North Wales Cricket League Division One – young West Indian hits ton on Halkyn debut

Take that to the bank! Okay, that was a song by SHALAMAR and this young cricketer is named SHAMAR but why let a few letters stand in the way of a good quip! Having said that, it’s not that good – but Shamar Forde is pretty special judging by his debut ton for Halkyn. Picture: GARETH PRESTIDGE – many thanks


HALKYN (14) 224-5 BANGOR 2NDS (1) 133-8

West Indian ace Shamar Forde scored a century on debut for his new team Halkyn, who ran out comfortable victors over Bangor 2nds at Pant Newydd.

Shamar Forde celebrates his century on debut for Halkyn. Picture: GARETH PRESTIDGE

The young Barbadian scored 103 as the hosts, invited to bat, amassed 224-5 off 45 overs, Gareth Fox adding 47.

Bangor could only muster 133-8 in reply, Muhummad Bajwa 2-14 and Jamie Griffiths 2-22.

BUCKLEY (2) 147-8 CONWY (13) 199-7

Division One newcomers Buckley produced a few positives in their season opener, but overall were second best to an experienced Conwy outfit.

The visitors were put in and chalked up 199-7 off 45 overs, Daniel Davies top-scoring with 84, while Graham Meredith added 31 not out.

William Norman was Bucks’ most impressive bowler with 3-15 off nine overs.

In reply, the hosts were restricted to 147-8, opener Norman again the stand out with 50, while Tom Plank snared 4-22 and Guto Davies 2-17 for the 13-2 away winners.

CONNAH’S QUAY (3) 167-10 HAWARDEN PARK (12) 195-6

Illustrious veteran Ian Martin starred with bat and ball as Hawarden Park took the spoils on Deeside.

Number eight bat Martin top-scored with 48 as the visitors set 195-6 from 45 overs, Phil Bradfield 34 and Campbell Marr 30 no, Quay’s Chris Boden snapping up 3-21 and Cole Hooson 2-11.

Despite 65 from Darren Jones and Kevin Jones’ 30, the hosts were dismissed for 167, spinner Martin with a masterful 2-16 from nine, while James Martin collected 3-46 and Marr 2-39.

DENBIGH (13) 97-5 ABERGELE (2) 95-10

A successful first day back in Division One for Denbigh.

Abergele may regret their decision to bat as they were steamrolled for just 95, Joe Lewis with 4-13, the returning Harrison Jones 3-21 and Andy Clarke 2-25.

Denbigh made it to 97-5 in 24.3, Archie Sussex topping the chart with 39 not out, Lewis Tolond 3-29 for the visitors.

GWERSYLLT PARK (14) 174-3 DOLGELLAU (1) 173-7

New signing Iroshan De Silva made an impressive all-round debut for winners Gwersyllt Park.

Martin McCombe took 4-32 and Sri Lankan De Silva 2-22 as Dolgellau were limited to 173-7 after being inserted by the hosts, Jack Williamson 34.

De Silva then finished 79 not out as the home side reached 174-3 in 38.1 overs to seal a 14-1 points verdict, Lewis Cole (47) adding 82 for the second wicket with the overseas opener.

MARCHWIEL & WREXHAM (3) 138-10 LLANRWST (12) 181-9

A modest total of 181-9 proved more than enough to bring Llanrwst victory at Marchwiel Hall.
Iwan Edwards made 49 and skipper Aron Hughes 36 for the visitors, who were asked to bat, Sion Edwards pouching 4-33 for the hosts.

Marchwiel and Wrexham were all out for 138, Josh Williams 40 and Sam Shoemark 33, Nathan Jones grabbing 3-25 and Lee Thomas 2-14 from nine for the Conwy Valley victors.

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