Mochdre (11) 261-9 Bangor (4) 260-9
Result: Mochdre won by 1 run
Drama kings Mochdre yet again held their nerve to swing a nail-biting finish their way in a North Wales League Premier Division classic.
This is becoming a habit for the men from Black Marsh Fields. On June 15, Matty Humphreys’ side were bowled out for 64 by local rivals Llandudno only to defy the odds by dismissing their opponents for just 49.
It was even closer seven days later as Mochdre limited champions Menai Bridge to 216 and then made it home with one wicket to spare after reaching their target off the final ball of the match.
And the heart-stopping action continued on Saturday as the promoted hosts pipped leaders Bangor by a single run in an absolute thriller.
Invited to bat, Mochdre set a formidable 261-9 off 50 overs, James French leading the way with 54 not out, Stewart Williams adding 49, skipper Humphreys 45 and Alex Davies 39. Williams and Humphreys put on 94 for the second wicket.
Bangor’s chief stars with the ball were Nadeem Rehman (5-43) and Franco Kasner (3-46).
In reply, the Citizens looked to be struggling on 164-5, opener David Winter with 57, before Kasner (61) and Matthew Haswell (34) formed a stand of 74.
When those two went, however, the visitors appeared up against it on 241-8 only for Michael Hughes (13 no) and Jonny Wells to take the total to 260-8 with one ball remaining.
Needing two for victory, Wells was run out and Mochdre celebrate another stunning success.
Gareth Goodson nabbed 3-43 and Humphreys 3-48 for the hosts, who claimed an 11-4 verdict and lie third in the table, just four points behind still top Bangor.
Pwllheli (0) 153-10 Menai Bridge (15) 302-9
Result: Menai won by 149 runs
While Bangor and Mochdre were scrapping it out, second-placed Menai Bridge eased to a maximum points triumph at Parc Bodegroes.
The champions chose to bat and opener Jack Gower shone brightest with 118 in a total of 302-9.
It was a fourth career century for Gower, who shared in a second-wicket partnership of 137 with Robbie Jones (38). Gower’s knock came off just 95 balls and included 17 fours and two sixes.
Gethin Long and Gethin Roberts both added 32, while for Pwll, Tristan Coetzee proved expensive in his 3-79 off 12 overs.
Pwllheli were bowled out for just 153, Dion Owen with 4-28 and Sean O’Callaghan 2-28 off 11 overs.
Connah’s Quay (2) 124-10 Brymbo (13) 125-3
Result: Brymbo won by seven wickets
In a battle of the bottom two, Brymbo comfortably saw off the challenge of winless basement boys Quay.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, the hosts were dismissed for just 124, David Fox doing best with 41, Mohamed Nilam Jayman 4-25 for the Steelmen, Daniel Parry also picking up 3-36.
Brymbo coasted home for the loss of just three wickets, Jayman completing a fine match with 52, Martin Burger 2-22 for the Deesiders, who lost 13-2 and are now 32 points adrift at the bottom.
Northop (11) 193-9 St Asaph (4) 192-7
Result: Northop won by 1 wicket
On an afternoon of either close finishes or wins by wide margins in the Premier, Northop achieved the former at Flint Road.
Asked to take first knock, Saints set 192-7 off 50 overs, Nathanael Scott standing out with 80 and Daniel Williams adding 43, James Birch scooping 3-42 for the hosts.
In response, Northop were in bother on 106-6, but some good lower order batting guided them to 193-9 with 14 balls to spare.
Andrew Oates (48) and Andy Poynton (43) were the key hitters for the hosts, number eight Matthew Mullarkey with a vital 28.
For Asaph, Jason Foulkes collected 4-38, but the spoils went 11-4 in Northop’s favour.
Pontblyddyn (0) 130-10 Llandudno (15) 268-4
Result: Llandudno won by 138 runs
Dan Evans marked his return to action for Tudno with a magnificent unbeaten 126 which built the platform for a big away victory.
It was the second highest score of Evans’ senior career and enabled the visitors to post a formidable 268-4 off their 50 overs.
Evans also concocted a stand of 138 for the second wicket with Sam Rimmington, who contributed 70.
Veteran Glenn Chambers hit a season’s best 61, but Pont were rolled over for just 130 in reply, Matthew Jones claiming 4-
32, Evans 3-19 and Jack Rimmington 3-43. Points: 0-15.
Denbigh (4) 192-10 Gresford (11) 193-10
Result: Gresford won by one run
It was a tight one at Ystrad Road with Gresford staying strong to win by a single run.
The visitors made 193, Daniel Williams with 54, then they bowled out Denbigh for 192, Chris Ellwood 3-53 and Jack Bunkell grabbing the final and decisive wicket in a steely death bowling spell.