NEWPORT booked their place in the last four of the Welsh Cup on Sunday (Aug 15) as they beat Neyland in a rain-affected game.

The game was originally reduced to 20 overs a side but that was changed to 17 and then 16 after further rain delays.

When the toss was eventually taken there was no surprise when Newport chose to field after winning it.

They were able to keep Neyland to a score of 118-8 in their 16 overs with four bowlers all taking two wickets.

Neyland had made a good start to their innings with Nick Koomen and Patrick Bellerby sharing 87 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby hit three fours and five sixes in his score of 63 from 38 balls but he was then bowled by Charlie Stewart.

Stewart then had Ashley Sutton caught by Muhajid Ilyas for a duck and Ilyas then had Koomen stumped by Nathan Berry on a score of 21.

That saw Neyland reduced to 92-3 and the wickets kept on coming either side of a rain delay.

Nathan Banner fell in similar fashion to Koomen to the same bowler before Ross Hardy was caught by Berry off the bowling of Chris Hardy.

Ross had reached a score of 16 from 13 balls but his wicket proved crucial for the visitors.

Chris Hardy then had Paul Murray caught by Berry before Gregg Miller was bowled by Hasnain Nawaz.

Nawaz then had Sean Hannon stumped by Berry with the final ball of the innings.

Newport were set a revised target of 123 to win the game but Neyland took an early wicket.

Ross Hardy had Imran Hassan caught by Sean Hannon but Michael Clayden and Matthew Berry shared 61 run for the second wicket to put the visitors in a strong position.

Clayden hit five fours and a six in his score of 43 from 30 balls but he was caught by Nathan Banner off the bowling of Nick Koomen.

Berry made a score of 24 with a four and two sixes before he was bowled by Patrick Hannon.

Mujahid Ilyas smashed three sixes in a quickfire 27 from 10 balls but he was caught by Scott Jones off the bowling of Koomen.

Chris Hardy made a score of 24 with his two late sixes seeing Newport over the line and into the semi-finals.

The win sets up a semi-final tie against Northop Hall next Sunday (Aug 22).