Llechryd on verge of seal­ing long-awaited pro­mo­tion

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

THE cham­pers is on ice at Llechryd Cricket Club in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the vil­lagers be­ing of­fi­cially pro­moted to di­vi­sion one of the Pem­broke County Cricket League this week­end.

As it stands they are 86 points ahead of third-placed Hook, who look des­tined to spend an­other sea­son in the sec­ond di­vi­sion.

It was in 1995 that Llechryd pre­vi­ously won pro­mo­tion to the top tier un­der the cap­taincy of Steve Cur­ran, and this time around his 23-year-old son John Cur­ran has the arm­band.

An­other com­pe­tent show­ing in a five-wicket win over lowly Haver­ford­west 2nds made it 11 wins from 15 out­ings and 28 points.

As the vis­i­tors posted 147-7, John Tooze led the way with 35 and there were use­ful con­tri­bu­tions from James Marchant (31) and Nigel Mor­gan (24).

Seam­ers Gra­ham Keen (3-34) and Peter Bet­ter­ley (2-26) did the dam­age and there was a wicket apiece for Rhys Beard and An­drew Fletcher.

Opener James Bet­ter­ley with a fine in­nings of 53, Rhys Beard (32) and Steve Smith (20) guided Llechryd to vic­tory for the loss of five wick­ets.

Llechryd Sec­onds failed to em­u­late the se­niors as they went down to a two-wicket away de­feat at the hands of their Saun­der­s­foot coun­ter­parts in di­vi­sion four.

In a Llechryd to­tal of 209-7 Ol­lie Roberts was again the star with an un­beaten 110, while Rob Mans­field con­trib­uted 41.

But it was home bats­man Si­mon Stan­ford who re­ally set the scene alight with a bril­liant un­beaten 134 as his side reached the target for the loss of eight wick­ets.

Also in the fourth di­vi­sion, lead­ers and cham­pi­ons-elect Ney­land Sec­onds proved too strong for Crymych with a 63-run win at Glandy Cross.

In a Ney­land score of 142, Gregg Miller was top scorer with 57, with Lewis Page (31) also to the fore. Rhy­dian Thomas snapped up 4-17. De­spite Richard Thorne get­ting his head down in mak­ing 38, Crymych were bowled out for 79.

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