P46 Bridge on right path as champs Ban­gor bat­tered

Bangor Mail - - SPORT - Ban­gor bowler Waleed Idrees cel­e­brates a wicket against Me­nai Bridge

ME­NAI Bridge over­came a big hur­dle when they ham­mered North Wales Cricket League Premier Divi­sion cham­pi­ons Ban­gor by 157 runs last week­end.

This Saturday the An­gle­sey side face an­other ma­jor ob­sta­cle when they take on fel­low fast starters St As­aph at Tyn-y-Caeau.

Saints moved level on points with Bridge at the sum­mit last Sun­day, de­spite los­ing nar­rowly at Den­bigh.

The first Me­nai v Ban­gor derby of the sea­son last Saturday was ex­pected to be a close one, how­ever it ended up any­thing but.

The 2014 and 2015 ti­tle win­ners Bridge won the toss and de­cided to bat on their home wicket.

And their in­nings was to­tally dom­i­nated by opener Luke Jones, who scored 110 in his team’s to­tal of 243-9 off 50 overs.

Jones’ knock came off just 122 balls and in­cluded 14 fours and three sixes. No other Me­nai bats­man reached 20 with the next high­est score ex­tras on 24.

For the visi­tors, Waleed Idrees snapped up 4-55 and new over­seas bowler Matt Kelly 3-33 from 12 overs.

Ban­gor’s bat­ting was a dis­as­ter from the mo­ment they lost chief providers David Win­ter, Nadeem Rehman and skip­per Rob­bie Mar­shall with just 11 on the board.

The away side were even­tu­ally all out for 86, only tail-en­der Gareth W Ed­wards (27 not out) sav­ing them from an even worse fate.

Ger­allt Roberts picked up 4-30, Pa­trick Glover 3-19 and Ash­ley Wood 2-13 from 12 overs for the hosts, who claimed the points 15-0.

Ban­gor will wel­come Pwll­heli to Ty Newydd this Saturday.

Bethesda re­main in com­mand at the Divi­sion One sum­mit, al­though their third suc­ces­sive win was not as com­fort­able as the pre­vi­ous two.

Pesda won the toss at Pont­bly­d­dyn and elected to bat, but were bowled out for just 118, Ni­cholas Parry by far the most suc­cess­ful bats­man with 51.

No-one else man­aged dou­ble fig­ures, with ex­tras the next top scorer on 38.

The visi­tors man­aged to turn things around with the ball, dis­miss­ing Pont for 91 hav­ing had them 39-7 at one stage.

Matthew Har­ring­ton scooped 3-19, Car­wyn Wil­liams 2-9 off 12 overs, Gareth Jones 2-24 and Richard Lee Wil­liams 2-39 in a 12-3 vic­tory.

Saif Ijaz and Nigel Barry posted vi­tal half-tons in Ban­gor’s six-wicket suc­cess against Buck­ley in the 2nd XI Premier Divi­sion.

Put into bat, Bucks set 151-6 off 45 overs, Ai­dan Kelly col­lect­ing 3-19 for the hosts.

In re­ply, the cit­i­zens were 29-2 be­fore Ijaz (56) and Barry (51) turned the game with a third-wicket stand of 107. Ban­gor took the points 12-3.

In the 2nd XI West Divi­sion, Bethesda were re­moved for a pal­try 33 by St As­aph, who went on to reach 37-1 to seal a 14-1 vic­tory. The whole match lasted just 23 overs.

Pic­ture: Richard Birch

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