NEWTOWN celebrated a welcome 63 run victory at home to Knockin in Henshalls Shropshire League One.

The hosts suffered a less than convincing start with Ryan Davies caught by Jamie Birch off Deon Biggs for 10 before John Anthony (5) fell cheaply to Tom Dix (1-19).

Newtown were just 41-3 when Dave Laird was stumped by Birch off Biggs for 18.

However Sam Cooke and Tomm Anderson rallied to revive the middle order with a 40 run fourth wicket stand before the latter fell to Jonny Evans (1-28) for 22.

Sam Morris and Cooke combined to work the scoreboard with the duo adding 44 runs for the fifth wicket before Cooke was caught by Andy Beckett off Lloyd Edwards for 25 with Town 125-5.

Morris (21) pushed Town to 143 before becoming Biggs' (3-51) final victim of the day with Matthew Knight joined by Joe Monk in a 31 run seventh wicket stand before being stumped by Birch off Edwards (2-25) for seven.

Matthew Knight posted a quickfire knock of 32 off just 33 deliveries to help the hosts to 175-8 to defend.

Dave Anthony (2-20) wasted little time in reducing Knockin to 11-2 in reply with Anderson (1-23) and Craig Davies combining to reduce the visitors to just 45-4.

Opener Dix (32) and Jak Jones (19) added 32 for the fifth wicket before both fell to Monk (2-11) to leave Knockin on 80-6.

Bryant Galpin (3-28) eroded remaining middle and tail end resistance and included Hugh Morris, caught by Dave Anthony for 15, in his haul while Craig Davies (2-17) completed his own impressive figures with Jack Thorpe stumped by Cooke for two to complete Knockin's demise for just 112.