Llay can't Bridge the gap against Menai


Tom Norris

A weakened Llay Welfare produced another disappointing batting display to lose to Menai Bridge by 129 runs in the Premier Division.

The basement outfit were without captain Dave Phennah, Mike Phennah and John Lloyd and found themselves with an uphill battle as Menai posted 225-9 declared, Luke Jones (95) and Danny Creek (56 not out).

Daniel Parry was a bright spark for Llay with the ball, taking 6-63, and he followed that up with a third top score of 16 in the visiting side’s reply.

Michael Paletta (21) and Huw Jones (19) were the other two batsmen to reach double figures, Llay ending up all out on 96.

Llay’s survival hopes were dented further as third from bottom Northop picked up 24 points thanks to their success at Denbigh.

Connah’s Quay were left disappointed as rain forced their clash with St Asaph to be abandoned at the halfway stage, the men from Central Park posting 229-6 declared from their 43 overs, Darren Jones (62) and Martin Burger (61) top scoring.

The rain also wrecked an intriguing between Mold and Bangor, Usman Butt’s side having been bowled out for 129 and the visitors on 3-1 when the match was ended early.

Pontblyddyn had restricted Llandudno to 194-3 when their game was abandoned and Brymbo were bowled out for 115, David Broderick (28) and Tim Newhouse (28), although Mochdre were not given the chance to reply due to rain.

Halkyn recorded an impressive eight wicket win over Bangor 2nds in one of only two completed Division One fixtures.

Graeme Settle (3-19) and Corey Walters (3-10) bowled superbly to see Bangor bowlerd out for just 90, Duane Williams then hitting an unbeaten half century to see Halkyn home inside 21 overs.

Third placed Pwllheli stole a march on leading duo Llanrwst and Hawarden Park, who saw their game cancelled, as they beat Chirk, while Pontblyddyn 2nds clash with Llandudno 2nds was abandoned with the match in the balance.

A knock of 48 from John Stanforth saw Pont total 114-7 from their 35 overs and Llandudno had reached 48-4 after 13.5 overs when the fixture was abruptly ended.

Captain Ranjith Appuhamy had picked up two of the Llandudno wicket to fall with Stanforth and Ed Jones also grabbing a victim apiece.

Daniel Williams struck an unbeaten 71 as Gresford reached 160-3 in their abandoned clash against Marchwiel and Wrexham, and Menai Bridge 3rds scored 198-7 against Conwy, who were 14 without loss when the rain forced an early finish.


Premier Division:
Menai Bridge 225-9d, Llay Welfare 96.

Division One: Bangor 90, Halkyn 92-2.

Division Two: Carmel and District 74, Bodedern 130-9.

Division Three: Hawarden Park 2nds 137, Mynydd Isa 140; Ruthin 181-8, Mold 2nds 139-8; St Asaph 2nds 134-9, Shotton 132-7.

Division Four: Buckley 2nds 185-6, Llangollen 215-8.

Division Five: Chirk 2nds 60, Pwllheli 63-0; Llangollen 2nds 149-5, Corwen 67-9.

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