Pwll ready to meet the champs af­ter first win

Caernarfon Herald - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

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.

Richard Birch

● Pwll­heli bats­man Mor­gan Mur­ray Wil­liams hits out for the bound­ary watched by Ban­gor wicket keeper So­haib Khan.

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