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THE dis­tance races here were of a higher stan­dard to those in the Pre­mier­ship and saw Black­heath & Brom­ley’s Phil Sesemann score an im­por­tant dou­ble.

Firstly he tracked the pace of Dewi Grif­fiths to win the 3000m be­fore a fi­nal sprint got him home in 8:04.25. It was a sim­i­lar fin­ish for the 24-year-old in the 1500m as he just got the nod over Euan Gilchrist in 3:52.07.

Of the 3000m win, he said: “I thought about go­ing ear­lier but I didn’t have it, but I was quite ill af­ter that 3000m.” Grif­fiths added: “I nearly had it and should have picked it up ear­lier but I raced a good 5000m on Wed­nes­day in 13:33.”

De­spite Welsh clubs Cardiff and Swansea bat­tling out the two pre­vi­ous fixtures, Sale got their act to­gether to take the match and, af­ter Matt Sum­ner took the 400m hur­dles in the rain, had a good se­ries of Na­tional di­vi­sion one field wins. Cal­lam Brown’s ham­mer was 65.44m, Alan Hamil­ton’s long jump 7.25m and Chris Baker’s high jump 2.18m.

The most dra­matic event in the se­cond flight was the 3000m steeple­chase where Ieuan Thomas had his eyes on a World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing time (8:32). He set off with a 2:45 first kilo­me­tre and was still on tar­get with a lap to go. A 67-se­cond cir­cuit would have done it but it was not to be.

The Cardiff man caught his trail­ing leg on the back straight bar­rier and tum­bled to the ground. He dusted him­self down and jogged home in 8:57.39. “My legs were shot and I was too tired so I am dis­ap­pointed,” was his ver­dict.

Brett Morse was be­low par for Cardiff de­spite his 57.91m dis­cus win, while Ja­son Copsey threw 62.36m to take the javelin for the Welsh out­fit. Wind­sor dragged them­selves out of a rel­e­ga­tion place with a fourth spot and had Deji Tobias add the 100m in 10.50.

Rory Gra­ham-Wat­son too ran well for Wind­sor be­fore be­ing jumped by Cardiff’s Alex Coomber at the end of the 800m, with a PB 1:49.03, af­ter a 53.6 opener.

Per­haps it may have been bet­ter if the fi­nal round of matches were cho­sen as the de­but of this new for­mat as pro­moted and de­moted clubs could then see with whom they would be com­pet­ing next sea­son.

Phil Sesemann (2): 1500m and 3000m dou­ble

Owen Smith: 48.17 win for 400 me­tres

Iuean Thomas: sub-9min steeple­chase

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