CROSS Keys’ Corey Evans continued his fine start to the season as he stood out in his side’s shock Gwent Super League victory over Hafodyrynys, writes Morgan Barrell.

Evans delivered a second 30+ average of the campaign when overcoming Carl Lloyd 3-0, while Tom Crabbe, Buster Barne and Geraint Harbon also won for the hosts.

Hafodyrynys’ Liam Meek and Alan Walker produced outstanding performances for the visitors, but they ended up suffering a narrow 4-3 loss.

Chepstow FC maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 5-2 defeat of Abergavenny. Gwent star Ryan Palmer followed up his superb county performance with another excellent display.

Second-placed Baneswell defeated neighbours Dodger by the same score, with Paul Linwood, Scott Ridler and Dave Skinner all producing convincing wins.

Bryan Cook’s Crumlin Rugby picked up their third win of the season at Brynmawr to go above Dodger in the table.

Wins also came for the talented Aberbargoed at Talywain, Gilach, who romped to a 6-1 triumph at Chepstow, where Robert Williams hit an incredible 12 tons, and Cwmbran Workies, who overcame a depleted Pontypool at home.

An outstanding game in the ladies’ competition saw undefeated Brynmawr pip hosts Cwmbran Rugby 4-3 thanks to superstar Rhian Griffiths winning the final game.

Amanda Willard and Claire Evans proved that there is a wealth of talent in the ladies’ league, with wins over Brynmawr’s Gwent duo of Rachel Parnell and Steph James.

Brynmawr’s success sees them move to within five points of leaders Golddiggers with two games in hand.

Gaynor Boucher led Top Club Risca to a 4-3 victory at Ebbw Vale, with the result seeing the visitors go above the hosts in the standings.

Cwmbran Rugby travel to Golddiggers on Wednesday night in the outstanding ladies' league clash, while defending men's champions Pontnewydd go to Abergavenny.