Brymbo avoid the drop in tense end to the season


Sports Reporter

BRYMBO have managed to stay up but it was a close run thing after they lost their final game of the Premier Division season at St Asaph.

St Asaph may have coasted it by eight wickets but the batting bonus points for Brymbo were enough to edge three points ahead of Bangor, who will join already relegated Llay Welfare in Division One next season.

It took a brilliant 95 from Greg King to help Brymbo to 206 for six declared.

Ben Roberts added 38 before Grove Ventor cut loose with a majestic unbeaten 142 for the Saints.

Llandudno are the champions of the North Wales League once again.

Connah's Quay endd Llandudno's dominance 12 months ago but it was business as usal as The Seasiders' 140 run massacre of Mold saw them pip second-placed Menai Bridge by 17 points.

Duncan Midgeley was the star of the show hitting 172 in Llandudno's 296 for four.

Mold were then skittled out for 156.

That meant Menai Bridge's last day 94 run win over Denbigh was all in vain.

Llay ended their one season stay in the top flight wih a narrow 26 run defeat at home to Bangor.

Bangor posted 208 for five, Dave Phennah taking 2-61 while Llay looked on course for victory after openers Mike Paletia and John Lloyd hit 49 and 50 respectively.

Unfortnately they had no back up and were bowled out for 182.

Pontblyddyn captain Mark Neath produced the goods in a low-scoring three wickets win over Northop.

Neath took 5-20 as Northop crumbled to 91. Marcel Franzel and Glenn Chambers took two wickets each as Northop skipper Chris Brookes hit the highest score of the match with 28.

Pont struggled to reach their target, Neath hitting a much-needed 26 to take them to 95 for seven as Darren Williams took 4-20.

Connah’s Quay almost made it a fantastic run flourish against Mochdre.

Mochdre put 277 for eight on the board and the Quay got as close as 266 for eight in their 60 over stint at the crease.

Jason Biddulph was again the top scorer as Hawarden Park celebrated winning the Division One title in style.

They beat Pontblyddyn Seconds by five wickets after bowling them out for 102.

Edward Jones top scored with 33 as Craig Wilson ripped through their batting line-up, taking 6-11.

Biddulph smashed 65 as Park reached 103-5 off 17 overs despite the best efforts of Ranjith Appuhamy (3-40).

Marchwiel Wrexham are relegated after they lost by 62 runs to Llanrwst, who will join Hawarden in the top flight next season.

Jonathan Phillips produced a match-winning performance for Chirk in their two wicket win over Menai Bridge Seconds.

He took 6-37 to reduce Bridge to 146 and then top scored with 52 to edge Chirk to 148 for eight. Billy Swarbrick's knock of 48 was also crucial to Chirk's success.

Halkyn  were impressive six wicket winners over Conwy, who posted 204 for four.

Corey Walters took 2-32 and hit 43 not out to go with an cracking unbeaten 70 from Duane Williams.

Gresford finished with a 96 run victory against Bangor Seconds.


Premier Division: Connah's Quay 266 8; Mochdre  277 8d; Llandudno 296 4d Mold 156; Llay Welfare 182  Bangor  208 5d; Menai Bridge   232 8d  Denbigh 138;  Pontblyddyn  95 7  Northop 91; St Asaph 207 2 Brymbo 206 6d.

Division One: Bangor 2nd 112 Gresford 208 8d;  Chirk 148 8  Menai Bridge 2nd 146; Halkyn 205 4  Conwy  204 4d; Hawarden Park 103 5  Pontblyddyn 102 9d; Llanrwst 200 9d Marchwiel and Wrexham 136.

Division Two: Abergele 148 Connah's Quay 2nd 167 9;  Bersham 172 3 Rhewl 171; Bethesda  215 Carmel & District  185 9; Brymbo 2nd 232 9  Dolgellau 259 5; Buckley 121 Gwersyllt Park 94; Northop 2nd 146 Bodedern 149-3.

Division Three: Anglesey Aluminium  92 10 Llay Welfare 2nd  93 2; Carmel & District 2nd 141 Bala  70; Denbigh 2nd 208 7 St Asaph  2nd149 9; Gresford 2nd 148 Mynydd Isa 150 8; Mold 2nd 111 Shotton 115 3.

Division Four: Castell Alun 137 Llangollen 138 8; Tata Steel Shotton 155 Llanrwst 2nd 114 5; Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nd 145 9  Menai Bridge 3rd  81 9; Mochdre 2nd 233 4 Abergele 2nd  99.

Division Five: Bodedern 2nd 113 7 Bethesda 2nd XI 114 5; Corwen 126 8  Northop 3rd 74; Dolgellau 2nd 62 7 TATA Steel Maeshafn 61 8.

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