An­other cen­tury for Cur­ran drives Llechryd home

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

LLECHRYD skip­per John Cur­ran plun­dered his third cen­tury of the sea­son in di­vi­sion two of the Pem­broke County Cricket League.

The 23-year-old made 106 as un­beaten Llechryd drew at Pem­broke Dock. In seven in­nings this sea­son, Cur­ran has scored 562 runs.

An­other 28 points en­sured that Llechryd re­tained top spot, with fans hope­ful of a sus­tained cham­pi­onship chal­lenge and pro­mo­tion to join the elite in the county.

Al­though sec­ond-placed Nar­berth gained two points on the pace­set­ters, Hook in third lost against Pem­broke and now trail the Teifisider­s by 41 points.

The next two games could prove vi­tal for Llechryd. They visit Nar­berth this Satur­day and host Hook the fol­low­ing week­end.

Cur­ran went af­ter the home bowlers from the start as he cut and pulled shots to all points of the compass, stroking nine fours and hoist­ing four sixes in a su­perb knock.

But Llechryd will be with­out their skip­per for the game at Nar­berth as he is un­avail­able.

Cur­ran and John­nie Lewis (63) shared a part­ner­ship of 160 and at the end left-han­der Steve Smith was un­beaten on 37.

The home side never se­ri­ously chal­lenged to chase down the to­tal de­spite Craig But­land con­tribut­ing 66. Their in­nings closed on 162-7. Medium-pacer Rhys Beard took 3-26 and his brother Tom picked up two wick­ets.

Llechryd Sec­onds claimed a fivewicket win over vis­i­tors Bur­ton Sec­onds in an en­ter­tain­ing di­vi­sion four game at the RDM Oval.

Bur­ton posted 172-4 in 40 overs with Ian Bat­ter­ley top-scor­ing on 19.

Ol­lie Roberts was again in fine form as he made an un­beaten 84 and Rob Mans­field con­trib­uted 32 as Llechryd reached the tar­get for the loss of five wick­ets to bank 27 points.

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