Bridge edge home against ri­vals Ban­gor

Bangor Mail - - Sport -

DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons Me­nai Bridge emerged vic­to­ri­ous from the ea­gerly-awaited clash at Ban­gor, win­ning a tight game by just three runs.

The home side won the toss and elected to field and open­ing bowler Mike Hughes quickly had the Bridge bats­men in trou­ble and this was a theme that was to progress through­out the in­nings.

Only skip­per Dion Holden and Robbie Jones made fig­ures that wor­ried the to­tal and Ban­gor would end up skit­tling the cur­rent cham­pi­ons all out for 76.

Hughes was pick of the bowlers tak­ing 5 for 30 off 10 overs, Nadene Ray­mond and Shane Ry­ley each pick­ing up two wick­ets.

Con­fi­dence looked high in the Ban­gor dress­ing room and the home side set about the run chase with open­ers David Win­ter and Owen Riley putting on a 27-run part­ner­ship be­fore Win­ter was trapped leg be­fore wicket off the bowl­ing of Ger­allt Roberts.

Bridge kept the bowl­ing tight and didn’t give any­thing away.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Sean O’Callaghan saw the ta­bles turn and Ban­gor went from 27 for 1 to 62 for 9 with O’Callaghan even­tu­ally re­turn­ing fig­ures of 11 overs, four maid­ens, and seven for 18.

O’Callaghan took the last wicket of Ban­gor skip­per Gareth W Ed­wards leav­ing the hosts three runs short, prompt­ing jubilant scenes from the vis­i­tors and an 11-4 score.

Else­where, newly-pro­moted Pont­bly­d­dyn cel­e­brated their first win by beat­ing Con­nah’s Quay by 29 runs.

Pont­bly­d­dyn scored 127 all out in 45.3 overs. Top scorer was James Hughes with 43 and Martin Burger (4-24) and Mali Auty (3-24) the best of the Con­nah’s Quay bowlers.

In re­sponse, Quay slumped to 98 all out with only cap­tain Burger re­ally mak­ing an im­pact with an im­pres­sive 36.

Daz Wil­cock (3-8), Rhys Jones (3-14) and Chris Moss (2-22) were the key bowlers for Pont­bly­d­dyn.

Den­bigh proved too strong for Northop, win­ning by 34 runs at Ystrad Road.

The home side scored 148-7 with opener Ger­allt Lyall scor­ing 40 and Am­mar Mah­mood and Tom Blackwell get­ting two wick­ets apiece for Northop. Blackwell then starred with the bat, scor­ing 55 in his team’s to­tal of 114-9 in 41.5 overs. Sam Lewis was the main man in the Den­bigh at­tack tak­ing 5-26.

Llan­dudno were also vic­to­ri­ous as they beat Brymbo by 25 runs with Da­nial Evans (53) and opener Matthew Jones (32) the top scor­ers in Llan­dudno’s 137 all out, with Daniel Parry and Mo­hamed Nilam Jay­man tak­ing four wick­ets each.

Brymbo looked set for vic­tory when they reached 91-1 but slumped to 112 all out.

Gareth Pugh (24), Nilam Jay­man (35) and Clay­brook (26) top scored for Brymbo but Jack Rim­ming­ton (4-20) did the dam­age for Llan­dudno.

Pwll­heli gained a win as they beat Mochdre by three wick­ets.

The home side scored 187-7 in their 50 overs with cap­tain Mor­gan Mur­ray-Wil­liams (53) and Iain Met­calfe (48) top scor­ing and Ste­wart Wil­liams (3-44) the best of the Mochdre bowlers.

Mochdre could only man­age 146 all out in their in­nings with only opener Alex Davies putting up any re­sis­tance with a knock of 57.

● David Win­ter (pic­tured) and Owen Riley gave Ban­gor a solid start to their run chase be­fore Sean O’Callaghan’s de­ci­sive re­turn of seven wick­ets for 18 turned the match for Me­nai Bridge

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