High scores were not the order of the day in Division One of the Pembrokeshire league, but close run matches were as Narberth's relegation fears worsened after a narrow defeat against Haverfordwest. A slow wicket resulted in Narberth scoring 168-9 in their overs, with Marc Hughes once again excelling against the Town scoring 40 with 6x4 and 1x6. Richard Adams was also in the runs hitting 36. In reply, Ian Hughes took 3-46 and Ben Quartermaine 3-33 as the visitors scraped past the total for the loss of eight wickets leaving Narberth 31 points adrift of third from bottom Lawrenny. In the match of the day at Cresselly, Carew were in trouble of recording one of their most humiliating defeats at the hands of the old enemy until Brian Hall's 43 allowed them to post a modest total of 110-9 after being 23-5 at one stage. Tom Murphy did the damage early on with 3-26, Harry Thomas claiming 3-10 and Mike Shaw 2-27. Rhys Davies did his best to pull off a remarkable victory for Carew taking all five wickets in the Cresselly reply, yet his 5-25 could have been even better had he not over stepped while taking a wicket and Adam Chandler not been dropped first ball off his bowling. Cricket is a game played on small margins and had these gone Davies's way, then Phil Williams's 26 and Matthew Morgan's 24 may not have made a difference to the Cresselly reply of 113-5. Lawrenny did their survival hopes no end of good with a three wicket win over St. Ishmaels. The result gave them their fifth win of the season after Tish were skittled out for 144. Rob Williams did the damage taking 5-23 and James Buckle 3-3. In the reply, Joe Kidney hit 55, Andrew Cole 29 and Jonathan Mathias 23 as Lawrenny reached 146-7. At Saundersfoot, the home side went down to their 12th defeat of the season as Neyland bowled them out for 101 and passed it for the loss of one wicket. James Caine hit a defiant 44 and Paul Mansbridge 24 for the home team, yet the champions-elect proved too strong for the home team. Whitland's home game against Llanrhian was abandoned, yet in Division Two, their seconds were able to play away at Johnston yet found the home team's batting too strong once again as they racked up 263-7. David Dunfee took two wickets for the visitors and Matthew Webb 4-27 alongside his 33 in the reply. Dan James also hit 22 yet the Borderers finished on 133-9. It was a day of doubles for Cresselly as their seconds beat their counterparts from Carew after bowling the home team out for 86. Matthew Lewis did the damage for the visitors as his slow left armers took 5-23 and Sam Harts taking 2-37. Earlier, Lewis Hicks scored 36 for Carew and Scott Richards 11. Pembroke went down at Llangwm despite scoring 191-9 and taking seven wickets in the home team's response. Andrew Hay scored 44 for the visitors and Jonathan Rogers 29, while Jack Harries took 2-44 as the hosts scrambled over the line. Top-placed Kilgetty had a scare at home to Lamphey in Division Three after the visitors were dismissed for 146 thanks to Anthony Bevan's 4-19 and Ross Hardy's brace. James Skeels smashed 36 for the Stags and Grant Cole 23, yet few others could get going against the accurate home attack. In reply, Hardy threw caution to the wind in his 49 and Geoff Marsh was unbeaten on 31 yet seven wickets fell in the chase with the wickets shared among the bowlers. Josh Davies hit his second century of the season as Stackpole hammered Pembroke Dock by nine wickets. The Dock reached 205-6 in their innings thanks to Jake Griffiths and Luc Barford both scoring 56 as Richard Mackay and Darrell Willington shared five wickets. Davies then got to work on the hosts' attack hitting an entertaining 108 not out, while Huw Davies struck and unbeaten 55. Narberth seconds suffered a 141 run defeat at Herbrandston after the home side scored 225-5 and dismissed the visitors for just 84, while in Division Four, Carew thirds lost at home to Haverfordwest thirds as they were bowled out for 96. Ceri Waters scored 20 and Greg Morris 23 not out in the lowly total, yet Haverfordwest's reply of 97-9 proved that it was a day for bowlers on the picturesque ground as Jeremy Griffiths took 2-14, Morris 2-24 and Waters 4-22 as they nearly pulled off a brilliant victory. Lawrenny seconds remain top after their seven wicket win over Hook seconds as they lost just three wickets while overhauling the visitors' 131-8. Denzil Hughes took 3-25 for the home team and Dan Eddison and Barry Phillips two apiece as Hook limped to their indifferent total. Eddison then got to work with bat in hand hitting a belligerent 48 not out with Phillips joining him at the end on an unbeaten 38. Hundleton are still in second spot as they hammered Johnston seconds by nine wickets. Ben Adams and Craig Williams both took three wickets as the away team were skittled out or 68 before John Tysoe's 21 and unbeaten 28 and 17 from Phil Price and John Williams saw them canter home. In Division Five, there was no game for Narberth thirds at Pembroke seconds while Cresselly thirds got agonisingly close to overhauling Haverfordwest fourth's 121-6 as they reached 118-6 at the close. Lyn Richards hit 27 for Cresselly, Billy Kinnear 24 and Luke Cole the same in the reply, but time ran out with just another four needed for victory. Hundleton seconds were skittled for just 45 at Llanrhian and went down to a nine wicket defeat while Stackpole did the double over the Dock as their seconds overhauled the visitors' 89-9 for the loss of five wickets. Earlier, John Davies hit 20, Craig Butland 22 and John Hay 25 not out in the visitors' innings after Yori Roberts took 5-10 and Charlie Evans 2-20. In the reply, Richard Simon scored 28 and Sam Evans an unbeaten 24. All matches in Division Six were abandoned due to overnight rain.
Pembroke County Cricket League
Thursday 7th August 2014 10:00 pm
Despite a crowded wicket, top scorer for Saundersfoot James Caine (44) drives a shot towards the boundary. Pic. Susan McKehon
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