Ti­tle ri­vals in crunch clash af­ter washout

Bangor Mail - - Sport -

IT was a com­plete washout in the North Wales Cricket League last week­end as tor­ren­tial rain meant all games were can­celled.

Ban­gor were set to take on St As­aph away and Me­nai Bridge were sched­uled to play at Brymbo, but a ball was bowled in nei­ther game and this meant all sides took three points.

This means the two sides can look ahead to a big clash next week­end when Ban­gor host the de­fend­ing cham­pion at Ty Newydd.

Ban­gor, who an­nounced a change in cap­taincy ahead of the sea­son, will be look­ing for re­venge af­ter a heavy de­feat at home to Bridge in the 2018 sea­son.

Ban­gor were dis­missed for just 64 in 32.3 overs with only Idrees Ijaz putting up any re­sistence with a knock of 23 as As­ley Wood with re­mark­able bowl­ing fig­ures of 4-2 and Gethin Long with 3-28 wreaked havoc.

In re­ply, Me­nai Bridge scored the runs re­quired for the loss of five wick­ets with Gethin Long top scor­ing with 27.

The re­verse fix­ture ear­lier in the sea­son also went the way of the An­gle­sey side as they crushed the vis­i­tors by a mas­sive 157 runs.

Star of the show for Bridge with the bat in that fix­ture was opener Luke Jones who scored 110 runs from 122 balls in­clud­ing 14 fours and three sixes. Waleed Idrees took 4-55 for Ban­gor. Ban­gor could only score 86 all out in re­ply with Ger­allt Roberts the out­stand­ing bowler for the home side as he took 4-30.

The Gwynedd side will be aim­ing to wres­tle back the ti­tle they re­lin­quished last term, and they are led by longserv­ing player Gareth Ed­wards af­ter Rob­bie Mar­shall de­cided to step down from the post.

This is the se­cond time that Ed­wards will as­sume the role of cap­tain at the club.

Me­nai Bridge will be hop­ing to make it back-to-back ti­tles in 2019.

Over­seas player Patrick Glover has re­turned to Aus­tralia af­ter failing to ob­tain a visa to ex­tend his stay, but bats­man Dion Holden re­mains a con­sid­er­able part of a set-up that also has gifted young­ster Josh Massey.

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