Llanrwst’s Iwan Edwards revives memories of Ian Botham’s 5-1 at Edgbaston in 1981 with amazing match-winning spell

Guto Davies bowls for Conwy against Bangor 2nd XI. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

NORTH WALES CRICKET LEAGUE REPORTS – JULY 17

DIVISION ONE

Connah’s Quay (4) 190-10 Llanrwst (11) 201-10

Llanrwst hero Iwan Edwards took 5-5 off 12 balls to win the match for his side

Llanrwst bowler Iwan Edwards produced a remarkable return of FIVE FOR FIVE OFF TWO OVERS to inspire an astonishing victory at Connah’s Quay.

The Rwsters batted first at Central Park and struck 201 all out from 44.4 overs, Nathan Jones 37 and skipper Aled Hughes 31, Mali Auty 3-35 and Joshua Clarke 3-41 for the Deesiders.

In response, Quay skipper Rhys Stout (77), Clarke (38) and Auty (34) put the hosts well on course for victory before Iwan Edwards came on to blow away five batsmen in a row in a style similar to the great Ian Botham against Australia at Edgbaston in 1981.

Beefy took 5-1 in 28 balls to win the Fourth Test that sunny day.

Iwan, usually an opening batsman and a wicket-keeper, produced a bowling display the club will surely never forget with his medium pacers.


The home innings ended on 190, Scott Thomas also taking 2-33 and Alwyn Williams 2-43 in an unforgettable Llanrwst triumph.

Conwy (13) 213-5 Bangor 2nd XI (2) 212-4

Andy Williams in bat for Bangor 2nd XI at Conwy. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Batsmen were on top in a game which Conwy won with some comfort in the end.

After electing to bat, Bangor made 212-4 off 45 overs, Ryan Symonds-Mayes (89) and Andy Williams (65) putting on a superb 149 for the first wicket.

Gareth Thomas took 2-44 for a Conwy attack which found wickets hard to come by.

However, Conwy’s batsmen were equally reluctant to surrender their wickets as Daniel Davies (49), Thomas (45) and Philip Michael Davies (37 not out) helped the hosts reach 213-5 in just 36 overs for a 13-2 victory, Subhan Khan notching 4-46 for the visitors.

Denbigh (13) 206-10 Hawarden Park (2) 136-10

Thirteen wins in a row and 19 points clear at the summit – Denbigh continue to dominate in Division One.

Harrison Jones led the charge with 68 as the Vale of Clwyd side posted 206 all out off 43.1 overs against Hawarden.
Joe Lewis added 32 and Gerallt Lyall 26, Josh McVeigh taking 4-51 and James Martin 2-20 for the visitors.

The Park were then dismissed for 136, opener Phil Bradfield 32, Harrison Jones a tremendous 3-22 off nine to complete a great all-round show, Sam Lewis 2-13 and Ifan Jones 2-27.

Abergele (11) 153-10 Dolgellau (4) 129-10

Aat Lindeque

Aat Lindeque produced stunning figures of nine overs, six maidens, three wickets for seven runs, but his amazing analysis was still not enough to inspire a Dolgellau success at Pentre Mawr Park.

The South African all-rounder, back with the North Wales club he previously played for in 2014, helped bowl Abergele out for 153, the hosts having elected to bat with Sam Painter top-scoring on 29.

Jack Williamson nabbed 2-17, Joe Williamson 2-34 and Jaco Oosthuizen 2-41 for the visitors.

In reply, Dolgellau were sent packing for 129, Oosthuizen 47 and skipper Stuart Evans 34.

Ed Rooney scooped 3-3 off 16 balls, David Moulson 3-23 and Milan Sebastian 3-34 for the hosts, who edged the points 11-4.

Halkyn (15) 199-5 Gwersyllt Park (0) 96-10

Wicket-keeper Shamar Forde celebrates a Halkyn wicket. Picture: GARETH PRESTIDGE

Jamie Griffiths and Shamar Forde both produced big half-tons to ensure Halkyn made a mighty enough total to seal maximum spoils at Gwersyllt.

Put into bat, Griffiths posted 69 not out and Forde 63 as the hosts set 199-5 off 45 overs, Daniel Jones a commendable 2-18 from nine for the visitors.

Forde and Griffiths put on 95 for the fourth wicket.

The Park were then rolled over for 96, league top-run scorer Iroshan De Silva only managing 16 before being caught behind off Alex North.

It was certainly North’s day with the ball as he grabbed a sensational 6-21 off nine, while Ben Roberts pocketed 2-20.

Marchwiel and Wrexham (2) 155-10 Buckley (13) 156-5

A good all-round display from Buckley earned them a welcome five-wicket win at Marchwiel Hall.

Jason Wharam’s 63 was the only true shining light as the hosts were bowled out for 155, Rhys Jones 3-25, Ollie Fellows 2-10, Jack Williams 2-23 and Louis Parry 2-29 for the visitors.

Bucks hit back with a winning 156-5 from 36.2, opener Joel Sampson 44, Sam Evans 33 not out, Wharam 2-17 for the home team.

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