Cit­i­zens caned by league’s dark horses

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

BAN­GOR’S crick­eters travel to rock­bot­tom Chirk this Satur­day, anx­ious to bounce back from the week­end’s dis­ap­point­ing home loss to Den­bigh.

The Cit­i­zens lie third in the North Wales Premier Di­vi­sion – 15 points be­hind lead­ers Me­nai Bridge – af­ter slip­ping up against one of the league’s dark horses.

Den­bigh won the toss and cap­tain Har­ri­son Jones’ de­ci­sion to field proved sound as Ban­gor were rolled over for just 102 in 45.1 overs.

Sam Lewis was the star bowler, notch­ing 5-17, while only Idrees Ijaz reached 20 for the hosts, the in­nings also fea­tur­ing run-outs of key bats­men David Win­ter (0) and Nadeem Rehman (6).

In re­sponse, Den­bigh made it to 103-3 from 32 overs to seal a 13-2 ver­dict.

Me­nai Bridge were less than im­pressed af­ter their game at Con­nah’s Quay was called off.

The Anglesey team trav­elled all the way to Dee­side only to be told the ground was un­playable – a claim re­futed by the Bridge.

Nonethe­less, the post­pone­ment stood and the vis­i­tors had to set­tle for three points.

Me­nai now lead the ta­ble by 14 points and host Brymbo this Satur­day.

Mean­while, Bethesda won by seven wick­ets at Ber­sham in the 1st XI First Di­vi­sion.

Ber­sham opted to bat and were bowled out for 198, Gareth Jones 3-34, Richard Lee Wil­liams 3-37 and Kevin Evans 3-48 for the vis­i­tors.

Pesda reached 202-3 to seal a 13-2 suc­cess, which puts them 17 points clear at the sum­mit.

Jez Shea (54 not out), Matthew Har­ring­ton (54) and Ni­cholas Parry (48) amassed the bulk of the runs.

Me­nai Bridge romped to a huge 235-run win over Hawar­den Park in the 2nd XI Premier Di­vi­sion.

Bridge piled up a mam­moth 335-7 off 45 overs, Josh Massey post­ing 96, cap­tain Cal­lum An­drews 55, Ce­fyn Owen 53 and Shaun Whit­ley 42. Mathew Jones then col­lected 5-17 and An­drews 3-20 as Park were blown away for 98.

An­drew Sav­age struck 92 as Ban­gor set 221-6 against Llay Wel­fare, who were lim­ited to 129-9, Bethan Hughes scoop­ing 3-16 and Sub­han Khan 3-22. Points: 14-1 Ban­gor.

In the 2nd XI West Di­vi­sion, Bethesda en­joyed a 13-2 tri­umph over vis­i­tors Abergele.

Alwyn Roberts (100 not out), Dewi Roberts (63) and Gavin Owen (44 no) led Pesda to 236-3, and in re­sponse Gele were dis­missed for 183, To­mos Grif­fiths 4-30 and Ryan Wil­liams 4-46.

Richard Birch

Ban­gor bats­men Sion Evans and Johnny Wells get a quick sin­gle against Den­bigh

Ban­gor’s Ethan Ray cuts this ball away dur­ing his side’s de­feat to North Wales Premier Di­vi­sion dark horses Den­bigh last week­end

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