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Bangor CC’s Franco Kasner could play a key role for the Saffa XI. Pic: @eventphotowales

This Sunday will see North Wales take on South Africa in a charity cricket match to raise funds for a great cause.

Connah’s Quay Cricket Club will host the Saffa XI v North Wales XI game in aid of Care and Repair North East Wales.

The event will take the form of a 40/40 over match starting and taking the field at 12pm.

Proceeds will go to Care & Repair’s Community Crisis Fund, which helps people in need within the local communities of Flintshire and Wrexham.

A JustGiving page has been set up aiming to raise £2,000. Organisers have managed to secure match funding for whatever amount is collected.

Care & Repair NEW provide fantastic services supporting the elderly, disabled, veterans, hoarders, hospital discharges, community sport and well-being, local authorities and plenty more.

To support all these services they heavily rely on grant funding and voluntary donations.

Two top class teams will compete in Sunday’s match, the overseas side comprising South Africans playing their cricket in the UK, most within North Wales. The home-based XI will feature some of the North Wales League’s finest talent.

Main sponsor for the day is Watkin Property Ventures Ltd.

This is how the sides will line-up

Saffa XI

Martin Burger (Connah’s Quay – capt)
Darren Leach (Upton)
Franco Kasner (Bangor)
Luke Filer (Oxton)
Keegan Armstrong (Fleetwood)
Callum Miller (Connah’s Quay)
O’Shay Reddy (Sandbach)
Tristan Coetzee (Pwllheli)
David Fox (Connah’s Quay)
David Winter (Bangor)
Jason Underwood (Formby)

North Wales XI

Robbie Marshall (Bangor – capt)
William Ryan (St Asaph)
Harrison Jones (Denbigh)
Matty Humphreys (Mochdre)
Sam Lewis (Denbigh)
Chris Ellwood (Gresford)
Dan Parry (Brymbo)
Jason Foulkes (St Asaph)
Scott Adams (Connah’s Quay)
Owen Reilly (Bangor)
Jack Rimmington (Llandudno)

PLAYER PROFILES

Saffa XI

Martin Burger (captain)
Arguably one of the best imports to have graced the North Wales League since his arrival. An aggressive, match-winning top order batsmen and a true fighting competitor on the field, but more importantly an absolute gentleman off it, always making time to engage with the opposition. Martin’s playing stats need absolutely no introduction.
Since joining Connah’s Quay in 2006 he has amassed 8971 runs in 254 games, including 65 50’s and 13 100’s, averaging a brilliant 41.53 including a league record best of 232 v St Asaph, making him the second highest run scorer since the Premier League began.
He has taken just under 400 wickets, with a career best return of 8-23.
Martin represented North Wales in 2013 as an ‘honorary Welshman’ in a representative game v Glamorgan, putting in a Man of the Match performance.
An absolute ambassador for the game in North Wales and fantastic example to all, especially at his much loved Connah’s Quay.
Martin will be striving for revenge following a comprehensive defeat last time round.

Darren Leach
The front line of attack for the Saffa side starts with Darren. A very well-known and experienced player, he has proven to be one of the best seam bowlers and always difficult to play with the new ball. A career best of 6/12, more than 250 wickets and an economy rate of 3.73, is an outstanding achievement. As much considered a bowler, Darren can be destructive with the bat and can score heavily in a very short space of time, which makes him a deadly bottom order batsman.

Franco Kasner
Current leading wicket-taker in the North Wales League this season, having snapped up 46 victims for Premier Division leaders Bangor (up to and including August 17). He adds his contribution as an aggressive batsmen also scoring quickly from the start and has achieved a high score of 65.

Luke Filer
Playing in the Cheshire League for Oxton, Luke is growing as a very good all-rounder. A consistent middle order bat with in excess of 3,000 career runs, and a high score of 133*, this young player will be one to watch in the future. Not only applying himself with the bat, Luke can turn his arm over and has a best of 6/28.

Keegan Armstrong
Keegan made his debut last year at Llandudno CC and is now playing for Fleetwood CC. He had an outstanding 2018 with Tudno and managed to finish the season within the top five batting list within the NWPL, scoring 805 runs with an average of 57.50, highest score 90*. Even though Keegan will not be keeping on Sunday, he is solid behind the wickets and still within his second season has already taken 65 catches and made nine stumpings.

Callum Miller
The Saffa’s introduce a player in his debut season in North Wales, playing for Connah’s Quay. A player that loves the game and has had quite a learning curve switching from his beloved indoor sport of action cricket to now playing outdoors. Callum made a significant name for himself in South Africa playing Action cricket for Province, with the ambition of being short-listed for his national side. With a high score of 27 and best bowling of 3/38, this young player is getting better every game.

O’Shay Reddy
The South African team is really incorporating grassroots with bringing in O’Shay. This U-15 player is definitely one to watch in the future. Being selected for most games for Sandbach CC first XI is a great achievement. He also plays county for Cheshire U-15’s. His batting has achieved a best score of 54*. Even though he is now considered as a keeper, O’Shay boasts best bowling figures of 6/8 playing for Sandbach CC.

Tristan Coetzee

Tristan Coetzee is a fine all-round talent


In his first season at Pwllheli CC, this great all-rounder has chalked up 457 league runs and snared 30 wickets. Tristan is a good batsman with a very aggressive approach. He is currently in the top 10 for batting with a high score of 89. Not just a batsman, this right arm off spinner can also turn heads with best bowling of 5/39.

David Fox
One of the elite players of North Wales cricket. After quite some time out Foxy joined Connah’s Quay CC to rekindle his love for cricket in 2010. He has become one of the best batsman this league has known with 6985 career runs with an average of 40.38, a highest score of 139* with 41- 50’s and 14 – 100’s.

David Winter
Made his introduction to North Wales cricket in 2009 at Bangor CC. He made his mark as an opening bowler with some real pace. In 2017 Dave changed his credentials due to injuries from a respected bowler to a destructive opening batsman. In three nearly completed years he has already racked up an astonishing 2000 runs with an average of 41.89. He has managed a top score of 175*. Dave’s overall league runs total for Bangor is 4534 with 22 50s and six 100s. In his days of bowling Dave took 178 wickets and best figures of 6-62.

Jason Underwood
Jason made his debut in 2017 with Pwllheli CC, scoring 1618 runs in two seasons with an outstanding average of 70.35 and a highest score of 199*! This is a remarkable achievement and it didn’t take long for him to be recruited by Formby of the Liverpool Competition Premier League. Not only a batsman, he is a good right arm leg spinner, with best figures of 4-11. This will definitely be a player to watch on a Quay track.

North Wales XI

Robbie Marshall (Bangor – capt)
A more than worthy captain for the North Wales XI. Rob is a great example of a player growing from grassroots to a fantastic role model for all young players. He is currently the third highest ever scoring recorded career batsman in North Wales cricket with an outstanding 8618 runs at an average of 31.11, consisting of 45 – 50’s and 8 – 100’s. He has a high score of 152 runs. There is also no doubt that Rob is one of the best keepers this league has produced, taking 261 catches and 88 stumpings. Rob also represented North Wales against Glamorgan in 2005 and 2011.

William Ryan (St Asaph)
Vice-Captain for the NWXI and captain of St Asaph CC, Will is a great all-rounder but has definitely made his mark with the bat. He has scored 5032 career runs (4837 in the league up to 17-8-2019) and has matured as a batsman over the last couple of years, averaging more than 40.00 in 2017 and 2018.

Harrison Jones (Denbigh)
Was man of the match for Colwyn Bay when his 4-20 helped the North Wales club win the 2015 Welsh Cup Final. Now established as a mighty all-rounder and captain of Denbigh in the North Wales Premier. Through many tough years with the bat and only known as a bowler, Harrison made a point in 2017, scoring 778 runs with an average of 43.22 in the Premier League. He had an even better season in 2018, amassing 883 runs with an outstanding average of 51.94. On top of his runs, he continues to show why he is one of the best spinners in the NWPL. Almost 4000 league runs for Denbigh and 305 wickets.

Matty Humphreys (Mochdre)

Mochdre skipper Matty Humphreys could prove a big player for the North Wales XI


Current the North Wales League’s top run-scorer in 2019 with 720 at an average of 72.00 (up to 19-8-2019). Is captain of a Mochdre side which has made a sensational return to the Premier League this year. Another formidable all-rounder, he leads by example. Starting his senior career in 2013 for Mochdre’s first XI, Matt has scored 4420 runs, including a personal best this season of 185*. Not only a batsman, he is known for being a good bowler.

Sam Lewis (Denbigh)
Grassroots really showing now within the North Wales side, as Sam Lewis has been included to help drive further depth. Made senior debut in 2014 for Denbigh CC and has taken the opportunity with both hands. A strong lower order batsmen with the potential to take wickets, he has claimed 40 victims this season (33 in the league). Also made his maiden ton for the firsts last year and scored 95 in the Welsh Cup against Llandudno.

Chris Ellwood (Gresford)
Another brilliant all-rounder. A senior player that has embedded himself with the reputation as a good cricketer. Chris is one of North Wales’ bowlers that hits the pitch hard, boasting with a career best of 7/15 and is always one of the leading wicket takers for Gresford CC. Having piled up 6757 runs and scooped 350 wickets for his club, he will sure be one to watch on the day.

Dan Parry (Brymbo)
Dan is a great addition to any team. A very good and dangerous bowler who can move the ball both ways with no distinct change in action. He boasts best figures of 7/61. More known as a bowler, Dan has really picked up the bat and can very quickly put runs on the board with minimum effort. Hence a best score of 105*.

Jason Foulkes (St Asaph)
Opening bowler for St Asaph CC, known for his competitive streak and always in the wickets, which supports his best figures of 6/50 and 302 career victims. Don’t discard him with the bat as he is also one for scoring some very quick runs in a small space of time.

Scott Adams (Connah’s Quay)
Showing proof that it’s never too late, Scott made his return to the game in 2018 at Connah’s Quay CC after initially leaving when he was just going into senior cricket. It has been a battle, but through pure positive drive, the improvement year on year is starting to show in his game. A good addition to any team as a left arm seamer with best figures of 3-25. Scott’s batting shows the light on occasions and you can see his form is starting to get shape, with a current high score of 52.

Owen Reilly (Bangor)

Owen Reilly has had a great first season for Bangor. Pic: @eventphotowales


Has really come to the fore in his first season with Bangor, achieving a highest senior score of 64* opening the batting and producing best bowling of 5/26. A young man whose talents have developed nicely over the years with Pwllheli and now in 2019 is a key member of a potential Premier Division title-winning side.

Jack Rimmington (Llandudno)
North Wales take it up another level by recruiting Llandudno CC’s championship-winning captain. A player that does not require much introduction, he lives and breathes the sport of cricket. Has shown promise from grassroots and now driving that through his club team leading from the front. Jack is known for his attack as an opening bowler, not just steaming in, but really looking to work out good batsmen. He was also chosen to represent North Wales against Glamorgan in 2013. With his best bowling to date of 6/14 and an outstanding career of 564 wickets. Jack can also hold his own with the bat and has a personal best of 82.

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