HAVING toppled league leaders Penarth last weekend, Newport Fugitives will

tomorrow face the side that replaced the former frontrunners at the top of the table.

The Fugies host Ynystawe tomorrow on the back of a three-wicket victory against Tom Sidford’s South Wales Premier League Division Two pacesetters.

What made that triumph all the more impressive was the fact the Fugies went into the fixture without a win to their name this season.

After starting the campaign with an abandoned game at Swansea, the Newport outfit, now captained by Nathan Millichip, lost to Malpas, Llanelli and Panteg on successive Saturdays.

The omens didn’t look promising as Millichip’s troops headed to Penarth, who had done the opposite and won three on the trot going into the fixture.

But an excellent bowling display – James Didcote, Roy Emmott and Ross Madden all picked up three wickets – set the Fugitives up for their maiden triumph of 2018.

In Ynystawe they meet a team riding high in first place having started the season with four consecutive victories.

Swansea, Tata Steel, Carmarthen Wanderers and Clydach have come out second best to the new leaders, who head the standings by 13 points from Penarth.

Elsewhere, Panteg go to Llanelli with back-to-back derby successes behind them, the second of those coming at home to the Fugies last Saturday.

It was a day to remember for Jack Mayers as his five-wicket haul helped bowl out the opposition for 166 in reply to Panteg’s 259-8.

Malpas will want to get their summer back track when Penarth are the visitors to Bettws Lane.

They do have a game in hand but Michael Martin’s Malpas won’t want to be around the bottom of the table for much longer.

Just one point separates them and Swansea with Carmarthen two above Malpas – Panteg are the best placed of the Gwent contingent in fourth.

Newport are now third in Division One after their top-of-the-table defeat to St Fagans.

Jeremy Lawlor’s 87 paved the way for a four-wicket Saints win, as Newport were beaten for the first time this term.

Captain Matt Norris will hope to turn things around tomorrow when Pontarddulais make the 60-mile trip from the west.

There are a couple of big fixtures in South East Wales League Division One as the top four are involved in clashes with each other.

While leaders Miskin Manor host Chepstow, second-placed Newbridge entertain third-placed Sudbrook.

Skipper James Morgan’s half-century and tail-ender Cael Jones’ unbeaten 41 took Newbridge to a somewhat modest 167 against Chepstow last time out.

And it was Jones’ and Lewis Parfitt’s magnificent figures of 5-15 and 4-6 that saw Jason Dobbie’s side skittled out for only 53 in reply.

Abergavenny, Usk and Croesyceiliog are all away tomorrow with matches against Brecon, Cardiff Gymkhana and Pontypridd.