North Wales League Premier Division – St Asaph, Menai Bridge, Mold, Northop, Brymbo and Bangor win

William Ryan top-scored with 88 for champions St Asaph. Picture: RAY HIBBS

NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS SATURDAY, JUNE 18

St Asaph (14) 253-7 Gresford (1) 160-10

Will Ryan led the way with a captain’s innings of 88 not out as the champions won comfortably at Elwy Park Grove.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, the Saints’ opening four batsmen Dan Evans (25), Duncan Midgley (24), Nathanael Scott (22) and Mathew Ryan (17) scored steadily, but at 103-4, the hosts needed a major knock.

That came from skipper Ryan, whose innings came off just 80 balls and included seven fours and three sixes.

Good support from Jurie Norval (25) and Jason Foulkes (23) ensured the home side set a very decent 253-7 off 50 overs, Simon Perry with 2-9 and Wales NC North bowler Chris Ellwood 2-34 for the visitors.

Gresford were bowled out for 160 in the 46th over, Sam Thompson top-scoring with 45 not out.

Wickets were split between the Asaph attack, Foulkes taking 2-17, Gareth Goodson 2-21, Danny Ryan 2-26 and Jack Griffiths 2-30.

Menai Bridge (12) 208-6 Mochdre (3) 165-10

Photo/graphic by kind courtesy of Menai Bridge CC

South African all-rounder Drickus Visagie well and truly announced his arrival at Menai Bridge with a half-century and five-wicket haul in his team’s beating of Mochdre.

The 25-year-old from Mossel Bay finished 54 not out and shared in an unbroken stand of 95 for the second wicket with Calum Humphries (42 no) as the Anglesey side set 208-6 off 50 overs after deciding to bat.

Chris Moore (31) and Luke Jones (29) had earlier made useful scores, while for Mochdre, Shaun Kitchen took 3-26 off 10 and Alex Davies 2-19 from seven.

Visagie then removed the away side’s top-four batsman and ended up with 5-27 as Mochdre were dismissed for 165, Gerallt Roberts claiming 4-36.

Wicket-keeper James French made 55 and Joe Chaplin 32 for the losing team.

Brymbo (14) 153-3 (revised target) Llay Welfare (1) 176-9

Ben Roberts impressed with 4-20 off 10 overs as Brymbo celebrated a seven-wicket success over Llay.

Skipper Tom Crewe posted 58 and Nathan Humphreys 37 as the visitors, who chose first knock, recorded 176-9 off 50 overs.

Roberts’ bowling stood tallest, but there were also good figures from Joseph Norman (2-31) and Gareth Boys (2-35).

With rain affecting play, the Steelmen faced a revised target of 151 off 40 overs.

They made it to 153-3 in just 26.3, opener James Claybrook with 38, Mohamed Nilam Jayman and Jake James 31 apiece.

Northop (13) 231-10 Llandudno (2) 163-10

With Northop set for a modest total, captain and number 10 bat Bart Ryan-Beswick struck a match-turning 51 to get his team over the 200 mark.

Put in by the visitors, the Flintshire hosts were 30-3 early on before Richard Walker (43) and Leo Grieg (28) steadied the ship with a 79 stand.

Northop dipped to 136-8 before a partnership of 74 between Chris Brooks (31) and Ryan-Beswick, whose half-ton came off just 22 balls and included four fours and three sixes, boosted the total to 210-9.

More useful runs from Tom Sudder (12 no) alongside Brooks enabled the home team to finish on 231 all out.

Casey Bedford scooped 3-37 and Lucas Hughes 3-38 for the travellers.

The in-form Jamie Grimshaw cracked 60 and Jack Thornton 30, but there was not much else to write home about as Tudno were sent packing for 163.

Andy Poynton snared 3-39, Matthew Williams 2-23 and Charlie Collins 2-38 for the hosts, who enjoyed a 13-2 points decision.

Pontblyddyn (3) 96-10 Mold (12) 97-6

A welcome win for Mold who bowled out Pont cheaply but were then made to struggle themselves when batting before eventually crossing the victory line.

Pontblyddyn were inserted by the opposition but collapsed to 16-4 before Stevel Rodney (31) and Jonathan Byrd (26) improved matters in the middle order.

However, the hosts could only muster a paltry 96 all out off 40 overs, Thomas North pocketing 4-41, Jakeem Forde 3-30 and Richard Deniz 2-13 from 10.

In reply, Mold slumped to 18-2 and 40-3, but Usman Butt (36) held things together as the away side edged to 97-6 in 23.2. Chris Moss took 2-25 for the hosts.

Pwllheli 180-10 (47) Bangor 260-10 (49.3)

An 80-run win for Bangor at Parc Bodegroes.

The visitors elected to bat and were bowled out for 260, captain Matthew Haswell 52, Nadeem Rehman 39, Owen Reilly 37, Robbie Marshall 35 and Sion Evans 34, Ioan Roberts 3-65 and Chris Taylor 2-41 for the hosts.

Pwllheli were then dismissed for 180 from 47, Jason Underwood 52, Taylor 41 and Logan Morgan 37, Rehman 4-36 and Michael Hughes 2-43 for the visitors.

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