Newtown 87 all out lost to Wem 91-3 by seven wickets

NEWTOWN’S relegation from the Henshalls Premier League was sealed in a comprehensive seven wicket home defeat to Wem.

Sam Cooke’s side slipped to their 15th defeat of a disappointing campaign and will now look to rebuild in the first division in 2020.

Danny Cohen (4-28) had Newtown on the ropes from the start with Aaron Knight (1) and Jack Morris (0) falling early and soon joined in the pavilion by Ryan Davies, snared LBW for two as Cohen continued to wreak havoc.

Tom Anderson also departed cheaply, caught by Matthew Cohen off James Astley (1-23) for nine as the collapse continued.

Matthew Knight offered brief resistance before being caught by Cohen off Tom Astley (1-12) for 21.

Captain Cooke sought to revive the middle and tail end which fell all too cheaply at the hands of Alex Ollerenshaw (4-5) and eventually including Cooke (22) to leave Town to defend 87.

Wem needed just nine overs to knock off Newtown in reply.

Anderson (2-34) led Newtown’s attack with, trapping Ollerenshaw LBW for 20 while Harry Chandler was caught by Morris for a top scoring 38.

Bryant Galpin (1-17) snared Matthew Cohen (4) before Sam Peate (7no) was joined by Harry Astley (11no) in an unbroken fourth wicket stand to doom their hosts to relegation.