Runs aplenty, but Llanrhian fall short

By County Echo Reporter in Cricket

ALMOST 400 runs were shared at Llandigige Fawr as Llanrhian dug in to deny visitors Haverfordwest Seconds an outright victory in the Pembrokeshire Cricket League division two.

Put into bat, Town made 202 for 6, having been set up by a second wicket partnership of 76 from opener Nigel Morgan (25) and Sean Williams - who took advantage of being dropped early in his innings as he made exactly 50.

Youngster Jake Merry continued the good work by also making 50, and Ashley James helped push the visitors to maximum batting points with a hard-hitting 43 as Mathew Bennett picked up 3-59, and spinners Rhodri Owen (2-50) and debutant Rob Couzens (1-34) also bowled well.

Town struck early in Llanrhian’s reply as Jack Blockwell (1-12) removed opener Ben Jones (6) and his partner Paul Lewis made a brisk 27 . But it was a fourth wicket partnership from skipper Richard Reed and Bennett that effectively ended Haverfordwest hopes of a win, with Reed unbeaten on 30 when he was forced to retire hurt after picking up a calf injury.

Bennett went on to bring up a half century with a big six, before eventually falling for 59, and he found decent support from Rhodri Owen on 24 not out, with Llanrhian being left 25 runs short of victory on 177 for 6.

The economical Nigel Morgan took 1 for 26 in 12 overs, and there were wickets for James (2-56) and Sean Williams (2-27).

The highlight of a good-spirited match, however, was provided by Llanrhian No 4 Sam Kurtz, as his big straight six struck one of the famous Llandigige Farm cows on the backside, causing a brief flurry of frantic activity in the neighbouring field.

• Llanrhian Seconds are still seeking their first win of the season after they were beaten by six wickets away at Lawrenny Seconds in Pembrokeshire division three, after setting a target of 120 for 9.

Rob John made a promising 25 runs and Ben Jones scored 18, but wickets fell to Tom Cole (3-15) and Matthew Kidney (3-31) as the home bowlers remained on top.

Lawrenny reached their target for the loss of just four wickets, with Andrew Cole scoring 43, Tom Cole 22 and Steve Campbell 34, to secure a solid victory.

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