Pembroke County Cricket Club Division 2: Carew 2nds (221-5) drew with Kilgetty (290-5)

To put it mildly, it was a day for batting at Carew as Kilgetty came away with a winning draw in a game that yielded more than 500 runs in 90 overs.

A superb century from Kyle Marsh helped the visitors post a huge total of 290-5, but they couldn’t get maximum points as Robbie Hicks helped the Rooks respond with a ton of his own as they finished 221-5.

After being put in, Kilgetty openers Jack Parkinson and Tom Lewis set the tone with a stand of 100, before the latter was bowled by Eugene McCarney for 38 (seven fours).

But then came another century partnership as Marsh joined Parkinson in all-out attack, and they had taken the score to 204 when the opener was stumped by Morgan Grieve off McCarney for 85 (10 fours).

Marsh was undeterred though and went on to crack 122 – 94 of them in boundaries as he smashed an amazing 11 sixes and seven fours before finally falling to Rhys Canton.

Dafydd Bevan also added late impetus with two sixes and a four in his 21, with McCarney (2-49), Canton (2-65) and Hicks (1-9) ended up as the Carew wicket takers.

It was McCarney and Hicks who then led the reply after home skipper Scott Richards (18) had nicked one behind off Richard Cope, taking matters to 150-1.

But then came a momentum shift as McCarney was LBW to Parkinson for 56 (seven fours) and Grieve (0) was caught behind off the same bowler.

Hicks ensured there was to be no outright win for Kilgetty though, hitting five fours and four sixes to finish bang on 100 not out, and there was also a late cameo from Jacob Knox with three boundaries in his 14.

It meant the away side had to settle for a high scoring draw, with Parkinson finishing 2-57, Rob Beynon 3-43 and Richard Cope 1-31.