north wales cricket league premier division previews
Brymbo v Bangor
Next-to-bottom hosts top with Brymbo keen to build on last weekend’s win at Connah’s Quay, while Bangor will be determined to bounce back after losing by a single run at Mochdre a week ago.
Brymbo skipper James Claybrook: “It’s been a difficult first half to the year, but we remain positive we can improve and put in a good showing in the second half of the season to pull us up the table and out of the relegation zone.
“Last Saturday was a confidence boosting win and keeps us in touch with other teams. Bangor are at the other end of the table and are a good side.
“Not many will be expecting us to win so we know we can play with freedom and we hope we can cause an upset. Dave Blackwell is unavailable and Phil Pugh returns.”
Bangor captain Gareth Edwards: “Owen Reilly returns after his school commitments. The disappointment of last week needs to be exorcised by a return to winning ways.
“Brymbo will be stronger than when we met in the season opener so a stern test awaits. Despite the knock to our title challenge confidence will return with an away win this week so we are focused on delivering a better all round performance.”
Mochdre v Connah’s Quay
In-form Mochdre are delighted to have won three close-fought clashes in a row, but might be aiming for a more comfortable victory over the bottom side.
Mochdre skipper Matty Humphreys: “We are just waiting on a couple of fitness tests before announcing Saturday’s team. I would imagine the team will be very similar to last Saturday.
“Understandably, there is a lot of confidence in the dressing room after coming out on top in 3 very close wins.
“The Quay haven’t had the campaign they would have hoped for to date. They still have a couple of quality players who are capable of winning the game single-handedly, though, so we need to remain focused on what we are doing and take one game at a time.”
Quay captain Martin Burger: “We are excited to make our way to the table leaders. We have some history to rectify from our first game at home where Mochdre scored runs for fun. We showed fight that day by still keeping them out in the field for 50 overs.
“Even though it’s proving a very tough season for us we grow stronger every week and I feel this game is one which can always be the league shocker, and hopefully our game to recovery.
“Mochdre have done very well this season coming back into the Premier League and will be approached at the level earned.”
Gresford v Menai Bridge
Bridge will be without skipper Dion Holden for a third game, while bowler Gerallt Roberts is still recovering from a broken thumb.
Batsmen Carl Jones and Gethin Long are also unavailable, the former being on football duty with Holyhead Hotspur.
Coming into the firsts will be second-team captain Callum Andrews and Andy Skeoch, while 15-year-old spinner Mathew Jones continues his development with another chance to impress.
Pontblyddyn v Northop
In the absence of Glenn Chambers, Chris Moss will captain Pontblyddyn on Saturday, while off-spinner Aled Roberts makes his 1st XI debut in the Premier League.
Team: Ben Mason, Ali Roberts, Dave Foulkes, Chris Moss, James Griffiths, Gethin Thomas, James Hughes, Daz Wilcock, Aled Roberts, Tom Gledhill, Harry Williams.
Pwllheli v Denbigh
Pwllheli will be keen to improve on last weekend’s performance against Menai Bridge, where they crashed to a 15-0 points defeat at home.
Denbigh lost their way a little in the title race after a narrow home loss to Gresford.
Pwllheli captain Morgan Murray-Williams: “After a disappointing result last week, a big improvement is needed. Denbigh are a good side, and will be a tough test for us.”
Team: Morgan Murray-Williams, Lawrence Barraclough (wk), Craig Edwards, Chris Moore, Tristan Coetzee, Jack Metcalfe, Guto Roberts, Adam Williams, Iwan Moore, Logan Morgan, Kalim Shah.
Denbigh skipper Harrison Jones is absent for the visitors, so Tom Schrimshaw deputises as captain.
St Asaph v Llandudno
Having lost at home to Saints at the start of the season, Llandudno will be keen to avoid a double drawback at Elwy Park Grove.
Tudno skipper Jack Rimmington: “It should be a good game tomorrow. Both sides have been consistently inconsistent so anything could happen!
“We make more enforced changes on Saturday. Jamie Grimshaw and Ajay Dhawan are away, Tom Thornton returns after a month out with injury and Matt Lambe is back after three weeks out.”
Liverpool and District Competition
Fixtures – Saturday, July 6
1st XI ECB Premier League
Colwyn Bay v Leigh
Bay will aim to build on last weekend’s first league win of the campaign when an amazing 9-39 from Saliya Saman Jeewantha inspired a 16-run success at Wallasey.
Colwyn skipper Sion Morris reports the same team will be on duty tomorrow apart from Will Higginson missing due to work commitments, so Tom Roberts comes in.
Morris said: “We’ll be looking to push on after last Saturday’s victory and trying to put a run of wins together now although Leigh will be tough opponents at home. We expect a tough game as they’re doing pretty well and have some hugely talented players.”
Bay’s outstanding Welsh Cup tie against Mochdre has been re-arranged as a T20 game on July 12.
1st XI First Division
Prestatyn v Highfield
Prestatyn will look to end what is becoming a lengthy losing run when they travel to Highfield for what is likely to be a testing encounter.
Robbie Rimmington comes back into the side after he had to pull out late last week due to a family emergency.
Mark Edwards is promoted after taking five wickets last weekend in the seconds and will provide a much needed spin option.
Skipper David Harris: “Obviously with an inexperienced side this season the batting hasn’t been firing, but one of the key elements has been getting teams four or five down cheaply but then not having the resources to bowl them out for a low score – which then takes the pressure off.
“Saturday will be a very tough test against a strong Highfield side who played in the Premier last season but it’s nice to be at home after what seems like continuous away games.
“Players just have to keep learning and developing at this standard and although it’s a steep learning curve for the younger players, hopefully it’s a good experience to set them up for the next few years.”
1st XI First Division
Northop Hall v Fleetwood Hesketh
2nd XI Premier Division
Lytham 2nds v Colwyn Bay 2nds
2nd XI Second Division
Alder v Northop Hall
Leigh v Prestatyn