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Cricket: Connah’s Quay launch North Wales League Premier title bid with a century

AN opening-day ton from Gareth Jones helped Connah’s Quay set the tone for the North Wales League Premier Division campaign as they beat visiting Brymbo by 173 runs.

Jones (108) kicked things off with Shane Carlton, who only made eight, and he wasn’t the only one as seven Quaymen posted just single figures.

But significant knocks from wicketkeeper Darren Jones and David Fox – who both hit 62 – plus a huge 34 extras gave Quay 306 and Brymbo a tough challenge.

The Wrexham side were not up to the task as Rob Bennett (6-22) and Shane Carlton (3-36) ripped through them, returning them all out for 133.

PONTBLYDDYN picked up where they left off last season with a win over defending champions Llandudno.

An 88 from Aled Williams anchored Tudno’s innings but Mark Neath (3-33) coaxed him to hit his own wicket and end his stand as the title-holders set 191-8.

In response, Pont bobbed along without pulling up trees until that man Neath came to the crease.

He got stuck into the Tudno attack, smashing 68 off 74 balls to catapult Pont into a winning position, allowing Marcel Frenzel and Ben Mason to see them to a three-wicket victory with 192-7.

MOLD’S Russell Wiseman gave his side a solid platform to set a tough target against Pwllheli.

He clocked up 61 as Mold set their guests 204-9 to win.

A shock defeat was avoided as Chris Bolton (3-54), Usman Butt (3-39) and Richard Crane (3-28) shared the load to dispatch them for 178ao.

HAWARDEN PARK went to Menai Bridge and suffered a batting collapse that was only rescued by a steadfast 62 from number eight Michael Parton and a 38 from number nine Tim Newhouse.

Chasing 168-7, Menai Bridge went well despite skipper Campbell Marr’s 3-46 and finished with a six, reaching 174-6.