North Wales Cricket League Premier: Bangor target big win at bottom side to stay clear at the top
Glenn Chambers (batting) returns for Pontblyddyn this Saturday. Picture: @eventphotowales

North Wales Cricket League Premier Division fixtures

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

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Connah’s Quay v Bangor

Bottom hosts top as Bangor look to build on their 11-point lead at the summit with a victory at still winless Connah’s Quay.

A difficult season got a whole lot worse for the Deesiders last weekend when they were bowled out for just 24 at Denbigh.

Bangor skipper Gareth Edwards said: “The Quay are surely low on confidence after a poor season, but they often perform well against us. We know their danger players and must be at our best to take the points.”

Chris Dawson returns to the Bangor line-up.

Denbigh v Menai Bridge

A cracker is in store at Ystrad Road as a Denbigh side which whipped Connah’s Quay last weekend – Alec Lewis taking 8-8 – hosts title-chasers and reigning champions Menai Bridge, who lie second in the standings.

“We’re really excited about this fixture as last year’s game got called off,” said Denbigh captain Harrison Jones.

“I think it will be an interesting game with us going about it a bit differently having a few opening bowlers missing. It shouldn’t be a problem though with our other options. We look forward to it.”

Mochdre v Brymbo

Another fine battle in the offing at Black Marsh Fields as third-place Mochdre entertain a Brymbo outfit which finally delivered the goods last weekend by thrashing Gresford 15-0 to move out of the bottom two.

All-rounder Gareth Goodson comes back into the Mochdre side after a holiday.

Skipper Matty Humphreys said: “For us it’s about taking each game as it comes and focusing on the job in hand. Brymbo have some very capable players and we will have to put in a strong performance to win the game.”

Northop v Llandudno

This could be a close one as sixth-placed Northop, fresh from last Saturday’s home hammering of Pwllheli, welcome a Llandudno team lying fourth and determined to bounce back after losing to Bangor in their last outing.

Pontblyddyn v St Asaph

Ben Mason will look to get Pontblyddyn off to a good start. Picture: @eventphotowales

After slipping into the bottom two last weekend, Pont will not want to become entrenched there.

They take on a Saints outfit not in the best of form at present.

George Forgrave, Jon Byrd and Chris Myles are all missing for Pont, but a big bonus is the return of skipper Glenn Chambers plus key men Chris Moss, Ali Roberts, Rhys Jones, Dave Foulkes and Ed Jones.

Pontblyddyn: Ben Mason, Ali Roberts, Gethin Thomas, Dave Foulkes, Ed Jones, James Griffiths, Glenn Chambers, Chris Moss, Mark Neath, James Hughes, Rhys Jones.

Pwllheli v Gresford

Pwllheli skipper Morgan Murray-Williams was disappointed with last Saturday’s emphatic loss at Northop and will want to see improvement from his players at home to Gresford.

Murray-Williams said: “It was a disappointing defeat last weekend, so we’re looking to put in good performance this time around. Gresford are right behind us in the table, so it would be nice to put a gap between us with a win.”

Pwllheli: Morgan Murray-Williams (C), Lawrence Barraclough (wk), Craig Edwards, Chris Moore, Iwan Moore, Logan Morgan, Tristan Coetzee, Neil Williams, Adam Williams, Ben Moore Cowper, Kalim AlBaloshi.

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