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North Wales cricket: Gower smacks mighty ton in Menai Bridge derby win

Century-making hero Jack Gower on strike for Menai Bridge against Bangor. Photo; Andre Pepper @eventphotowales

North Wales Cricket League round-up – August 15, 2020

Group A

Jack Gower smashed an unbeaten 135 as Menai Bridge trounced Bangor by 142 runs in Group A of the North Wales Cricket League.

Bridge won the toss and elected to bat, amassing 256-9 off 40 overs, Gower’s wonder innings well supported by Robbie Jones (45).

Bangor were then bowled out for just 114, Mathew Jones best with the ball for the hosts with 3-11, Dion Holden 2-6 off four overs. Points: 15-0 Menai.

Half-centuries from Stewart Williams and Matthew Humphreys helped Mochdre to a five-wicket triumph at Conwy.

The hosts chose to bat first and managed 165-7 off 40 overs, Gareth Thomas excelling with 74 not out, Williams 2-10 from 8 for Mochdre.

The visitors made it to 169-5 with four balls to spare, opener Williams posting 53 and Humphreys 52 no, to seal a 12-3 victory, Graham Boase 2-23 for Conwy.

In a low-scoring affair at Pwllheli, Llandudno took the spoils 14-1 on points in a seven-wicket success.

Pwll chose to bat, but were dismissed for just 96 in 29.1 overs, Oliver Hughes 3-29, Omari Jones-Lowers 2-10 and Jamie Grimshaw 2-13 for Tudno.

Jack Rimmington then made 45 as the visitors reached 97-3 off 22 overs in response.

Group B

Hawarden Park’s Phil Bradfield is bowled by Tom Crewe. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

Hawarden Park won a corker at home to Llay Welfare by just eight runs.

Rhys Johnson finished 55 not out and Campbell Marr added 44 as the Park, who opted to bat, chalked up 179-6 in 40 overs, Ethan Griffiths 3-45 for the away side.

David Hughes then pocketed 4-28 and Danny Sprake 3-17 as Llay were sent packing for 171 off the penultimate ball, John Lloyd 42 and Jack Parry 40.

Gresford’s total of 168-9 at Pontblyddyn clinched the Colliers a 13-2 points verdict.

Put into bat at Alder Meadow, Gresford made 168-9 off their 40-over allocation, Matthew Thompson 38 and Matthew Cree 32, Mark Neath 2-25 and Rhys Jones 2-21 for the hosts.

Pont were rolled over for 104 with only some tail-end efforts securing them any points. Simon Perry collected 4-10 off eight overs and Cam Evans 3-25 for the division leaders.

Match cancelled: Northop v Gwersyllt Park (3 pts each)

Group C

Table-toppers Connah’s Quay made it four wins from four with a 14-1 points caning of Ruthin.
Luke Bennett scooped 4-21 as the Deesiders put the visitors all back in the hutch for just 92, Joshua Duckworth making 29 for Ruthin, who decided to take first knock.

Skipper Tom Hooson then notched 45 no as Quay breezed to 93-3 in just 15.1 overs.

Captain George Deniz hit 75 and Usman Butt 71 as Mold rattled up a big win at Buckley.

The visitors, who called the coin correctly and decided batting was the best idea, amassed 241-5 off their 40 overs.

Deniz and Butt put on 112 for the third wicket, while Kieron Coppack added a useful 32.

William Norman picked up a very commendable 2-20 from eight overs for the home side.

Bucks were limited to 152-4, Samuel Edwards 40, Gareth Davies 3-36 for the 14-1 points winners.

Halkyn’s Tim Davies in action against Abergele. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

Halkyn made 132-7 in reply to Abergele’s 128 all out. Gele’s David Moulson gathered 4-21.

Carmel and District won by five wickets with three balls remaining at Marchwiel and Wrexham.

The hosts set 172-9, Michael Forgrave 55 and George Forgrave 31, Nilanka DeSilva 3-31 for the travelling team.

Skipper Daniel Owens finished unbeaten on 75 and Daniel Sim added 32 as Carmel made it to 175-5 in 39.3 overs. Points: 12-3.

Group D

Llandudno 2nds (3) 84-10 (Jayakanth Zupudi 3-3, Osian Williams 3-7) Pwllheli 2nds (12) 128-10 (Sam Hallas 25, Charlie Russell 4-16, Hannah Thornton 2-10)

Mochdre 2nds (3) 140-5 (Dan Miller 36) Conwy 2nds (12) 178-7 (Lewis Jones 51, Ed Favill 43, Aamer Sardar 2-21).

Mynydd Isa & Maeshafn 1sts (2) 87-10 (Richard Rees 4-11) Dolgellau 2nds (13) 140-9 (Alex Yorke 37, Peter Ford 2-5)

Group E

Gresford 2nds (12) 152-9 (Robert Clark 45, Ed Crawford 3-12, Aled Roberts 3-30) Pontblyddyn 2nds (3) 127-9 (Michael Lewis 2-20, Alex Morton 2-28).

Gwersyllt Park 2nds v Northop 2nds (cancelled – 3 pts each)

Group F

Carmel and District 2nds (11) 38-8 (Jay Lee 3-5, Oliver Heard-Edwards 3-9) Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds (4) 37-10 (Max Anderton 16, Evan Collett 3-8, Richard Collett 2-2)

Ruthin 2nds (13) 180-5 (Matthew Duckworth 53, Dafydd Roberts 35 no) Connah’s Quay 2nds (2) 110-10 (Calum Jones 35 no, Alun Jones 3-19, Oliver Jones 3-27).

Shropshire County League

Chirk 2nds lost by four wickets at home to Knockin and Kinnerley 2nds in the Border Division.

The hosts were put into bat and restricted to 159-6 off 40 overs, veteran Jonathan Phillips standing out with a brilliant 78.

Joe Kynaston claimed 3-13 for the visitors.

In reply, Knockin and Kinnerley reached 161-6 with almost five overs to spare, to seal a 20-6 points split.

For the away side, George Lawrence made 55, while Chirk’s leading bowlers were the miserly Connor Bailey with 2-5 off 8 overs and Jack Morris (2-21).

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