After a disappointing couple of results that saw the First Team lose in the semi final of the national village cup and the quarter final of the Welsh Cup on consecutive Sunday’s we entered a massive last week of the Cricket season.
This started with a home game against Lawrenny in the First Division league title decider at the Athletic club fields and we trailed Lawrenny by Nine points and Neyland had to win the game and ensure we did not give them to many bonus points in doing so.
After a wet morning the game started on time thanks to the great work of ground staff, committee and players. Neyland batted first and scored 140 for 9 and bowled out Lawrenny for 118 to secure a third league title on the trot.
The following Saturday saw us travel to Cresselly and face Carew in the Harrision Allen Bowl Final in the First Carew innings we had Carew all out for 108 with some great bowling and fielding by our team. Neyland batted next scoring a massive 241 for 2 in our 22 overs a record score in the final breaking the other Two records set in the previous finals by us, Patrick Bellerby scored 134 not out Ross Hardy 49 not out and Nick Kooman 38.
In the Carew Second innings they scored 154 for 8 which left Neyland needing 23 when they batted which was passed comfortably to win the Bowl for the Tenth time and Second year on the trot and saw Captain Sean Hannon lift the Bowl in front of a massive Neyland support. Patrick Bellerby was named Man of the Match.On the Sunday captain Sean Hannon took the trophy to the houses of people who could not attend the final and have been stalwarts of the cricket club including Ann Phelan.
The Second Team finished mid table in Division Three and won the Alec Colley cup final at Pembroke beating Cresselly over Two innings with William Hughes winning the Man of the Match.
The Third Team also had a good season finishing in the top half of the season and narrowly going down in the semi final of the Ken Morris cup to a very good Narberth team.
The ladies also enjoyed a good season with numbers increasing and having a decent league season as well as getting to a couple of softball festivals.
The Junior section keeps going from strength to strength and this year saw fantastic numbers in our Dynamos and All Stars.
The community and business people have really got behind the club this season and was reflected by the numbers of supporters at games and Neyland Cricket Club are grateful for the support shown.
Yesterday saw our First team play for the time in 18 months with a thumping 58 -23 win at our rivals Llangwm under the leader ship of Captain George Williams and coaches Graham Richards and Steven Evans.
Today sees the Junior and mini section’s start there season. Wednesday night at the Athletic Club sees our newly formed Youth team under coach Colin Picton take to the pitch for the First time against Llangwm Youth it is great to see the youth team back in the club and we wish the well for the coming season