SOUTH WALES PREMIER LEAGUE.
CARDIFF put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in Division One of the South Wales Premier League after seeing off nearest challengers Bridgend Town by six wickets in their top-of-table clash.
Hosts Bridgend won the toss and batted first at Newbridge Fields, posting a total of 125-9. Tom Baker top scored with 26 as Tom Barry returned the impressive figures of 5-27.
But a fine 56 from opener Alex Milton helped Cardiff over the line in 31.3 overs to make it four wins and only one defeat from their opening six games - while ending Bridgend's unbeaten record at the same time.
That defeat for Bridgend also means that reigning champions Newport, in third, are now the only unbeaten side left in division after they picked up a winning draw at Port Talbot Town.
Callum Taylor, batting at number four, was the star of the show for Newport as he smacked seven fours and four sixes in an unbeaten knock of 115 off 102 balls to help steer them to 284-6 off their allotted 50 overs after skipper Matthew Norris had won the toss and elected to bat.
Opener Mark Wallace also chipped in with a useful 40.
Michael Samuel then led the charge in reply for Port Talbot with 109 but Newport's total proved to be enough, with the hosts finishing their innings on 260-3. Samuel was involved in two decent partnerships, putting on 127 for the second wicket with opening partner Anthony Thomas (74) and 126 for the third wicket with Barney Huxtable who finished undefeated on 56.
Zalmai Ahmadzai, Michael Clayden and Phil MacLean all took a wicket each for Newport.
Elsewhere, there were victories for Neath and Mumbles while Ynysygerwn picked up a winning draw against Ammanford.
Meanwhile, Division Two leaders Newport Fugitives' 100 per cent winning start to the season came to end as they went down by 50 runs at Miskin Manor.
Nathan Millichip took 4-41 to help bowl hosts Miskin out for 143 but the Fugies, who were aiming to make it six wins out of six, had an off-day with the bat as they were bowled out for just 93 in reply, Steve White top scoring with 22.
There was a first defeat of the campaign for promotion-chasing Panteg who went down by 30 runs at home against Ynystawe.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Jun 5, 2017|
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