Over 50s cricket: Pembrokeshire (171 all out) lost to Wales (175-6) by 4 wickets

A knock of 67 not out from Chris Richards ultimately proved the difference as Wales Over 50s won a tight game with Pembrokeshire 50s at Whitland on Sunday.

The hosts batted first and made 171 all out - with Wales then sealing the win with nine balls to spare.

It was Hook's Jamie Phelps who excelled in the first innings as he cracked six fours and two sixes in his 67, before eventually being skittled by Martin Powell.

Stuart Carpenter also made 30 (four fours) in his 30 and after things had fallen to 126-7, it was steady knocks from Paul Webb (19) and Kevin Bowen (18) that pushed the total to 171 all out.

For Wales there were two wickets each for  Anthony Matthias (2-39), Martin Powell (2-11), Chris Richards (2-23) and Mike Davies (2-21).

The Welsh reply reached 53 as openers Arvind Aswani and Kevin Thomas started well, before the latter was bowled by Steve Jones for 13 and Aswani was leg before to Kevin Bowen soon after for 34.

Paul Eedy made 20 as Ian Milsom picked up two wickets and Carpenter also struck to leave things in the balance at 124-5 - but No 3 Richards was to prove the match winner with six fours and a maximum in his knock.

He had support from Mark Donovan who also made 19 before falling late on to Rodney Murphy, but it was Wales who ultimately edged this hard fought fixture.

Pembrokeshire innings:
Jamie Phelps ct Howard Phillips b Martin Powell 67
Neal Williams ct Mike Davies b Paul Siberry 12    
Phil Sutton b Anthony Matthias 0
Filgi Varghese b Anthony Matthias 0
Stuart Carpenter b Peter Doyle 30
Richard Harris ct Mark Donovan b Mike Davies 5
Paul Webb ct Paul Eedy b Chris Richards 19
Ian Milsom ct Howard Phillips b Martin Powell 0
Kevin Bowen b Chris Richards 18
Steve Jones b Mike Davies 6
Rodney Murphy not out 2
Nick Evans (12th) did not bat                    
Extras: 12.
Total: 171 all out in 44.2 overs.
Bowling: Paul Siberry 8-1-23-1; Anthony Matthias 8-0-39-2; Nigel Clayton 6-1-20-0; Peter Doyle 8-2-30-1; Martin Powell 5-2-11-2; Mike Davies 6-0-21-2; Chris Richards 3.2-0-23-2.

Wales innings:
Arvind Aswani lbw b Kevin Bowen 34
Kevin Thomas b Steve Jones 13
Chris Richards not out 67
Paul Eedy lbw b Ian Milsom 20
Howard Phillips ct Phil Sutton b Ian Milsom 4
Martin Powell st Neal Williams b Stuart Carpenter 0
Mark Donovan ct Paul Webb b Rodney Murphy 19
Mike Davies not out 2
Extras: 16.
Total: 175 for 6 wickets in 43.3 overs.
Bowling: Richard Harris 8-0-29-0; Rodney Murphy 7.3-1-42-1; Steve Jones 6-1-16-1; Kevin Bowen 6-1-15-1; Nick Evans 4-0-13-0; Stuart Carpenter 8-2-33-1; Ian Milsom 4-0-21-2.

Umpires: Trevor Evans and Duncan Williams.
Scorers: Janice Webb and John Davies.