Pwll ready to meet the champs after first win
PWLLHELI travel to champions Bangor this Saturday on the back of an encouraging first win of the season in the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division.
The Llyn side hosted Denbigh last weekend and made the most of winning the toss and putting the visitors into bat.
The away team were well placed on 47-1, but then the home attack took over and restricted the opposition to 125-9 off 50 overs.
It was a fine effort from the Pwll bowlers considering the quality of the Denbigh batting line-up.
SK Aslam returned superb figures of 3-12 off 12 overs, Sean Reilly claimed 3-22 and there was a wicket apiece for Morgan Murray-Williams, Michael Hughes and Jason Underwood.
Pwllheli’s reply was not without its rocky patches, but they made it to 126-6 in the 40th over to seal a 12-3 points verdict.
Chris Moore and Murray-Williams both scored 30 apiece, while Laurence Barraclough hit a crucial 26 not out in the middle order.
Pwllheli can expect a very tough test against a Bangor side which was unexpectedly thrashed by Menai Bridge last Saturday, but recovered to whip Hawarden Park 15-0 two days later.
Expected to be among the home contingent is Indian all-rounder Nadeem Rehman, a revered Pwllheli player for many years before joining Bangor in 2016.
Last weekend was a good one for Pwllheli as their seconds romped to an emphatic victory at Llandudno in the 2nd XI West Division.
Tudno won the toss at The Oval and elected to bat, setting a respectable 163-7 off 40 overs.
Kalim Al Baloshi was Pwllheli’s top performer with the ball, picking up 3-28 from nine overs, while there was a victim each for Logan Rhys Morgan, Iwan Moore, Nathan Sebastian and Yasharth Mishra.
Pwllheli’s batting effort was excep- tional, with former Wales international Neil Williams and Logan Rhys Morgan putting on 156 for the first wicket.
Morgan was eventually out for 64, but Williams remained there till the end, fin- ishing 74 not out and guiding his team to 167-1 off 38.5 overs and a 14-1 victory.
Pwllheli seconds will aim for a repeat performance when they host Bethesda seconds this Saturday.
● Pwllheli batsman Morgan Murray Williams hits out for the boundary watched by Bangor wicket keeper Sohaib Khan.