North Wales Premier – Pwllheli’s Underwood hits stunning ton, first win for Llay, Bridge now 14 in a row, Saints edge thriller

Jason Underwood hit a magnificent 159 not out for Pwllheli



Mochdre (4) 273-10 Pwllheli (11) 296-10

Pwllheli skipper Jason Underwood produced a magnificent innings of 159 not out to ensure his side sealed victory at Mochdre.

It was the second highest senior score in North Wales cricket for the South African, who also completed back-to-back league centuries.

His phenomenal knock came off 124 balls and included 15 fours and nine sixes.

Underwood was well-supported by fellow Springbok Christopher Taylor, who made 90 as the pair put on 157 for the fourth wicket.

Ioan Jones in bat for Pwllheli at Mochdre. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

All this after Pwll, put into bat, had been 2-2 and 38-3.

Despite the Mochdre attack coming in for some hammer, left arm paceman Russell Boswell emerged with an outstanding 6-35 off 8.4 overs, Shaun Kitchen 2-25.

In response, the hosts had a real go, but finished up 273 all out.

Opener Stewart Williams struck 93, while skipper Matty Humphreys and wicket-keeper James French both posted 49.

Iwan Moore claimed 3-58, Syed Kaleem Aslam 2-30 and Logan Morgan 2-34 for the visitors, who won by 23 runs and 11-4 on points.

Menai Bridge (14) 255-8 Brymbo (1) 163-10

No-one can get near Menai Bridge at present.

The Anglesey side made it 14 straight wins and moved 17 points clear at the Premier Division summit after seeing off the not inconsiderable challenge of Brymbo.

Invited to bat at Tyn-y-Caeau Drive, the Bridge piled up 255-8 off 50 overs with again solid rather spectacular scores all down the card proving key.

Skipper Gethin Roberts made 50, Jack Gower 41, Luke Jones 35, Calum Andrews 25 and Drickus Visagie 24 not out.

James Claybrook, far more noted as a batsman, was the Steelmen’s most successful bowler with 3-57, Gareth Boys grabbing 2-43 and Joseph Norman 2-53.

Brymbo were then bowled out for 163, Seth Agard 50, Norman 30 not out and Alex Paterson 29 retired no.

Visagie led the way for the home bowlers with 4-39 and Ashley Wood scooped 2-27.

St Asaph (11) 99-10 Northop (4) 76-10

Jason Foulkes took six wickets for St Asaph. Picture: RAY HIBBS

What a thriller at Elwy Park Grove where the champions successfully defended a total of below 100.

Taking on newly-crowned Flintshire Knockout winners Northop, the Saints knew they were in for a tough test.

Opting to bat, the hosts were rolled over for just 99 in 41.1 overs, initially collapsing to 4-3.

Danny Ryan (22) and skipper on the day Jason Foulkes (20) added vital runs which took the title holders to within one of the ton.

For Northop, Andrew Oates bagged 3-14, Andy Poynton 3-36 and Charlie Collins 2-5 off seven.

Wales NC bowler Foulkes then took command, snaring six of the first seven wickets to fall as the visitors nosedived to 39-7 in reply.

Matthew Williams (23) gave Northop a bit of hope down the order, but the travellers were eventually dismissed for just 77.

Foulkes showed his international class, snapping up 6-29 off 10, Gareth Goodson 2-12.

Gresford 1st XI (3) 127-10 Llay Welfare 1st XI (12) 128-6

Joy at last for bottom side Llay as they celebrated their very first league win of the season at the 14th attempt.

David Phennah pocketed 3-12, Tom Crewe 3-27 and Ethan Griffiths 2-21 as Welfare bowled out Gresford for just 127 after putting the hosts into bat.

Skipper Matthew Thompson saved the home side from further embarrassment by scoring 47.

Llay made it to 128-6 off 36.4 to secure a massively welcome win, Joe Howell with 47 and the impactive Phennah notching 32 opening the innings, Ryan Williams 3-25 and Thompson 2-26 for the Colliers.

Mold 1st XI (12) 94-7 Llandudno 1st XI (3) 90-10

Overseas player Jakeem Forde picked up a crucial 4-18 as Mold scraped home in a low-total encounter at Chester Road.

Inserted by the opposition, Llandudno collapsed to 90 all out, opener Sam Rimmington best with 31.

West Indian Forde took three early victims and his 4-18 came off eight overs, Richard Deniz snaffling 3-23 and Lewis Pringle 2-13 from 10.

Mold looked comfortable at 58-2 in response, but a flood of wickets created some doubt in the ranks, putting them on 75-7 before they reached 94-7 off 24.5.

Richard Crane hit 33, while George Jones made an important 15 not out down the order.

Tom Thornton picked up 3-26 and Jamie Grimshaw 3-38 for the visitors.

Pontblyddyn 1st XI (13) 116-4 Bangor 1st XI (2) 114-9

Number six bat Chris Moss produced a pivotal innings of 55 not out as Pont reached the winning post at Alder Meadow.

Bangor were put in and could only manage 114-9, Idrees Ijaz standing out with 44, while Rhys Jones pouched 3-37, Ryan Dunning 2-11, Moss 2-16 and Mark Neath 2-22 for the hosts.

In reply, Pont were wobbling on 48-4 before Moss turned the game with that unbeaten half-century. Stevel Rodney earlier made 20.

Ijaz collected 2-21 for the visitors.

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