Slim promotion hopes fizzle out for Llechryd

By County Echo Reporter in Cricket

Stackpole (148 for 9) beat Llechryd (143 all out) by 5 runs

LLECHRYD just missed out on a win that would have offered them a slim chance of promotion when they were edged out by Stackpole.

The north Pembrokeshire outfit required a six off the final ball of the game to sneak through for a one-run win but they were bowled out, and it now looks very much like another season in division two for Drewy Davies and his team.

Davies and his men had first use of the ball and after a superb spell of bowling from Peter Betterley and Graham Keen they managed to restrict Stackpole to a relatively meagre 148 for 9 wickets after 45 overs, led by Richard Mackay’s unbeaten 72.

The visitors got off to a promising start with Steve Smith with 44 and Mike Carter hitting 32 and putting their side in a commanding position.

But a mid order collapse piled the pressure on and from what seemed like a good position, Llechryd faltered and fell just short on 143 all out.

There was another great effort up front from veteran left arm seamer Betterley who took four wickets for 25 runs after 9 overs and at the other end, Graham Keen deserved better than his return of two wickets for 38 runs.

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