FAST bowler Adam James showed his batting prowess as Haverfordwest battled back to beat Whitland by two wickets in the Pembrokeshire League division one.
Adam Raymond (45) and skipper Danny Potter (21) put on 40 runs, but apart from their efforts Haverfordwest struggled, until James seized the initiative.
He came to the wicket with the total on 109 for 8 and needing a total of 137 for victory, and smashed five fours and two big sixes to steer Town home on 44 not out.
Ben Harvey (4 for 41), Jonathan Thomas (2 for 29) and Matthew Davies (2 for 24) had given Whitland a chance of victory.
Earlier, Whitland’s batmen had made progress through Will Spreadbury (33) and Paul Davies (25), but only Dylan Blain (20) and Scott Newton (16 not out) stayed long once this pair was split up.
Johnny White finished with impressive figures of 4 for 27 alongside Kieran O’Connor (2 for 27), Adam James (1 for 43) and veteran Clive Tucker (3 for 25).
Kilgetty posted a big total of 263 for 9, but had to settle for a draw in the end with Johnston, who finished on 220 for 7.
Kilgetty’s Kyle Marsh led the home innings with a fine century (105), with support provided by Ross Hardy (44), Jack Tucker (23) and Jon Harries (25), whilst Nathan James returned 6 wickets for 52.
Johnston’s Dan Sutton, however, stole the show with another century to steer his side home on 121 not out, with Lee Summons making 36 and Ross Dewstowe 32 in the face of accurate bowling by Anthony Lewis (3-23), Jack Turner (2-10).
Neyland chased down Lawrenny’s total of 227 for 8 for the loss of just one wicket, thanks to terrific unbeaten knocks by Patrick Bellerby (118no) and Paul Murray (87no). For Lawrenny Brad McDermott-Jenkins (58) and Simon Cole (55) made half centuries with wickets falling to Nick Koomen (3-39) and Nathan Banner (2-31).
Pembroke were all out for 93, before Carew’s Rhys Davies (35no) and Tim Hicks (47no) steered Carew to an emphatic nine-wicket win. The Carew bowlers had held sway through Tom Davies (3-33), Sean Whitfield (2-24), Rhys Davies (3-10), Ceri Brace (2-4), depsite a defiant knock of 26 runs from Jonathan Rogers.
St Ishmaels were all out for 116 runs, before Cresselly won by seven wickets, courtesy of match-winning knocks from Andrew Chandler (18), Iwan Izzard (43), Simon Cole (30no), Alex Bailley (19no).
For St Ishmaels, Andrew Williams made 26, and Jonathan Pawlett weighed in with 33 runs, but the wickets tumbled to Neil Gregory (4-19) and Simon Cole (4-17).