CARMARTHEN Wanderers earned their fifth win of the season on Saturday (Jun 1) as they beat Newbridge by 36 runs.
The Wanderers batted first after winning the toss and they scored an excellent 256-8 in their 50 overs.
Newbridge came close to reaching their target but three wickets from Leighton Walters saw them bowled out for 220.
The Wanderers lost opener Robbie Crawford early on as he was run out by James Morgan.
Leighton Walters and Stephen Inward then shared 44 runs for the second wicket as they looked to get their side going.
Walters had scored 15 but he was then bowled by Ben Wellington. Soon after, Gareth Thomas was caught by Will Davey off the bowling of Christopher Hartland and the Wanderers were 54-3.
Inward and Owain Binding then shared 60 runs together as they reached three figures inside 22 overs.
Inward hit six fours and a six as he made a good score of 52 but he was then caught by James Morgan off the bowling of Matthew Williams.
Binding was then joined at the crease by Daniel Jones and the pair put on another good stand worth 54 runs.
Binding just missed out on a half century as he was bowled on a score of 48 (seven fours) by Williams.
Steve Mills was next in and he made 20 before being bowled by Scott Greaves.
Jones then shared another 61 runs with Owain Davies as they set about giving their opponents a tough target to chase.
Jones hit seven fours and three sixes in his knock of 76 from 71 balls but he was then caught by Wellington off the bowling of Gavin Jones.
Owain Davies went on to finish not out on 20 and Newbridge knew they would need to bat well to stand a chance of reaching their target.
They did indeed get off to a good start as openers James and Travis Morgan shared 94 runs for the first wicket.
However, Newbridge soon found themselves struggling on 123-4.
Ian Hughes made the breakthrough as he trapped James Morgan leg before on a score of 42 (five fours, one six).
Hughes then bowled Christopher Hartland for a second ball duck and Travis Morgan was then ran out by Daniel Jones on a score of 56 (six fours).
Jones then claimed his second run out as he dismissed Will Davey.
Wickets contined to fall as Ryan Watkins was caught by Owain Binding off the bowling of Robbie Crawford.
The bowler then picked up his second as he bowled Matthew Williams, leaving Newbridge on 137-6.
Ben Wellington was then bowled by Binding as the game began to slip away from the hosts.
Alex Horton and Cael Jones did share a stand of 57 but that came to an end when Leighton Walters trapped Jones leg before on a score of 28 that included one four and two sixes.
Walters then bowled Scott Greaves and wrapped up the innings when he had Horton caught by Binding on a score of 63.
The win sees the Wanderers open up a 12-point gap at the top of Division 2 and on Saturday (Jun 8), they host third placed Penarth.