Delaney keeps his head at the death

WHAT'S UP DOC?: Simon 'Doc' Holliday struck a fine half century and also took two wickets for the Haverfordwest. (8892239)

WHAT'S UP DOC?: Simon 'Doc' Holliday struck a fine half century and also took two wickets for the Haverfordwest. (8892239)

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Narberth (168 for 9) lost to Haverfordwest (172 for 8) by 2 wickets

NIGEL Delaney was the Haverfordwest hero as he kept his nerve to lead The Town to a nail biting two wicket win at Narberth.

Having made 168-8 in their 45 overs, Ian Hughes’ men put themselves in pole position as they restricted The Town to 133-7, but Delaney (17 not out) held firm to help keep his side’s title hopes alive.

The home side had got off to a solid start as Marc Hughes and Richie Adams shared a stand of 76 for the opening wicket, before AJ Revu (1-20) removed Hughes for 40, an innings that included six fours and a six.

Adams went soon after for 36 (seven fours), and the dismissals disrupted Narberth’s momentum, with Ben Hughes (28) the only other batsman to offer any real resistance.

For The Town, spinner Clive Tucker starred with 4-42, while Simon Holliday took 2-22.

It was Holliday who then formed the backbone of the Haverfordwest reply, as the opener made 55, striking seven fours and a maximum in the process.

Dai Davies (32) and Adam James (21) provided support, but Narberth turned the screw as skipper Hughes (3-46), Ben Quartermaine (3-33) and brother Kyle (1-15) left The Town needing 36 to win with just three wickets left.

That equation became 11 runs to win with two wickets left when Ben Hughes (1-39) removed Revu, but Delaney was joined by Josh Wilment (0 not out), and the pair levelled the scores before Delaney sealed the win with a boundary.

Umpires: Huw Davies & Richard Merriman.

Scorers: Peter Hughes & Jayne Cole.

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