THE old adage ‘A good big ‘un will always beat a good little ‘un’ was applicable as Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One newcomers Llechryd went down by eight wickets against visitors and reigning league champions Neyland in round one of the Harrison Allen Bowl.

It was brought home to the Teifisiders in no uncertain terms the challenge they face in the top flight after gaining promotion in season 2019.

A threat of rain during the morning didn’t materialise and enthusiasts in the lower Teifi Valley enjoyed live sport for the first time in more than four months after suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having been put in, Llechryd found it tough going against accurate bowling by leg spinners Andrew Miller (3-22) and Scott Jones (3-18) and also medium pacer Brad McDermott-Jenkins who picked up two wickets for 12 runs.

Kevin Evans (23) was the only top order home batsman to put up any real resistance and the only two others to reach double figures were John Lewis (15) and Andrew Davies (10) as the homesters posted 83-9, which was nowhere near enough against a side of the calibre of Neyland.

Openers Patrick Bellerby (46) and Nick Koomen (21) got the visitors’ reply off to the ideal start with a stand of 63 as the league champions experienced few problems in knocking off the required runs for the loss of two wickets.

Neyland take on Herbrandston in round two this Saturday.