Wales On Sunday - - CRICKET -

MALPAS kept their place at the top of Di­vi­sion One in the Thomas Car­roll South East Wales Cricket League head­ing into the fi­nal week­end of the sea­son with a four-wicket win over Pon­typridd.

Rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Pon­typridd were put in to bat and saw Phil Bishop claim a half-cen­tury (50). They were even­tu­ally bowled out on 119, with Lewis Mor­gan tak­ing 4-32.

But Malpas went on the se­cure vic­tory on 121-6, with Mor­gan (30) and Michael Martin (29) lead­ing the way.

The vic­tory means Malpas hold the ad­van­tage in the race for the ti­tle as they pre­pare to visit Chep­stow on the fi­nal day but New­bridge, who travel to Pen­tyrch next week­end, kept pace with the lead­ers with an eight-wicket win over Chep­stow Town.

Skip­per Ja­son Dob­bie whacked 31 as Chep­stow chose to bat af­ter win­ning the toss. Mitchell Har­ris added 28 as they reached 98 be­fore they were bowled out.

Tom Watkins did most of the dam­age with a five-wicket haul but James Mor­gan helped as he took 3-10.

Mor­gan then hit 48 in re­ply for New­bridge while Ryan Watkins was on hand to hit 27 as they knocked off the runs, los­ing just two wick­ets in the process.

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