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1st XI lose out at Carew

Hook 1st XI travelled to Carew on Saturday. Carew won the toss and decided to bat.

Carew got off to a steady start with Tim Hicks and Nick Scourfield reaching 90 before Scourfield was run out by a direct hit from George James for 38. Hicks going on to score 118 before a smart stumping by William Goronwy of the bowling of Brad Flood. The Carew batsmen continued to score well but credit must go to the Hook fielders who managed 3 run outs to help out the bowlers as Carew ended on 267-7 off their 45 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Aled Phelps 1-39 off 10 and Brad Flood 2-48 off 7.

It was always going to be a tough chase and Jake Wicks 42, Jamie Phelps 22, Dai Hopkins 22 n.o. and Callum GOAT James 24 were the only Hook batsmen to reach double figures as James Hinchliffe 5-27 off 9 and Sean Whitfield 4-26 off 11 were the pick of Carew’s bowlers as Hook were dismissed for 132.

Hook well beaten by Burton in Harrison Allen

Hook 135-8 lost to Burton 232-5 by 97 runs

Hook were knocked out of the Harrison Allen Cup by near neighbours Burton, who after winning the toss decided to bat first.

Burton got off to a flying start with the ball regularly flying to the boundary with openers Toby Hayman (25) and Richard Jones (25) both departed with the score on 68. This saw Rob Neill and Jon Venables to the crease and the boundaries kept coming. Rob Neill’s 89 off 44 balls (6×4’s and 7×6’s) was particularly punishing to the bowlers while Jon Venables added 45 runs in support. Burton ending up an 232-5 after their 22 overs

It was clear to see from the start of Hooks innings that they were going to go for it when veteran Nicholas Absolam aka Bambi opened alongside Jake Wicks. Disaster struck early on as Wicks was run out for 1 in the second over after both batsmen were caught in no mans land going for a single.  Brad Flood followed shortly afterwards to leave Hook at 13-2. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only Nicholas Absolam 38 (2×4’s 3×6’s) and Callum ‘the Goat’ James 30 (2×4’s 2×6’s) really troubling the scorers and finished on 135-8 with Burton winning by 97 runs and going on to the quarter finals

2nd XI Lose away at Llanrhian

Llanrhian II 154-7 beat Hook II 107-10

Skipper Lloyd Grayshon won the toss at a Llanrhian and put the hosts in to bat. The Hook bowlers toiled away in the baking sun before Morgan Hughes made the breakthrough in his first over. That was the first wicket in an excellent spell of bowing from the Morgster 9 overs 3 maidens 5 for 19. Andrew Thomas picked up the other 2 wickets (2-21). Lewis Miller also had a great spell of bowling and although he never took a wicket he beat the bat on a number of occasions in his 4 overs (0-11) Youngster Harry Makepeace also bowled on his debut. There was some excellent fielding on display especially from the 4 U13’s in the side and the skipper must have been quietly confident at tea of passing the Llanrhian total of 154-7.

The Hook reply got off to a bad start with Martyn Rees dragging a wide ball back onto his stumps 2nd ball of the innings(0-1). Daf Bowen added just a single run before being caught behind leaving Hook at (11-2) That brought young Own Phelps to the crease at number 4 to join Uncle Lloyd in the middle. Lloyd Grayshon was next to go as he missed a straight ball. Owen looked comfortable against the Llanrhian attack and got to 15 before snicking 1 to the keeper. Keith James was looking good when he was caught on 21. Morgan Hughes was also going well when he was also caught for 19. Lewis Miller played some lovely shots but seemed to find the fielder with every stroke. Andrew Thomas came in late on and rolled back the years with some nice strokes before being last wicket to fall with Hook 47 runs short.

It wasn’t the ideal result but once again it was great to see the youngsters coming in to the side and all showing great promise.

A Jake Wicks ton helps 1st XI to beat Pembroke

Hook (268 for 4) beat Pembroke (135 all out) by 133 runs

A superb undefeated century from Jake Wicks helped Hook gain maximum points against Pembroke. After a slow start Wicksy went on to score 138 no off 140 balls he was supported by George James (12) Jamie Phelps (54) and Jacob Lay (36)  to finish on 268-4 off their 45 overs

Pembroke never really looked like reaching the target as the Hook bowlers quickly put the Pembroke batsmen under pressure. Aled Phelps (4 for 33) and Bradley Flood (3 for 11) were the pick of the bowlers for Hook

Callum “GOAT” James also managed to hold on to a dolly

Under the Spotlight 2

Welcome to the second under the spotlight, delving a bit deeper into some of the characters involved with the cricket club. Bit of serious stuff, bit of fun, which hopefully you will enjoy reading. This article provides a…..


Village cricket clubs all have a strong element of family. Hook is no different with several generations of many families at the heart of the clubs history, present and future. One of the more recent families to join that list is the Bowens; Dafydd, Emily, Morgan and Mali. And a lovely family they are too.

Dafydd plays in the 2nd XI; Emily plays for Hook Ladies; Morgan plays for our Under 11s and Mali, hopefully a future cricketer herself is always around and about to support. More than that, these guys have immersed themselves into the heart of the club and village and are great supporters of the club.

Contrary to popular belief, Dafydd is not now a pig farmer from Rosebush. Along with Emily they run the very successful Moby Dicks food outlet (chippy to us commoners) in Merlins Bridge. And whilst we are at scotching nasty rumours, neither did Dafydd have an affair with a particularly attractive sheep in his younger days when living in the mountains. So can we all please move on!

But Dafydd, in his prime at 36, does hail from Rosebush in the hills of North Pembrokeshire. Best known in sporting circles for a successful rugby career, he notably played as part of an excellent Narberth side with the likes of ex-international and Swansea RFC legend Alan ‘Santa’ Reynolds and with Haverfordwest RFC. Dafydd played for Narberth from the age of 8 through to the senior team winning a host of trophies.

He captained the County team in all age groups and also made the Scarlets under 25 development side two years running, happily remembering turning over the Ospreys (get in there).

He now uses that experience as a very popular coach of Llangwm U13s, doing a great job having guided his young charges to the county cup semi-final last season.

After a brief flirtation with cricket in his teens at Maenclochog, Dafydd returned to the game with Hook and is a very popular member of the senior squad. With true determination Dafydd has turned himself into a handy cricketer, making his maiden 50 for the club last season and pouching a few wickets.

Current 1st XI skipper Jamie Phelps probably best summed up Dafydd’s involvement in cricket. Jamie said, “Dafydd epitomises what you can achieve in cricket with limited natural ability but steely determination to succeed – very little”.

Jamie didn’t actually say that, not aloud at least. That is just made up to get a cheap laugh!

Dafydd was also well known for showing cattle. In his younger days he very successfully competed in leading cattle around a field. “This is why I felt well qualified to stand for 2nd XI vice-captain” Dafydd says with a smile.

Emily also hails from Pembrokeshire and has immersed herself in club life. Along with her best friend Charlotte Neil, she is well known for running Rika Shake classes with a Hitleresque discipline. Her name is often taken in vain as her subjects stagger back home bathed in sweat at 7am after an early class. Emily herself is very active on the fitness front enjoying cycling, running and swimming. She also sits on the Community Council, further evidence of how the family has immersed itself in Hook life.

Emily plays for Hook ladies as a popular member of the squad. On turning up for a first practice to ‘give it a go’, Emily uncovered a talent for throwing a cricket ball. Akin to Lindsay Wagner (for those of you old enough to remember the bionic woman) she launched a throw of the like unseen in ladies cricket. They are still looking for that ball! She played a central role in 2017 when the Hook Ladies swept all before them in an amazing season.

10 year old Morgan, a pupil at Ysgol Glan Cleddau, is a great, popular young guy. As well as playing rugby for Llangwm, he is a key member of Hook under 11s. He loves his cricket and as with everything this lad does, he puts his heart and soul into every game. He was a member of the squad which reached the county final last season only to lose out to a very talented and deserving Lawrenny team. The highlight last season was a superb spell of bowling against Neyland, snapping up 3 wickets including the prize wicket of county player Charlie Malloy.

Typically understated, Morgan perhaps does not realise how good he could be but there is no doubt his talent will show through. The fact that he has already swum a mile, burning off a few older ones, shows his determination.

On the village and cricket club, Dafydd said, “We moved to Hook as we love the village environment and wanted our kids to be brought up in a safe and happy place. Hook has given us all of that and more. The community feel is great and everybody looks out for each other. Being part of the cricket club is an honour and we all thoroughly enjoy it, it’s one of the heartbeats of the village bringing people together.

It would be fair to say that this ever popular family are at the heart of the club. Let’s hope they remain there for many years to come. Think about it. If Dafydd wasn’t there who would we take the piss out of ?

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