There are new leaders in division one of the Thomas Carroll Pembroke County Cricket League.
In Saturday’s top of the table clash at Carew, it was the visitors who came out on top to leapfrog their opponents and claim top spot.
Batting first on their home strip, Carew reached what seemed a challenging total of 197 all out, Tim Hicks top scoring with a fine 55 and Ian Sefton falling just one run short of his half century.
The Carew innings had been kept in check for much of the time by some accurate bowling from Tom Pritchard, who took wickets at regular intervals to finish with excellent figures of 6 for 25.
Henry Durrant also bagged a couple at a cost of 27, but it was the willow that he really shone, smashing a superb unbeaten 73 as Neyland made relatively light work of the Carew total to get home with seven wickets to spare.
Ashley Sutton also showed his class with a neat 46, while Tom Davies and Simon Wood took a wicket apiece for Carew, who only had five points to show for their efforts, with Haverfordwest also now moving above them at the head of the table.
The Town travelled to the seaside and, enjoying the day’s sunshine, romped to a 134-run success against struggling Saundersfoot.
And it was that man again Simon Holliday who was the star of the show, incredibly hammering his third successive century as he helped steer his side to a formidable total of 287 for 6, Michael Jones also chipping in with a half century and Jake Merry adding an unbeaten 38.
It was always going to be a tough ask for Saundersfoot to chase it down and, although Nicky Cope showed some solid resistance with a fine 83 to add to his three earlier wickets, they were eventally bowled out for 153.
And no prizes for guessing the man who did most of the damage with the ball. Yes, it was ITMA Holliday, who showed his all-round ability as he returned fine figures of 4 for 48, aided and abetted by Adam Jones with 3 for 36.
Also in good form with the bat was Dylan Blain of Whitland, who must have been disappointed to fall three runs short of what would have been an excellent century.
Neverthless, with Geraint Jones and Mattew Davies, also contributing useful knocks of 44 and 23, respectively, the Borderers were able to post a more than healthy total of 258 for 7.
Visiting Burton were far from phased by this, though, and made a good fist of their reply as Matthew Webb 51, Toby Hayman 46 and Will Ridge 42 not out were all among the runs.
In the end, though, they had to settle for a draw as Jack Bowen 2 for 1 and Wayne Howells 2 for 43 pegged them back, and they had reached 229 for 8 when their innings finally closed.
Another man to fall in the ‘nervous nineties’ was Cresselly’s Iwan Izzard who had reached 91 before he had to trudge back to the pavilion, but with Phil Williams 62 and Ryan Lewis 48 also making their presence felt, opponents Tish were still left chasing a healthy total of 265 for 7.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, they fell well short of their target, 113 runs in fact, as Josh Lewis was wrecker in chief with 4 for 47 and Ryan Lewis completed a good all-round day with 2 for 24.
In the day’s remaining division one match, Llangwm made short work of toppling visiting Lawrenny.
Taking first knock, Lawrenny were skittled out for a rather meagre 87, with only Harry Thomas 36 and James Skeels 22 making any notworthy contributions as the wickets were shared among the home bowlers.
Replying, Llangwm cruised to victory, knocking off the runs for the loss of just one wicket, with Joseph Kiff top scoring with an excellent half century and William?Beresford giving support with 27.
Narberth still lead the way in division two after another comfortable victory, this time their victims being Cresselly Seconds, who must have thought they were in with a shout after Julian Arthur’s innings of 66 helped take them to a total of 194 for 9.
But the visitors obviously had other ideas as the Cresselly attack struggled to keep their batsmen in check, Loui Davies hammering an unbeaten 73 (to add to. his 3 for 61 with the ball) and Jordan Howell weighing in with 52 not out as Narberth easily reached their target with eight wickets in hand.
Highest score in the division, though, came at Pembroke Dock, but it was visiting Hook who got it, Jamie Phelps keeping the scoreboard ticking over at a rate of knots as he smashed a superb 126 in his side’s formidable total of 275 for 5.
But it was still not enough to see them to victory, the Dock putting up a good fight in reply, with Luke Murray 49, Jake Davies 33 and Craig Butland 31 all making useful contributions with the bat as they eventually settled for a draw on 209 for 8.
Up the road at nearby Pembroke, Carew Seconds also had to be content with a draw after posting a total of 211 for 6 against their hosts.
Barry Evans 85 and Scott Richards 61 were the chief run-getters for the the villagers, with Sam Davies being the pick of the Pembroke bowlers with 3 for 42.
Carew’s Iori Hicks 4 for 39 and Aaron Hinman 2 for 17 did their best to winkle out the home batsmen, but Phil Hay 45, Jamie Kaijaks 37 not out and Jack Harries shoed great resilience as their side hung on at 169 for 8.
Elsewhere, Llechryd moved to within a point of the top after a taking visiting Kilgetty to the cleaners.
Ross Hardy was again in good form with the bat for Kilgetty, but apart from his 40 and Christian Phillips’s 36, there was little else to write home about as their side slumped to 114 all out.
This posed few problems for the hosts and, although Phillips added a couple of wickets to his useful knock, Llechryd reached their target with seven in hand.
Perhaps the best game of the day came in division three, with Lawrenny Seconds and Lamphey fighting out a nail-biting draw.
First to the crease, Lamphey amassed a tidy total of 206 for 4, with Nick Shelmerdine top scoring with an unbeaten 60 and Rob Lewis and Lewis Haines both giving good support with half centuries.
Luke Cole picked up two of the wickets to fall in the innings at a cost of 42 runs.
In reply, Lawrenny set about their task in determined fashion, with Patrick Elliot 51 not out, James Buckle 46 and Phil Cole 31 all keeping the scoreboard ticking over and their target within sight.
But as it turned out they could not quite get there, with Hywel Gibbs snaffling a couple of wickets, as in a tight finish their innings eventually closed on 203 for 4 - just four runs short of what would have been a fine victory.