Despite a valiant effort, already promoted Llechryd went down to a three-wicket defeat against visitors Narberth in an exciting Pembroke County Cricket League Division Two title decider.

On the only other occasion Llechryd have been promoted - 24 years ago - it was a one-season wonder in the top tier and although it seems a little early for predictions ahead of next season, the villagers will have to come to terms with bowling of a far higher standard than in the second division.

Put in at the RDM Oval ground the Teifisiders lost quick wickets against the pace of Ben Quartermaine, at one stage struggling on 62-5, and a total of 115 in 36.5 overs proved to be not enough.

Opener James Betterley made 20 before being clean bowled by Quartermaine, skipper John Curran at first wicket down hit 27 and Jonny Lewis at number five contributed 35, but their colleagues found it tough going against accurate bowling.

Opening bowler Quartermaine returned figures of 4-43 off 11 overs and David John took two wickets for 14 runs.

Defending a modest total, John Curran and co were given hope by medium-pacer Rhys Beard, bowling line and length and snapping five wickets for 22 runs as Narberth appeared to be in trouble.

But David John at number six came to the rescue with an unbeaten 45 which included seven boundaries, wicketkeeper Daniel Hughes made 22, Quartermaine contributed 14 and eventually John and Rhodri Dyer saw the visitors to victory.

Llechryd 2nds were taken to the cleaners in Division Four where the visiting Teifisiders lost by 168 runs against Carew 3rds.

As Carew posted a formidable total of 264-4 top scorer was Ashley Smith with 71 and there were half centuries for Simon Gronow and Ceri Brace. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 96.

In the same division Crymych also lost heavily in going down by 197 runs in an away game against Hook 2nds.

Star of the show as Hook amassed 287 was Aled Phelps who plundered 147 runs and followed up by snapping three wickets for 12 runs while Brennan Martin returned figures of 6-14. In a Crymych total of 90 Richard Thorne contributed 46.