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Cricket: Connah’s Quay closing in on second-placed Mold in North Wales League Premier

THE battle for second place in the North Wales League Premier Division is heating up after MOLD lost at home to Bangor.

A rough spell along with the consistency of Llandudno ended Mold’s title hopes weeks ago but they have struggled to arrest their slide and now the teams behind them are closing in.

Skipper David Soothill asked Bangor to bat first and they made a decent score, coming in for tea all out for 171.

Usman Butt’s 4-33 was vital to Mold restricting Bangor to an achievable total, as was Daniel Drew’s 3-39.

When the reply began it was Russell Wiseman who tried to set the tone, clocking up six fours and one six as he scored 48 but as has happened too often in recent games, all around him wickets tumbled.

Only three players – Wiseman, James Griffiths (22) and Stewart Roberts (12) made double figures as Mold collapsed to 112ao.

The last few weeks of the season are set to be difficult for Mold, who will be looking to hang on to second spot despite the strong form of the chasing pack.

One of the in-form sides now closing in on Mold are Flintshire rivals CONNAH’S QUAY, after their 108-run triumph at Chirk.

They set a target of 196ao for Chirk to chase with Mitchell Van Wyk (46) and David Fox (43) both falling just short of their half-centuries and skipper Sean Steynberg-Wright adding 35.

Having top-scored with the bat, Van Wyk then dispatched Chirk’s upper order in double-quick time, claiming 4-30.

Darren Leach backed him up superbly with 3-20 as Chirk were bowled out for 88.

PONTBLYDDYN picked up where they left off last week against Llanrwst, winning by six wickets.

On the back of their surprise win over Llandudno, the league leaders’ first defeat of the season, the previous Saturday, they carried their momentum through against Llanrwst, bowling their hosts out for 77 (Mark Neath 3-16, Kevin Owen 3-2, Glenn Chambers 3-37).

Pont’s response was led by Phil Davies.

The opener smashed an unbeaten 44 to become the bedrock of an innings that was shakier than it ought have been.

Chris Myles, Glenn Chambers and Chris Moss and Alistair Roberts all struggled before Mark Neath came to the crease to help Pont cross the line as they closed victorious on 81-4.