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VALE Sec­onds made it four wins on the trot with a seven-wicket home vic­tory over Cross Keys & Pontymister, writes Tony Poole. In an­other fives­tar dis­play from Matthew Thomas and his merry men, they suc­cess­fully chased down 173 to re­main top of the table.

Thomas won the toss and made the right choice in invit­ing the Mis­ter Men to have first use of the wicket. Though they bat­ted out a full 40 overs, in the main it was the home bowlers who held sway through­out the in­nings.

Ni­cholas Mole dug them out of hole in top scor­ing with a whole­some 39 with the re­main­der com­pris­ing bits and bobs.

Young pace man Richard Cole fired some telling blows in a fiery spell of 7-0-43-2 while Tom Lazarus also kept the ball up to the bat in 8-1-29-2.

Pride of place went to Gre­gory An­drews whose fine stint of 8-3-20-3 re­ally ap­plied the brakes.

They were backed up by en­thu­si­as­tic field­ing from a young side, and it was a job well done in hold­ing the Mis­ter Men to 172-7.

How­ever, when Vale set out to hunt down 173, they soon lost cap­tain Thomas for just six runs.

But a won­der­ful 95run stand for the sec­ond wicket be­tween Stephen Hiles (30) and Gareth Kel­land con­firmed Vale were head­ing to­wards vic­tory.

At 101-2, the last thing the Mis­ter Men wanted to see was prime tonker Paul Shep­pard. While Sheppy cracked four bound­aries in 30, Kel­land fol­lowed up an un­beaten 67 the week be­fore against Machen with an equally in­flu­en­tial un­de­feated 76 (seven fours). All this led to Vale get­ting 174-3 off 39.1 overs, and the un­beaten record now goes on the line this Satur­day away to Creigiau in the league.

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