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North Wales Cricket League: busy Bank Holiday weekend round-up

Gethin Roberts hit a brilliant 93 for Menai Bridge in their emphatic win over Llandudno. Picture: Andre Pepper, eventphotowales

2-4-6-8…..who do we appreciate?

Tom Robinson of course!

Before you all think I’m going to write a nostalgia article on the 1970’s punk and new wave scene, the Tom Robinson I’m about to celebrate is certainly not the one who sang the classic War Baby.

This Tom Robinson plays for Halkyn seconds in Group F of the North Wales Cricket League and on Saturday he scored a magnificent 92 not out to inspire his team to victory against Mold seconds.

Electing to bat, Halkyn looked to be ‘up against the wall’ after losing two early batsmen, but Robinson, in his first knock of the season, got together with Shaun Gibson and the pair put on a big stand which enabled the visitors to set 160-8.

Mold were determined to get the 161 required, but this was a day where Robinson and his team would only accept a win – and in this form they ‘don’t take no for an answer’.

After a steady start by their openers, it turned out ‘too good to be true’ as Mold soon began to lose wickets regularly.

Gibson claimed 5-17 and Robinson an economical 2-13 as the hosts finished well behind the chase on 107-9. Job done.

On the way home, on the 2-4-6-8 Motorway (probably not between Mold and Halkyn) it is believed the winning team could be heard singing ‘sing if you beat Mold today, sing if you’re happy that way’.

Footnote: Tom Robinson scored 113 not out for Cheshire club Upton back in 2004, so Saturday did not bring a career best, but it was his biggest knock in Welsh cricket.

All ‘bodes’ well for Connah’s Quay 2nds

Chris Boden scooped a career-finest 8-5 off six overs as Connah’s Quay seconds romped to victory at Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds.

Remarkable figures which could well end up the best of 2020 in the North Wales League (unless something better has been delivered already).

Setting the Shoe-mark

His team left Connah’s Quay pointless, but Marchwiel & Wrexham firsts batsman Sam Shoemark certainly can feel pleased with his work on Saturday.

Chasing a highly unlikely 273 for victory at the Quay, the visitors ended on a plucky 171-3, Shoemark posting an excellent 104. Every cloud…..


Monday, August 31

Mighty Menai Bridge made it a magnificent seven straight wins with a maximum points blasting of Llandudno at Tyn-y-Caeau in Group A of the North Wales Cricket League on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tudno put the hosts in and lived to regret it as the Bridge piled up 246-5, captain Gethin Roberts being unluckily denied a second career ton when he was out caught on 93.

Jack Rimmington in bowling action for Llandudno at Menai Bridge. Pic: Andre Pepper, eventphotowales

The visitors were then bowled out for 120, Mathew Jones with best figures for the islanders of 4-24 off eight overs, while Phil Smith claimed 2-5 and Dion Owen 2-15, securing a 126-run, 15-0 triumph.

Alex Price and Graham Meredith scooped three victims apiece as Conwy eased to a seven-wicket win at Pwllheli.

In a reduced overs affair, Pwll chose to bat and were limited to 97-9 off 33, Price 3-13 and Meredith 3-24.

Conwy replied with 98-3 with an over to spare, Gareth Thomas hitting a decisive 37. Points: 14-1.

Bangor (10 pts) beat Bethesda (-15 pts) conceded.

Group B

Chris Ellwood claimed a magnificent 4-8 off 5.3 overs as runaway leaders Gresford turned over Llay Welfare at Clappers Lane.

Opting to bat first, the Colliers were dismissed for a modest 118 from 40 overs, Chris Mullock topping the chart on 34, while for the visitors Tom Crewe snapped up 4-17, an unnamed bowler having collected 4-13.

Llay were then rolled over for 77, Ellwood well backed-up by Sam Thompson with 3-15. Points: 12-3.

Denbigh got home on 47-2 in a 14-1 win against visitors Gwersyllt Park, who crumbled to 46 all out.

Group C

Unstoppable Connah’s Quay celebrated a seventh win on the bounce by seeing off Carmel and District by 30 runs.

Taking first knock after calling the coin correctly, the Deesiders amassed 210-4 off 40 overs, Joshua Clarke (60 not out) and Wes Gillam (60) the chief contributors, Tom Hooson adding 33 and Luke Bennett 30 no.

Carmel were restricted to 180-8 in response, Jack Whitehouse a battling 58 no, Matthew Dix 3-35 for the home side, who took the points 12-3.

Ben Roberts claimed 5-8 off 8 overs in Halkyn’s convincing 80-run beating of Ruthin.

Halkyn batted first, setting 148-8, Gwyndaf Hughes an excellent 5-20 off eight overs for the hosts, Marcello Cerrino 29 and Alex North 27 for the travellers.

Roberts then turned on the magic as Ruthin collapsed to 68 all out, Graeme Settle (2-8) and Ben Wilbraham (2-13) offering good support to their main strike bowler. Halkyn won 14-1 on points.

Rocco Franco’s match-clinching knock of 74 no guided Buckley to an emphatic seven-wicket victory at Marchwiel & Wrexham.

The home side set 182-7, Jason Wharam 44, Josh Williams 38 and George Forgrave 36, Louis Parry 3-36 for the away team.

Bucks reached 183-3 with three balls to spare for a 13-2 verdict, Joseph Norman adding 34 no in a match-sealing unbroken stand with Franco.

Group D

Conwy 2nds (12) 120-6 (Richard Windmill 46) Pwllheli 2nds (3) 117-10 (Guto Davies 5-6 off 8 overs)

Mochdre 2nds v Dolgellau 2nds (cancelled – 3 pts each)

Group E

Llay Welfare 2nds (14) 143-2 (Mike Phennah 67 no, Chris Woodcock 38) Gresford 2nds (1) 142-9 (David Baker 80, Tom Davies 3-18, Woodcock 3-27)

Group F

Buckley 2nds (13) 152-10 (Adam Shaw 63, Nicholas Woodcock 3-28) Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds (2) 99-7 (Bethan Whitley 3-10)

Saturday, August 29

Group A

Menai Bridge kept piling on the agony for everyone they face as they hammered Pwllheli by 169 runs at their Anglesey base (hey I’m a poet and don’t know it).

Winning the toss and electing to bat, it was a pretty decent effort all through the card by Menai, who chalked up 249-8 off 40 overs, Gethin Long top-scoring with 59, while Carl Jones added 48 off 25 balls, including four fours and three sixes.

Morgan Murray-Williams scooped 3-47 for the visitors, who were then sent packing for just 80 in a mere 20 overs, Murray-Williams hitting 46 in an innings which featured eight ducks.

Mathew Jones and Gethin Long snared three wickets apiece, Dion Holden and Gerallt Roberts two each. Points: 15-0.

Llandudno whipped Bangor by eight wickets (14-1) at The Oval.

Put into bat, the Citizens managed a modest 134-7, Jonny Wells 41 no, Jack Rimmington 2-16 for the home team.

Llandudno hit back with a decisive 137-2 in 34 overs for a 14-1 success, Dan Evans a commanding 78 no and sharing in an undefeated third-wicket partnership of 89 with Jamie Grimshaw (35 no).

Group B

Gresford cast aside Hawarden Park by nine wickets at Clappers Lane.

The Colliers put the visitors in and kept them down to 122-8 off 40 overs, Chris Geary 37, Simon Perry a very economical 2-19 off 8 overs for the hosts.

Openers Joe Benson (52) and captain Daniel Williams (50 no) helped guide Gresford to 123-1 in 28.2 overs and a 14-1 result.

Brymbo took the spoils by six wickets (13-2) at Gwersyllt Park.

The Steelmen inserted the opposition, who could only muster 104-9 off their allotted 40 overs, Gareth Boys 3-17, Connor Davies 3-20 and Joseph Norman 2-15 for the hosts, who coasted to 106-4 from 23.2, Davies 35 no.

Group C

Fantastic action as photographer Gareth Prestidge catches George Deniz of Mold being bowled by Halkyn’s Ben Roberts

Connah’s Quay continue to rule the roost in Group C, their latest success a resounding 101-run win over Marchwiel & Wrexham.

Choosing to bat, the Deesiders smashed 272-9 off 40 overs, skipper Tom Hooson 67, Joshua Clarke 58 and Callum Miller 50, Josh Williams 3-42 and Oliver Heard-Edwards 3-50 for the visitors.

Plucky Marchwiel & Wrexham lost just three wickets in reply, but were never up with the demanding run rate, opener Sam Shoemark nonetheless notching a tremendous 104 in a score of 171-3. Points: 15-0.

Halkyn enjoyed a notable 18-run home victory against Mold at Pant Newydd.

Halkyn batsman Tim Davies looks to make his ground as Mold’s Keith Embleton looks on. Photo: Gareth Prestidge

Asked to bat, the hosts set 131 all out, Ben Roberts and Nathan Lavender both with 32, Richard Deniz 3-25.

Mold were surely favourites as they went out to bat, but were undone by a great combined effort from the Halkyn attack, ending on 113-9, Gareth Thomas with 2-16, Alex North 2-22, Ben Roberts 2-25 and Ben Wilbraham 2-31 securing an 11-4 points split.

Buckley won by one wicket in a low-scorer at Abergele.

Put in by the visitors, Gele were all back in the hutch for just 87 off 36.5 overs, Jack Whitley 3-12 and William Norman 3-15.

Bucks were looking good at 60-4, but then dipped to 85-9 before inching their way to a winning total of 88.

Jack Massey’s 32 made a big difference, but Chetan Upadhyaya’s 4-21, plus David Moulson’s 2-6 and Lewis Toland (2-18) took the home side close to a dramatic victory.

Carmel v Ruthin – cancelled (3 pts each).

Group D

Bangor 2nds (4) 96-10 (Jamie Davies 32, Hannah Thornton 3-21, Dan Jones 3-27) Llandudno 2nds (11) 102-10 (David Barlow 40, Hugh Kelly 3-17, Callum McCann 3-18)

Conwy 2nds v Dolgellau 2nds – cancelled (3 pts each)

Group E

Llay Welfare 2nds (11) 126-9 (Mike Phennah 51, Joseph Parry 4-30) Pontblyddyn 118-10 (Aled Roberts 42, Matthew Cross 3-12, Wesley Dean 2-15, Steve Partington 2-21, Richard Beale 2-24).

Northop 2nds (13) 198-8 (Henry Dowd 70, Jon Eccles 5-20) Denbigh 2nds (2) 143-10 (Unnamed 38, Matthew Mullarkey 3-18, Josh Griffiths 3-22)

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

Hawarden Park 2nds v Gresford 2nds – cancelled (3 pts each)

Group F

Buckley 2nds (4) 84-10 (Renit Adke 5-36, Berwyn Thomas 4-19) Abergele 2nds (11) 97-9 (Adke 33, Jack Gibson 2-10, Joe Hogg 2-21)

Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds (0) 40-10 (Chris Boden 8-5 off six overs) Connah’s Quay 2nds (15) 159-5 (Gareth Evans 39, Andy Tilley 31)

Mold 2nds (2) 107-9 (Shaun Gibson 5-17, Tom Robinson 2-13) Halkyn 2nds (13) 160-8 (Tom Robinson 92 no, Shaun Gibson 35)

Ruthin 2nds (14) 62-2 (Jamie Hughes 40 no) Carmel 2nds (1) 61-10 (Oliver Jones 5-19, Dafydd Roberts 2-14)

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