A superb spell of accurate bowling by all rounder Andrew Fletcher and a match winning unbeaten knock of 66 from opener Ben Harries helped steer division three leaders Llechryd to a comfortable seven wicket win over Herbrandston.
Herbrandston 122 all out
Llechryd 124 -3
There was further joy for the Teifisiders just after the game when news filtered through that nearest promotion rivals Saundersfoot had been beaten by Haverfordwest and the Castell Maglwyn based side are now 19 points ahead at the top.
The South Pembrokeshire outfit who are currently struggling near the foot of the table laboured for their runs against some very tight bowling with none better than Fletcher who took 5-42. If it had not been for the efforts of opener Jack Nicholas who fell just one run short of a half century the hosts would have been back in the pavilion much earlier as very few batsmen got going. Ali Ouzman played himself in initially and chipped in with 20 runs before he departed as did Rob Hood who also made 20 but Herbrandston were eventually all out for 122.
Ben Harries, a regular all rounder with Cardigan many years ago but now resident in Hong Kong made a welcome return to local cricket and he carved out a superb knock of 66 to spur his team on to an important win and one that keeps skipper Curran ( who was not playing due to work commitments) and his men on course for promotion.
The match between Crymych and Hook 2nds was rained off
In division four Llechryd 2nds who like their first team were without a number of regulars managed to hang on for a losing draw against Narberth 2nds but the highlight of the day was a century posted by Llechryd opener Dewi Davies which included 19 boundaries.
Narberth took full advantage of some poor bowling by the hosts and rattled up the runs quickly with opener Huw Simpkins carrying his bat for 77 and he was well served by Mike Williams who made 68 and Mike Johns who added 35 to take the Otters total to 191-1.
Davies gave his team a superb foundation with his three figure total but apart from his son Tomos Davies who made 30 there was very little resistance and Llechryd were forced to dig in for a losing draw with their innings ending on 170-7.