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St Fagans crowned Champions at Miskin Manor

St Fagans 1st XI were crowned Premier League Division Two Champions on Saturday after a huge 22 point win over Miskin Manor.

1st XI skipper, Chris Thorne, lost the toss but St Fagans were surprisingly put into bat by the opposition on a sweltering day and on what looked like an excellent wicket. The match was also played in intriguing circumstances with 2nd place Tata Steel (3pts behind the Stags) also in action against Miskin’s relegation rivals Ynystawe (9pts behind Miskin).

The first impressions of the wicket fortunately played true for the the Stags with the 1st XI amassing a huge 278-5 with important contributions once again from Matt Thompson (86), Gareth Rees (78) and Andrew Leering (65*). The three batsmen have been hugely impressive throughout the season for the Stags with Rees finishing 2nd highest run scorer in the SWPL2 with 737 runs at 56 – and Leering just behind with 569 at 56 too.

In reply, Miskin got off to a brisk start, however, the introduction of seamer, Gareth Weatherall, quickly changed the course of the game. Weatherall’s inswing quickly removed both Miskin openers putting the Stags in pole position. The impetus never returned for Miskin and they were bowled out for 140 off 42 overs with 17-year-old Charles Griffith picking up a match-winning haul of 5 wickets.

Stags collected a maximum of 22 points to secure the title – the 2nd in four seasons for the 1st XI and with Saturday’s side containing 8 players who have come through the club’s junior ranks.

In the match at Port Talbot, Ynystawe emerged victors and St Fagans’ comprehensive victory prevented Miskin from collecting sufficient points to stay up. Our congratulations to Ynys for staying up, to Tata for an excellent season and running us so close and sincere commiserations to Miskin Manor who will undoubtedly bounce back.

All eyes will now turn to the Premier League proper in 2018 as the Stags looked to retain PL status for the first-time since the establishment of the top league in 2010.

Stags U13s advance after ECB regional final victory

St Fagans U13 have progressed to the next round following a superb victory against Brockhampton in the ECB regional final – a great team performance with some excellent fielding. 

Notable mentions to Callum Nicholls who hit an excellent 31 (retired), Harry Burrows with a game-changing spell of 3-14 and Ollie Sherwood who made 26* with the bat and took the match winning wicket! All 11 boys played their part – well done!

Their next game is likely to be a week today away at Dumbleton in Gloucs! More info to be shared in due course.

Go Stags!

Glamorgan 2nd XI take on Essex at St Fagans CC

Glamorgan 2nd XI take on Essex at St Fagans CC

On Monday, St Fagans CC had the pleasure of hosting Glamorgan 2nds versus Essex, with a Glammy side containing two Stags products – Jeremy Lawlor and Ruaidhri Smith.

Glamorgan won the toss in the opening match and elected to field. Despite reducing the home team to 29/2, some fine hitting from Wheater and Velani took the score up to 104 before Smith broke the partnership, removing Velani for 44 from 33 balls.

Wheater continued to attack the Glamorgan bowling, supported well by Beard before falling for a tremendous 88 which included 5 6s.

At the end of their twenty overs Essex posted an imposing 179 with Smith the pick of the bowlers with 3/34.

The Welsh County were never really in the chase, losing constant wickets along the way. Neil Brand briefly threatened with 29 from 20 balls, and some lower order hitting from Ruaidhri Smith took the side beyond 100 but Glamorgan fell 52 runs short.

In the second game of the day, Glamorgan again won the toss but this time decided to bat first. Openers Craig Meschede and St Fagans’ Glamorgan allocated player, David Lloyd, got their side off to a flyer scoring 45 runs from just 3.1 overs before Lloyd fell for 26 from 11 balls.

Glamorgan’s batsman continued going for their shots and while they lost regular wickets, Neil Brand (30) and Kiran Carlson (44) took Glamorgan to 167/8 from their 20 overs

Essex’s innings started badly and never recovered. Opening batsman Welch fell to Meschede from the first ball of the innings and when the Glamorgan bowler removed the dangerman, Wheater, in his second over, the innings was in tatters.

Meschede eventually finished with figures of 4/29 and was ably supported by the rest of Glamorgan’s bowlers, who all took one wicket, as they won the match by 41 runs and the sides finished with one win apiece.

Credit: Match report courtesy of Glamorgan CCC. 

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Match Report: Miskin u11 v St Fagans u11 Cubs

Match Report:- Miskin u11 v St.Fagans u11 Cubs, Monday 19th June 2017.

The home side decided to bat first on a red hot evening at the delightful Miskin ground. 

A tight opening opening over from Rhys P followed by a wicket from Aaron immediately put the Cubs on the front foot.  Seth/Will, Lewis & Tristan continued the accurate bowling which included a wicket from Tristan who celebrated his success with a joyous leap in the air.  Further tight overs from Harry & Owain who both took wickets further restricted Miskin’s progress. Run outs from excellent throws from Tristan and Gabe together with some excellent glove work from Rhys H ensured the Manor were struggling to post a formidable total. Morgan was extremely economical with his 2 overs and the innings was completed with Aled’s looping leg spin. The final Miskin pair put on 16 runs with the final total being 238 for 5 wkts.

Cubs opening pair cousins Seth & Gabe started well and in particular a fine cover drive from Seth which reached the boundary with ease. A brilliant throw at one stump from the Miskin fine leg did peg the pair back though. Lewis & Will continued the good work with Will playing a beautiful cover drive which was racing towards the boundary before hitting the tree which is situated well within the rope. Despite slight confusion from the home umpire a four was eventually signalled much to Will’s delight.

Aaron, Aled & Morgan defended their wickets well against some accurate bowling through the middle of our innings. Harry & Owen came to the wicket with the Cubs well ahead & despite losing a wicket straight away they stemmed the tide to ensure the final pair of Rhys P & Rhys H had a bit of a cushion to see the Cubs home. They didn’t disappoint with the pair running well between the wickets to cement the victory. Total 251 for 7 wickets.

Result:- Cubs won by 13 runs.

Thanks to Paul for scoring the book and a big thanks to all the parents who supported the boys. (The more encouragement from the boundary the better)

Cheers

Mike Hill

Also a big mention to the Stags U11s who recorded a comprehensive 141 run win against Lisvane Minotaurs. The future is bright, the future is maroon!

Match report: St Fagans Cubs v Barry

Match report:- Cubs v Barry June 12th

This evening the young Cubs entertained a Barry Athletic side who were playing their first fixture of the season. We batted first with Gaby /Owain opening the innings. Two early wickets from the accurate seaside opening quick ensured we made a slow start!  Ollie/Will then steadied the ship with an unbroken partnership which helped to push the score along together with some extremely erratic bowling resulting in numerous wides & no balls. Sam/Seth/Lewis continued the good work with Seth timing the ball well. Jack/Harry/Aled came to the crease next and all scored runs and in doing so were leading us to a respectable total. The Rhysis P & H concluded the innings with some excellent running between the wickets & couple of fine off drives from Rhys P being the highlights.
Cubs Total 278 for 2 wkts.

The Barry opening pair faced a hostile first over from young Owain.
Economical overs from Seth, Will, Sam & Gaby ensured the away side were falling further and further behind the rate.  Jack was then brought into the attack & produced a wicket with a fine caught & bowled. Aled, Lewis, Rhys P continued the steady work before further wickets from Harry, Jack & Seth which ensured we were heading for a comfortable victory. Some excellent ground fielding including run outs from Ollie and Owain together with some excellent glove work by Rhys H capped off a fine fielding display. A mention also to young Gaby for his efforts in the field.
Barry total 220 for 7

Cubs WON by 58 runs

Thanks to all the support of the parents & also to Dave Jacques for scoring the book.

Cheers
Mike Hill

Stags 11s storm to great win against rivals Lisvane

Congratulations to St Fagans Under 11s who secured an excellent victory last night against Lisvane with a superb team performance!

Well done to players Harri, Ellis, Iestyn, Jo, Cai, Jake, Matthew, Alex, Jac and Zac!

St fagans 239

Lisvane 229

Highlights – Cai got 11, brilliant catch by Jo against a very strong opposition including county and Wales players.

Go Stags!

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.

 

Another 5fer for Maynard as Stags fightback to beat Ynys

Another 5fer for Maynard as Stags fightback to beat Ynys

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Seamer Tom Maynard once again starred with the ball as St Fagans bounced back from a poor batting display to beat Ynystawe by 43 runs.

Winning the toss, St Fagans skipper, Chris Thorne, elected to bat, but they were soon two wickets down with Chris Lawlor (10) and Thorne (9) falling in the same over to Lee Hicks.

17-year-old, Adam Keane, and Matt Thompson, set about bringing some composure to the innings and were building a solid partnership when Keane was bowled for 17.

Unfortunately, despite a patient 38 from Thompson, other contributions were few and far between with Owain Hopkins providing the next top score with 17*.

The St Fagans innings saw wickets fall in clusters and a poor batting display ended in the 46th over with only 153 on the board. A win at tea for the home side looked very unlikely indeed.

However, Ynystawe’s response started in spectacular fashion. Maynard opened his account in the very first over trapping Tom Blake LBW for 0.

In the 2nd over, Stags struck twice through Daanish Hashmi, who preyed on the opponents batsmen with a nagging line outside the off-stump. At 2-3, the momentum was well and truly with the Stags.

That said, Ynys batsmen, Andrew Beasley and Matthew Blake brought an element of calm to the team’s innings and fought back in admirable fashion, with some destructive shots on display.

This calm was broken by Gareth Weatherall before two outstanding pieces of fielding from Maynard and Jamie Sylvester off his own bowling yielded another two wickets.

With the tail only left, Maynard mopped up the remaining wickets as Ynys finished on 110ao to secure his 2nd five-wicket haul in two games for the Stags.

Scorecard

 

Maynard stars again with the ball

Dave Coaches

St Fagans 1sts stormed to victory at Carmarthen Wanderers thanks to a superb spell of bowling from Tom ‘Tatts’ Maynard.

The former Ammanford and Carmarthen boy blitzed through the opposition’s top order, taking the crucial scalps of Stephen Inward and Gareth Thomas.

The Stags won the toss and bowled on a pitch which was favourable to any type of bowler – be it seamer, spinner or dibbly dobbler! That despite the Captain being warned by a number of people to always bat first down West!

However, Maynard’s immaculate line and length, saved the skipper’s bacon and resulted in him finishing with 5-15 after bowling his allocated ten overs on the bounce. An excellent effort which combined both patience and skill on a deck which could have easily seen bowlers getting too greedy.

He was ably assisted by Gareth Weatherall who nabbed 3-14 and a player who continues to grow as a force at 1st XI level since his breakthrough from the 2nd XI two seasons ago. Even if he is getting so big he’s making it bounce!

Some wagging of the tail saw Carmarthen Wanderers finish on 87 all out with Jamie Sylvester and Andrew Leering picking up a wicket apiece.

While many recognised the score was somewhat under par, the old adage of ‘only judging a pitch after two sides have batted on it’ began to rung true early on in the Stags reply.

This was something Carmarthen’s own players acknowledged, with shouts of “it’s like being in Mumbai” being heard on a number of occasions. While the Stags did the damage through seam, Carmarthen were certainly seeing some success through spin.

This resulted in the fall of four wickets but the calm and assured batting of Matt Thompson (23*) in company with Sylvester saw the Stags home, with a magnificent six by Tommo over extra cover bringing the game to its conclusion. Apparently, that shot was due to a bet with the opposition keeper but we couldn’t possibly comment.

Then the drinking began…thank you to Carmarthen for the shots and hospitality…then the bus set off on its way home…via one or two drinking holes of course!

Final word of thanks to Dave Coaches for being such an excellent driver on the day! Picture above!

Stags!

Scorecard – http://swpcl.play-cricket.com/website/results/2635214

 

Batting fightback delivers win for Stags

St Fagans made the trip to Aberdare where skipper, Chris Thorne, lost the toss and his team were put in to bat.

 

Thorne’s day didn’t get any better as he fell to an excellent caught and bowled by Nathan Spain, who finished with an economical spell of 1-12 off five overs.

 

Things went from bad to worse as fellow opener, Chris Lawlor, toe-ended a full toss from Tim Godsall straight to John Derrick at midwicket.

 

Matt Thompson entered the crease in fine fettle following an excellent century a week earlier against Panteg. When Thompson tickled a wide legside delivery to the keeper, Stags’ smiles in the Aberdare sunshine quickly turned upside down.

 

Frowns then started to appear when young star, Adam Keane, top edged a sweep, after making a very cultured 29. At 80-4, St Fagans were reeling and might have felt it was going to be one of those days!

 

However, the experience of Jamie Sylvester (59) and quality strokeplay of the in-form Andrew Leering (70) rescued the Stags from a rather precarious position, which resulted in the innings coming to a close at 208-6 off the team’s allocated 50 overs.

 

With a decent score on a slow spring wicket, the Stags bowling attack set about defending the score in good fashion with former Ammanford seamer, Tom ‘Tatts’ Maynard taking an early breakthrough.

 

Maynard’s impressive start for the club continued with the important wicket of Steve Manning, before the spin partnership of Sylvester and Jamie Stephens. made serious inroads into the Aberdare batting line-up.

 

Both spinners finished their excellent spells with 3 wickets apiece before Maynard cleaned up the tail finishing with cracking figures of 4-14 off his 9 overs. Aberdare finished all out for 91.

 

First win of the league season in the bag for St Fagans and next up for the the 1st XI is Clydach at Crofft-y-Genau Road on Saturday.

 

St Fagans 208-6

 

Leering 70*         Godsall 2-32

Sylvester 59

Keane 29

 

Aberdare 91ao

 

Roberts 24

 

Maynard 4-14

Sylvester 3-15

Stephens 3-32

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