Gazelle record fifth straight win

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The National

IN-FORM Lae Biscuit Gazelle recorded their fifth consecutive win when they edged out an equally-determined United Brothers 6-5 in the Port Moresby men’s softball A grade competition at Bisini Diamonds yesterday.
Both Gazelle and Brothers started off the match in a high note by registering four runs each in the opening innings.
There were no scores in second innings due to tight fielding by both teams.
In the bottom of the third inning, Brothers had the opportunity to shield the match but managed to score only one run through Glen Niggints for a shaky one point lead, (5-4).
However, Gazelle had other thoughts when Tony Karani brought home David Mickey to level the scores before Colin Mangot hit the ball to centre outfield to advance Tonny Karani from first base to third base.
Veteran Peter Urari turn at bat showed some sneaky play which brought Karani for the winning point, (6-5).
Brothers had the chance to equalise or win the match but powerful pitching by Peter Simon of Gazelle restricted their batters from hitting the ball.
In the other matches played yesterday, Samuari caused the  upset of the year by thrashing Defence 7-0, Bears beat Kopex 8-5, Brown Eagles flew over Dolphins 13-7 while in the main game, PNG Power withstood the pressure from Mantarays to win 3-0.
The points ladder as of last weekend; PNG Power 19, Brothers 16, Gazelle 15, Bears 12, Dolphins 12, Mantarays 11, Kopex 8, Samurai 8, Brown Eagles 5 and Defence 4.