Neyland through to Duggie Morris last eight

Young gun: Geraint Rees bowled well for Neyland

DUGGIE MORRIS cup holders Neyland are through to the last eight of this year’s competition after they beat Cresselly at the Athletic Ground on Monday night (May 22).

The game was a repeat of the final last year and Cresselly brought a strong team looking to avenge that defeat.

Neyland were asked to bat first after Cresselly won the toss and they made a good start as Paul Murray and Ashley Sutton shared 28 for the first wicket.

Sutton was the first man out as he was caught by Ryan Lewis off the bowling of Neil Gregory for a score of 5.

Murray was joined in the middle by Andrew Miller and the pair put on 41 runs for the second wicket.

Miller played well for a score of 20 but was stumped by Neilson Cole off the bowling of Matthew Lewis and that left Neyland 69-2.

From then on the home side were unable to get any real partnerships going as Nick Koomen, Steven Murray and Henry Durrant all fell cheaply to the bowling of Mike Shaw (4-14).

In vein: Iwan Izzard’s score of 46 was not enough for victory

Shaw then picked up his fourth wicket as he has opener Murray caught by Ryan Lewis. Murray had played brilliantly for his knock of 56, hitting six fours and two sixes.

That left Neyland on 89-6 but they were indebted to Greg Miller who finished the innings not out on 28 to guide Neyland to their total of 134-8.

Cresselly made a similarly good start to their reply as they shared 29 for the first wicket before Adam Chandler was caught by Ashley Sutton, at the second attempt, off the bowling of Nick Koomen.

Geraint Rees then bowled Alex Bayley to reduce Cresselly to 35-2.

Izzard and Matthew Webb then shared 33 runs for the third wicket to put Cresselly in a good position after 13 overs.

However, Webb was then run out in comical circumstances as Izzard chose to run after a shot but Webb chose not to leaving Sean Hannon with the easiest of tasks to knock the bails off.

Ryan Lewis was then caught by Greg Miller off the bowling of Jamie Smith for a duck as Cresselly slipped to 68-4.

Cresselly’s task got even harder soon after as Izzard, who had played well for a score of 46, was caught by Hannon at the second attempt off the bowling of Smith.

Cresselly continued to play their shots but continually lost wickets and another run out left them on 91-7.

Nick Koomen then picked up another wicket to leave the visitors on 104-8 off 18 overs and they were eventually all out for 122.

The win sees Neyland into the quarter final where they will play Pembroke Dock at home on June 6.

The other quarter final ties are; Lamphey v Carew (June 6), Narberth v Whitland (June 7), Lawrenny v Haverfordwest (June 8).