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Cricket: Mold drop points as Hawarden Park and Pontblyddyn bag draws

MOLD are no longer leading the field after they were defeated on home soil by Menai Bridge in the North Wales League Premier Division.

Having chosen to bowl on a day of unpredictable weather conditions, Mold went into tea full of confidence after dismissing Menai for 149.

The high spots for the visitors came in the form of 86 from Nathan Shearer and 30 from Danny Creek.

But the star of the first innings was easily Thomas North, his 3-28 ending Creek’s knock and ripping the heart out of the Menai middle order, assisted by James Griffiths (3-21) and Usman Butt (2-19).

Tasked with chasing a modest total, however, Mold’s batsmen simply could not get into gear.

They started well, Griffiths making 18 and Cliff Wiseman 19, and when Jonathan Bedbrook added 48, Mold were on-course for a comfortable win.

But around Bedbrook there was chaos as the middle order collapsed and the tail quickly followed.

The result was that Mold ran out of batsmen in under 35 overs as they closed on 127 – 22 runs short of their target.

HAWARDEN PARK kept up their fine start to the season with a winning draw at home to Denbigh.

They got off to a slow start, losing skipper Campbell Marr and Matthew Fawcett early before Craig Wilson stepped in with 40 to kick-start a recovery.

Michael Parton added 43 and tail-ender Michael Rapson contributed 30 as Park set a challenging 214ao.

Marr’s men got into their visitors soon after tea and had them on the ropes at 75-6.

But the tail really wagged when Ben Wilcox-Jones arrived at the crease.

The number eight batsman smashed 12 fours in a stand of 60no and guided Denbigh through their remaining overs to reach 179-7.

Park are now one of three Flintshire teams residing in the top four places in the table.

PONTBLYDDYN played out an almost-perfect tie at Brymbo after setting a target of 245-9.

Glenn Chambers was the star of the show with 127 from 132 balls for Pont.

But in reply, the home side finished on 245-8 thanks to a century from Jamie Griffiths (104).

Ben Mason claimed 3-39 and Chambers 4-65 but it wasn’t enough to finish the contest.

In the division’s other game involving a Flintshire side, Connah’s Quay’s match at Bangor was abandoned.