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Cricket: Pontblyddyn deliver misery to clubs at top and bottom

STRUGGLING Welsh Cup semi-finalists Hawarden Park fought for a losing draw against visiting Pontblyddyn on Saturday.

Secure in mid-table, Pont’s Angus Reckford made a half-century (52) as Pont closed their innings on 218-9.

The best of Park’s bowling figures came from James Hurlin (2-33).

But with the bat Park demonstrated the fearlessness and stubbornness that would lead them to an even more remarkable result 48 hours later as they survived an upper-order wobble, James Hurlin steadying the ship with 66 as Park held on to run down their overs and finish with 125 and five wickets in hand.

Kevin Owen pocketed 2-17 for Pont and Ben Mason 2-24 but Park were not willing to roll over and earned some valuable points.

Pont did close out on Monday however as they squared up to a shaken Mold and registered a 14-run victory.

Batting first Pont set a low score of 118 (Glenn Chambers 37) that earlier in the season would have signalled an early dart as Mold knocked the runs off in double-quick time.

But David Soothill’s men have been rocked by recent results and are struggling for confidence.

After Glenn Chambers did for the opening pair of Cliff and Russell Wiseman, James Griffiths made 38 but that was Mold’s best performance as they slumped to 104ao.