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Cricket: Connah’s Quay and Pontblyddyn slip in title race after stalemate

CONNAH’S Quay and Pontblyddyn robbed each other of dominant positions in the North Wales League Premier Division as Pont claimed a winning draw.

At the start of the day Quay topped the table and Pont were in second place.

You would think in that situation a draw of any kind would be the best result to keep both sides in position, but on this occasion you would be wrong.

On a day of unpredictable weather, the game at Central Park was lucky to go ahead and Phil Davies got Pont off to a good start hitting 24.

Chris Myles’ opening nine aside, it was a steady start from the visitors, Glenn Chambers making 32 and Andrew Roberts 22.

But it was Mark Neath and Marcel Frenzel who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and put Pont in a powerful position.

Frenzel hit a fine 58 runs before being caught off Rob Bennett and Neath – employing the use of a runner – bludgeoned 75 off 48 deliveries before his runner was run out at the non-strikers end, having set off down the wicket only to see a straight drive from Tim McCarthy deflected by the bowlers boot onto the stumps.

Pont closed their innings on 237-7 and Quay knew they had it all to do after tea, facing the North Wales League’s leading wicket-taker in Chambers.

It was Frenzel who picked up the important top-order wickets however, but not before Quay had shown Pont exactly why they occupied top spot.

Frenzel took 40-4 including the key wicket of opener David Fox – but not before the Quay man had clocked up 102-runs to put his side in contention.

Mark Neath chipped in, removing Darren Jones for 65 before up stepped Chambers to take 3-56, taking his total wickets for the season to 35.

Despite their bowling successes, Pont found they were unable to dislodge the stubborn Quay skipper Sean Steynberg-Wright who finished unbeaten on 23, helped by the concentration of final batsman Richard Williams who ended unbeaten on 0.

Quay’s 218-9 ensured they took a fair points haul from the draw, but victories for Menai Bridge and Llandudno displaced both sides from the top two.

Connah’s Quay will battle for the right to represent the North Wales League in the National Twenty20 Cup on Zone Finals Day on July 31 when they face Menai Bridge, the winners meeting either Denbigh or Mochdre to determine who goes on to the national section.