Cricket: Bridge win derby but surprise losses for Gresford and Quay

Action from Bangor v Menai Bridge at Ty Newydd. Nadeem Rehman of Bangor bowls to Menai’s Gethin Long. Pic: Andre Pepper @eventphotowales

Menai Bridge rounded off an unbeaten season with a comfortable victory at local rivals Bangor in the North Wales Cricket League Group A.

Bridge batted first and amassed an awesome 253-4 off 40 overs, Gethin Roberts with the highest score of 70 not out, while Jack Gower and Dion Holden notched 64 apiece.

In reply, the Citizens were never in contention and finished on 186-9, Owen Reilly 35, Mathew Jones the most successful of nine bowlers used by the visitors in taking 2-43.

Points: 13-2 Menai Bridge.

South African Jason Underwood slammed an undefeated century as Pwllheli romped to an eight-wicket triumph at Llandudno.

Tudno opted to bat first, setting 189-5 with Jamie Grimshaw posting 56 and Ranjith Thozhuthingal 41, Underwood scooping 2-41 for the visitors.

Underwood finished 116 no as Pwll coasted to 190-2 in 37.3 to complete a 14-1 points verdict.

Mochdre were victorious by six wickets (13-2) in a local derby at home to Conwy.

The visitors chalked up 146-9, Daniel Davies 41, Shaun Davies and Rajjenu Britto 30 apiece, Kyle Brown (2-15) and Matthew Humphreys (2-17) best with the ball for the hosts.

Alex Davies hit 38 and Owen Davies 35 as Mochdre reached 147-4 in 25.5, Britto claiming 2-26.

Group B

Leaders Gresford suffered a rare defeat as they went down by four wickets at home to Pontblyddyn.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat, the Colliers were restricted to a very modest 124-9 off 40 overs, Matthew Cree best on 28, Mark Neath 3-28 and Ben Mason 2-10 from 8 for Pont.

Michael Littler top-scored with 39 as Pont got to 125-6 from 33 overs, Simon Perry 3-26 for Gresford, who lost 12-3 on points.

Llay Welfare’s big total of 239-6 was more than enough to see off travelling side Hawarden Park.

John Lloyd hit 66, Nathan Humphreys 36 no and Mike Phennah 32 for Llay, Rhys Johnson 2-16 for the Park, who hit back with 157 all out, Ian Martin 46, Michael Wootton 32, Tom Crewe 3-38 for the hosts in a 14-1 split.

Denbigh beat Brymbo by 14 runs.

The winning side registered 182-7, Harrison Jones 57, Sam Lewis and Tom Schrimshaw 40 each.

Jones took four wickets and 15-year-old Ifan Tudor Jones three as the Steelmen were dismissed for 168.

Group C

Marchwiel and Wrexham’s Sam Shoemark looks to glance the ball down the leg-side. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

Connah’s Quay’s run of nine straight wins came to an end when they were beaten by three wickets at home to Mold.

Leaders Quay opted for first knock and concocted 195-6, thanks largely to an unbeaten 74 from Luke Bennett, the hosts having been 52-5. Darren Jones contributed 52.

John Crane returned Mold’s best bowling of 2-26.

The visitors made it to 196-7 with three balls to spare to scoop a notable 11-4 points victory.

Issac Allen topped the chart with 49, John Crane and Kieron Coppack both 38, Duane Williams 36, Callum Miller 2-17 for the losing side.

Rocco Franco struck a vital 53 as Buckley beat Ruthin by 27 runs at Lane End.

Fellow opener Joel Sampson added 48 as Bucks were all out for 202, Dafydd Roberts 3-31 for Ruthin, who were dismissed for 175, Louis Parry 2-25 for the winners.

Ben Roberts led the way with 43 as Halkyn edged the points 11-4 in a thrilling low-scorer at Marchwiel & Wrexham.

Halkyn were bowled out for 119, Nathan Lavender’s 29 next best after opener Roberts’ effort. Sion Edwards took 4-27 and Josh Williams 2-17 for the hosts.

Michael Forgrave plays an attractive looking shot for Marchwiel & Wrexham in Saturday’s game against Halkyn. Picture: Gareth Prestidge

Marchwiel & Wrexham then capitulated from 63-0 to 91 all out, openers Sam Shoemark (34) and Michael Forgrave (24) seeing all their good work come to nothing.

Alex North bagged 4-17, Ben Wilbraham 3-21 and Gareth Thomas 2-17 for the cock-a-hoop visitors.

Group D

Conwy 2nds (13) 142-5 (Toby Watson 61 no) Mochdre 2nds (2) 138-9 (Scott Roberts 44, David Owen 3-25, Guto Davies 3-31).

Dolgellau 2nds v Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds – cancelled (3 pts each)

Group E

Hawarden Park 2nds (12) 189-5 (Haseeb Hanif Bikya 60, Anthony Salisbury 43, Martin Hinton 39) Llay Welfare 2nds (3) 151-9 (Huw Jones 66, Adam De Rycke 3-14).

Northop 2nds (15) 245-4 (Owen Skillander 101 no, Evan Withe 100 no, Josh Marshall 3-53) Gwersyllt Park 2nds (0) 139-10 (Ethan McCarthy 67, Nathan Pierce 4-14).

Pontblyddyn 2nds 0 Gresford 2nds 15.

Group F

Carmel and District 2nds (11) 126-7 (Unnamed 42 no, Manish Adke 3-21) Abergele 2nds (4) 120-8 (Nalin Wadhwa 57, Nick Hughes 2-30).

Halkyn 2nds (13) 213-4 (Mason Andrews 61, Shaun Gibson 30, Keith Williams 36) Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds (2) 139-10 (Leon Davies 3-26, Anthony Green 2-13)

Mold 2nds (3) 82-10 (Chris Boden 4-16) Connah’s Quay 2nds (12) 131-6 (Calum Jones 39 no, Craig Roberts 2-9 off 8 overs)

Ruthin 2nds (12) 146-8 (Alistair Dodd 39, Joe Hogg 2-7, Joshua Murray 2-17) Buckley 2nds (3) 98-10 (Dan Jones 28 no, Duncan Roberts 4-15, Oliver Jones 3-28).


Chirk found winning form at home to Alberbury

Chirk’s first XI were comfortable five-wicket winners in Saturday’s home clash with Alberbury 1sts in John Rees Division One.

The North Wales side won the toss and put the visitors in, limiting them to 133-9 from their 40 overs.

Billy Swarbrick picked up 3-25, while Luke Gardner and Andrew Swarbrick both collected 2-22.

In response, Chirk needed just 22.1 overs to reach 137-5, Nick Flack best with 34, Tom King ending on 31 no, James Carter adding 25 and Gareth Partridge 20.

Points: Chirk 20-4.

Despite setting a big score, Chirk 2nds were beaten by three wickets at Alberbury 2nds in the Border Division.
Put into bat, the Welsh side recorded an impressive total of 220-5 off 40 overs, Liam Walker (72) and Ian Skinner (65) putting on 138 for the first wicket, Alex Hughes nabbing 4-36 for the visitors.

Alberbury had a real go in reply and got home on 221-7 with 11 balls to spare.

Andrew Dale was their star with 95, Rob Owen (40) and Hughes (39) also making key contributions, Dale Randall, Rhys Evans and Mahmud Hussain taking two victims apiece for Chirk, who lost 20-8 on points.

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