Ban­gor on the brink of ti­tle af­ter vic­tory

Bangor Mail - - Sport -

BAN­GOR are on the brink of clinch­ing the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle in the North Wales Cricket League af­ter beat­ing Pwll­heli by five wick­ets at Tŷ Newydd.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting first, Pwll­heli scored 197-9 thanks largely to an un­beaten 96 by cap­tain and tal­is­man Mor­gan Mur­ray-Wil­liams with opener Adam Wil­liams scor­ing 42.

Franco Kas­ner, who took 4-39, and Michael Hughes with 2-38 both im­pressed with the ball for Ban­gor.

Chas­ing a re­vised tar­get of 192, the league lead­ers looked in trou­ble when they were 111-4 and then 167-5 but an un­beaten 34 from stand-in cap­tain Matthew Haswell helped steer Ban­gor home.

Nadeem Rehman (39) and David Win­ter (36) top scored for Ban­gor with Syed Kaleem As­lam (3-35) and Iwan Moore (2-39) being the pick of the Pwll­heli bowlers.

Ban­gor can now clinch the ti­tle when they face strug­gling Pont­bly- ddyn next Satur­day.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Me­nai Bridge’s last chance of stay­ing in con­tention has all but ended af­ter a shock home de­feat by Northop.

Af­ter being put in to bat by the vis­i­tors, Bridge could only score 148 all out in 42.2 overs with cap­tain Dion Holden top scor­ing with 32.

Am­mar Mah­mood, Bart Beswick and Andy Poyn­ton all took three wick­ets each for Northop.

An un­beaten 75 from cap­tain Gareth Wil­liams was the key in­nings for Northop as they reached their tar­get with just over four overs to spare despite Liam Bibby tak­ing 3-19 for Bridge.

In Di­vi­sion One, Bethesda were beaten by 135 runs by Gw­er­syllt Park in a match re­duced to 40 overs a side.

Hav­ing being put in to bat, Park scored 239-4 with Jake James scor­ing 78 not out and opener Do­minic Mitchell hit­ting 67 and there was also a half cen­tury from Scott Watkins.

Despite 62 from opener Car­wyn L Wil­liams, Bethesda went from 94-2 to 104 all out with Gw­er­syllt Park’s Michael Grif­fiths tak­ing 5-24 and Neil Pear­son chip­ping in with 3-18.

Else­where in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion, Mochdre took the brag­ging rights in the Conwy derby as they beat Llan­dudno by 96 runs.

Mochdre scored 254-7 in their 50 overs, with Sam Davies scor­ing 64 off 67 balls and Jack Rim­ming­ton tak­ing 4-40 for Llan­dudno.

Llan­dudno were then set 202 off 36 overs but were bowled out for 158 despite a valiant 52 from Jack Rim­ming­ton.

Gareth Good­son took 3-31 for Mochdre and there were two wick­ets apiece for Kyle Brown and Ste­wart Wil­liams.

The most eye-catch­ing score of the day was at Elwy Grove Park where St As­aph thrashed bot­tom side Con­nah’s Quay by 252 runs.

The home side scored a re­mark­able 355-0 in their 50 overs as open­ers Wil­liam Ryan (173) and Duncan Mid­g­ley (152) de­stroyed the Quay at­tack.

Quay cap­tain Martin Burger re­turned fig­ures of 0-84 off 11 overs with Rhys Stout (0-61) and Daniel Gra­ham (0-48) off six overs also suf­fer­ing.

In re­ply, Quay were bowled out for 103 in 25 overs despite being 66-1 at one point as Alex Baker (5-41) was the key bowler for St As­aph.

● Ban­gor bats­man Nadeem Rehman (pic­tured in pre­vi­ous ac­tion) was top scorer with 39 as the league lead­ers chased down a re­vised to­tal of 192 to beat Pwll­heli

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