Vic­tory pushes Llechryd a step closer to promotion

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

LLECHRYD could go up as cham­pi­ons from di­vi­sion two of the Pem­broke County League fol­low­ing their five-wicket win over bot­tom side Cres­selly Sec­onds.

The Teifisider­s are 20 points ahead of Nar­berth, who have a game in hand, and a mas­sive 86 in front of third-placed Hook.

In the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son Llechryd host Haver­ford­west Sec­onds this week, visit Pem­broke the fol­low­ing Satur­day, are at home against Pem­broke Dock on Au­gust 17 and end the cam­paign with what could be a ti­tle de­cider against Nar­berth at the RDM Oval.

Hook will be ex­pected to win hand­somely at Johnston on Satur­day, but the fol­low­ing week­end they face Nar­berth be­fore vis­it­ing Pem­broke and end­ing with an away game against Carew Sec­onds.

Nar­berth en­ter­tain Pem­broke Dock this Satur­day be­fore fac­ing Hook, then it is Johnston at home seven days be­fore the big fi­nale in the Teifi Valley.

Cres­selly, hav­ing first use of a good bat­ting track, reached 220-9 in 50 overs, with Iwan Iz­zard mak­ing 43 and Richard Har­ries 36.

Skip­per John Cur­ran and Rhys Beard picked up two wick­ets apiece.

In the Llechryd re­ply, open­ers Cur­ran (47) and James Bet­ter­ley (26) made a bright start and the good work was car­ried on by Rhys Beard, who scored all round the wicket in an un­beaten in­nings of 69. Bowler Gra­ham Keen added 34 as the vis­i­tors banked 29 points.

In di­vi­sion four, Llechryd Sec­onds did not fare as well against vis­i­tors St Ish­maels Sec­onds who won by five wick­ets.

The Teifisider­s were bowled out for 76, Llewellyn Ladd top-scor­ing with 20 as vis­it­ing medium-pacer Daniel Flynn took 4-24 and Kevin Bowen re­turned fig­ures of 2-10.

St Ish­maels got the runs thanks mainly to Stu­art Car­pen­ter (33) and Rob­bie Thomas (16).

In the same di­vi­sion, Crymych lost by 10 wick­ets to third-placed Llan­rhian Sec­onds, the Pre­se­li­men dis­missed for 99 be­fore Michael Lawrence (40no) and Julian Har­ries (43no) knocked off the runs.

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