North Wales Cricket League Premier – Bridge end champions Saints’ perfect run, Sam Rimmington smashes career best for Llandudno

Menai Bridge toppled champions St Asaph at Tyn-y-Caeau on Saturday. Pictured (back row left to right): Arwel Thomas, Matthew Jones, Robbie Jones, Dion Holden, Gerallt Roberts, Ashley Wood. Front (l-r): Ben Evans, Calum Andrews, Gethin Roberts, Jack Gower, Chris Moore

NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS – MAY 28

Menai Bridge (13) 220-9 St Asaph (2) 155-10

Chris Moore batted brilliantly for the Bridge

Chris Moore’s half-century and a fantastic four-wicket haul from Ashley Wood helped Menai Bridge inflict a first league defeat of 2022 on champions St Asaph.

With Gresford also losing on Saturday, the Bridge are now the only Premier Division team possessing a 100 percent record and hold a nine-point lead at the summit.

Menai won the toss and batted, but suffered two early blows when Wales paceman Jason Foulkes dismissed both Jack Gower and Luke Jones cheaply to leave the hosts 22-2.

Robbie Jones (38) and Robert Smith (35) steadied things by putting on 55 for the third wicket.

Captain Gethin Roberts added a useful 29 before Moore took on a pivotal role, making a top score of 55.

No-one else made double figures and the islanders ended their 50 overs on 220-9.

Foulkes scooped 3-32 off 10 for the visitors, Dan Evans picking up 2-48.

The Saints reply never really got going, modest efforts from Duncan Midgley (28) and Nathanael Scott (23) the main features before Gareth Goodson (34 not out) and Danny Ryan (23) made some runs down the order.

However, the Asaph total of 155 was nowhere near enough and star man with the ball for the Anglesey outfit was left-arm spinner Wood with 4-15 off 10 ultra-tight overs.

South African newcomer Drickus Visagie took 2-23 as the Bridge celebrated a notable victory.

Gresford (0) 160-10 Brymbo (15) 163-1

After winning their opening five matches, Gresford were brought down to earth with a bump by brilliant Brymbo at Clappers Lane.

The hosts opted for first knock but their batting was downed by a great all-round bowling effort from the Steelmen.

Opener Daniel Williams topped the chart with 50 as Gresford were sent packing for only 160, Daniel Parry with 3-28 for the visitors, Gareth Pugh 2-18, Mohamed Nilam Jayman 2-27 and Joseph Norman 2-29.

Despite Seth Agard falling early, lbw to Chris Ellwood, the away side would suffer no more departures.
Jayman struck 89 not out and in-form opening bat James Claybrook 58 no in a total of 163-1 reached in just 31.2 overs. The perfect team performance from Brymbo.

Llandudno (15) 320-10 Pwllheli (0) 219-10

Llandudno hero Sam Rimmington batting for Wales NC North. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Sam Rimmington has notched not far off 9,000 runs in an 18-year senior cricket career, but Saturday brought a very special landmark as he struck his highest-ever score of 166 in Llandudno’s maximum points triumph at home to Pwllheli.

Rimmington surely put himself back in the frame for a Wales NC North recall as he posted his second ton of the season for The Oval club.

His latest century came off 129 balls and featured 18 fours and four sixes with a strike rate of 128.68.

Tudno were put into bat and Rimmington totally dominated an innings which saw the hosts set 320 all out off 49.1 overs.

The opener shared in stands of 87 with Elliott Hughes (16) and 82 alongside Jamie Grimshaw (27), for the third and fourth wickets respectively.

For Pwllheli, Iwan Moore picked up 3-67 and skipper Jason Underwood 2-44.

When it came to the bowling there was another star for Llandudno – Tom Thornton.

The new ball carrier took a magnificent 6-19, a first team best, as Pwllheli just missed out on a point, being bowled out for 219.

Christopher Taylor posted 67 and Logan Rhys Morgan 38 for the visitors.

Mochdre (1) 224-10 Northop (14) 306-5

Jordan Evans hit a superb 128 off just 100 balls with 17 fours and three sixes as he inspired Northop to a big victory at Swan Road.

Invited to bat, the Flintshire visitors amassed 306-5 off 50 overs, Evans putting on 123 for the fourth wicket with Richard Walker (47).

Openers James Roberts and Thomas Hughes added 43 and 33 respectively, Matty Humphreys best for Mochdre with 2-42.

Matthew Williams snared 4-29 as the hosts were dismissed for 224, Gareth Davies 44 and Alex Davies 34.

Mold (1) 163-10 Bangor (14) 164-2

David Winter produced a season’s best 84 not out as Bangor stormed to an eight-wicket win at Chester Road.

Mold elected to bat and were all out for 163, Isaac Allen contributing 43, skipper George Deniz 41 and Jakeem Forde 32.

For the Citizens, Idrees Ijaz grabbed 3-21 from 10, Saami Welsh 3-30 and Nadeem Rehman 2-19. Beth Hughes claimed 1-14 on her first team debut.

Bangor’s response started brilliantly with Owen Reilly (38) and Winter forming an opening stand of 103.

Winter and Robbie Marshall (30 no) then added an undefeated 48 as the visitors reached 164-2 in 36 overs, Richard Deniz an impressive 2-24 off 10 for Mold.

Pontblyddyn (12) 109-10 Llay Welfare (3) 59-10

On a day of high scoring games, Pontblyddyn and Llay produced exactly the opposite at Alder Meadow.

Pont were knocked over for just 109 off 30.4 overs, Stevel Rodney 28, David Phennah 3-7 off 5.4, Tom Crewe 2-7 and Joe Howell 2-23 for the visitors.

Llay must have fancied their chances of a win, but were blitzed out for a mere 59.

James Hughes snapped up a tremendous 3-4 off eight overs, Jonathan Byrd 2-11, Rodney 2-18 and Ryan Dunning’s 2-25 involved the scalps of both openers.

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