Pembroke County Cricket Club Division 2:

Cresselly 2nds (172-9) lost to Pembroke (173-8) by 2 wickets

Jonathan Rogers was the Pembroke hero as his undefeated century helped them to a nail biting win at Cresselly.

With his team chasing 173 to win, Rogers hammered 14 fours and two sixes on his way to 105 not out as the visitors won it with just two wickets in hand – meaning they now remain unbeaten since June 22nd.

The Doves had earlier posted 172-9 and it was their two veterans who led the way, with No 3 Richard Harries stroking eight fours in his 42 – on the same day he was awarded the Thomas Carroll Player of the Month for July.

Jamie Goldsworthy also made 19 but it was Lyn Richards who top scored – coming in at No 5 and making 67, a knock that included seven fours and two maximums.

For Pembroke, Sam Dam Davies took 3-44 in his 11 overs while there were also wickets for Rob Smythe (1-40), Rogers (1-40), and alongside a run out it was captain Jack Harries who helped stem things late on 3-5 in just two overs.

The home side would have fancied their chances when Pembroke fell to 53-4 but No 3 Rogers kept things going, and he had vital support from Aidan Fraser along the way as the No 7 made 18.

Matters fell to 140-8 as Harries (1-35), Richards (1-23), Matthew Lewis (2-26), Ollie Richards (2-54), and Stefan Jenkins (2-29) all took wickets – but tail ender Rob Smythe (6 not out) played an important role as Rogers continued to motor, finishing matters in the 44th over with back to back boundaries off Jenkins.

Johnston (161-7) lost to Hook (163-3) by 7 wickets

Jacob Lay and Matthew Holder both played vital hands as Hook completed a tricky run chase at Glebelands to beat Johnston.

The opener scored 75 after losing partner Aled Phelps early on, before Holder completed a good display with bat and ball with an unbeaten half century to help secure a seven wicket win.

The home side went in already almost certain to be relegated but led by skipper John Summons, they battled hard with the bat.

They made 161-7 in 40 overs despite falling to 12-2 when opener Steve James (7) and Chris Goodridge (0) both fell to Lewis Miller.

Geno Cleal did hit three fours in his 24 but when he holed out to Miller off Holder’s bowling it was Summons who steadied the ship, stroking ten fours and standing firm to the end to finish 67 not out.

Nick Davies (19), Shaun Jones (17), and Paul Morris (11 not out) also chipped in while Holder led the bowling with 4-38 in 12 overs, with Miller finishing with 2-39 and Dai Hopkins 1-38.

Johnston then fashioned some early pressure as Davies (1-40) had Phelps (7) caught by Steve Badham off Nick Davies, but their hopes were then quashed as Lay and Holder shared a stand of 137.

Morris did halt the momentum with two wickets in an over, bowling Lay after he’d hit 11 fours and two sixes and removing Seth Willington in the same manner.

His 2-5 figures came too late to affect the outcome though, and Holder finished 57 not out (11 fours) and Owain Phelps (2 not out) joined him in completing the job.

Kilgetty (209 all out) lost to Carew 2nds (221-7) by 12 runs

A six wicket haul from Simon Wood secured Carew 2nds 30 points in a high scoring game at Kilgetty.

A half century from opener Morgan Grieve helped The Rooks to 221-7, and with Wood taking 6-28 the home side were 13 runs short of victory when last man Robbie Beynon was run out.

Grieve and Robbie Hicks had earlier shared a stand of 113 before the latter nicked behind off Ollie Gamble for 34.

That prompted a Kilgetty fightback as youngster Grieve followed after eight fours in his 58, and matters fell to 135-4 before Iori Hicks turned the tide with 48 (four fours and a six), and Rhys Grigg made 17 not out to help the visitors past the 200 mark.

For Kilgetty, Beynon finished with 2-51, Gamble 1-37, and Levi Hughes 2-50.

The home side seemed well set in their reply as openers Christian Phillips (26) and Tom Lewis (22) took them to 52-0, but that dramatically became 52-3 and then 57-4 as Wood removed both openers, as well as Andrew Evans and Kyle Marsh for ducks.

Ollie Gamble (5) also fell to Jacob Knox (1-19) and at 62-5 the game looked over, but it was Hughes and then Josh Bevan who revitalised the chase.

Hughes hit four fours and a six in his 44 before being run out and No 9 Bevan cracked 45 (five fours and a six), but crucially with the score 201-8 he was skittled by Wood.

And although Anthony Bevan (10 not out) and Beynon (7) added a few more runs the latter was then also run out to end an entertaining clash.

Llechryd (148-5) beat Haverfordwest 2nds (147-7) by 5 wickets

It was another efficient team display from Llechryd as they stayed top of Division 2 by beating Haverfordwest 2nds – and all but mathematically secured promotion in the meantime.

The Town batted first but were restricted to 147-7, after opener John Tooze (35) and skipper Nigel Morgan (24) had shared a second wicket stand of 73.

There was also 31 from James Marchant but the hosts always had the run rate in check via Graham Keen (3-34), Peter Betterley (2-26), Rhys Beard (1-35), and Andrew Fletcher (1-24).

It wasn’t all straightforward for Llechryd in their reply but 53 from opener James Betterley proved important, as did knocks from Steve Smith (20), Rhys Beard (32) and Graham Keen (13 not out) as Llechryd won it with more than 10 overs to spare.

For The Town, William Phillips (1-41), Marchant (1-24), and most significantly Robbie Davies (3-15) had wickets.

Narberth (211-6) beat Pembroke Dock (102 all out) by 109 runs

Next weekend will be a big one for Narberth after they comfortably accounted for Pembroke Dock.

Davy Johns’ team lie 18 points off leaders Llechryd, but play Hook on Saturday before their re-arranged match at Pembroke on Sunday.

Promotion seems a formality regardless after more heroics from Richie Adams yesterday, the opener hitting 85 to set his team up for a score of 200 plus.

Daniel Hughes also made 42, Mick Haltham 45, and Loui Davies 21, but the Dock weren’t completely out of it at tea as Billy Wood (3-33), Jamie White (1-35) and Niall Brunton (1-61) took wickets.

Their reply never got going though as Davies immediately caused trouble by taking out the top three of Jake Davies (0), Luke Murray (8), and Scott Griffiths (10).

The likes of Billy Wood (14), Nick Daley and Pete Kingdom (both 16) did help The Dock get three batting points but they never recovered from that bad start as Davies finished with 4-24.

Ben Quartermaine (2-21), Ben Hughes (1-14), Mike Reekie (1-15), Davy Johns (1-28) also had success, along with a run out, as Narberth took 30 points.