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Stags fall down at the Manor

St Fagans 1st XI fell to their second defeat of the season in a disappointing performance away at Miskin Manor.

 

With plenty of overnight rain and conditions ripe for seam bowling, it seemed a good toss to win for St Fagans who opted to bowl first.

 

Daanish Hashmi took an early breakthrough with the wicket of former Stag, Huw Beaverstock, assisted by an excellent catch off his chest-bone in the slip region by Owain Hopkins.

 

Unfortunately, through a combination of effective batting and an inconsistent length, St Fagans didn’t strike again until the spin combination of Mike O’Shea and Jamie Sylvester brought a mini-collapse.

 

Miskin skipper Carl Whiteley contributed a good innings of 40 and some clean late order hitting took Miskin to a good score of 205 for 6 off their 50 overs.

 

Notable Stag mentions to 16-year-old Charles Griffith, who bowled a very good spell of off-spin, taking his maiden first XI wicket, and to Jamie Sylvester who rolled back the years with an outstanding catch in the outfield. O’Shea’s first spell back in the maroon this season also demonstrated the old adage of ‘class is permanent’.

 

The St Fagans response did not start well, with skipper, Chris Thorne, bowled in the 2nd over. Chris Lawlor wasn’t long behind him and with two wickets down for not very many on the board, 206 looked like an uphill task.

 

However, with the entrance of Mike O’Shea to the wicket, the momentum swung back in the Stags favour, with a beautiful array of attacking shots. O’Shea’s quick-fire 60 set up the chase perfectly but the St Fagans batting line-up sadly fell away – Beaverstock the main beneficiary with 5 wickets – all dismissals being that of ‘caught’.

 

A poor day at the office for St Fagans who look to bounce back next week against Pentyrch at home.

 

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