Cricket: Rain reigns again but Bridge scupper Pwllheli’s fine start

William Ryan scored 36 in St Asaph’s win over Mochdre. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

REPORTS – SATURDAY, MAY 22

ICON SPORTS NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE

Premier Division

Pwllheli (2) 91-10 Menai Bridge (13) 92-4

Patrick Glover took four wickets for the Bridge. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Pwllheli’s flying start to the season came to an abrupt halt as Menai Bridge dished out a six-wicket thrashing at Parc Bodegroes.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat, hosts Pwll were rolled over for just 91, despite an opening stand of 34 between Jason Underwood (18) and Christopher Taylor (14), both men dismissed by Australian pace ace Patrick Glover.

Glover went on to pick up 4-32, Gerallt Roberts scooping 2-10 and Dion Holden 2-14.

The Anglesey visitors reached 92-4 in 27.3 overs, Gethin Long 27, Holden 25 and Jack Gower 22. Points: Menai 13-2.

Clwb Criced Conwy (3) 160-7 Llandudno (12) 186-2

Dan Evans was in great form with bat and ball for Llandudno

Opener Dan Evans’ unbeaten 86 and five-wicket haul were crucial as Llandudno triumphed in the Conwy county derby at Bodlondeb.

In a game reduced to 30 overs per side due to rain, Tudno posted an imposing 186-2, Evans’ 94-ball knock including nine fours.

Sam Rimmington (32) and Evans put on 69 for the first wicket, Kevin James (27 not out) and Jamie Grimshaw (22) helping set a total of 186-2.

Conwy were 110-1 at one stage, but were eventually pegged back to 160-7 when the overs ran out.

Rajjenu Britto (50) and Daniel Davies (45) were the chief home contributors, while Evans completed a magnificent all-round display with 5-38, Oliver Hughes adding 2-29. Points: 12-3 Llandudno.

St Asaph (13) 192-8 Mochdre (2) 121-10

New ball pace bowler Jason Foulkes claimed 5-31 for a St Asaph outfit which comfortably outscored Mochdre at Elwy Park Grove.

Put into bat, Saints managed 192-8 off a reduced 46 overs, skipper William Ryan (36), Foulkes (31) and Mathew Ryan (27) the main contributors.

Owen Davies snared 3-36 for the visitors, Stewart Williams 2-29 from 11 overs.

In reply, Mochdre crashed to a disastrous 0-3 with Foulkes claiming two victims in his opening over and Liam Moores also striking.

Mochdre recovered to 44-3 before losing three batsmen on that score.

Eventually, the away side reached a more respectable 121 before losing their last wicket.

James French (44) and Sam Davies (29) did best for the travellers, Danny Ryan (2-20) and Moores (2-29) adding to Foulkes’ great effort.

Points: St Asaph 13-2.

Division One

Mold (15) 293-7 Ruthin (0) 142-10

Big-scoring Mold piled on the runs again as they dismantled Ruthin by a 15-0 points margin at Chester Road.

After calling the coin correctly and opting to bat, the hosts amassed a huge 293-7 off their 45 overs, opener Usman Butt leading the charge with 75, John Crane adding 53, Richard Deniz 46 and Isaac Allen 45.

Joshua Duckworth was the most successful Ruthin bowler with 3-56.

In response, Ruthin were sent packing for 142, Murray Whitehead hitting 52, while Gareth Davies snapped up 3-32 off 10 for Mold.

Division Two

Menai Bridge 2nd XI (4) 107-10 Mold 2nd XI (11) 111-4

On a good day for Mold CC, their seconds registered a fine six-wicket victory at Menai Bridge.

The hosts posted a vulnerable 107 all out, opener Josh Massey with 41, Lewis Pringle collecting 5-35 and Keith Embleton 2-15 for the visitors.

Mold then eased to 111-4, openers Craig Roberts (55) and Ewan Hill (37) providing the bulk of the required runs. Doug Searle gathered 2-26 for the islanders.

Division Four

Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds (0) 78-10 Bethesda 2nds (15) 208-4

After being inserted by the hosts, Pesda rattled up 208-4 off their 40 overs, opener Jez Shea leading the way with 59, Ashley Rowlands posting 39 not out and Gethin Hughes 37.

The visitors then dismissed Marchwiel and Wrexham seconds for just 78, Hughes 2-2, Luke Steadman 2-3, Aled Jones 2-6, Rowlands and Richard Boldero both 2-12 combining ruthlessly to wrap up a 15-0 verdict.

All other scheduled games in Premier, Division One, Two, Three and Four cancelled due to rain.

LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CRICKET COMPETITION

1st XI First Division

Northop Hall (5) 0-0 Clwb Criced Bae Colwyn (5) 0-0
(match abandoned without a ball being bowled)

1st XI Second Division

Prestatyn (3) 66-10 Parkfield Liscard (20) 71-7

Sri Lankan Sampath Perera grabbed an encouraging 6-29 for Prestatyn, but the North Wales side still slumped to a disappointing home loss to Parkfield.

Invited to bat, the hosts were rolled over for a paltry 66, Kieron Tidswell (17) and Perera (12) the only double-figure merchants, Shahrukh Khan with 5-20 and Neil Hughes 4-24 for the visitors.

Perera created havoc when Parkfield batted, but the travellers, having been 47-6, managed to muddle their way to 71-7 and a 20-3 points split.

2nd XI First Division

Leigh 2nd XI (6) 89-10 Northop Hall 2nds XI (20) 156-10

Gareth Fox struck a vital 59 as the Hall were bowled out for 156 after being asked to bat.

Joshua Leach then notched 4-10 off six overs, Will Edwards 2-5, Harry Williams 2-22 and Nish Adke 2-23 as Leigh were dismissed for just 89.

2nd XI Second Division

Southport Trinity 2nd XI (20) 63-1 Prestatyn 2nd XI (0) 61-9

SHROPSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE

Bridgnorth 2nd XI (24) 139-10 Chirk 1st XI (5) 105-10

After bowling out Bridgnorth for a modest 139 in 44.4 overs, Chirk looked to have a decent chance of victory – but it was not to be.

The visitors chose to field and will have been satisfied to restrict the hosts to a fairly low total, Andrew Swarbrick taking 3-28, Nick Flack 3-33 off 14 and Billy Swarbrick 3-41.

However, Chirk nosedived to 11-4 in reply and only some tail-end heroics from Billy Swarbrick (30 not out) enabled them to reach 105 all out, Toby Hughes 4-25 and Norman Roberts 3-28 for Bridgnorth.

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