Pembroke County Cricket Club (84 all out) lost to Glamorgan 2nds (236-9) by 152 runs

It was geared up to be the sternest test of the summer thus far for the Pembroke County Cricket Club side - and so it proved as Glamorgan sent a strong second XI down to Whitland and recorded a 152 run win.

Captained by former St Ishmaels favourite Andrew Salter, the visitors posted 236-9 in 40 overs after being put in before shooting the County Club out for 84.

But Salter’s side did have to recover from a rocky start, as an inspired opening spell from Tom Davies left them 83-5 and then later 137-7 before a knock of 69 from Owen Morgan helped turn the tide.

Davies does the early damage:

It was opening bowlers Henry Durrant and Davies who gave Sean Hannon’s men a foothold early on, with the latter drawing a false shot out of Kiran Carlson as he skied to Mathew ‘titch’ Davies at mid off.

The Carew man also went on to dismiss Lorenzo Machado (16), snaffled by Nick Koomen at slip, and had Callum Taylor (19) and Connor Brown (1) caught in the deep by Dan Sutton and Toby Hayman respectively.

It gave Davies 4-34 in his eight overs, and his involvement continued when he caught Craig Meschede (7) off spinner Andrew Pawlett.

Having come in at No 3 Salter was building though, enjoying quite a battle with Brad McDermott-Jenkins with the Lawrenny man sending down some hostile deliveries.

Twice he nearly had his man as keeper Hannon just failed to gather a nick at full strength and McDermott-Jenkins put down a tough caught and bowled chance – and shortly after both Salter and Pawlett saw the funny side after the ‘Glammy’ captain had launched his former Tish teammate out of the ground for six.

Morgan motors past 50:

On 44 though Salter finally did fall to McDermott-Jenkins as he tried to go big only to see his top edge fall to Ross Hardy, and despite coming in and blitzing two fours and a six Prem Sisodiya then became Hardy’s first wicket, caught by Patrick Bellerby for a quick 16.

That left Glamorgan 137-7 and in genuine danger of not batting out their 40 overs, but that only proved the signal for Morgan to motor.

Overall, 42 of his 69 runs came in boundaries, hitting Hardy for three fours and a six as he took 20 off the 38th over, and by the time he holed out in the final over to Mcdermott-Jenkins to give the same bowler a measure of revenge - Glamorgan were well past 200.

Hardy was then actually on a hat trick as next ball Mika Ekstrom, who had put on 92 in 12 overs with Morgan, was brilliantly caught inside the rope by a diving Tom Davies for 37.

But on a surface where there appeared something in it for bowlers, a total of 236-9 was always going to be an imposing one for the County Club to chase down.

Subham squashes the chase early on:

The quality of the Glamorgan attack was then all too evident as Osama Subhan left the home side up against it at 23-2, clean bowling Koomen (1) and having his opening partner Bellerby (4) caught by Salter.

Toby Hayman (2) was then trapped lbw by Ekstrom and although Dan Sutton tried to counter attack with three fours, when he went in the same manner to Sisodiya for 15 the hosts were 37-4 and had a mountain to climb.

And Glammy never relinquished the squeeze. Tom Davies did threaten to cut loose with two fours and a six to reach 15 before becoming the third of Subhan’s eventual four wickets, but McDermott-Jenkins was the only batsman to get any kind of start as he struck three boundaries in his 13 before being skittled by Kazi Szymanski.

Things reached 72-9 before No 11 Pawlett briefly entertained with two fours, but it was Brown who ended the afternoon when he removed Hannon (2) who like the rest of his side, would have had least savoured having the opportunity to face such high quality opposition.

To cap it off:

As part of the day, Hannon himself, Henry Durrant and Matthew Davies were awarded their county caps during the tea interval, and there was also a generous donation from the players to Eliza Scriven, the granddaughter of PCCC member and umpire Richard Scriven, to help the ongoing fund raising for her to have a life changing operation.

Glamorgan innings:

Lorenzo Machado ct Nick Koomen b Tom Davies 16

Kiran Carlson ct Matthew Davies b Tom Davies 10

Andrew Salter ct Ross Hardy b Brad McDermott-Jenkins 44

Callum Taylor ct Dan Sutton b Tom Davies 19

Connor Brown ct Toby Hayman b Tom Davies 1

Craig Meschede ct Tom Davies b Andrew Pawlett 7

Owen Morgan ct Brad McDermott-Jenkins b Ross Hardy 69

Prem Sisodiya ct Patrick Bellerby b Ross Hardy 16

Mika Ekstrom ct Tom Davies b Ross Hardy 37

Kazi Szymanski not out 6

Osama Subhan not out 1

Extras: 12.

Total: 236 for 9 in 40 overs.

Bowling: Henry Durrant 6-1-35-0; Tom Davies 8-0-39-4; Brad McDermott-Jenkins 8-0-33-1; Andrew Pawlett 5-0-33-1; Mathew Davies 6-0-41-0; Ross Hardy 7-1-50-3.

PCCC innings:

Nick Koomen b Osama Subhan 1

Patrick Bellerby ct Andrew Salter b Osama Subhan 4

Dan Sutton lbw Prem Sisodiya 15

Toby Hayman lbw Mika Ekstrom 2

Tom Davies ct (unknown) b Osama Subhan 15

Ross Hardy ct (unknown) b Osama Subhan 5

Mathew Davies ct (unknown) b Prem Sisodiya 0

Brad McDermott-Jenkins b Kazi Szymanski 13

Henry Durrant ct Lorenzo Machado b Connor Brown 7

Sean Hannon ct (unknown) b Connor Brown 2

Andrew Pawlett not out 8

Extras: 11.

Total: 84 all out in 18.5 overs.

Bowling: Osama Subhan 8-0-38-4; Mika Ekstrom 4-0-6-1; Prem Sisodiya 3-0-14-2; Connor Brown 2-0-11-2; Kazi Szymanski 1.5-1-4-1.

Umpires: Steve Blowes and Allan Hansen.

Scorer: John Laugharne.