Llechryd miss out in title decider
LLECHRYD missed out on the Thomas Carroll Pembrokeshire League division two title as they were beaten by three wickets in the final game by title rivals Narberth.
It was a true captain’s knock by Narberth skipper Davy Johns that saw his side chase down Llechryd’s total of 115 for the loss of seven wickets, to be promoted as this season's division two champions.
Both teams were already assured of a place in the top flight before the game, but Johns led by example as he struck 45 not out to help his side recover from being 32 for 5 to claim a thrilling win.
Llechryd had started the weekend with a 17 point lead over their visitors, but after being put into bat, they got off to a bad start when Dan Hughes ran out opener Michael Carter early doors.
James Betterley and John Curran took the score to 44, but then Ben Quartermaine clean bowled Betterley for 20 after three boundaries, and in the same over skittled Kevin Evans out for a duck.
When he struck again with a return catch off the dangerous Curran, who had hit five fours in his 27, Narberth were in the driving seat, and it took a crucial knock of 35 off 82 balls from Jonny Lewis, plus 14 from number nine bat Graham Keen, to take the hosts past three figures.
For Narberth, Quartermaine finished with an impressive 4 wickets for 43 in 11 overs, Loui Davies claimed 1 for 22, Johns took 2 for 14, and Ben Hughes 2 for 10.
Rhys Beard then resurrected Llechryd’s hopes with a fantastic spell of 5 wickets for 22 in 12 overs, that included the wickets of Had Luff (5), Richie Adams (13), Mick Haltham (0), Loui Davies (4) and Jordan Howell (4).
Johns and Dan Hughes shared a stand of 49, before Andrew Fletcher trapped the latter lbw for 22 - and at 81 for 6 the run chase looked very much in the balance.
Ben Quartermaine joined his captain and made a vital 14 runs, and by the time he fell to Jonny Lewis, the title was in sight for Narberth.
Johns, who finished with seven boundaries in his unbeaten knock, was joined by Rhodri Dyer in finally finishing the job in the 47th over.
• Llechryd Seconds signed off their campaign in division four with a heavy defeat by 168 runs to Carew Thirds.
Carew posted a formidable total of 264 for 4, with Ashley Smith top scoring with 71 runs, along with half centuries by Simon Gronow (54) and Ceri Brace (53) and a knock by Rhys Grigg (21).
Mike Dunkeld retruned 3 for 87, but the visitors were bowled out for just 96 runs.
In the same division Crymych also lost heavily as they went down by 197 runs away against Hook Seconds.
Star of the show as Hook amassed a total 287 was Aled Phelps who plundered 147 runs, and followed up by snapping 3 wickets for 12.
Jacob Lay also made 66 for Hook, before Brennan Martin returned figures of 6 for 14 in dismissing Crymych for 90. Richard Thorne contributed 46, having earlier taken 3 for 33, with Alan Luke returning 5 for 75.
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