Pembroke County Cricket League

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With relegation in Division Two a virtual certainty Llechryd included some of their top players for the division five promotion clash with Llanrhian 2nds and paid the price when ending up at the end of a hammering at the hands of fellow strugglers Carew 2nds.

Carew took a liking to the home attack from the word go with Haydn Shapcott sending fielders scampering to all points of the compass as he hit twelve boundaries in an innings of 94 and was given excellent support from Sean Whitfield (51) and Brian Hall (49). The visitors posted an imposing total of 258-8 in their allotted 45 overs.

The Llechryd reply was shambolic to say the least as the villagers were dismissed for a paltry total of 55. Medium pacers Dominic Hicks (4-9) and Joel Read (3-16) did the damage for the visitors.

Llechryd firsts may have been relegated but it is a different story where the Seconds are concerned as they stand on the brink of promotion to Division Four.

The Teifisiders go into the final game at home against Stackpole 2nds a week on Saturday 21 points ahead of third in the table Llanrhian 2nds who visit champions Pembroke 2nds.

Picking up a maximum haul of 30 points from the visitor of Llanrhian on Saturday established Llechryd as hot favourites to take the runners-up spot.

With first team skipper John Curran (84) and first team regular Steve Smith (50) scoring all round the wicket the homesters reached a more than useful 214-9.

In reply Llanrhian were dismissed for 140 with only John Arundell (73 not out) putting up any real resistance. Curran returned figures of 3-17.

Crymych moved into third in Division Three after a one-wicket win over Neyland 2nds. Put in on a good batting strip Neyland failed to impress with the bat and were dismissed for 106.

With wickets falling at regular intervals Crymych were indebted to Mark Thomas (59 not out) as they reached the target for the loss of nine wickets.

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