CRICKET: Magical Mostert double-century helps save Bangor from drop

Reporter:

Tomos Hughes

BANGOR escaped relegation from the North Wales Cricket Premier Division thanks to an incredible Francois Mostert-inspired batting display at Mochdre on the last day of the season. 

The South African all-rounder hit the league’s best individual innings of the season - an amazing unbeaten 202, while opener Andy Savage added a magnificent 127, as the duo put on a match-winning second-wicket partnership of 228, to hand City an crushing 15-0 win and ensure their place in the top flight next season. 

On Mostert’s innings, captain David Winter said: “It was a hell of an innings. That and the fact that Andy Savage got a century and a partnership of 328, that was great to watch. 

“I think we managed to pull off the win at the right time, it was great to get a 15-0 on the last day.” 

With Northop doomed at the bottom of the table, City found themselves among four other teams who could end up occupying the second relegation spot, alongside Pontblyddyn, Pwllheli and St Asaph. 

It was Bangor who batted first at fourth-placed Mochdre, and they suffered an early setback with the loss of opener Gareth Edwards (5). 

However, they re-grouped in spectacular fashion as batsmen Andy Savage and Mostert ran amok at the crease. 

Both batsmen hit boundary after boundary as the pair put together an amazing 328 second-wicket partnership, before Savage was eventually dismissed by Goodson for a massive 127. 

However, Mostert hung around long enough to bring up his 200, before the visitors’ stunning innings came to an end on 361-2 after 50 overs, with the South African finishing on a remarkable 202 not out. 

Will Evans led the Mochdre’s valiant reply with a superb season’s best of 108, with Matt Humphreys (48) providing good support. 

However, in a bid to match their visitors’ astronomic run-rate, the hosts were eventually bowled out for a fighting 208. 

Bangor’s second team find themselves relegated from Division Three after opponents Connah’s Quay seconds conceded their final match. 

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