Champions Bangor finish with victory
BANGOR celebrated winning the Premier Division of the North Wales Cricket League with a comfortable win over Mochdre at Ty Newydd.
The visitors won the toss and batted first but there was a rare failure for captain Matty Humphreys who was caught behind by wicketkeeper Robert Marshall off the bowling of Michael Hughes for just two and his side could only manage 86 all out off 37 overs.
Franco Kasner confirmed his place as the top bowler in the region as he took 5-27 with James French top scoring for Mochdre with 46.
The new champions reached their target in 19 overs for the loss of four wickets with opener Idrees Ijaz top scoring with 47 with Gareth Goodson taking two wickets for Mochdre.
It completes an outstanding season for Gareth W Edwards’ side who have won 17 out of 19 completed matches with their only defeats coming very narrowly against Menai Bridge and Mochdre.
Menai Bridge clinched second place after beating Pwllheli by five wickets.
Bridge’s overseas star Sean O’Callaghan was the star with the ball as he took 4-40 as Pwllheli were bowled out for 124 with captain Morgan Murray-Williams hitting 42 for the visitors.
Bridge captain Dion Holden also impressed as he took 3-25.
The home side wobbled slightly as they were 64-3 but Holden hit an unbeaten 40 to see his side home as Logan Rhys Morgan took 2-12 for Pwllheli.
In Division One, Bethesda finished their season with a heavy 10-wicket defeat against champions Conwy.
The home side were dismissed for just 62 with Ashley Rowlands top scoring with 23 as Stan Senior took 3-15 for Conwy.
Graham Meredith (2-11), Anthony Thorp (2-13) and Patrick Jelley (2-20) also impressed for the visitors.
Jonathon James Davies then hit an unbeaten 62 off just 31 balls as Conwy reached their target in just over eight overs.
The result means Bethesda finished in eighth place.
In the Second Division, Bangor seconds, who just missed out on the title which went to Halkyn, beat Northop seconds by 73 runs.
An excellent 71 from opener Sohaib Khan was the highlight in Bangor’s 215-7 and the Gwynedd side then reduced the home side to 142-7 with Aidan Kelly and Bethan Hughes taking two wickets each.
Menai Bridge seconds, who finished seventh in the Second Division, were beaten by Mochdre seconds by 105 runs.
Batting first, the Conwy side scored 176-9 thanks mainly to 79 from Scott Roberts with Matthew Jones taking 2-48 for Bridge.
Despite 32 from opener Danny Creek, Bridge were bowled out for 71 as Dan Miller, Scott Brown and Ben Ashworth all took two wickets for Mochdre.
In Division Four, Bethesda seconds were beaten by Conwy seconds by a massive 185 runs.
Conwy scored 247-4 in 40 overs with Sion Keir top scoring with 98.
Bethesda were then dismissed for 62 with Byron Jones top scoring with just 19.
● Bangor batsman Idrees Ijaz, pictured in previous action, was top scorer in the champions’ comfortable victory over Mochdre at Ty Newydd