Pembrokeshire Over 50s (139 all out) lot to Wales over 60s (227-2)

From the latest start, to the latest finish.

Well, not quite, but although we are well into September senior cricket in Pembrokeshire continued on Sunday with a game between the county’s Over 50s and Wales Over 60s in Cresselly.

And it was good spirited affair, with the batting of the international side proving too much for the hosts to match.

Indeed, the visitors racked up 227-2 from their 40 overs, although six batsman voluntarily retired.

Ironically two of them were Pembrokeshire based players, opener Lyn Rees (Neyland) and No 3 Stuart Carpenter (St Ishmaels), who made 35 and 37 respectively.

Rees hit four boundaries and Carpenter three after Peter Docherty (19) had fallen - giving a return catch to Kevin Bowen.

Alistair Lawson was the other wicket to fall as he was caught by Nigel Morgan off Ian Milsom’s bowling, but Hugh Quick (38), Robert Franklin (32) and Steve Durston (29) kept the momentum going before they too left the field to give the lower order a chance to bat.

And there was a late 18 not out from Cresselly’s very own Richard Harris as Wales posted an imposing total.

For Pembrokeshire, it was Bowen who finished the pick of the bowlers, with 1-18 from his eight overs, including two maidens.

The home reply hit early trouble as openers Dai Haynes and Phil Sutton both fell cheaply, but then Jonathan and Neal Williams restored order. Jonathan hit 32 (five fours) and Neal 42 (seven fours), and Filigi Varghese continued the fightback with 27 (two fours).

But the hosts were always behind the rate, and despite Paul Webb (15) and Morgan (13) chipping in with useful late runs, they finished 139 all out.

For Wales, wickets fell to Colin Tucker (1-24), Anthony Mathias (2-32), Durston (1-28), Peter Doyle (2-25), Carpenter (2-13) and Robert Franklin (1-7).

Umpires: Chris Stapleton, Steve Williams.

Scorers: Janice Webb, Judith Tucker.