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Stags under 9s festival report



Sunshine greeted us at our neighbours Pentyrch CC and it was the hosts who our young Stags played first.  Pentyrch batted first and were restricted to 226 runs from their 8 overs with the pick of the bowlers being Harry who bowled lively and accurately for his wicket maiden and also Owain, not to forget a fine runout from Tristan/Rhys towards the end of the innings.  Will/Harry opened the batting steadily with the good work continuing through Lewis/Tom which included a fine pull shot from Tom which raced to the boundary.  Boundaries from Rhys, Zac and Tristan meant we finished the innings on 266 comfortably well ahead of the target.

Result:-  Stags won by 40 runs.

Next up were Cardiff CC.  Stags bowled first and had a great start with Harry again bowling accurately and quickly. Owain’s fantastic over saw 3 wickets fall including 2 catches from Zac. A further wicket fell from  Tom’s over and tight overs from Rhys, Tristan and Lewis looked like we’d be chasing a small total.  However 36 runs were added to the total from the final Cardiff pair meant Cardiff’s innings finished on 231.
Our innings never really got going despite fantastic effort from the boys and the fall of 4 or 5 wickets during the middle of innings resulted in us being well short of the target finishing on 188.

Result:-  Lost by 43 runs.

Our final game of the morning was against Lisvane CC.   We fielded first with Zac taking a wicket in the first over to set us on our way.  An excellent run out from Tom /Rhys saw another wicket fall.  Wickets from Harry, Owain and Will restricted the batting side to 226.  Owain/Zac put on a strong opening partnership with Zac playing some lovely shots all round the ground. Lewis/Tom continued the good work again with Tom playing a lovely pull shot for 4.   By the time the 3rd pair of Harry/Rhys  came to the wicket we were already ahead of the target and some sensible batting and running between the wickets steadily increased the total and a flourish from Will/Trustan meant we finished the innings well ahead of the target on 251 with no wickets lost throughout.

Result:- Stags won by 25 runs.

Overall an excellent mornings cricket from the Boys, they encouraged each other throughout, tried their hardest and displayed lots and lots of talent.

Thanks to Adrian for scoring the book and to the fantastic support from the parents.  Hat of the day undoubtedly goes to Tom for his fine floppy hat.

Cubs crowned champions!

Cubs crowned champions!

Congratulations to St Fagans u11s Cubs who were crowned as league champions on Sunday after a comprehensive victory over Welsh Asians! Well done boys and girls!

The under 11 Stags final will be held tomorrow at the club from 5pm. If you can come and support the team it would be greatly appreciated.

Go Stags!

Storming success for Stags Under 9s




Picture of our two St Fagans U9s teams who both beat Cardiff and Creigiau yesterday and played out a very close encounter between themselves!

Well done all.


Cardiff battle back to local derby win over Stags

St Fagans v Cardiff – Crofft-y-Genau Road – 16th May


In the first home game of the new Premier League season, St Fagans hosted local rivals and the 2014 Champions, Cardiff CC.


Winning the toss for a second week in the row, St Fagans skipper, Chris Thorne, inserted the hosts, with Cardiff’s skipper, Greg Holmes, telling the watching-media, Made in Cardiff, that he would have done the same.


The decision paid immediate dividends, with Ben Fullard striking twice with Cardiff reeling at 9-2. Glamorgan 2nd XI player, Alex Milton, was joined at the crease by Kiran Carlson and they slowly but surely began the recovery. The introduction of Owain Hopkins brought another wicket and at 42-3, the hosts were well on top.


In a precarious position, Milton was then joined by Cardiff stalwart, David Kirtley. The two adopted a sensible approach and nursed themselves to decent scores by the drinks interval before kicking on afterwards in a superb stand of 151. Kirtley fell to Andrew Leering for an excellent knock of 71.


The ever-aggressive Alun Thomas then entered the fray and unleashed some huge blows on the Stags’ attack with an impressive cameo of 23 off 14 balls. Unfortunately for Milton, his compact and expertly timed innings fell short of a well-deserved century, caught by the athletic Jeremy Lawlor off Fullard for 91. Cardiff’s innings closed on an excellent 249-7 off their 50 overs.


Opening up for St Fagans, Mike O’Shea started in positive fashion, dispatching another of Cardiff’s Glamorgan 2nd XI players, Tom O’Connor, for a couple of early boundaries. Unfortunately for the Stags, James Lewis struck twice early on, jilting the home side’s response, dismissing Chris Lawlor (0) and then O’Shea for 14.


Wickets then continued to tumble and at 81-5, St Fagans were in real trouble. However, a partnership of 56 between Stags’ Glamorgan Professional, Jeremy Lawlor and Jamie Sylvester (36) brought respectability to the score. Lawlor was then run-out for a very patient and well accumulated 51.


Without ever truly threatening Cardiff for victory, Stags finished on 170-8, with Fullard (3*) and Thorne (12*) securing an extra point for the team by not being bowled out.


Congratulations must go to Cardiff who battled back expertly from a tricky start to win the derby clash and showed their credentials as one of the strongest sides in this year’s Premier League. We look forward to playing you again later this summer.



Stags fall short in Croesy cracker

Saturday 13th September 2014 – St Fagans v Croesyceiliog

A week after securing the League title, the 1st XI welcomed Gwent side Croesyceiliog to Crofft-y-Genau Road, who required one point to maintain Division One status.

Inserted into bat, St Fagans soon found themselves one down, but a 62-run partnership between Chris Thorne (33) and Adam Keane (34) settled things down. Thorne then dragged on to Danny Evans and Croesy’s presence in Divison One was confirmed.

Some useful middle-order contributions from Freddie John (28) and Jamie Sylvester (18) kept the board ticking but unfortunately those batsmen that had starts didn’t kick on.

A collapse soon followed and 136-3 quickly turned into 157-7. However, an excellent 8th wicket partnership of 47 between Andrew Leering (34*) and Tim Holland (26*) ensured the Stags finished on a respectable if not daunting 204-7.

In a Croesy innings which saw the momentum in the game to and fro, the game ended in great excitement with two required off the last ball, which the Croesy batsmen managed to scramble through.

A great game of cricket, albeit a disappointing result for the 1st XI, to finish a fantastic season. Congratulations to Croesy who fully deserved their victory and we wish you all the best for next season.

During the match, club-coach, Jamie Sylvester, went past Phil Owen’s record of 34 wickets in a Glamorgan and Monmouthshire season, finishing with 36 wickets at an outstanding average of 8.33.

Well done to everyone involved in a superb promotion and title-winning effort.

Bring on 2015!

2nds win title in thriller at Miskin

2nds win title in thriller at Miskin
For the second time in three seasons, and the fourth time in nine, the 2nd XI won the Division One title, beating their nearest rivals Miskin Manor by one run in almost complete darkness off the last ball of the season.
With the winner being guaranteed the title, there was a noticeable edge to the game throughout, and it was pleasing to see how players reacted to this, in a team shorn of at least five first choice players. Skipper Mackenzie chose to bat first, and gave the side a good start, in conjunction with Gareth Lennon. They added 78 for the first wicket in 16 overs and looked set for a far larger partnership, when Mackenzie edged to slip for 39. Following the additional loss of Joe O’Gorman, Lennon and Dave Williams (looking as calm and permanent at the crease as he possible could!) took the score to 125/3 and things looked rosy.
However, a classic 2nd XI collapse saw the Stags fall to 172/7, Lennon falling for 48 and Williams for a pretty good 52, although both would be disappointed with the manner in which they were dismissed.
A lively finish to the innings saw Litchers and Iori Moore add 44 for the 8th wicket with a flurry of boundaries – a match winning as it turned out. A partnership that included a majestic six over long off that Litchers claimed he hadn’t even middled!
In reply, Miskin started steadily, but cautiously against some good bowling from Matt Sweeney and Dave Williams, before the former almost collapsed with exhaustion after a three over spell! Despite adding 87 for the first wicket, the required run rate kept climbing and the game remained in the balance on a really good wicket.
The bowling of the four youngsters, Lennon, Iori Moore, Joe O’Gorman and Charles Griffiths, who carried the attack for 32 of the 45 overs, was outstanding as the game reached its climax. Charles Griffiths was the pick with 3/31, Iori Moore, with his angered raised, bowled with some proper pace as well. With 54 required off the last nine overs, it was left to O’Gorman (bowling his off spin) and Gareth Lennon to bowl the Stags to victory. Never losing their nerve and maintaining a calm attitude, the equation came down to 18 off 3 overs, then 12 off 2. O’Gorman conceded just 4 off his last over, leaving 8 to win for Miskin off the last over of the season. A boundary off the third ball left just four needed with three balls left, but a single and a wicket left three required off the last ball, the league title still undecided at 7.10 on the last day of the season. To add to the drama, the incoming batsman was accompanied by a runner!
After much deliberation, fine leg stayed inside the circle and long on went back. A full delivery found the inside edge and shot to Charles Griffiths at short fine leg, which, had it been two yards either side, would have won the game for Miskin. However, they could only take a single and the game finished with all three batters out of their ground, fielders not sure which end to throw the ball to, and no-one quite realising that we had won by one run, and with it, the league!
There are too many people to thank for their efforts throughout the season – I shall save that for my AGM report. However, for those who campaign for a change to cumulative points over an average points per game system, it should be noted that, although our win percentage was the highest in the division, we would have finished fourth under the alternative system despite being clearly the best team in the league.

Stags win nail-biter against Sudbrook

St Fagans 1st XI v Sudbrook at Crofft-y-Genau Road – Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Stags welcomed long-time rivals Sudbrook to Crofft-y-Genau on Saturday with the aim of extending an unbeaten run of 8 games.

St Fagans skipper, Chris Thorne, won the toss yet again and elected to bat against a dangerous Sudbrook side that for one reason or another had experienced an up and down season to date.

Thorne and his opening partner, Chris Lawlor, got the Stags off to a flier, with 39 runs coming off the first 6 overs. Sudbrook’s introduction of Mark O’Leary slowed the run-rate down and he was ably joined by Jonathan Lewis who bowled a searching line and length.

Thorne’s fifty, which included a number of powerful cut shots, came off 67 balls, but he departed in the very next over top-edging a short delivery out to deep-square leg. Thorne and Lawlor fell one short of shared a century partnership.

His departure, brought the in-form Mike O’Shea to the crease and once again he went about his business in sublime fashion with an array of sweeps, reverse sweeps and straight drives.

O’Shea and Lawlor took the score to 150 before Lawlor fell caught and bowled for another studious 62 and his fifth half-century of the season.

Another in-form batsman, Freddie John, joined O’Shea and they set about going after Sudbrook’s spin attack putting on 72 for the 3rd wicket before O’Shea’s (65 off 59 balls) excellent innings ended. John quickly followed for 29 and the Stags finished up on 255-5 when a score of 270 plus had looked likely.

After a scone-filled tea, the Stags set about defending their target against a side full of dangerous batsmen. Andrew Leering bowled a superb opening spell without any rewards while Owain Hopkins continued his machine-like bowling form with 1-29 off his ten overs.

Ross Lewis got Sudbrook off to a solid start as the Gwent side looked to attack from the off. He fell for a very positive 42, thanks to an expert piece of bowling from Jamie Sylvester and a smart slip-catch from Hopkins.

Wickets for O’Shea and another for Sylvester left Sudbrook in some trouble at 73-3 but in Lewis Morgan they had a man who wasn’t going to go down wondering. Some explosive hitting, which included 3 sixes, turned the game on its head before Sylvester got his man with a customary quicker ball.

Sylvester finished another outstanding spell with 4-39 and he now only requires one more wicket to pass Phil Owen’s club record of 34 wickets in a season in the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League.

With the game teetering on the edge, Stags turned the screw with some excellent fielding and disciplined bowling. This left Sudbrook requiring 17 off the final over with one wicket remaining and Gareth Weatherall with the ball in his hand.

The first two balls went for three before the third ball was launched high and long for six by Jonathan Lewis leaving them requiring only 8 off the final three balls. However, young Weatherall, displayed ‘balls of steel’ and ended the Sudbrook innings the very next ball with a fine delivery, extending the Stags unbeaten run to 9 games.

On Saturday, the Stags make the short journey to in-form Pentyrch who are unbeaten in 8 games.

After the game a number of players took part in the ALS ice-bucket challenge – donations for this great cause have been made and pictures can be found on our twitter feed @StFagansCricket.

St Fagans 255-5

O’Shea 65

Lawlor 62

Thorne 50

Sudbrook 248 all out

Morgan 78         Sylvester 4-39

Lewis 43              O’Shea 2-60

Jones 38              Hopkins 1-29

Stags victorious in top-of-the-table clash

St Fagans v Chepstow at Crofft-y-Genau Road, Saturday 9th August


A superb victory for St Fagans in a top-of-the-table clash with Chepstow saw the Stags stretch their lead at the top of Division One.

Winning the toss, the Stags inserted the visitors in a break from what has been the pattern for the last seven victories.

Chepstow opener, David Teague got off to a solid start, hitting the boundary rope with regularity but he soon lost his partner, Gareth Ansell, to Owain Hopkins who bowled with splendid control in his 8-over spell of 1-18.

The introduction of spin again worked a treat for the Stags, with Jamie Sylvester taking two wickets in two balls. Mike O’Shea then got the dangerman Teague (35) with help from a smart catch at slip by Hopkins.

At 61-4, Chepstow were in a precarious position, and it soon took a turn for the worst when two more wickets quickly fell to O’Shea (4-30) and Sylvester (3-21).

Chepstow skipper, Jason Dobbie, entered at number 8, and hit a couple of positive looking-shots over the top, before trying one too many falling to an impressive catch by O’Shea off his own bowling.

An excellent 9th wicket stand between David Monk (48) and Jon Roberts (23) took the score from 103 to 146 and the Chepstow innings finally came to an end in the 49th over when Monk was run out off the penultimate ball, but his innings had provided his team with a target to bowl with.

St Fagans openers Chris Thorne and Chris Lawlor went to the crease requiring 161 for victory. Chepstow made the unusual decision to open with a spinner, with the left arm spin of Dobbie taking the new nut.

A flurry of boundaries followed, and with weather a threat (rain was falling heavily in most of Cardiff) Stags openers were in a rush. Chris Lawlor was in fine form, playing some truly superb cover drives and looking a class-act.

The not-so-pretty but effective Thorne joined in the boundary fun, before the skipper fell going for one too many holing out to Teague off Jake Kings for 36 off 38 balls, leaving the Stags at 70-1 off 12 overs.

Lawlor’s good knock also came to an end soon after, again falling to the bowling of Kings, for 45 off 59 balls.

With rain in the air, Stags were keen to avoid a scenario which was witnessed earlier in the season against Newbridge, where they failed to complete the game despite being on top and in control.

At one stage, the rain became too heavy and the players left the field of play, however fortunately this was only a brief shower and play resumed shortly after.

With that, and only requiring 36 to win, O’Shea and 15-year-old Adam Keane went about knocking off the runs in exquisite fashion with some outstanding hitting. O’Shea finished off a man-of-the-match performance with a superb innings, leading the team home with 49 not out off 43 balls, which included two sixes.

The pleasure of hitting the winning runs fell to young Keane (21*), who again demonstrated great composure in a testing environment, which bodes well for both him and club.

The 20 points achieved by the Stags saw the gap at the top of Division One stretch and next up for the 1st XI is Abergavenny away.

The club are exploring the possibility of hiring a mini-bus for the journey so if any players, members or supporters are interested in a day at the cricket, followed by a pub crawl on the return please contact the Chairman, Dave Harris

Scorecard –

Chepstow – 160 all out
Monk 48                             O’Shea 4-30
Roberts 23                        Sylvester 3-21

St Fagans 161-2
O’Shea 49*                         Kings 2-48
Lawlor 46
Thorne 36

John’s fine run continues with 134* at Usk

John’s fine run continues with 134* at Usk

St Fagans 1st XI vs Usk at Usk Cricket Club – Saturday 26th July – Match Report

St Fagans made the journey to Gwent for the top of the table clash against Usk. On a baking hot day, Stags’ Skipper Chris Thorne won the toss and decided to bat. With in-form batsmen Mike O’Shea and Chris Lawlor away, Thorne and Owain Hopkins resumed roles at the top of the order, which saw a fifty partnership achieved in the first ten overs.

Hopkins then fell to a very wide delivery on 14 before Thorne and Adam Keane continued the fashion of boundaries. Just before drinks, Keane fell LBW and a promising start endured a little wobble, particularly with Thorne (46) being stumped soon after off a legside wide.

The run-machine Freddie John was then joined at the middle by another graduate from the Phil Makinson youth academy, Gareth Lennon. John’s rich vein of form continued with another superb knock, finishing the innings with an outstanding 134*. Lennon (65) played an excellent supporting role, which included some outstanding running between the wickets. St Fagans closed on a season-best 309-4.

Stags set about defending the target in positive fashion, with Hopkins and Andrew Leering claiming early scalps, including Usk Captain Henry Lewis. Dangerman Sam Morris, who hit a ton against the Stags in the same fixture in 2013, showed plenty of promise smashing a number of boundaries early on. However, one big shot too many off the tight bowling of Hopkins resulted in his downfall, thanks in part to an excellent catch by Ryan Pietersen.

Another tight spell from Jamie Sylvester (1-14) ended the game as a contest and he was ably joined by Mansoor Tariq, who once again performed admirably in brutal heat on the final week of Ramadan.

A great knock by Neil Perrett (70*) ensured Usk, who were missing a few first team players including Ollie James and Iain Clayton, reached 210-9 preventing St Fagans from achieving maximum points.

The Stags roll on to the seaside next weekend where they will face Penarth at the Athletic Ground.

U9 Match Reports


A fantastic setting greeted us at Cowbridge CC on a beautiful Sunday morning and our boys produced some fantastic cricket.

Ben Roylance was captain for the day and in true St.Fagans fashion he duly lost the first coin toss. As a result we bowled first and restricted our first opponents Vale to a respectable 241 off their 8 overs. Wickets were taken by Tomos, Ben, Rhys and Cai who also produced a fine run out. Jacob, Aled, Owen and Ethan also bowled very well.
In reply we batted extremely well. Steady partnerships involving Tomos/Aled and Ben/Rhys playing well. Cai/Owen played very well, however 2 excellent catches by the same same Vale fielder put the target just out of our reach, leaving Ethan/Jacob just a bit too much to do. However, an excellent performance against very strong and far more experienced opposition.

RESULT:- Lost by 27 runs.

The second game saw Lewys and Tristan introduced to the fold. Again we bowled first, this time against the Welsh Asains, another strong team. Another sound bowling performance by all the boys and we restricted them to 240. Owen and Ethan being the pick of the bowlers but I also enjoyed the flighty leg spin of young Aled. In reply Cae/Lewis got us off to an excellent start scoring 6 and 5 respectively. Ethan/Tristan carried on the good work scoring 3 and 5. The third pair consisted of Ben/Owen who enjoyed a fantastic partnership scoring 12 and 7 against some hostile bowling. The fourth pair Tomos/Aled again faced with some top class bowling were defiant and scored 8 and 7 which led us to a final total of 253. Most importantly we did not lose one wicket throughout the whole innings. The shot making, calling, running between the wickets was top draw for such young, inexperienced boys.

RESULT:- Won by 13 runs.

The last game was against Cowbridge. Rhys and Jacob returned to the side making way for Tomos who’s dad and team scorer Mark had to leave early(I think he was still embarrassed by the team photo I showed him of Fairwater Boys Under 12’s from 1983 which included us both!!! Ethan also made way but ended up guesting for the Welsh Asians in their match against Vale (Well done Ethan)
We batted first and scored a respectable 234. Good performances by all the pairs including an excellent partnership at the end by Ben/Rhys. We bowled well at the start of their innings but some sloppy bowling and fielding towards the end with far too many wides and no balls resulted in Cowbridge scoring 241. (However by that stage our boys had tired in the extremely humid conditions.)

RESULT: Lost by 7 runs.

Overall, a fantastic performance by our young Stags, I was extremely proud of them all. Thanks to the parents for their support, it’s really important to keep encouraging the lads.

The Coaches

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