All the North Wales Cricket League action 05.06.10

Reporter:

Tom Norris

Marchwiel and Wrexham remain in the relegation zone following their 78 run loss at Rhewl, who move off the bottom of the Division One table.

Syed Gulrez (4-15) and Muhammad Farhan (2-48) justified Nick Husbands’ decision to field, Rhewl forced to declare on 173-9.

In reply, Marchwiel lost a string of early wickets to leave them 33-6, and had it not been for a defiant 59 not out from Tim Newhouse, they would have made significantly less than the 95 they finished on.

Simon Williams, Chris Willsdon, Ed Hurst and Duane Partelow were the pick of the Rhewl bowlers.

Gresford remain top of the pile after a convincing nine wicket triumph over visiting Halkyn.

Duane Williams was the star performer for Halkyn, hitting 72 of his side’s 159 all out as Chris Ellwood and Patrick Richards shared six wickets.

Gresford made the run chase look straight forward as John Bell and Gareth Rowland finished unbeaten on 53 and 79 respectively, Ben Roberts with the solitary Halkyn wicket.

Northop crashed to a seven wicket defeat at the hands of visitors Pwllheli.

The home side posted a decent 228-8 from 45 overs, skipper Chris Brookes leading the way with 65, while Mark Allman chipped in with a valuable 40.

But a confident Pwllheli duly knocked the total off, Nadeem Rehman with an undefeated 92.

Llay Welfare, missing captain Dave Phennah, were also beaten, losing by 50 runs at home to Conwy.

A decision to bowl appeared to backfire as Conwy totalled 231-9 declared, and so it proved as the run chase came to an end on 181.

Jamie Beale (38) and Damian Bryan (34) gave Llay a solid platform, but Daniel Wilson took 6-23 to end hopes of a win.

A wonderful 145 from Llandudno 2nds Jordan Kane ultimately proved the difference between the hosts and Denbigh as the away side settled for a losing draw.

Kane helped Llan to 269-9 and although William Affleck responded with 95 from 101 balls for Denbigh they fell 34 runs short aof the win on 236-7.


The Pontblyddyn second string top order proved the difference as they claimed a crushing 172 run triumph over Northop 2nds in Division Two.

Mark Hughes led the way with a brilliant 96, while Jonathan Mountfort (78) and Chris Myles (55) ably supported him as Pont ended their 45 overs on 292-6.

Northop’s reply was always going to be difficult and some tight bowling meant they had to settle for 120-4, opener James Roberts firing an unbeaten 55.

Carmel and District were also winners as they disposed of Menai Bridge 2nd XI by five wickets.

Steve ‘Scooter’ Jones was once again the pick of the Carmel bowlers with 4-28 as Menai stuttered to 114 all out from just 40 overs.

Nick Washbrook bagged an unbeaten half century for Carmel as they reached the winning post with 15 overs to spare.

Nathan Aldridge’s five wicket haul was a decisive factor in Corwen’s four wicket success over home outfit Anglesey Aluminium.

Aldridge vindicated his decision to bowl first after winning the toss with 5-42 and he was aided by Llyr Jones (2-12) and William Pooler (2-28) as Anglesey were 101 all out.

Matthew Duckworth top scored in the Corwen chase, hitting 40 not out.

Abergele double act Karl Higgins and Wasim Ali proved a thorn in Brymbo 2nds side as they lost by five wickets at Tan-y-Fron. They grabbed nine of Brymbo’s wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 153, Ben Roberts the top run scorer with 33.

Nigel Roberts (3-45) and Ed Filer (2-27) gave the score some respectability, but Abergele won inside 37 overs.

Gwersyllt Park (139) were also beaten, slipping to a nine wicket defeat at the hands of Bangor 2nds (141-1), as Qasim Ijaz hit 51 not out and grabbed 4-27 for the hosts.

A fantastic bowling display from Buckley captain Phil Bradfield saw him take 9-34 as his side comfortably beat Llay 2nds in Division Three.

Llay were left ruing their decision to bat having won the toss as opening bowler Bradfield removed the top seven batsmen in double quick time.

Paul Wilbraham got in on the act with a single wicket, but Bradfield duly wrapped up the final two wickets to leave Llay 67 all out.

The skipper then sat back and watched as his side hit 70-2 to win.

Hawarden Park 2nds remain two points adrift of leaders Buckley following their seven wicket triumph over Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds.

Ranajoy Dey (4-32) and Tom Norris (4-34) bagged the majority of the Park wickets as Marchwiel posted 151 all out having won the toss.

That total proved far too small as Park reached the winning line with less than half of their allotted overs bowled, Norris striking 75, while Adam Doyle (32 not out) finished the job off.

Mold 2nds appear keen to make it a three-way battle for promotion as they recorded their sixth victory of the campaign with a win at Denbigh 2nds.

Keith Embleton (47) and Nathan Brearley (31) led the way as Mold posted 144, Daniel Nixon the top Denbigh bowler with 5-28.

Rob Moore then produced a superb bowling display to take 5-3 from seven overs as Denbigh were rolled out for 73.

Mynydd Isa are fourth in the table having picked up a six wicket win at home to Llanrwst 2nds, who remain rooted to the bottom.

John Gorman, Nail Amos, Ian Dixon, and John Cooper were all among the wickets as Llanrwst were out for 95, before Amos (39 not out) saw Isa to 98-4.

Shotton (208-8) were strong enough to see off Castell Alun (198-7) despite Simon Brooman’s 66, while Gwern Llywd Owain hit 77 and Owen Hughes claimed five wickets in Ruthin’s 41 run win over Bala.

An undefeated knock of 80 from Jonathan Evans helped Connah’s Quay 2nds maintain their Division Four title push, the men from Central Park beating Conwy 2nds by eight wickets.

Conwy totalled 170-7, but Quay made light work of crossing the winning line, Evans joined in the runs by Stephen Norbury (38) and Scott Adams (25 not out).

Northop 3rds came unstuck at Pwllheli 2nds in Division Five, losing by seven wickets.

The away side could only muster 107 having decided to bat, Rhys Johnson top scoring with 19.

Johnson then grabbed 1-6 from eight tight overs of leg-spin, but the total was far from big enough and Pwllheli reached 110-3 inside 29 overs.

Ruthin 2nds missed the chance to move to the Division Six summit as Corwen 2nds grabbed a two wicket away win.

Gilbert Watkins was the thorn in Ruthin’s side with 5-12, the hosts making just 83 before Corwen hit 86-8 from 25 overs.

Castell Alun 2nds (121) were also on the losing side as they went down to an eight wicket defeat against Bodedern 2nds (125-2).

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