Another century for Curran drives Llechryd home
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.