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North Wales Cricket: Five out of five for Gresford, Luke hits ton for Menai

Robbie Jones in batting action for Group A leaders Menai Bridge. Picture: Andre Pepper @eventphotowales

Gresford’s marvellous run of form in Group B of the North Wales Cricket League continued as they picked up a maximum points win at Gwersyllt Park.

Now 15 points clear at the summit, the Colliers were put into bat and posted 177-7 off 40 overs, Chris Ellwood top-scoring with 48 and opener Daniel Williams making 42.

Park were then blown away for 73, Ryan Williams picking up 3-18 for the victorious visitors.

Brymbo edged home off the last ball against visitors Hawarden Park.

Rhys Johnson hit 55 not out and Phil Bradfield 52 as the away side, invited to bat, chalked up 156-3 off their 40-over allocation.

Brymbo looked in bother at 51-4 before a fifth-wicket stand of 95 between David Blackwell (74) and George Bourne (26) put them within 11 of victory.

However, it was a mighty close-run thing as Joseph Norman and Gareth Boys saw the Steelmen over the line at 157-6 and a 12-3 points decision.

Jack Parry’s unbeaten half-ton helped guide Llay Welfare to a six-wicket home triumph against Denbigh.

The visitors were inserted by their hosts and only Archie Sussex (48) made any impact in a weak effort of 110 all out, Tom Crewe 3-12 off eight overs.

Opener Parry finished 50 no as Llay made it to 112-4 in 30.4 for a 13-2 points verdict, Andy Clarke 2-10 from six overs for Denbigh.

Pontblyddyn eked out a one-wicket (11-4) success over travellers Northop.

Pont won the toss and chose to field, limiting their visitors to 144-9 off 40 overs, Jordan Evans (44) and Matthew Williams (42) the main contributors, while Jonathan Byrd claimed 4-25 for the home team.

Pont staggered to victory with three balls to spare ending 145-9, Michael Littler 31, Tom Sudder shining brightest for Northop (3-28).

Group A

Menai Bridge made it five straight wins and hold a 15-point lead at the peak of the table following an impressive display at Mochdre.

Luke Jones made 111 off as many balls, hitting 11 fours and four sixes, as the Bridge, who were asked to take first knock, piled up 232-4 off 40 overs.

Gethin Roberts added 47 for the Anglesey aces.

Set a revised target of 181 off 28 overs due to the weather, Mochdre managed 134-6, James French 38 no, Alex Davies 36, with Gerallt Roberts grabbing 2-9 off 5 overs and Phil Smith 2-23 for the 12-3 winners.

Bangor (3) 174-7 (David Winter 74) Conwy (3) 36-3 – match abandoned.

Group C

Connah’s Quay topped a good contest at Mold by five wickets.

Quay won the toss and put the hosts in, Mold setting 142-7 with Duane Williams recording a tremendous 66 not out.

Callum Miller claimed 3-19 off eight overs for the Deesiders, who then got to 144-5 with 10 balls to spare.

Miller completed a fantastic match with 71 not out, skipper Tom Hooson 33, Richard Deniz 3-28 for the Flintshire men.

Quay won 12-3 and enjoy a 15-point advantage in top spot after five consecutive successes.

Buckley nicked a one-wicket victory in a tight encounter at Ruthin.

Calling the coin correctly and opting to bat, Ruthin were 130 all out, Murray Whitehead 44 and James Martin 34.

Louis Parry nabbed a superb 4-18 off eight overs for Bucks.

Joshua Duckworth scooped a magnificent 5-20 for the hosts, but Buckley nudged home on 133-9, Rhys Jones a crucial 11 no down the order, Samuel Edwards 24, Rocco Franco 22 and Parry 21 all with vital contributions.

Matches cancelled: Carmel v Abergele; Halkyn v Marchwiel and Wrexham (3 points each)

Group D

Conwy 2nds (2) 142-7 (Calum Jones 38, Sion Keir 31, Hugh Kelly 3-26) Bangor 2nds (13) 148-4 (Peter Jones 47 no, Jamie Davies 37 no).

Cancelled: Dolgellau 2nds (3) Llandudno 2nds (3).

Group E

Hawarden Park 2nds (3) 94-10 Brymbo 2nds (12) 129-7 (Ross Roberts 52)

Cancelled: Denbigh 2nds v Llay Welfare 2nds; Northop 2nds v Pontblyddyn 2nds (3 points each)

Group F

Buckley 2nds (11) 147-10 (Johnny Hewitt 38, Dafydd Roberts 4-16, Oliver Jones 3-33) Ruthin 2nds (4) 132-10 (Jamie Hughes 39, Jack Williams 3-19).

Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds (4) 86-6 Halkyn 2nds (11) 100-10 (Jerry Wellens 4-10 off 8 overs)

Cancelled: Abergele 2nds v Carmel 2nds; Connah’s Quay 2nds v Mold 2nds (3 pts each).

Shropshire County Cricket League

Nick Flack’s undefeated half-century helped Chirk to a comfortable six-wicket win at home to Knockin and Kinnerley in John Rees Division One.

Put into bat at Holyhead Road, the visitors were limited to 137-9 off 40 overs, man of the day Flack claiming 2-12 off eight overs, Luke Gardner 2-23 and Wynn Jones 2-40.

Chirk reached their target in 27.5 overs, ending on 142-4 with Flack striking 60 not out off 59 balls, including six mighty sixes, opener Gareth Partridge contributing 38 in a 20-6 points triumph.

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