JUST as in North Wales, there was a shock defeat for the leaders of the Pembroke County Cricket League, who lost for the first time this season.
Carew’s first division reverse at the hands of St Ishmaels
wasn’t as sensational as Llandudno’s was against St Asaph, but it was a
But unlike North Wales, the top two sides lost in Pembroke
and the team at the bottom of the table produced a superb batting display to
win. More of that in a moment though.
Some inspired bowling from St Ishmaels’s two Andrews, Messrs
Pawlett (4-40) and Williams (3-49), saw Carew bowled out for 146 with Robbie
Hicks the only batsman to score more than 30.
In reply, the visitors looked at ease at the crease and with
60 from Karl Rhead 60 and 57 not out from Peter Bradshaw, the away side cruised
home for the loss of four wickets, much to the chagrin of the hosts.
It was a similar story in Llangwm where second-placed Neyland
posted a half-decent 171-7 with Henry Durrant contributing an unbeaten 39. But
Llangwm, thanks in the main to Richard Brock’s undefeated 59, showed their mettle
to win by four wickets and move up to fourth in the standings.
They were helped by the fact that Haverfordwest’s encounter
at Saundersfoot was abandoned while in another shock result, basement boys
Cresselly beat Whitland away from home.
Andrew Harries (86) and Ryan Lewis (43) batted with aplomb
as Cresselly dominated the bowling to post a total of 222-6. Whitland had no
reply and with Lyn Richards claiming 5-24 the hosts were all out for 166.
The one remaining match in the top flight saw Lawrenny hang
on to beat Narberth by two wickets after the latter had been dismissed for 119.
Simon Cole and Steve Lewis took three wickets apiece.
Cole made 35 as Lawrenny replied and it got pretty hairy for
the side batting second and by the time the win was sealed they were eight
It was a day of big upsets further down the league too as division
two leaders Llanrhian lost for only the second time this season as they went
down by 29 runs at Herbrandston. And in division three, there was another
defeat for a team at the top as Lamphey were beaten by 21 runs at Pembroke