ICON SPORTS NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS – MAY 1, 2021
Menai Bridge (3) 236-10 Brymbo (12) 237-6
Connor Davies hit a career best 106 as Brymbo began the season in the best way possible with a four-wicket success at mighty Menai Bridge.
The Anglesey side, Premier Division champions three times in the last six years, won the toss and elected to bat at Tyn-y-Caeau.
After losing Luke Jones early, Jack Gower (56) and Dion Holden (30) put on 85 for the second wicket.
In the middle order, skipper Gethin Roberts struck 44 and Carl Jones 36 as the hosts eventually finished 236 all out off 49.1 overs.
Brymbo’s well-balanced attack did a steady combined job, Gareth Boys taking 3-51, Daniel Parry 3-57, Joseph Norman 2-25 and Davies 2-29.
Two early departures did not distract the Steelmen from the job in hand, skipper James Claybrook (37) and Davies forming a 60 stand for the third wicket.
David Blackwell (48) then combined with Davies in a 102 partnership for the fourth.
When Davies eventually went for 106 off 124 balls, 14 fours and two sixes, the visitors were almost home.
Brymbo ended on 237-6 off 48.5 overs to seal a 12-3 points success.
Gresford 258-5 (14) Northop (1) 173-9
Half centuries from Chris Ellwood, Matthew Thompson and Sam Thompson set up Gresford for a winning total at home to Northop.
Put into bat, the Colliers compiled a good total of 258-5 off their 50 overs, Ellwood (72) and Sam Thompson (53) concocting a 114 stand for the third wicket.
Matthew Thompson (57 no) and Gareth Bell (30) kept the runs flowing, Andy Poynton with 2-45 for the visitors.
Northop were limited to 173-9, Andrew Oates (37) and Jordan Evans (31) the best contributors, Simon Perry 4-46, Sam Thompson 2-25 and Ryan Williams 2-30 for the winning team.
Llandudno (2) 153-10 Bangor (13) 154-4
Nadeem Rehman scooped a magnificent 6-30 as Bangor kicked off 2021 with an impressive triumph at The Oval.
Invited to take first knock, Llandudno did their best work early, brothers Sam Rimmington (69) and Jack Rimmington (30) in a modest 153 all out.
Right-arm spinner Rehman was the stand-out in his nine-over spell, Muhummad Ashfaq taking 2-35.
Bangor made it to 154-4 in 40.1 overs for a 13-2 split, opener David Winter hitting 60 and Robbie Marshall 26 not out, Jack Rimmington 2-27 for the hosts.
Llay Welfare (1) 158-10 Conwy (14) 159-2
Opener David Phennah carried his bat for a stoic 86 not out, but it was not enough to save his Llay side from an emphatic defeat at home to fellow promoted team Conwy.
Welfare called the coin correctly and chose to bat, Phennah’s unbeaten effort the mainstay of an overall 158 all out.
Graham Meredith scooped 3-36 for the 2019 Division One champions, Guto Davies 2-27 and Anthony Thorp 2-36.
Conwy impressively cruised to 159-2 in 37.3 overs, skipper Rajjenu Britto posting 65 not out and Daniel Davies 48 no in an undefeated second wicket stand of 122, Joe Howell picking up 2-47.
Mochdre (14) 119-2 Denbigh (1) 118-10
New-ball bowler Gareth Goodson captured 5-33 as Mochdre eased to victory over their visitors.
Denbigh opted to bat but must have soon regretted it as they were blown away for 118, only Joe Clayton (41) making any real impact.
Goodson was the shining light for the hosts, Owen Davies collecting 2-18.
Mochdre took just 20.2 overs to reach a winning 119-2, skipper Matthew Humphreys 53 no and Stewart Williams 41.
Pwllheli (12) 279-4 St Asaph (3) 250-9
Century heroes Christopher Taylor and Morgan Murray-Williams helped Pwllheli make it a dream start at highly-rated St Asaph’s expense.
Taylor (116) and Murray-Williams (113) put on a mammoth 215 for the second wicket as the home side, who decided to bat, rattled up an awesome 279-4.
Jason Foulkes (2-61) and Danny Ryan (2-64) were the only wicket takers for the overworked Saints attack.
Asaph gave it a great go in response, but finished up 250-9 at the end of their allotted overs.
Nathanael Scott (78) and Will Ryan (44) formed an opening stand of 90, then Matthew Ryan added a fine 77 and new signing Ben Mason 21, but the middle order lacked runs.
Murray-Williams scooped 3-29 and Chris Moore 2-2 for the hosts, who will be delighted with this flying start to 2021.
Christopher Taylor (Pwllheli) 116
Morgan Murray-Williams (Pwllheli) 113
Connor Davies (Brymbo) 106
Nadeem Rehman (Bangor) 6-30
Gareth Goodson (Mochdre) 5-33