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Cricket: Pontblyddyn snatch third as Connah’s Quay fall away

A STUNNING turnaround in the North Wales League Premier Division saw Pontblyddyn snatch third as their rivals fell.

CONNAH’S QUAY looked odds-on favourites to take second spot in the final few games as they embarked on a remarkable run of wins and looked unstoppable.

But after St Asaph dented that confidence with a surprise victory at the beginning of the month, Quay lost their grip on that invincible mentality and in the final game relegated Llanrwst took advantage.

Mitchell van Wyk’s opening 49 and skipper Sean Steynberg-Wright’s 36 helped Quay set a par 185ao that they should have defended with ease.

But Llanrwst were unwilling to bid a quiet farewell to the top flight and set about their hosts.

David Taylor opened with 32 and Ryan Heywood delivered a huge body-blow as he struck 68 before David Fox trapped him lbw.

The assault didn’t end there as Nathan Jones added 26 and Trefor Williams led doomed Llanrwst home scoring 33 as the visitors chalked up 187-4.

The defeat didn’t just end Quay’s hopes of finishing second, it left them fourth overall after PONTBLYDDYN earned a winning draw at home to Chirk to scrape just enough points to pass Quay and claim third place.

Batting first, Andrew Roberts’ side looked in good nick, A fair opening partnership set things up for Glenn Chambers to really get the runs flowing with 48.

Angus Reckford came to the crease and added 62 as Pont closed their innings with 203-8.

Chasing that total would require Chirk to be on top form but it soon became apparent that, sitting rock bottom of the division and certain to go down, they were not interested in going down in a blaze of glory.

Instead they dug their trenches and tried to see the game out.

Chambers was on fire taking 4-19 and Mark Neath followed suit, adding 3-16 to the bowling figures.

But it was the determination of the final pairing of Ian Skinner and Edmund Hughes, who came together with Chirk on 89-9 and staring down the barrel of defeat, who eventually frustrated Pont as they refused to be dismissed and preserved their wicket to the end, Chirk finishing with 118-9.

Six points went to Pont for the winning draw, enough for them to sneak through the back door and make themselves at home in third place for the third consecutive year.

MOLD’s game at Mochdre was off and Bangor v HAWARDEN PARK was a no result.