North Wales Division Two – Carmel edge a tight thriller, Bethesda make it 10 wins in a row

Carmel in the field during their cracking weekend win over Bersham. Picture: STEVEN JONES

NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO REPORTS AND TABLE – JUNE 25

Carmel (13) 190-4 Bersham (2) 189-10

Nilanka Da Silva made a superb 75 for Bersham. Picture: STEVEN JONES

Gwion Dafydd led the way with 85 but it was fifth-wicket pair Ieuan Jones and Benjamin Davies who guided Carmel to a penultimate ball victory over Bersham.

Visitors Bersham were put into bat and openers Nilanka De Silva (75) and Suresh Lakmal Koswaththage (38) got them off to a fine start.

Number four bat Maneesha Ayomal Nissanka added 45, but the rest made little impact and the Colliers were all out for 189 in 39.2 overs.

Derek Johnson produced what can only be described as magnificent figures of 5-13 off six overs for Carmel considering the strength of the Bersham batting.

Danny Owens also picked up 2-37 and Danny Owens 2-45.

Carmel’s Gwion Dafydd made 85 off 88 balls, including five fours and two sixes, while opener Dafydd Bailey struck 48, but there was still work to do when Jones and Davies came together at four down.

Jones (23 no) and Davies (12 no) proved they were up to the job, seeing the hosts to 190-4 in 39.5 overs. Nissanka scooped 3-42 for the visitors.

Points: 13-2 to Carmel.

Clwb Criced Caernarfon (2) 121-7 Gresford 2nd XI (13) 122-4

A comfortable enough six-wicket victory for Gresford seconds at the Coed Helen Recreation Ground.

Ian Morgan headed the batting chart on 36 as Caernarfon, inserted by the visitors, set 121-7 off 40 overs, Sam Burke 3-25 and Freddie Clegg 2-27 for the Wrexham area outfit.

Gresford reached 122-4 in 35, Matt Daulby 46, Morgan 2-21 for the Cofis.

Mochdre 2nd XI (4) 215-9 Hawarden Park 2nd XI (11) 192-9

Hawarden Park seconds edged the win after reaching a revised target due to weather interruptions.

Electing to bat, Mochdre seconds lost three very early wickets before the ship was steadied by skipper Jon Davies (52), William Opie (49) and Finley Jones (36) in the middle order prior to number nine Adam Buckley hitting a useful 27 no.

The hosts’ final total of 215-9 from 40 overs was a good one, Matty Blunden snapping up 3-35 and Ahmed Javed 3-38 for Hawarden seconds.

Owen Skillander then produced a great knock of 85 as the Park made the required 192 for the loss of nine wickets in 33.4, Finlay Jones 3-30 and Jon Davies 3-38 for the home team.

Mold 2nd XI (0) 134-10 Menai Bridge 2nd XI (15) 135-1

Sam Bixby dominated with 91 not out as Menai Bridge seconds cruised to victory at Chester Road.

Asked to bat first, Mold seconds were dismissed for 134, opener Craig Roberts 59, Dion Owen 4-20, Liam Stone 3-48 and Mathew Jones 2-21 for the Anglesey side.

Bridge got to 135-1 off just 20.5 overs, Bixby being well supported by Ben Evans (35 not out).

Northop 2nd XI (0) 128-10 Bethesda (15) 229-5

Nicholas Parry struck 86 off just 70 balls, hitting seven fours and five sixes, as runaway leaders Bethesda set a big total of 229-5 off 40 overs at Flint Road.

Ben Parker (57) and Richard Green (33) also batted well in ensuring the unbeaten Ogwen Valley men posted a big score.

Scott Oates landed 2-37 for the home team, who were then sent packing for just 128, opener Robert Alderson 49, bowlers Dylan Hughes (2-20), Richard Lee Williams (2-24), Ashley Rowlands (2-25) and Gwyn Hughes (2-35) sharing the glory for the visitors.

Ruthin (1) 106-10 St Asaph 2nd XI (14) 183-7

Skipper Ben Murphy’s unbeaten 93 went a long way to sealing a convincing triumph for the Saints.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat, the visitors posted a very decent total of 183-7 off 40 overs, Jonny Clayton with 4-50 for the hosts.

Ruthin were all out for 106, Roger Cloate 4-13 and Mike Thompson 4-21 for Asaph, Jac Evans with a spirited 49 for the home team.

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