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Cricket: Hooson hits superb century for Connah’s Quay

Connah’s Quay batting hero Tom Hooson in action against Halkyn. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

Captain fantastic Tom Hooson struck 138 as North Wales Cricket League Group C invincibles Connah’s Quay romped to a massive 146-run victory over Halkyn.

The Quay, who made it nine straight wins, won the toss and elected to bat, but had to overcome a rocky start after losing both openers with just seven on the board.

However, Hooson and Rhys Stout then put on a huge stand of 217 for the third wicket.

Hooson’s 138 came off just 111 balls and included 15 fours and four sixes, while Stout reached 78 before being run out.

Joshua Clarke added 38 as the hosts posted 280-7 off 40 overs.

Alex North claimed 3-52 and Ben Roberts 2-46 for the visitors.

Halkyn’s openers put on 54 before Roberts departed for 20 and later Marcello Carrino was run out by Callum Miller for 45.

Looking grim for Halkyn batsman Carl Jutson as Quay wicket-keeper Tom Hooson appeals. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

The rest of the away line-up managed little resistance and the innings closed on 134 all out.

Luke Bennett returned superb figures of six overs, 4-11, while Rob Bennett bagged 3-14 from eight.

Points: 15-0 to Connah’s Quay.

Buckley’s decision to put Carmel in at Pen-y-Gelli proved a good one as the hosts were rolled over for just 70.

Jack Whitley did best for Bucks with 3-13, Jack Williams scooped 2-7, Louis Parry and William Norman both 2-11.

The visitors then eased to 71-1 in 18.3 overs, Joel Sampson 39 no and Rocco Franco 28. Points: 14-1.

Sion Edwards picked up a magnificent 5-12 off 6.5 overs as Marchwiel & Wrexham dismissed Abergele for 114, Sam Painter top scorer on 26. Ryan Williams also snared 2-20 for the hosts.

Marchwiel comfortably made it to 116-4 to seal a 13-2 points decision.

Sam Heard-Edwards (29) and Sam Shoemark (26) led the way in the run stakes for the winning team.

Ruthin won a good contest at home to Mold by four wickets.

After opting for first knock, the Flintshire travellers were all out for 132, Issac Allen hitting 38 and Luca Davies 28,

Ruthin made 134-6 with 10 balls to spare, Michael Parton (52) and Murray Whitehead (39) the batting heroes, John Crane 4-20 for Mold.

Points: Ruthin 12-3.

Group A

Conwy edged a last-over derby thriller at Llandudno by two wickets.

Inserted by the opposition, Tudno were all back in the pavilion for 162, Sam Rimmington scoring 43 and Jack Rimmington 40.

Rajjenu Britto collected 3-7 and Guto Davies 3-34 for the Bodlondeb hosts.

Conwy made it to 163-8 with three balls remaining, having struggled at 104-6 at one stage.

Wicket-keeper Daniel Davies was the main man in seeing his team home, finishing 39 not out batting at seven, but Evan Williams (26), Jonathon Davies (24) and Shaun Davies (23) added useful contributions.

For Llandudno, Oliver Hughes and Jack Rimmington both pocketed 2-24 and Ranjith Thozhuthingal 2-28.

Points: 11-4 Conwy.

On a tricky pitch, hosts Bangor were put in and could only manage 109-9 off 40 overs, Nadeem Rehman leading scorer with 35.

Visitors Mochdre made it to 110-7 in 38 overs to secure a three-wicket win, James French and Alex Davies batting well.

Group B

Connor Davies cracked 65 in Brymbo’s convincing home triumph over Llay Welfare.

Calling the coin correctly and deciding to bat, the Steelmen set a formidable 220-9 off 40 overs, Davies leading the charge, but Joseph Norman and Gareth Pugh impressing with 35 apiece, Mathew Cross 3-59 for the visitors.

In reply, Welfare could only muster 156-8, Ethan Griffiths 45 and Nathan Humphreys 35, Norman 3-24 for the 13-2 points winners.

In-form Denbigh whipped Pontblyddyn by nine wickets at Ystrad Road, Harrison Jones striking a match-clinching 62 no.

Pont won the toss but lived to regret batting first as they were all out for just 118, Alec Lewis top performer with the ball for the visitors with 3-20, Sam Lewis 2-15 and Andy Clarke 2-24.

Denbigh eased to 121-1, half-century maker Jones well supported by Sam Lewis (41 no). Points: 14-1.

Skipper Jake James dominated with 83 in Gwersyllt Park’s 79-run home beating of Hawarden Park.

Gwersyllt piled up 219-9 off 40 overs, Lewis Cole adding 38 to James’ pivotal knock, which came off just 66 deliveries and involved 12 fours and two sixes.

James Martin grabbed 4-52 for a visiting attack which came in for some heavy hammer.

Hawarden were never up with the chase, their final effort 140-9 with Rhys Johnson heading the chart on 42.

Man of the day Jake James completed a great match with 3-14 off six, Lee Beer nabbing 3-32 in a 14-1 verdict.

Group D

Conwy 2nds (14) 157-10 (Graham Heath 56, Patrick Jelley 41, Charlie Russell 3-15, Casey Bedford 3-34) Llandudno 2nds (1) 75-10 (Kieran Saturley 4-16, Dan Kay 3-21, Alex Price 2-16).

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

Group E

Hawarden Park 2nds (13) 101-3 (Haseeb Hanif Bikya 44) Gwersyllt Park 2nds (2) 100-10 (Graeme Bell 54 no, Imran Khattak 4-18 – including hat-trick)

Pontblyddyn 2nds (12) 157-6 (Gethin Thomas 64, Dave Evans 53, Will Rowlands 2-1) Denbigh 2nds (3) 156-10 (Will Rowlands 38, Jon Eccles 34, Fraser Keay 5-12 off 8 overs, Ben Wiggs 2-16).

Group F

Halkyn 2nds (1) 70-8 (Matthew Dix 2-11, Stephen Norbury 2-13, Chris Boden 2-14) Connah’s Quay 2nds (14) 71-3 (Rhys Ryder 21, Leon Davies 2-11 off 7 overs)

Mold 2nds (12) 159-5 (Lewis Pringle 33, Craig Roberts 31, George Jones 30, Oliver Jones 3-35) Ruthin 2nds (3) 113-10 (Pringle 3-20, Roberts 2-19).

SHROPSHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE

Chirk’s first team put up a great battle in their top-of-the table clash with Newtown, but it was the Powys side which came away narrow two-wicket winners at Holyhead Road.

This Shropshire Cricket League John Rees Division One tussle swayed to-and-fro and had a bit of everything. It was just a pity there had to be a loser on the day.

Chirk were put into bat and finished 161 all out off 35.2 overs. Not batting out their maximum 40 overs probably cost them most.

Struggling on 69-5 at one stage, the hosts recovered well with skipper Andrew Swarbrick posting 42 and Mark Shaw 25. Chirk also benefited from 46 extras which included 36 wides.

For the visitors, Joe Monk claimed 3-24 and David Anthony 2-17.

In response, Newtown went from 2-2 to 75-2, but were then in bother on 129-8, only for an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 33 to see them home with three balls remaining.

Ryan Davies made 48 and Ricky Davies 39 for the travellers, Monk (20 no) and Anthony (12 no) producing the late goods.

Andrew Swarbrick notched 4-36 for the hosts, Wynn Jones 2-31. Points: Newtown 20-7.

Chirk seconds conceded their Border division match at Pontesbury 2nds.

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