Ken Morris Memorial Cup: Crymych (101-5) beat Cresselly 3rds (100-7) by 5 wickets

Tomos Lewis was the Crymych hero as his final ball boundary sealed a Ken Morris Cup win over Cresselly 3rds.

Chasing 101 to win, the visitors reached 97-5 before Lewis cracked James Goldsworthy’s final ball to the fence to settle an enthralling clash – and ensure Crymych tasted victory in their first ever game in the competition.

Cresselly’s total had been largely down to the late order hitting of Cory Hill – the No 8 hitting four fours in his 37 not out after Mike Venables (10), Steffan Jenkins (12) and Rhydian Rees (16) had all failed to push on after getting starts.

For Crymych, wickets fell to Ioan Davies (3-31), Alistair Davies (3-22), Rhodri Lewis (2-23), and Hedd Nicholas 1-16.

The away side then looked in trouble in their reply though, with Phil Cole taking three early wickets to leave them 15-3.

Daniel Jones (13) and Ioan Davies (18) kept their side in it though before Hill (1-26) and Goldsworthy (1-31) both struck to leave Crymych 55-5.

But it was then that Lewis and Alistair Davies took hold of things, the latter stroking two fours in his 16 not out as Crymych were left needing 13 runs off the final over.

And Lewis delivered them, cracking a boundary as he took nine off the first five balls, before again finding the fence from the final ball to finish on a match winning 24 not out (four fours).

The other Group B game on the weekend saw Haverfordwest 3rds comfortably beat Narberth.

The Town were 103 all out, John Ebeneezer (31) and Paul Jenkins (18) top scoring while Rhodri Gerrard (4-37) and Gary Nicholas (2-21) bowled well.

The hosts then fell to 54 all out in their reply as only Aled Davies (17) and Rob Nicholas (14) got going as Jenkins (2-12), Simon Williams (4-14),
Matthew Vaughan (2-17) and Dean Flood (2-6) wrapped things up.

In Group A, Nomads won at Hundleton.

The visitors made 107-9 with Dan Warder (24), Gareth Morgan (15),
and Geoff Marsh (17) chipping in while Iori Humphreys took 3-26.

Morgan (2-6), Dickie Read (3-23) and Harry Birmingham (2-20) then delivered decent spells as the hosts could only muster 66-7 in response, Humphreys top scoring with 12 not out.

And then on a Monday night, the competition had its first ever tie between Carew 3rds and Neyland 3rds.

Batting first, Neyland reached 142-4 and had Phil Sutton as top scorer with 65 not ou,t alongside 39 from skipper Sam Laugharne as Harry Cook was the pick of the home bowlers with 2-18.

Jacob Knox led the Carew response with a super 81 and Chris Cole chipped in with 21 as Ian Jenkins (2-28) and Rhys Beavis (1-28) were Neyland’s main wicket-takers.

It came down to the final ball where Carew could only get two of the three they needed for victory, but all round it was a very good advert for the Ken Morris.

Fixtures for Sunday, August 16th:

Group A:

Neyland v Nomads

Hundleton v Carew

Group B:

Haverfordwest v Crymych

Cresselly v Narberth