Hawarden Park and Hurlin hit top form in Welsh Cup

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Opener James Hurlin hammered 18 fours in a match-winning century as Hawarden Park successfully chased down a target of 230 to beat Mochdre in their second round encounter.

Winning the toss and opting to bat, Mochdre, posted 229-8 off their allotted 45 overs, thanks to late run-makers Gareth Goodson (79) and Russ Boswell (58), who put on 97 after opener Gareth Davies's 40. Campbell Marr 2-10 off nine overs and skipper Jamie Ducker 2-59 were Hawarden's bowling pick before Hurlin led the reply with his superb 101.

His Flintshire team-mate Tom Ducker added 43 as they shared in a first wicket stand of 84, before Marr (37 not out) and Ian Martin (41 not out) maintained the tempo as the overs were ticked off, reaching 232 for three inside 44 overs.

Hawarden, who are bottom of the North Wales League Premier Division table, will now be at home again to Llay in the third round on June 13 after they triumphed over Dolgellau by two wickets.

Nathan Humphreys was the pick of the Llay attack with 5-44 as Dolgellau were bowled out for 169.

In response, Llay reaching 170 with two wickets in hand and three overs to spare.
In the other half of the A1 Zone draw, Llandudno comfortably saw of Denbigh thanks to 61 and 7-11 from Gordon Kerr and will now face either Bethesda or Anglesey Aluminium.

Three-times past holders Brymbo are through to the third round of the A2 Zone without having to put bat to ball.

They were due to take on familiar cup adversaries Prestatyn in the second round, but the seasiders were unable to stage the tie as they were already committed to a league fixture against Sefton Park.

Brymbo will now meet Connah's Quay next month.

Quay beat Division One outfit Northop by nine wickets to secure their place in round three.

David Fox grabbed 4-51 to restrict Northop to 225, before Gareth Jones blasted an unbeaten 110 and Fox hit 54 not out.

Matty Edwards produced a fine all-round display to secure Pontblyddyn’s place in the third round of the competition, the men from Alder Meadow beating Llanrwst by 201 runs.

Tom Dawson (84) and Edwards (81 not out) joined forced to steer Pont from 156-6 to 249-7, before the hosts totalled 288.

Edwards was not content with just starring with the bat however, the opening bowler claiming 5-20 to bowl Llanrwst out for just 87.

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