davies (1 for 29 from 8 overs), Nick Jones (1 for 12
from 5 overs) and Dan Llewellyn (1 for 12 from 7 overs). Iori Hicks also bowled
very well, only conceding 3 runs from his 8 overs. Four Pembrokeshire batsmen
reached double figures including Ewan Griffiths (18), Jacob Lay (15), Nick
Jones (14) and Geraint Rees (11 not out), which was enough to see them reach
their target with 16 overs remaining.
Williams (Narberth CC) is delighted with the start the team has made this
season and is looking forward to their remaining fixtures with anticipation.
U14s Cricket Squad: Max Brindley (Kilgetty), Harry Cook (Carew), James Davies
(Burton), Harri Dunn (Crymych), Ewan Griffiths (Neyland), Curtis Hicks
(Burton), Iori Hicks (Carew), Nicholas Jones (Burton), Billy Kinnear
(Cresselly), Jacob Lay (Hook), Dan Llewellyn (Burton), Geraint Rees (Neyland),
Che Thomas (Whitland), James Thomas (Whitland), Kyle Williams (Narberth).