Griffiths rips up the formbook

CENTURY MAKER: Johnston's Dan Sutton struck 101 for Johnston who lost at home against Haverfordwest 2nds. (8422783)

CENTURY MAKER: Johnston's Dan Sutton struck 101 for Johnston who lost at home against Haverfordwest 2nds. (8422783)

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Johnston (249 for 6) lost to Haverfordwest 2nds (251 for 2) by eight wickets

THERE were few people at Glebelands during the tea interval who would have given Haverfordwest Seconds any chance of victory over high-flying Johnston but they reckoned without a superb unbeaten century by 15 year old Kieran Griffiths and supporting roles from David Haynes and Kashif Ijaz.

The end result was that Haverfordwest won by an amazing eight-wicket margin and Johnston lost their top spot in the table.

Dan Sutton dominated the opening exchanges to such an extent that partner John Summons contributed nine runs in a stand of 69 before he was first to depart, and Sutton maintained his momentum to score a splendid 101 (15 fours and a six) before he went for one big hit too many and was bowled by teenage spin bowler Kieran O’Connor.

The Johnston attack continued via Steve Mills (49, including four fours and three sixes) in a stand of 99 with Sutton, his younger brother Jack (three fours and a six in his 32 not out) and Lee Summons (32 not out); the last two putting on 60 runs in double-quick time at the end of the allotted 41 overs as O’Connor was the pick of The Town bowling with 3 for 53 alongside James Morris (2 for 52) and Nigel Morgan (1 for 42).

Griffiths, just back from his first year at Millfield School, led from the outset as he shared an opening stand of 152 with David Haynes (11 fours in his 61) and then 95 with Kashif Ijaz, whose quick-fire 76 contained 14 fours and a six.

Griffiths ended up with 15 fours and three sixes in his majestic 109 not out and helped The Town Seconds in their attempts to climb from near the foot of the table.

Umpires: Dave Brandon & Rob Elliott.

Scorers: Steve Mills & Natalie Thomas.

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