One wicket enough to keep Bridge title bid alive
26 July 2012 |
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Action from Bangor v Northop
MENAI Bridge showed true grit to bounce back from defeat and maintain their title challenge, as they edged past Connahs Quay in a single wicket win.
The Bridge attack looked dangerous from the off, as was demonstrated when Gerallt Roberts removed opener David Powell for a duck early on.
Despite a knock of 38 from Adam Hodgekins, the hosts never allowed their opponents to build a big tally, as the Quaysiders were eventually bowled out for 135 from 46.2 overs.
Robbie Jones and Ashley Wood led the home attack, taking figures of 4-33 and 3-9 respectively.
Quay’s Hodgekins then excelled with the ball, removing the hosts’ top five batsmen for just 32 runs before the Anglesey outfit began to mount a recovery.
Gethin Roberts’ important 29 run cameo was followed by some match-winning tail-wagging, as Nathen Goodright’s 24 and Tom Hull’s 34 runs edged Bridge over the winning line with just a wicket to spare.
BANGOR notched their second victory of the season over fellow strugglers Northop.
City’s bowlers looked sharp on the day, as they managed to skittle their opponents for just 106 after 31 overs, with Simon Murley’s extraordinary figures of 5-5 setting his side up well, ably supported by Chris Jones’ 3-28.
In response, Bangor’s batsmen comfortably reached their target within 34 overs, with David Winter’s innings of 30 not out guiding his side to victory.
BANGOR 2nds could not emulate the first team, as they crashed to a 10 wicket demolition at the hands of Pwllheli.
City were removed for just 74 runs, before the Penllyn visitors cruised to their target in just 12.2 overs.
MENAI Bridge 2nds also tasted defeat as Gresford took a 120-run verdict.
The hosts piled the pressure on Bridge thanks to two big innings from Daniel Williams and Chris Ellwood, who hit 92 not out and 96 respectively, before declaring on 231.
Menai openers John Davies and Chris Williams hit 43 and 28, before watching the home attack dismiss their teammates for a total of 111.
BODEDERN enjoyed an impressive 57 run win over Gwersyllt Park.
Bryn Hughes’ 57 and Gareth Thomas’ 41 were highlights of a solid batting performance, setting their opponents a target of 189 for victory.
In reply, Gwersyllt could not mount a realistic challenge as the Boded bowlers, starring Leighton Williams (5-32), removed the hosts for 129.
BETHESDA’S uncharacteristic collapse allowed Abergele a straightforward 6-wicket win.
Pesda mustered just 63 runs during their innings, before ‘Gele’s Martyn Hedge guided his side to victory with his knock of 31 not out.
ANGLESEY Aliminium’s woes continue after a seven wicket defeat by Denbigh 2nds.
James Taylor’s 54 not out helped Ali to 121-9, before Denbigh eased to their target in just 35 overs.
Other results: Division Four: Menai Bridge 3rds beat Abergele 2nds by 70 runs.
Division Five: Bodedern 2nds beat Mochdre 3rds by 69 runs;
Fixtures - Saturday July 28: Premier Division: Bangor v Denbigh; St Asaph v Menai Bridge.
Division One: Chirk v Bangor 2nds; Menai Bridge 2nds v Marchwiel and Wrexham.
Division Two: Bethesda v Northop 2nds; Bodedern v Dolgellau.
Division Three: Mold 2nds v Anglesey Aliminium.
Division Four: Llangollen v Menai Bridge 3rds.
Sunday July 29 - Division Five: Bethesda 2nds v Tata Steel.