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Neyland hold off Cresselly charge

NEYLAND’s Nick Koomen scored a century to help his side to an excellent victory over champions Cresselly on Saturday (May 20).

Just over 550 runs were scored in this game as both sides gave their all to try and find the victory.

Neyland won the toss and chose to bat and they were able to score 289-5 in their 45 overs.

Koomen and Paul Murray got their side off to an excellent start as they shared 141 runs for the first wicket. Koomen had made his way to a score of 80 while Murray hit eight fours and a six as he scored 61.

Cresselly eventually made the breakthrough with Christian Phillips bowling Murray.

Koomen was joined by Dai Davies and the pair continued to put runs on the board. Davies hit a four and a six in his knock of 27 before being forced to retire hurt.

Koomen hit 11 fours and two sixes to reach his century but he fell on a score of 115 (102 balls) when he was caught by Tom Murphy off the bowling of Charlie Arthur.

Simon Cole then had Ashley Sutton caught by Ryan Lewis as Cresselly began to hit back.

However, a score of 33 from 20 balls from Ross Hardy propelled Neyland’s score past 250. Hardy was then caught by Alex Bayley off the bowling of Charlie Arthur.

Cole also trapped George Evans leg before to leave Neyland on 264-5.

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There was still time for Neyland’s Andrew Miller to add 19 (12 balls) and Lewis Page to add 10 as they took the score to 289-5.

Cresselly’s reply got off to the worst possible start as they lost Matt Morgan to a seventh-ball duck when he was bowled by Jack John.

They slipped into further trouble on 28-2 as Patrick Hannon had Simon Cole caught by Paul Murray.

Charlie Arthur and Neal Williams looked to restore Cresselly’s innings as they shared 71 runs for the third wicket.

Williams hit five fours in his score of 24 but he was then caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Ross Hardy.

Arthur had batted well for his score of 58, with ten fours and a six, but he was trapped leg before by Hardy. And when Miller had Alex Bayley caught by Murray, Cresselly were staring at defeat with the score on 115-5.

Iwan Izzard and Tom Murphy again looked to steady the ship and they shared 55 runs for the sixth wicket.

Izzard hit five fours and two sixes as his score of 51 came off 42 balls but he was then caught by Sutton off the bowling of Jack John.

John also had Ryan Lewis soon after as Cresselly slipped to 184-7.

Tom Murphy sat on a score of 17 but he and Christian Phillips looked determined to take Cresselly to victory. The pair shared 77 runs for the eighth wicket to take their side over 260 runs.

Murphy had smashed four fours and five sixes in his score of 72 from 50 balls but he was then caught by Lewis Page off the bowling of Koomen.

Phillips had hit a four and a six in his score of 23 but it wasn’t enough and his run out, by Murray, signalled an end to the game, giving Neyland victory by 20 runs.

On Saturday, May 27, Neyland host Burton while Cresselly will look to bounce back against Narberth.