Hook (99 all out) lost to Johnston (220 for 9) 121 runs

A TYPICALLY powerful century by Steve Mills helped Johnston gain promotion at neighbours Hook, with another good all-round team performance putting them in the runners’ spot when news of Llangwm’s big win a mile up the road at Hook came through.

Mills smashed eight fours and nine big sixes as he reached his 50 in 56 balls and added another 65 runs from the next 33 deliveries before he was caught by Tom Blaxland off the bowling of Dai Hopkins, who finished with 5 for 92 in ten overs.

Dan Sutton (21), Leigh Summons (19) and his father John (12) also scored a few runs each before pace bowlers Paul Hood and Kevin Roberts were 14 not out apiece at the finish, despite the efforts of Brennan Martin (1 for 41), Jamie Phelps (2 for 42), Andrew Thomas (1 for 38) and Hopkins to shift them.

Hook had runs from Jake Wicks (36), Andrew Thomas (16) and Hopkins (22 not out) but no-one was able to launch a big score against Hood (6 for 35), Gary James (2 for 10) and Roberts (2 for 21) so that Johnston strolled to victory by 121 runs.

Umpires: John Austin & Robert Ridge

Scorers: Chris Holder & Delyth Summons