CRICKET: Menai Bridge clinch back-to-back North Wales titles


Tomos Hughes

MENAI Bridge are the North Wales Cricket Premier Division champions for a second year in a row. 

Robbie Jones’ team clinched back-to-back titles last weekend with a nervy three-wicket win at relegation-threatened rivals Bangor. 

The Bridge captain once again led from the front with a scintillating bowling spell which brought about five wickets, including Bangor’s top four. 

Among those were Andrew Savage (11) and Sion Evans (7), while Bangor dangermen Francois Mostert and Idrees Ijaz were both dismissed for ducks. 

Rob Marshall led a mid-order revival for the Ty Newydd hosts, hitting five fours and a six, as he racked up 46 runs in an 88-ball stand. 

Further additions from skipper David Winter and Zain Anwar (both 11) saw Bangor limp into three figures, before being skittled for 101 in the 36th over. 

As well as Jones, Ashley Wood and Dion Holden bagged two wickets apiece while Dean Harbour took one. 

The Bridge response began confidently, with Luke Jones compiling 27 and Wood adding a fine 45-run knock. 

But just 16 runs shy of clinching the championship, the nerves kicked in as Holden (6), Gethin Roberts (3), Chris Moore (0), captain Jones (6) and Harbour (0) were all dismissed by Bangor’s Gareth Edwards in an extraordinary spell. 

But just two runs shy of victory, Jack Gower hit the winning run to earn Menai the win which sees them retain their crown. 

The championship trophy will be presented to Jones and co on Saturday when they host bottom side Northop for the last game of the season. 

Menai had more to celebrate on Sunday as their Third XI claimed a 10-wicket victory over second-placed Northop to claim the Sunday Third XI Title, with Rhys Dart bagging a five-wicket haul. 

Bangor meanwhile remain at risk of relegation, as they lie one point above the relegation zone. 

Victory in their final match at fourth-placed Mochdre on Saturday would hopefully rescue Winter’s team from the drop. 

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