IN a game they had to win to stand any realistic chance of promotion from the Pembrokeshire League division two, Llechryd suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they were bowled out for a paltry 61 runs against Burton at Oatfield Park.
The visitors needed to close the gap on second-placed Narberth by winning at Burton, especially as the Otters were playing the runaway leaders Llangwm.
It all came apart at the seams, however, as the bowling trio of James Davies, Luke Hayman and Morgan Scale caused havoc to end hopes of promotion.
The fragility of Llechryd’s batting line-up was all too apparent the week before, when they almost capitulated following a solid start against Narberth, and with the wicket doing its bit, and the toss proving to be crucial, the Teifisiders were blasted away in quick time.
Only Ollie Roberts with 20 and James Betterley on 14 managed double figures as James Davies claimed 4 wickets for 12, Luke Hayman 3 for 17, and Morgan Scale chipped in with 2 for 8.
Home openers Martin James (43 not out) and Jack Davies (19 not out) steered their team home without losing a wicket and in less than 10 overs, with Davies finishing just short of a fifty.
Meanwhile, in the top of the table clash, Narberth looked well-placed at 88 for 1 when chasing a modest Llangwm total of 144, but a major batting collapse saw them skittled out for 123.
Matthew Kiff ended up with impressive figures of 6 for 47, after Phil Llewellyn had made 47 in their total.
With four more games to play in division two, Llechryd now have to make up 25 points on Narberth in the second promotion slot behind the champions-elect.
• Llechryd Seconds had looked to be in a commanding position, with division four opponents St Ishmaels on the ropes at 70 for 5 after 25 overs, but heavy rain intervened and the slippery outfield was deemed to be unplayable by both captains.
Llechryd Seconds are currently in second place in the table, some 31 points behind leaders Narberth Seconds.
It was a bad day at the office for Crymych, as they lost by 49 runs at the hands of Hook, who had been bowled out for just 124.
Harri Dunn took 3 for 36, Andrew Thomas 3 for 16, Daf Wright 1 for 31 and James George 3 for 38, whilst Brennan Lay top scored for Hook with 39, closely followed by Nick Absalom, 33.
Crymych got off to a poor start and never really recovered, with James George top scoring with 20, before the home side were 75 all out, with Nick Absalom returning 3 wickets just 12 runs.
Crymych have slipped down to fourth place in division four, and look to be out of the promotion race.