North Wales Cricket Premier – wins for Menai Bridge, St Asaph, Gresford, Pontblyddyn, Mold and Brymbo

Menai Bridge star batsman Gethin Roberts in action against Bangor. Picture: ANDRE PEPPER – ap_photoserv
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NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS – MAY 14

Menai Bridge (14) 219-5 Bangor (1) 132-10

Gethin Roberts produced a captain’s innings of 61 not out for a Menai Bridge side which maintained their 100 percent record with a comfortable win over neighbours Bangor.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, hosts the Bridge set 219-5 off 50 overs.

Gethin Roberts led the way, his unbeaten half-ton coming off just 52 balls, while Luke Jones added 42 and Robbie Jones 40.

Luke Jones and Robbie Jones put on 76 for the third wicket.

It was another G Roberts – this time Gerallt – who took centre stage when Menai fielded, taking 4-23 off 10 overs as Bangor were bowled out for 132.

Saami Welsh sends one down for Bangor. Picture: ANDRE PEPPER – ap_photoserv
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Nadeem Rehman top-scored for the Citizens with 54, while for the Anglesey side, Calum Andrews picked up 2-30 and Mathew Jones 2-47.

Opening bowlers, Gethin Roberts and Drickus Visagie, were very economical, taking 1-15 off eight, 1-17 from 7.3 respectively.

Split was 14-1 in Bridge’s favour and they remain top, level on points with St Asaph.

St Asaph (15) 209-5 Llay Welfare (0) 41-10

Nathanael Scott is in stunning form for St Asaph. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Nathanael Scott’s stunning run of form for the champions continued as he struck 108 not out in a thumping win over Llay.

The Australian wicket-keeper, now resident in North Wales, has scored 112 no, 93 no, 88 and now 108 no in his four league innings to date in 2022 for a total 401 runs with the same average!

Now in his fifth year with Saints, Scott has 2,815 league runs to his credit with six centuries and an overall average of 43.31.

Opting for first knock at Elwy Park Grove, St Asaph posted 209-5 off 50 overs, Scott’s innings dominating, but South African Jurie Norval added a very useful 48 not out.

Nathan Humphreys impressed with the ball for Llay, scooping 2-20 from 10 overs.

Gareth Goodson then snapped up a marvellous 5-8 off five as the visitors were blitzed out in just 18.2 overs for 41.

Jason Foulkes grabbed 2-6, Dan Evans 2-13 and Norval 1-12 to complete a 15-0 whitewash.

Gresford (13) 221-6 Llandudno (2) 146

Simon Perry claimed a tremendous 5-19 as Gresford made it four straight wins by seeing off the challenge of Llandudno.

The Wrexham area side chalked up 221-6 off 50 overs, Daniel Williams making 60, skipper Matthew Thompson 41 and Wes Evans 40 no, Jamie Grimshaw bagging 3-40 for the visitors.

In reply, Tudno were dismissed for 146, Oliver Hughes best with 53, Perry’s 5-19 from nine the stand-out spell for Gresford, Thompson also effective with 2-23.

Mochdre (3) 139-10 Brymbo (12) 143-6

West Indian Seth Agard starred with bat and ball in his side Brymbo’s four-wicket triumph at Mochdre.

Joseph Norman collected 4-32, Agard 3-18 and Jake James 2-27 as the visitors bowled out the hosts for 139, Stewart Williams 39 and Owen Davies 33.

Agard then finished 58 no as the Steelmen made it to 143-6 in 35.4 overs, Daniel Parry 32, while Mochdre’s Owen Davies snared 3-52.

Mold (14) 59-2 Pwllheli (1) 54-10

Mold quickie Jakeem Forde bowls Jason Underwood. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Premier Division new boys Mold will find few victories as straightforward as this on their journey.

Visitors Pwllheli elected to bat and were rolled over for just 54, John Crane 4-20, Thomas North 3-17, Richard Deniz 2-2 and Jakeem Forde claimed the prized wicket of away skipper Jason Underwood, bowled for a duck.

Mold breezed to 59-2 in 11.3 overs.

Pontblyddyn (11) 160-9 Northop (4) 156-9

It was a really close one at Alder Meadow where Pont got home by a single wicket.

James Roberts was the shining star with 74 as the away side were limited to 156-9, Stevel Rodney notching 2-13 off 10 and Jonathan Byrd 2-35 for the hosts.

Pont reached 160-9 in the 46th over with last pair Ryan Dunning and skipper Rhys Jones at the crease.

Ben Mason made 39, Alistair Roberts 32 and Byrd 30. Thomas Hughes nabbed an excellent 5-40 for unfortunate Northop.

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