As you were at North Wales Cricket League Premier Division summit

Superb action from Ty Newydd as photographer ANDRE PEPPER catches Bangor in batting action against Denbigh. Picture: ap_photoserv – @APhotoserv e-mail: andrepepperphotographer@aol.co.uk

SATURDAY CRICKET REPORTS – AUGUST 28, 2021

ICON SPORTS NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

It is as you were in the title race.

Both chief contenders picked up 14 points in their victories on Saturday.

That means, with three rounds of matches remaining, the standings are:

St Asaph: Played 19 Points 197
Menai Bridge: Played 19 Points 194

Games left

St Asaph
Aug 30 – Conwy (away)
Sep 4 – Denbigh (away)
Sep 11 – Brymbo (home)

Menai Bridge
Aug 30 – Denbigh (away)
Sep 4 – Gresford (away)
Sep 11 – Llay Welfare (home)

REPORTS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

ST ASAPH (14) 99-2 NORTHOP (1) 98-10

A cracking unbroken partnership of 67 for the third wicket between Duncan Midgley and Nathanael Scott ensured Saints scooped 14 priceless points in their title quest.

Visitors Northop decided to bat and they started well, Thomas Hughes (33) and James Roberts putting on 48 for the first wicket.

But two wickets fell with the score at 48 and the rest of the innings was a disaster for the Flintshire outfit, who ended up 98 all out.

Jason Foulkes picked up 3-27, Liam Moores 3-33, Danny Ryan 2-15 and Mathew Ryan 2-17.

In reply, Asaph were 32-2 after Mathew Ryan and skipper Will Ryan departed.

However, Midgley (46 not out) and Scott (30 no) took over, leading the hosts to 99-2 in 35 overs.

MENAI BRIDGE (14) 265-8 MOCHDRE (1) 183-10

Big-scoring Menai Bridge knew they had given themselves a great chance of a convincing win after winning the toss, batting and setting 265-8 off 50 overs.

Leading the way was top run-getter Jack Gower with 98, while Gethin Long added 56 and Robbie Jones 45.

Gower and Jones formed a stand of 115 for the third wicket.

Stewart Williams picked up 3-48 for Mochdre.

Mochdre are a good batting unit themselves, but were soon in trouble after paceman Patrick Glover removed both openers for ducks.

Skipper Matthew Humphreys (79 not out) and Alex Davies (39) steadied things but the visitors still ended up some way short of the winning post at 183 all out.

Glover collected 4-44 and Dion Holden 3-38.

BANGOR (14) 96-2 DENBIGH (1) 94-10

Superb action from Ty Newydd as photographer ANDRE PEPPER catches Bangor in batting action against Denbigh. Picture: ap_photoserv – @APhotoserv e-mail: andrepepperphotographer@aol.co.uk

Third-place Bangor eased to an eight-wicket triumph at home to bottom side Denbigh.

Winning the toss and opting to bat, the visitors were sent packing for just 94, Gareth Edwards 3-9 off 7.5, Jonny Wells 3-22 and Muhummad Ashfaq 3-32 for the hosts.

Bangor coasted to 96-2 in just 14.4 overs, Nadeem Rehman 48 not out and opener Owen Reilly 27.

CLWB CRICED CONWY (2) 198-9 BRYMBO (13) 249-4

Brymbo skipper James Claybrook hit a magnificent 130 not out in his team’s emphatic victory at Bodlondeb.

It was the fifth highest score of Claybrook’s career and took him to 12 league centuries.

Put into bat, the Steelmen cracked 249-4 off 50 overs, Claybrook totally dominating while Daniel Purdie was next highest contributor with 49.

Conwy were limited to 198-9 in reply, Patrick Jelley 52, Shaun Davies 48 and Lewis Jones 45, Gareth Boys 2-31 and Joseph Norman 2-38 for the winners.

LLANDUDNO (11) 104-10 GRESFORD (4) 98-10

On a day of generally high scores across the division, Llandudno edged a low-total thriller at The Oval.

Tudno chose to bat and were indebted to 31 not out down the order by Lucas Hughes as the hosts slumped to 104 all out.

Jack Bunkell took 3-19, Simon Perry 3-29 and Chris Ellwood 3-39 for the visitors, who must have fancied their chances of victory.

But despite a stoic 41 from skipper Daniel Williams, the Colliers could only muster 98 all out in response.

Tom Thornton grabbed 3-17, Dan Evans 3-24 and Jamie Grimshaw 2-6 for the seasiders, who took the spoils 11-4.

PWLLHELI (12) 255-7 LLAY WELFARE (3) 219-9

Syed Kaleem Aslam scored a maiden century for Pwllheli in a good contest at Parc Bodegroes.

Aslam hit 104 and Iwan Moore 72 as Pwll amassed 255-7 after electing to bat.

Jack Aplin pocketed 3-46 and Jack Billington 3-49 for the visitors.

In reply, Llay were restricted to 219-9. opener David Phennah 65 and Tom Crewe 48, Chris Taylor an impressive 2-38 off 11 for the hosts.

Opening bowlers Iwan Moore (1-9 off five) and Morgan Murray-Williams (1-16 from five) did much to ensure the Welfare reply got off to a slow start.

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