Llechryd on verge of sealing long-awaited promotion
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.