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Cresselly survive Pembroke Dock scare to take win

CRESSELLY maintained their position at the top of Division 1 on Saturday (Aug 6), but only after surviving a scare from Pembroke Dock.

The Division 1 leaders were reduced to 77-5 in response to the Dock’s 139-9 but Adam Chandler and Tom Murphy were able to see Cresselly to victory.

Earlier, Cresselly had won the toss and chose to field and the Dock made a good start as openers Rhys Daley and Billy Wood shared 40 runs for the first wicket.

Wood hit five fours in his score of 25 but he was then bowled by Charlie Arthur.

Daley and Scott Griffiths added 17 for the second wicket but Griffiths was trapped leg before by Dan James.

That sparked a mini-collapse as the Dock slipped from 57-2 to 66-5.

Anton John was bowled by James for a duck and Tom Murphy had Adam Phillips caught by Neilson Cole.

Daley had scored 24 but he was then stumped by Cole off the bowling of Nicky Cope.

Cope also bowled Neil Gregory to make the score 79-6 before Tom Grimwood and Nick Daley offered some resistance.

They shared 38 runs for the seventh wicket to take their score past 100.

Tom Arthur made the breakthrough though as he trapped Grimwood leg before on a score of 24 (three fours).

Jamie White was then caught by Tom Arthur off the bowling of Simon Cole before Euan McDonald was bowled by Charlie Arthur.

Daley and Rob Hearn then ensured the Dock batted out their overs, setting Cresselly 140 to win.

Hearn was not out on 6 while Daley finished unbeaten on 23.

Cresselly lost Phil Williams three balls into their reply when he was trapped leg before by Euan McDonald.

Matthew Morgan could only score 12 before he was also sent back after being caught by Scott Griffiths off the bowling of McDonald.

That left them on 15-2 and it soon became 20-3 when Simon Cole was caught and bowled by Neil Gregory.

Nicky Cope was also only at the crease for 10 balls as he was caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Billy Wood.

Adam Chandler and Dan James then shared 29 runs for the fifth wicket before the Dock struck again.

James scored 13 but he was caught by Rob Hearn off the bowling of Wood. That left the league leaders on 77-5 and the Dock had hopes of an unlikely victory.

However, Chandler reached his fifty and Tom Murphy also batted well as the pair held their nerve to see Cresselly over the line.

Murphy hit three fours and a six in his score of 25 not out while Chandler 13 fours as he finished unbeaten on 74.

The win gives Cresselly 17 points and they are now 19 ahead of nearest challengers Llangwm with two games left to play.

On Saturday, August 13, Cresselly travel to Neyland while Llangwm visit Lawrenny. Pembroke Dock’s next game sees them visit Haverfordwest.