Division 3 Reports - 21st August 2021 - by Fraser Watson

Division 3 champions Llanrhian receive silverware from PCCC Chairman Richard Merriman 

Cows secure the title in Cresselly


Cresselly 2nds (148 all out) lost to Llanrhian (150 for 1) by 9 wickets

Paul Lewis - superb 95 in Llanrhian winLlanrhian will head back into Division Two as champions after they secured the 20 points they needed to win at Cresselly.
As so often, the sterling work of home groundsman Richard Arthur ensured the game went ahead and after opting to bat, The Doves were forced to recover from a ropey start.
Jack Jones removed opener Scott Arthur (6) first over and went on to take 5 for 24 in eight overs, but the middle order rallied.
Skipper Julian Arthur his four fours and a six in his 27, while Neal Williams made 30 (four fours), Phil Williams (two fours and a six) and most notably Damian Arthur hit 39 not out (seven fours) and despite Nigel Delaney (2 for 15) and Gary Reynolds (1 for 25) both striking, Cresselly were only eight down after 37 overs.
But then Chris Cousens had Williams well caught by Richard Reed and Corey Lewis was run out two balls later to leave the score 148 all out.
Llanrhian openers Paul Lewis and Jonathan Strawbridge made the total look a lot smaller though as they put on 61 for the opening wicket, Strawbridge reaching 31 (four fours and a six) before being bowled by Christian Phillips (1 for 39).
Lewis pressed on though to hammer 95 not out (10 fours and three sixes), and was joined by Jack Jones, who ended unbeaten on 21 (two fours) as the pair finished the job in the 23rd over.
The result meant Delaney lifted the league title in his first season in charge, with his side returning to Division T for the first time since 2017.

Laugharne's top order leather The Town


Haverfordwest 3rds (89 all out) lost to Laugharne (334 for 6) by 245 runs

James Devonald - runs aplenty for LaugharneLaugharne's batsman filled their boots on the last day of the season as they racked up a huge score in Haverfordwest.
Andrew Edwards and co hammered 334 for 6 before the hosts finished a tough season by being 89 all out.
Away openers James Devonald and Simon Davies went on the attack, Devonald hitting nine fours and a six in his 65 and Davies stroking 11 boundaries before being run out for 72.
No 3 Phil Evans made 61 (eight fours and a six) and the late momentum was added by James Ingleton and Edwards himself, the former cracking 60 (nine fours and a six) and the captain 50 not out (six fours).
For The Town, Sohail Siddiqui (1 for 67) and Mohammed Asher (1 for 72) both struck despite expensive spells.
Dan Hopley (22) and George Thomas (27) did then dig in but Craig Hurst did damage with 4 for 21 in 3.1 overs, while Simon Davies (2 for 2) and Allan Carter (1 for 2) also bowled brief but effective spells.

Williams' late wicket sees Tish take a thriller


St Ishmaels 2nds (139 all out) beat Johnston (137 all out) by 2 runs

Stuart Carpenter - runs and wickets as Tish 2nds surprise JohnstonJohnston went to St Ishmaels only one point off Llanrhian but couldn't get the result they needed to put the pressure on as Tish secured a dramatic win.
With The Tigers three runs short of victory, Steve Williams trapped Gethin Bateman LBW as The Mice secured a third-placed finish.
The hosts opted to bat and started well as Darren Hawkins and Steve Hartley put on 47, before Hawkins was stumped off Andrew Harries' bowling for 20 (three fours).
Hartley went on to make 43 (five fours and a six) and No 4 Stuart Carpenter made 41 (five fours and a six) but there was a lower order collapse to 139 all out as Harries (2 for 20), Gary James (2 for 20), Robert Hood (2 for 27), Chris Fitzpatrick (1 for 32) all struck - but it was Lee Summons who starred with 3 for 2 in just 6.4 overs.
But the Johnston top order faltered as Josh Beer removed Leigh Walters (1) and Summons (2), and Kevin Bowen skittled Harries (1).
Skipper Josh Hicks and Fitzpatrick rallied, Hicks making 37 before giving a return catch to Carpenter and Fitzpatrick 21 before being run out by Beer.
But with the game looking over No 9 Hood brought Johnston hope with 28 but crucially he was caught by Hastings off Williams, who then removed Bateman to end matters.
He finished with 2 for 17, Carpenter 3 for 29, Beer 2 for 42 and Bowen 2 for 16.
Johnston however, can still reflect on promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking.

Oeppen on fire as Stackpole see off Narberth


Bosherston and Stackpole (201 for 6) beat Narberth 2nds (140) by 61 runs

Marcus Adie - top scored in Stackpole successPaul Oeppen's four-wicket haul helped Stackpole secured a fourth-placed finish as they beat Narberth 2nds.
Despite the inevitably damp outfield the hosts racked up 201 for 6 with Josh Davies (27), Lewys Gibby (35), and Alan Webster (25) laying the foundations in the top order before the returning Marcus Adie blasted 44 not out.
For Narberth, Richard Prout led the bowling with 3 for 28.
Wil Nicholas then led the reply with 63 but Oeppen's spell of 4 for 25 proved critical, with Davies (2 for 10) and captain Simon Bevan (2 for 17) helping finish the job.
Despite the defeat, Narberth's safety was already secure.


Match cancelled

Llangwm 2nds v Neyland 2nds - match cancelled