North Wales Cricket League Division One – massive win for Abergele, Pont march on

Danny Sprake top-scored with 32 for Hawarden Park. Picture: GARETH PRESTIDGE



ABERGELE (15) 244-1 RUTHIN (0) 28-10

Karl Higgins and Lewis Tolond both made career best scores as Abergele thrashed Ruthin out of sight at Pentre Mawr Park.

Skipper Higgins’ 113 not out was his maiden league century, while Tolond’s unbeaten 81 represented his first half-ton.

Gele won the toss, elected to bat, and amassed a mammoth 244-1 off 39 overs, Higgins and Tolond putting on an unbroken 210 stand for the second wicket.

Higgins’ knock came off just 85 balls, while opener Tolond’s fine effort took him 112 deliveries.

Ruthin were then blitzed out for just 28 in 14.4 overs, Murray Whitehead doing well in comparison to his team-mates in scoring 19. The innings featured six ducks.
For the hosts, Wasim Ali picked up 5-12 off 7.4 overs, while David Moulson bagged 4-16 from seven.

BETHESDA (0) 43-10 PONTBLYDDYN (15) 197-6

Leaders Pontblyddyn showed the form of potential champions as they established a 21-point lead at the summit after caning Bethesda by 154 runs.

Edward Jones hit 52 and Chris Moss 46 as Pont set 197-6 off 40 overs after being invited to bat, Ashley Rowlands 2-32 for the Howgets.

Pesda were then rolled over for just 43, Rhys Jones 3-5, James Hughes 3-6 and Ryan Dunning 3-20 for the resounding winners.

CONNAH’S QUAY (13) 172-5 BANGOR 2ND XI (2) 170-7

A captain’s knock of 59 from Tom Hooson did most to guide the Quay to a five-wicket triumph over Bangor seconds.

The citizens chose to bat and posted a decent 170-7 off their 40 overs, Aidan Kelly 40, Christopher Dawson 28 not out and Sohaib Khan 27, Rhys Stout 3-22 for the hosts.

Hooson made 59 and Stout 47 as the home side reached 172-5 in 27.5 overs, Khan 2-11 for the visitors.

DOLGELLAU (3) 91-10 HALKYN (12) 95-7

Jamie Griffiths claimed a stunning 7-38 for Halkyn, who finished up narrow three-wicket winners at The Marian.

Dolgellau were all back in the hutch for just 91, Greg Smithies scoring 30 and Phil Leeds 26, Graeme Settle (2-18) with second-best figures behind Griffiths.

Halkyn reached the winning post, but not without a few hiccups, dipping to 58-6 at one point.

They ended on 95-7, that man Griffiths with a crucial unbeaten 27, Sam Williams starring with 5-27 for the hosts.

GWERSYLLT PARK (14) 185-8 LLANRWST (1) 103-10

Lewis Cole dismissed Llanrwst’s first three batsmen cheaply and finished with 4-25 as Gwersyllt Park triumphed at their home base.

The Park batted first and chalked up 185-8 from 40, Ryan Collier and Daniel Jones both posting 34, Aron Hughes 4-44 and Trefor Williams 2-44 for the visitors.

Llanrwst were then skittled out for 103, having been 30-5 at one stage with Cole doing the early damage.

Dewi Thomas (41) and Iestyn Williams (21) gave the away total more respectability.

Cole’s 4-25 was well backed by Neil Pearson (2-7) and Cai Pearson (2-19).

MOLD (4) 143-10 HAWARDEN PARK (11) 161-8

Two sides up the higher end of the table produced a good contest at Chester Road.

Put into bat, Hawarden Park recorded a respectable 161-8 off a reduced 35 overs, Danny Sprake scoring 32 and Ryan Wynne 29.

Gareth Davies conceded 62 off his eight overs but did take three wickets.

Mold’s reply came up short as they were all removed for 143.

Richard Deniz fared best with 50, Davies next highest on 26, Ian Martin with a typically impeccable 4-26 for the visitors, Michael Wootton scooping 2-13 in an 11-4 points success.

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