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Cricket: North Wales League top flight hit by weather as second string sides play on

CRICKETERS have been eased into their season very gently as waterlogged pitches once more disrupted the North Wales League programme.

Not a single Premier Division game involving Flintshire sides went ahead as the week’s deluge sat taunting the players on top of most wickets and outfields.

But while Connah’s Quay, Pontblyddyn and Northop kicked their heels, the odd game did manage to survive.

PONTBLYDDYN 2nds in Division One were at Menai Bridge 2nds and the Flintshire side secured a seven-wicket victory.

The home side posted 209-5 declared with Paul Jones top scoring on 40.

Richard Davies posted the best bowling figures for Pont of 2-46 as Bridge gambled on being able to skittle Pont.

It was going to take a degree of concentration balanced with flair to overhaul that total and that is exactly what Pont brought to the crease.

Ed Jones opened with a solid 31 and despite Ben Mason’s relatively cheap wicket for 10 Nick Washbrook came in to calm proceedings.

He faced 15 balls and finished the game not-out on 66.

He provided a platform for his teammates to fire Pont into a winning position as Alistair Roberts added 51 before he was caught out and Lewis Davies made an unbeaten 47 to get Pont over the line with 211-3.

In Division Two, CONNAH’S QUAY 2nds managed a six-run win over visiting Dolgellau.

Having chosen to bat, Quay were all out for 139 as Iwan Kojs ripped through their order, picking up 5-27.

Luke Bennett ensured Quay had something to aim at with a fine 54 but his only real support came from Clive Popplewell (13) and tail-wagging 10th man Daniel Griffiths who made 10.

Quay had much to thank Dolgellau’s wayward bowling for, as 22 extras proved vital in the final reckoning.

After tea Dolgellau failed to catch Quay’s modest target, reaching 133-8 from their 48 overs. Gavin Parry was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-6 and bowling seven maidens in 12 overs.