North Wales Divisions One and Two – Jake James cracks amazing ton for Gwersyllt

Jake James hit an amazing ton for Gwersyllt Park. Picture: GARETH PRESTIDGE

ICON SPORTS NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE REPORTS – JULY 3, 2021

DIVISION ONE

PONTBLYDDYN (14) 201-8 DOLGELLAU (1) 123-9

Alistair Roberts starred with 70 not out as Division One leaders Pont strengthened their grip on top spot by seeing off Dolgellau at Alder Meadow.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts were an unconvincing 139-7 at one stage before Chris Moss (30) and Richard Davies (24) added vital runs down the order with Roberts.

Roberts and Moss put on 57 for the eighth wicket.

Sam Williams claimed 3-39 for Dolgellau, who were limited to 123-9 in reply, Michael Littler 2-17 and Mark Neath 2-19 for the hosts, who took the points 14-1.

ABERGELE (13) 159-10 BETHESDA (2) 78-10

Wasim Ali destroyed Bethesda’s victory hopes with an early four-wicket burst at Pentre Mawr Park.

Abergele were put into bat and opener Ben Garnett top-scored with 55 in a total of 159 all out, Dewi Roberts 4-45 and Aled Jones 3-17 for Pesda.

Wasim then wreaked havoc when the visitors batted, taking 4-11 off seven overs as Bethesda nosedived to 29-5 at one stage before recovering to finish 79 all out.

David Moulson scooped 3-12 off eight and Jismon Ty 3-38 in a 13-2 verdict.

GWERSYLLT PARK (12) 194-4 HALKYN (3) 165-9

Jake James smashed an amazing 142 not out as Gwersyllt Park condemned Halkyn to a first defeat of the season.

Skipper James took just 89 balls to rattle up his monster score, hitting 16 fours and seven sixes.

James, who amassed a double century for his club back in 2015, totally dominated the Park effort of 194-4 off a reduced 30 overs on Saturday.

Halkyn were restricted to 165-9 in response, Alex North 51 and Muhummad Bajwa 34, Neil Pearson 3-32 for the home side, who triumphed 12-3 on points.

LLANRWST (2) 77-10 HAWARDEN PARK (13) 50-5
(Hawarden revised target of 50 from 20 overs)

In a rain-affected encounter at Gwydir Park, Hawarden comfortably reached their revised winning target of 50.

North Wales cricket’s most miserly bowler (or certainly one of the best and thriftiest) Ian Martin took 3-7 off eight overs as Llanrwst, who chose to bat, were all out for 77 off 34.1 overs.

With rain interruptions, the Park were challenged to make just 50 off 20 overs. They did it in 11.2, although they did lose five wickets en route, Lee Thomas 3-26.

MOLD (2) 99-10 CONNAH’S QUAY (13) 101-5

A low-scorer at Chester Road saw the Quay deservedly claim the victory.

Mold were put into bat and bowled out for just 99. It would have been much worse but for 46 from number six Richard Deniz.

Joshua Clarke collected a superb 4-10 off seven, Lee Davies 3-38 and Mali Auty 2-22.

Quay eased to 101-5 off 21, top three Clarke (36), skipper Tom Hooson (31) and Luke Bennett (22) doing the necessary, Richard Crane 2-7 and Richard Deniz 2-22 for the hosts.

RUTHIN (3) v BANGOR 2ND XI (3)

Match cancelled

DIVISION TWO

ST ASAPH 2ND XI (0) 137-10 MARCHWIEL & WREXHAM (15) 278-6

Marchwiel and Wrexham stormed to the Division Two summit with a maximum points away thrashing of St Asaph 2nds.

Deciding to bat, the visitors amassed 278-6 off 40 overs, George Forgrave 73, Sam Shoemark and Sam Heard-Edwards both 56 and Josh Williams 51 not out all recording half-tons.

Richard Aram nabbed 3-25 for the Saints.

Asaph were all out for just 137 in reply, despite a spirited 61 from Charlie Williams, Ryan Williams 5-53 for the away side, Josh Williams taking 2-15.

CARMEL & DISTRICT (15) 202-6 MOLD 2ND XI (0) 63-10

Put into bat, hosts Carmel chalked up a winning score of 202-6, Gareth Roberts making 61 and Dafydd Bailey 43, then Daniel Owens claimed 5-10 as Mold plummeted to 63 all out.

MENAI BRIDGE 2ND XI (0) 131-10 NORTHOP 2ND XI (15) 132-0

A rare occurrence of a 10-wicket win in the North Wales League as Northop 2nds cruised to victory on Anglesey.

Menai Bridge were dismissed for 131, James Jones 31, Joe Griffiths 4-19 for the visitors, who then breezed to 132-0 in 29.4 overs, Leo Grieg 61 not out, Josh Griffiths 59 no.

MOCHDRE 2ND XI (15) 86-0 LLAY WELFARE 2ND XI (0) 85-10

Another unusual instance of a 10-wicket win 🤣 in the league as Mochdre 2nds blew away Llay.

James Gilman notched 3-5 and Finlay Jones 3-10 off nine as the visitors collapsed to 85 all out, then Callum Chambers finished 53 not out as Mochdre took just 16.3 overs to make 86-0.

BERSHAM (3) GRESFORD 2ND XI (3)

Match cancelled

BUCKLEY (3) DENBIGH 2ND XI (3)

Match cancelled

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