Cricket PREVIEWS – Colwyn Bay and Mochdre face big league tests before they clash in the Welsh Cup
Matty Humphreys wants Mochdre to push on from last weekend’s amazing win over Llandudno when they visit Menai Bridge

Saturday, June 22

Liverpool and District Competition fixtures

1st XI ECB Premier League: Colwyn Bay v Southport and Birkdale

1st XI Division One: Birkenhead Park v Prestatyn, Northop Hall v Rainford.

2nd XI Premier League: Wigan 2nds v Colwyn Bay 2nds.

2nd XI Second Division: Norley Hall 2nds v Northop Hall 2nds, Prestatyn 2nds v Parkfield Liscard 2nds.

North Wales Cricket League Premier Division fixtures

Bangor v Pontblyddyn
Brymbo v Northop
Gresford v Connah’s Quay
Llandudno v Denbigh
Menai Bridge v Mochdre
Pwllheli v St Asaph

Previews

Colwyn Bay v Southport and Birkdale

Colwyn Bay have all-rounder Will Higginson unavailable for Saturday’s first team home clash with Southport and Birkdale due to work commitments.


Bowler Jamie Moorhouse drops down to the seconds, but the talented Adam Campion comes back in after missing a couple of weeks’ action.


New face Harry Ramsden also steps up to the plate. 
Bay skipper Sion Morris said: “Harry is a new signing who has played for Essex 2nds so we’re hoping for some good performances from him. 


“We beat Southport quite comfortably in a cup game earlier in the season so will be hoping to take that performance into Saturday’s league encounter.

 
“We have a big three weeks ahead of us with fixtures against teams around us. Without any wins in the league so far, it is imperative that we start winning in order to move up the table.

“We also have a Welsh Cup tie at Mochdre on Sunday which will be a tough game.”


Birkenhead Park v Prestatyn

Prestatyn are hoping the weather goes in their favour as they aim to play their first match in three weeks due to postponements.


The North Wales side are set to travel to Birkenhead Park for a 1st XI Division One encounter.

“Last week was unfortunate really as our game at Sefton was the only one not to be played but that can’t be helped,” said skipper David Harris.

“It’s given us a chance to regroup and re-assess and try and get a positive result on Saturday.

“Adam Tidswell is unavailable this week which is a shame as he’s bowled really well. Isaac Sheridan comes in and Asif Shoma is now hopefully able to play for the rest of the season too.”

North Wales League Premier Division

Bangor v Pontblyddyn

Leaders Bangor will be without the talented Owen Reilly for the visit of Pontblyddyn.

Jonny Wells steps up from the seconds aiming to make an impact for Gareth Edwards’ men.

Skipper Edwards said: “We welcome visitors Pontblyddyn who have some good youngsters themselves, along with the experience of Glenn Chambers and Rhys Jones. 

“Always tight affairs in the past and we’ll need to be at our best again to win on Saturday.”

Brymbo v Northop

Next-to-bottom Brymbo will be without skipper James Claybrook for the meeting with Northop.

Gresford v Connah’s Quay

Can the Quay, 18 points adrift at the basement, finally register their first win of the campaign at the 10th attempt?

A trip to Gresford will prove far from easy.

Llandudno v Denbigh

Second-place Denbigh, who are level on points with table-toppers Bangor, will look to continue their brilliant start to the summer with a victory at The Oval.

Skipper Harrison Jones reports: “We have got Joe Lewis coming in for Alec Lewis. It’s never an easy game against Llandudno at their place, but we hope to give them a good game and keep up momentum.”

Menai Bridge v Mochdre

Mochdre earned a stunning win at Llandudno last weekend, and would love to produce more of the same at the home of the champions.

Matty Humphreys reports Mochdre will field a largely unchanged team at Tyn-y-Caeau.

“We go into this weekend on the back of an unbelievable win last Saturday. A win like that certainly does fill the group with a lot of self belief, and we know we can still get a result if our backs are against the wall.

“Obviously the batting needs to significantly improve. Menai have a disciplined attack which will certainly test our batsmen.

“With both sides in title contention, I expect a very exciting game of cricket.

“We also look forward to welcoming Colwyn Bay on Sunday in the Welsh Cup.”

Pwllheli v St Asaph  

Saints big guns Duncan Midgley and Jason Foulkes could be key players again at Pwllheli, says Asaph skipper Will Ryan.

In last weekend’s nine-wicket success at Connah’s Quay, Midgley cracked a trademark 86 not out and Foulkes claimed 4-30 with the new ball.

“We have the same side as last week and after a good win we are definitely looking to go into the middle of the season with another two wins in the next two weeks,” said Ryan.

“This weekend will be another tough one against Pwllheli but with the likes of Duncan coming into good form and Jason with the ball I hope we can get that win again.”

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