Pembrokeshire beat Cardiff to reach National Final
12:02pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Sport
Cardiff and The Vale 183-8 lost to Pembrokeshire 184-5
PEMBROKESHIRE picked up a fantastic victory against Cardiff and The Vale at Pentrych to reach the final of the under-15 National Regional.
They were up against a formidable Cardiff and The Vale side, who they lost to last year in the semi-final and had only lost one regional fixture in the last four years.
On a slightly damp wicket, Pembrokeshire won the toss and put Cardiff into bat. An inspired opening spell of bowling by Greg Thompson (1-12) and George Williams (2-16), aided by three excellent catches by Kurtis Marsh, Jacob Knox and Geraint Jones. This together with a splendid run out by Thomas Pritchard aided by wicket keeper Dafydd Bevan, saw Cardiff reeling at 28-4 off 12 overs.
However, Jamie Mills and Jac Harding dug in for Cardiff and despite some tight bowling from Thomas Pritchard, Jack Parkinson, Kurtis Marsh and Jacob Knox, they advanced the score to 124 without further loss in the 37th over.
It was Geraint Jones (1-19) that bowled Hardman (37) and with Scott Jones (1-30) being economic at the other end, kept the score down in the latter overs.
It was only Jamie Mills (99 no included six fours) and Jac Hardman that reached double figures for Cardiff.
Jamie narrowly missed out on a deserved century, but credit to the Pembrokeshire bowling who kept things tight aided by some astute field positioning and groundwork, which starved him of the strike. In the late quest for runs, Greg Thompson ended up with (2-24) and George Williams (3-40).
Pembrokeshire openers Tomos Lewis and Kurtis Marsh started off well, before Lewis was bowled for 32 by J Berry, with some good straight shots to mid-on and mid-off. Marsh back to his old form anchored the innings being particularly harsh on anything short, despatching it to the mid-wicket boundary.
Dafydd Bevan continued his good form from the tour and 83 runs against Gwent, making 24, before he was caught behind down the legside showing the spirit of cricket and walking on a difficult decision.
Despite this, Pembrokeshire reached 91-2 off 23 overs. Scott Jones used his experience to tick the score over with Marsh, as Pembrokeshire advanced to 152 in 36 overs at drinks. The drinks interval took its toll as in the next over as Marsh was caught for 54 (five fours) and Pembrokeshire lost another wicket with the next ball. Jones departed for 41 (five fours and a six), being particularly harsh on any short pitched bowling, with the score at 174-5. It was left to Greg Thompson (28no) to seal the victory for Pembrokeshire in the 43rd over. This was to the delight of the Pembrokeshire team and their parents on the boundary. The main wicket taker for Cardiff was Morgan Crimm (3-15).
This was an excellent victory for the Pembrokeshire Team against a strong opposition and shows the all round development of the whole team throughout the last few years. They now play Gwent in the Welsh Regional Finals on August 30, at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd CC.
Two wins on tour for county youngsters
Pembroke County under-15 cricket team picked up two fantastic wins on tour in Cheltenham and Staffordshire.
At Cheltenham and batting first, the county scored 195 all out. Tomos Lewis (30), Dafydd Bevan (35), Scott Jones (59), Jack Parkinson (31) and Greg Thompson (17) were the main contributors. Charlie French looked good at the crease, but was caught out with an excellent catch on the boundary. For Cheltenham, Joe Warner (3-15), Christian Willemskein (3-43) & Hugh Aider (2-20) were the main wicket takers.
In reply, Cheltenham were 159 all out, in the 38th over. Seven batsmen achieved double figures, and Ben Frisbett (34) was their top scorer.
For Pembrokeshire, George Williams (2-15), Adam Parr (2-13), Kurtis Marsh (2-24), Geraint Jones (1-18), Scott Jones (1-7) and Greg Thompson (1-9) took wickets. Tom Hill, Thomas Pritchard, Jacob Knox and Jack Parkinson bowled well.
On day two, they played Staffordshire. Batting first again, the county scored 194-5 in their 40 overs, with Kurtis Marsh (19), Dafydd Bevan (58), Scott Jones (69 n.o) and Greg Thompson (13no). For Staffordshire, F Zaroof (2-37) and Ash Rogers (2-20) took wickets.
Staffordshire finished on 180-7 with the game in the balance in the final few overs. F Zaroof (62), Dave Carey (26) and Scott Winnington (20no) scored runs. Kurtis Marsh (4-25), George Williams and Scott Jones picked up a wicket apiece, with an excellent run out by Jacob Knox.
Team sponsors were: Milford Haven Port Authority; Jenny's Card Shop and Gifts (Neyland); Llewellyn Davies and Co.; Cleddau Insurance Services (Neyland); Carew Community Council; The Premier (Neyland); Asda Stores Ltd (Pembroke Dock); The Co-op (Neyland).
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