NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS FOR JUNE 25
Gresford (4) 224-9 Pontblyddyn (11) 246-6
Caribbean ace Stevel Rodney scored his maiden ton for a Pontblyddyn side which won a thrilling contest at Clappers Lane by just five runs.
Gresford were set a revised target of 230 to win off 41 overs due to a rain interruption, but fell six short as Pont veteran Mark Neath took the main bowling honours.
Star of the show was Montserrat all-rounder Rodney, who opened the innings and finished 105 not out as the visitors set 246-6 off a reduced 45 overs after being put into bat.
While four leading batsmen fell cheaply, Leeward Islands under-19 cap Rodney received good support from Jonathan Byrd, who struck 13 fours and a six in his 81, and Chris Moss made 42.
Chris Ellwood took 3-43 from 10 for the hosts.
Gresford made a great go of it in reply, but at the end of the 41st over they were 224-9, Jack Bunkell 60 not out, Daniel Williams 43, Gareth Bell 35 and Sam Thompson 30.
Neath scooped 4-40 for the visitors, Ryan Dunning snatching 2-41 in a great battle.
St Asaph (13) 221-4 Llandudno (2) 217-7
Champions Saints produced a good run chase to claim a six-wicket win at home to Llandudno.
Tudno called the coin correctly and batted, setting a more than respectable 217-7 off a reduced 44 overs, rain affecting the afternoon’s play as it did throughout North Wales.
Kai Page led the chart with 59 runs, opener Sam Rimmington posted 53 and skipper Ajay Dhawan added 43. Rimmington totally dominated an opening stand of 60 with Oliver Hughes.
Page and Dhawan then put on 83 for the sixth wicket.
Top bowler for Saints was Danny Ryan, who snapped up 3-25 and ran out danger man Page.
The hosts were given 44 overs to reach a revised 218.
Skipper William Ryan and Jurie Norval both ended on 46 not out, forming an unbroken partnership of 78 for the fifth wicket.
Mathew Ryan had earlier chalked up 41 and Dan Evans 30 for the home side, the openers concocting a stand of 56.
Jamie Grimshaw pocketed an impressive 2-33 from 10 for Llandudno.
Menai Bridge (14) 183-3 Mold (1) 193-10
Luke Jones’ decisive unbeaten 74 proved key in leaders Menai Bridge achieving a relatively comfortable win at home to Mold.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were all out for 193, last year’s top league run-scorer Ewan Hill head and shoulders above the rest with 78.
Dion Holden recorded great figures of 4-34 off 10 for the islanders, Gerallt Roberts bagging 2-30.
Jack Gower hit 32 as the Bridge fell to 54-2 in response, then Rob Smith (37) and Luke Jones added 81 for the third wicket.
With 45 overs to make a revised target of 180, the Anglesey men got there in 38, Luke Jones and Robbie Jones (18 no) putting on an undefeated 48 for the fourth wicket.
Thomas North notched 2-48 for Mold.
Bangor (2) 150-10 Brymbo (13) 141-4
With the weather playing its part at Ty Newydd, Brymbo needed just 37 of their allotted 39 overs to reach the winning post.
Opting for first knock, hosts Bangor were dismissed for 150 in 41.1 overs, opener Owen Reilly shining brightest with 58, Cian Williams adding 23.
Wickets were shared between the Steelmen attack, Seth Agard 2-11, Daniel Parry 2-20, Gareth Boys 2-31 and Joseph Norman 2-39.
Agard completed a fine match by striking 65 as Brymbo made it to 141-4 to seal a 13-2 points verdict, opener James Claybrook with 48. Agard and Claybrook put on 110 for the second wicket.
Llay Welfare (1) 90-10 Mochdre (14) 93-2
Alex Davies poached 4-8 and Russ Boswell 4-20 as Mochdre bowled out Llay for just 90 at The Ring.
It proved a sound decision by away skipper Matty Humphreys to put the home team in, David Phennah the leading contributor for the Welfare with 35.
Stewart Williams (28 no), James French (23) and Humphreys (20 no) ensured the visitors cruised to a winning 93-2 in just 19.2 overs, Jack Aplin 2-38.
Pwllheli (0) 78-10 Northop (15) 265-9
It was all Northop at Parc Bodegroes as they smashed 265 and then rolled Pwllheli over for a paltry 78.
The visitors piled up 265-9 in 50 overs after deciding to bat, skipper Thomas Hughes the top run-maker with 67, Andy Poynton adding 53 and Chris Brooks 37, Iwan Moore taking 3-70, Christopher Taylor 2-42 and Jason Underwood 2-33 for the hosts.
Daniel Pigott (25 not out) was the only double-figure scorer in a poor Pwllheli reply, Andy Poynton completing a great personal display with 4-16 and Charlie Collins collecting 4-17.