Excitement over Llechryd's return to top flight cricket for a second time has been well and truly dampened by the coronavirus pandemic.

After gaining promotion to the Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One last season, cricket has been suspended indefinitely in all five divisions.

Fans now fear the prospect of cricket this summer is extremely doubtful.

The suspension was a huge disappointment to Llechryd where optimism has been growing over 23-year-old skipper John Curran and colleagues performing well in the top flight.

It was nip and tuck for a lengthy period during the Division Two promotion race but with every player giving 100 per cent Curran and Co eventually took the runners-up spot behind champions Narberth.

The first Llechryd dream became reality at the end of August 1998 when all-rounder Steve Curran (John’s father) led his side to victory at Dinas and clinched promotion to the delight of supporters, including those who set up the club 20 years previously.

With a committee in place the founder members were given use of a field at Glanhelyg to the rear of the Maesyderi housing estate and joined the Teifi Valley midweek league for the start of the 1979 season.

Three years later there was a major development when four and a half acres of land at Castle Malgwyn was acquired for £12,000.

As the club moved forward it was accepted into Division Six in Pembrokeshire and an impressive pavilion was built on the ground and officially opened by former Glamorgan bowler Ossie Wheatley in his role as vice-chairman of the Sports Council.

Now known as Llechryd Cricket and Tennis Club it has come a long way since those few villagers got together 42 years ago.