SOME huge hitting by Haverfordwest batsmen Simon Holliday and Adam James helped their team win well at Whitland, who deserve credit for the fact that after struggling to 120 for 7 they kept plugging away before running out of wickets on 178 after only 38 overs.
Haverfordwest opening bat Holliday finally found the form that marks him out as one of the most dangerous batsmen in the county as he found Whitland’s Spring Hill ground to his liking.
He carried his bat for a thoroughly entertaining 151 not out from 141 balls, an innings that contained 13 fours and ten big sixes.
Teenager Jake Merry supported well with 33 runs but the home bowlers were put to the sword for a second time as Adam James smashed 9 sixes in speeding to 57 from only 20 deliveries to send the Town to a massive total of 266 for 6.
The Town wickets fell to Wayne Howells (2 for 29), Iestyn Scourfield (2 for 42), Matthew Davies (1 for 47) and Greg Sleep (1 for 45).
Wayne Howells (17), Jonathan Thomas (19) and Scott Newton (19) all made starts for Whitland, but got out at key times before Matthew Davies batted for a well-conceived 52, but consistent bowling by James (3 for 34), Johnny White (4 for 51), Kieran O’Connor (2 for 38) and Holliday (1 for 15) was enough for victory.
Haverfordwest 2nds (165 for 6)
beat Stackpole (164 for 8)
HAVERFORDWEST Seconds gained a much-needed win in their bottom-four tussle with Stackpole on The Racecourse as Lewis Rhead led their bowling attack well and Filgi Varghese’s batting helped take them home.
Josh Davies (25) and Rob Mathias (11) supplied a solid start for Stackpole before there were quick runs for John Williams (40) and Simon Bevans (48), who both struck five fours and a six.
Rhead was the stand-out bowler for Haverfordwest Seconds as his canny slow stuff earned him deserved figures of 4 for 36, assisted by skipper Simon Williams (1 for 33), Clive Tucker (1 for 42), Ashley James (1 for 34) and Owen Jones (1 for 19).
Varghese then hit 11 boundaries in his classy 65, with support from Karl Rhead (22) before a late 38 not out from George Thomas which contained two sixes and three fours, saw Haverfordwest to victory, despite the bowling of Marcus Adie (1 wicket for 26), James Adie (2 for 50) and Anthony Canton (3 for 38).
• In division three Haverfordwest Thirds were restricted to 134 for 8, before they lost to by seven wickets to Lamphey on 135 for 3.
The were some good knocks from Paul Maggs (57), Jon Tooze (30), and Jamie Jenkins (21), but wickets fell to Hywel Gibbs (2-30), Peter McGilloway (2-10) and Tom Powell (3-30).
Lewis Haines made 81 and Jake Griffiths 30 as Lamphrey wrapped up the win, despite Mickey Phillips taking a few wickets (2-21).
Meanwhile in division five, Haverfordwest Fourth were skittled out for just 45 all out, with only Colin Slater (14) and Colin Williams (13) making double figures.
Ashley Smith took 2-0, Rhys Canton 2-4, and Elliott Waters 2-3, before Ashley Smith (10no) and Rhys Grigg (24no) steered Carew Thirds to a comfortable seven-wicket win on 48 for 3.