Menai cricketers move to top as rivals washed out


Tomos Hughes


MENAI Bridge rose to the summit of the North Wales Cricket Premier Division after a commanding 129-run victory over Llay Welfare.

Visitors Llay elected to bowl first, and received an early boost when captain Robbie Jones was despatched for a duck.

Fellow opener Luke Jones had other plans however, frequently finding boundaries on his way to a brilliant innings of 95.

Danny Creek proved to be effective in support, weighing in with 56 not out, as Bridge eventually declared on 225-9.

Llay tried to take the game to the hosts’ attack, but early threats Michael Paletia and Huw Jones were removed for 21 and 19 respectively.

It was then that the Bridge bowlers began to squeeze their opponents, with Tim Coggan and Ashley Wood in searing form.

Aussie export Coggan took three wickets for just five runs, while Wood took four maidens on his way to taking 4-28, as the hosts skittled Llay in just 33.2 overs for just 96 runs.

BANGOR 2nds continued their unenviable form as they suffered a 8-wicket defeat to Halkyn.

After top order batsmen Chris Dawson and Qasim Ijaz were removed for 12 and 13 respectively, Ian Morgan resisted the visitors’ bowlers as he posted a half century, before the tail end were blown away for just four runs.

Halkyn, despite suffering two early setbacks, achieved the modest target within 21 overs to register an easy win.

BODEDERN jumped to second place in Division Two after a low-scoring triumph over Carmel and District.

John Jo Roberts put in an useful 47, while Gareth Thomas’ 17 and Brian Hughes’ 15 helped Boded on their way to 130-9 from their prescribed 35 overs.

Carmel struggled with the bat, with no-one able to build up a significant total.

Leighton Williams’ 3-24 proved to be good support for Gareth Thomas’ brilliant 4-9, as Boded’s bowlers removed the opposition for just 74 runs.

MENAI BRIDGE 3rds were well beaten on home territory by Llanrwst 2nds.

The Llanrwst top order built a monstrous early total, but with the tail-end proving easy picking for the Bridge attack, the visitors ended on 198 runs.

Bridge could not match the rampant Rwst top order, and were bowled out for 107 from 38.3 overs.

Fixtures - Saturday August 11.
Premier Division: Bangor v Connahs Quay; Mold v Menai Bridge.
Division One: Llandudno 2nds v Bangor 2nds; Menai Bridge 2nds v Halkyn.
Division Two: Bodedern v Bersham; Gwersyllt v Bethesda.
Division Three: Bala v Anglesey Aliminium.
Division Four (Sunday August 12): Menai Bridge 3rds v Llanduno 3rds.
Division Five: Bethesda 2nds v Corwen; Ruthin 2nds v Bodedern 2nds.

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