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Cricket: Hawarden Park flirt with danger zone despite huge innings from Fawcett

HAWARDEN Park have sunk to the edge of the relegation zone but their good early-season form means they still have daylight between themselves and the drop zone.

Defeat to Bangor sent Park firmly into the lower echelons of the North Wales League Premier Division.

Unable to find a rhythm with the ball, Park were punished, Shane Mott scoring 86 and Nicholas Roberts 57 as Bangor closed their innings on 287-8.

Park captain Campbell Marr claimed 3-49 but collectively the bowlers were unable to form a tight, destructive unit to combat the focused and steady batting from the visiting opposition.

If anyone thought Bangor’s total was out of reach and playing for a draw was the best result, they forgot to tell Matthew Fawcett.

Ha smashed 22 fours and two sixes after tea on his way to a whopping 130 which put Park on course to really test Bangor’s mettle.

Unfortunately his efforts were not replicated throughout the side as batsmen fell away cheaply at regular intervals.

Tim Newhouse (21) and Marr (36) offered some resistance but by robbing Fawcett of colleagues, the cut off his ability to control the chase and when he finally departed the crease Park’s chances went with him.

The home side wrapped things up with 239ao, just 48 runs short of Bangor’s total thanks largely to a 6-47 from Iwan Roberts.