How­ells on song as Gors stay in touch at the top

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

GOR­SEINON re­mained hot on the heels of the lead­ers of South Wales Premier League 2 when they saw off New­port Fugi­tives in style.

The Fugi­tives have strug­gled this sea­son and went into the game on the back of five suc­ces­sive de­feats.

Even so, Gor­seinon im­pressed with the way they went about their 81-run vic­tory.

Hav­ing been put into bat, Gor­seinon made their way com­fort­ably to 86-1 be­fore opener Kieran How­ells was out for 59, his 56-ball in­nings fea­tur­ing 10 fours and a six.

A mini-col­lapse saw them slump to 102-6 be­fore some late-or­der hit­ting from Ab­dul­lah Rahimi, whose 43 came off 44 balls, and a quick cameo helped them to a to­tal of 191.

Alec Hold­away was the Fugi­tives’ best bowler, claim­ing 4-14 off his 10 overs.

The vis­i­tors were in trou­ble from the mo­ment opener James Did­cote was bowled by An­drew Dyer in the first over.

The Fugi­tives slumped to 25-3 be­fore a part­ner­ship of 53 be­tween Hold­away and skip­per Nathan Mil­lichip gave them some hope.

But Mil­lichip’s dis­missal – stumped by Greg Fisher off the bowl­ing of Nishaanth Dalavaye – sparked another col­lapse and when Hold­away was out for 46 to be­come Fisher’s third stump­ing of the in­nings, the hosts were on the verge of vic­tory.

And they wrapped it up soon after when last man John Berry was dismissed by Kieran O’Connor for two.

Dalavaye took 3-20, Dyer ended with fig­ures of 2-18 and O’Connor claimed 2-26.

Gor­seinon are nine points adrift of lead­ers Swansea. They en­ter­tain fifth-placed Ynysygerwn this Satur­day.

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