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Cricket: Connah’s Quay retain slim hopes of defending Premier Division title

CONNAH’S Quay’s slender hopes of defending their North Wales League Premier Division title still show a flicker of life after they disposed of relegation-threatened Bangor in a 53-run triumph.

Asked to bat by their hosts, Martin Burger’s side started with two solid knocks from Ryan Holloway and Darren Jones.

Holloway’s 37 and Jones 33 established a good foundation to build on and Burger did exactly that, adding 44 to the total alongside David Fox who made 46.

Quay declared on 204-5 and the only question was whether Bangor could hold on for a draw.

That question was emphatically answered by Rob Bennett. He took 5-33 to break Bangor’s resistance with Adam Hodgkins (2-32) and Ryan Holloway (2-30) also contributing as the hosts were bowled out for 151.

Victories like this help Quay remain in the hunt, but it will require a massive collapse in the latter part of the season for them to retain their crown as they currently sit 76 points behind leaders Menai Bridge with five games remaining.

MOLD were unable to offer their county neighbours any assistance at Chester Road as they suffered a 70run loss to Menai Bridge.

Two early wickets from Chris Bolton (4-56) gave the impression Mold – who have recently been sucked into a relegation dogfight – might cause an upset.

But Bridge captain Robbie Jones put paid to those hopes as he settled in for a productive innings, making 64 off 91 balls mostly alongside Gethin Roberts who added 42.

Wicketkeeper Nathan Goodright made 33 and Tom Hill 30 as Jones eventually declared on 218-9.

Avoiding defeat from this position would be an impressive feat for Mold against the form team in the division, and it would require batting discipline to make it to the end of the contest and earn a draw.

But they stuck to their task well, Hugh Reckord spending 84 balls in reaching his top score of 34.

Jonathan Bedbrook used up 45 deliveries reaching 20 but it was tail-enders John Crane and Jamie Ryle who provided the masterclass, Crane scoring only 12 runs off 55 deliveries and Ryle clocking up 14 not out from 30 balls.

But with the end in sight Mold lost their grip and Menai Bridge took the final wicket, of Chris Bolton, to maintain their place at the top of the division and leave Mold still entrenched in a fight for survival near the bottom.