Neyland (153 for 2) beat St Ishmaels (148 for 7)

Neyland showed just why they have every right to be considered as serious championship contenders as they bowled and fielded well before Paul Murray slammed a speedy 78 not out as they reached their target in only 25 overs and went top of the table.

They claimed maximum points against a St Ishmaels side which still hasn’t come to terms with the need to score runs quicker if they bat first. Tish elected to bat first but found Neyland really sharp in the field and wickets fell after they stood at 91 for 2 but rarely got above three runs per over and lost wickets in the ensuing chase for runs.

Andrew Williams again led the Tish batting with seven fours and a six in his 63 runs. Only Dan Howells (14) and Jonathan Pawlett (10) managed double figures until Andrew Pawlett mustered a late 25, before he was caught off the last ball of their allotted 45 overs, while seeking the two runs that would have earned them five batting points.

Neyland skipper Andrew Miller claimed 3 for 39 and found good support from Henry Durrant (1 for 27), Gary Lloyd (2 for 39) and Nick Koomen (1-33).

Well aware that rain was imminent, Neyland showed how to accumulate runs quickly as they punished loose deliveries and ran well to pick up quick singles from good balls bowled. Murray belted seven fours and two sixes in his classy undefeated 78 as Nick Koomen also rattled up 23 not out (two sixes and a four) with ease after Gregg Miller and Patrick Bellerby had both scored 17 runs early on in the innings.

There was a wicket apiece from Andrew Williams and Gareth Cheshire but Neyland eased home with plenty to spare on a very good day for Andrew Miller’s boys.

St Ishmaels’ match ball sponsored by Graham Parker.

Umpires: Dave Brandon and Huw Davies.
Scorers: John Laugharne and Wendy Bradshaw.