North Wales cricket previews
Friday, July 12
Cricket Welsh Cup third round (6pm start – 20-overs-per-side)
Colwyn Bay v Mochdre
What a cracker is in store at Penrhyn Avenue as Liverpool Competition 1st XI ECB Premier League side Colwyn Bay – regarded as the strongest team in North Wales – take on in-form Mochdre.
Due to previous attempts to play this match being unsuccessful because of the weather, the tie now changes format from 40 overs to T20 to determine who progresses to the quarter-finals.
Mochdre, who are pushing for the North Wales Premier Division title in their first season back at that level, are led by Matty Humphreys, the league’s overall leading run-scorer.
Humphreys said: “Colwyn Bay are always a very good side, it should be an exciting game especially in the T20 format that is being played. It is always a great opportunity to test ourselves against quality opposition.”
Saturday, July 13
Liverpool Cricket Competition
1st XI ECB Premier League
Formby v Colwyn Bay
Bay travel to mid-table Formby seeking a second league win of the season which could lift them out of the bottom two.
Colwyn will be missing Mike Littler, who is on holiday and Tom Roberts is working, so Harry Ramsden and Will Higginson come back in.
Skipper Sion Morris said: “Always a tough place to go to is Formby but we look forward to the fixture and trying to put some wins together to move up the table.
“It’s the first game of the second half of the season. We’ve had a highly unmemorable first half, so hopefully we can pick our game up.”
1st XI First Division
Newton-le-Willows v Northop Hall
Hall opening bowler Carwyn Johnson returns from injury to replace Matthew Hodgson, whilst batsman Alastair Andrady comes in for youngster Jack Allen.
Director of Cricket Dave Kennedy said: “We’re on a fantastic run and head into this weekend full of confidence.
“The games we were narrowly missing out on at the start of the season are now going in our favour – and that’s testament to the lads’ hard work.
“Newton-le-Willows are top of the league but we gave them a really good game earlier in the season, so we’re looking forward to the challenge posed by them and what is to come.”
Wigan v Prestatyn
Although still third bottom of Division One, Prestatyn skipper David Harris was encouraged by last weekend’s positive performance in defeat at home to Highfield.
Harris said: “We are unchanged this week. After one of our best bowling and fielding displays last week against a strong side, it was good to see a great team ethic and spirit.
“This Saturday will be just as tough, if not tougher, as Wigan are flying high at the top of the league. Hopefully we can put in a good performance and get a positive result.”
2nd XI Premier Division
Colwyn Bay v Formby
2nd XI Second Division
Northop Hall v Fleetwood Hesketh
Matthew Hodgson drops down from the first XI as he looks to gain some match fitness and form in the seconds, in what is an otherwise unchanged line-up from the team that won against Alder last weekend.
On Sunday, Hall seconds visit Old Xaverians in the Tittershill Cup quarter-finals.
Some minor changes to the squad sees Gareth Fox, Jack Allen, Matthew Dunning all come in for what is a very strong cup side as the seconds look to progress to potentially a home semi-final against Wavertree.
Prestatyn 2nds v Norley Hall 2nds
North Wales Cricket League
Premier Division previews – Saturday, July 13
Bangor v St Asaph
Bangor skipper Gareth Edwards believes his team must show a marked improvement on their last two performances if they are to pull off the resounding win they need to maximise their chances of returning to top spot.
The Citizens struggled to beat Brymbo last weekend following a one-run defeat against Mochdre the previous Saturday.
“For the first time in a while we are unchanged for the visit of St Asaph,” said Edwards. “We have under-performed as a team in the last two games and we are determined to put in a performance that reflects the talent within the team. “
St Asaph skipper Will Ryan said: “We are coming off the back of a few poor performances and need a good win this weekend.
“Bangor are obviously a strong side with some strong players. We’re missing Duncan Midgley and Elliot Morris this weekend with Dave North and Amer Jamil stepping in.”
Denbigh v Pontblyddyn
After a flying start to the season, Denbigh have gone off the boil in recent weeks.
The Vale of Clwyd side are delighted to report a full strength team for Saturday, welcoming back skipper Harrison Jones, opener Gerallt Lyall, Jack Griffiths, Alec Lewis and Jon Eccles.
“Looking back to last week, even though the result wasn’t the one we hoped for, it was really positive that we managed to give three young talents a go in the Premier League,” said Jones.
“We are looking forward to the game this week and are fully focused going into it.”
Northop v Mochdre
Ever-impressive Mochdre look to keep their dynamic run going on what could be a tricky trip to Flint Road on Saturday.
Mochdre skipper Matty Humphreys, whose team face a daunting visit to Colwyn Bay in the Welsh Cup on Friday night, said: “Northop are a solid unit with depth in both departments. It will be tough test and we are expecting a challenging game.
“We have been playing good cricket recently and we are playing with confidence. For us it’s about taking each game as it comes and focusing 100% on what we are doing.”
Pwllheli v Connah’s Quay
Skipper Morgan Murray-Williams is unavailable for a Pwllheli outfit aiming to put more distance between themselves and the bottom three with a victory over basement boys Connah’s Quay.
Craig Edwards leads the home side in Murray-Williams’ absence.
Pwllheli team: Chris Moore, Lawrence Barraclough (wk), Guto Sion Roberts, Ioan Roberts, Tristan Coetzee, Kalim Shah, Adam Williams, Craig Edwards (C) , Iwan Moore, Logan Morgan, Ben Moore Cowper.
Menai Bridge v Brymbo
Skipper Dion Holden returns for Menai Bridge in what will be hit first action in a month following injury and holiday commitments.
Top-order batsman Gethin Long is also back, adding further strength to an Anglesey side currently leading the pack.
Llandudno v Gresford
Pre-match news awaited